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10 Best Pets for Allergy Sufferers

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10 Best Pets for Allergy Sufferers

By Katherine Butler, MNN.com

If you love animals and you are allergic to them, caring for pets can seem like walking an endless tightrope. Given the bottles of allergy medication lining your medicine cabinets, you feel as if you’ve half-earned a medical degree in dosages, side effects, and pet dander. “Just one pet and then I’ll wash my hands” is a phrase common in the mind of an animal allergy sufferer. Then there is the frustration level when dealing with over-eager pet owners who don’t understand your allergies.

But not to worry — we have a list of some animals that are a little friendlier to your allergies.

Despite many claims otherwise, veterinarians urge that there are no completely hypoallergenic pets. While no dogs are allergy-free, some experts refer to hypoallergenic dogs as breeds that produce less allergens than some others. In fact, there are some breeds that may incite a lesser reaction in allergy sufferers — and here are 10 of them! (If you are allergic to animals, be sure to consult a medical professional before procuring a pet that may induce an allergy attack.)

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9:35AM PDT on Jul 26, 2013

Thank you for sharing

8:58AM PDT on Jul 26, 2013

While there was much discussion about shedding and fur types with dogs, it was largely ignored with cats (other than with the devon rex breed). So I wasn't too surprised to not see anything about siberian forest cats, which apparently naturally produce significantly less of the protein(s?) that trigger human allergies in the first place. Allergic me was disappointed, and my cat-loving spouse even more so...

8:44AM PDT on Mar 16, 2012

I have allergies, but my schnauzer doesn't bother me at all.

11:16AM PDT on Oct 8, 2011

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7:45AM PDT on Sep 23, 2011

Thank you

5:03PM PDT on Sep 14, 2011

the bedlington terrier has been the only dog, cat etc that I have been able to live around. no sniffing, no sinus infections, no scratching or red eyes, they are the best kept secret... and sweet too

3:10PM PDT on Sep 6, 2011

Labradoodles, goldendoodles, and many of the other "doodle" mixes that people are making are NOT low allergen dogs. Mixing them with poodles does not completely alter the qualities these dogs have that cause allergic reactions. As a standard poodle breeder, professional groomer and allergy sufferer I can tell you the consistency in coats of these dogs is not what these backyard breeders claim they are. The health testing and tracking that is done on generations of purebreds is null and void when you start mixing up DNA like that so you aren't even guaranteed a pet that won't carry genetic markers for 2 breeds now, instead of one or the other.

It is frustrating enough when doodle breeders make outlandish and reprehensible claims about their "breed", which is nothing more than a way overpriced mutt. But for care2 to allow these falsehoods on this site without understanding the actual facts is just shameful.

4:12PM PDT on Aug 8, 2011

Useful info.

11:51AM PDT on Jul 27, 2011

My allergist Dr Doctor (yes that is his name for real) told me Sphynx cats are the WORST for allergies. I have one and she can be bathed which helps, but unlike furry cats the allergens/dander have nothing to cling to so they fall all over the place in your house which increases allergies!

9:33AM PDT on Jul 25, 2011

i love lions but i guess i gotta settle for a tomcat huh??

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