Allergies

Allergy – Free Breeds of Dog

AKC (American Kennel Club), a not-for-profit organisation which mainly maintains a pure bred dog registry. It is also associated with other related activities such as sanctioning dog events and promoting responsible ownership. Few years ago AKC came out with some very useful recommendations and research with regard to allergy free dog breeds. It provided a list of dog breeds which are arguably free of allergens. The list, though tedious, is quite handy and helpful for prospective dog owners who are sensitive to allergens.

Allergy Free Dog Breeds & Their Prominent Features

The following list include the allergy free dog breeds and their salient features:

Poodle

  • Elegant
  • Medium to large-sized
  • Coat: Profuse but well groomed, clipped and curly

Labradoodle

  • Slightly heavier body compared to Poodle
  • Muscular and robust fore limbs
  • Flat ears levelling with eyes
  • Broad head with curly eye brows

Bichon Frise

  • Puffball shaped
  • Loose curled coat
  • Body colour is usually white, cream, gray , or apricot

Italian Greyhound

  • Miniature Greyhound
  • Long head that is pointed towards muzzle
  • Dark nose
  • Thin lips
  • Deep brisket
  • Arched back
  • Tucked-in abdomen

Basenji

  • small
  • Unusual
  • Elegant
  • Athletic
  • Size similar to a fox terrier
  • Smooth shiny coat (copper, red, black or tan coloured)

Mexican Hairless (Xoloitzcuintle)

  • Pronounced as “show-low-its-queen-tlee”
  • Include 3 varieties- Standard, Miniature, and Toy
  • Broad skull
  • Long muzzle with a black or flesh-coloured nose

Chihuahua

  • Apple-shaped head
  • Short pointed muzzle
  • Round, large, very dark eyes
  • Characteristic large ears

Miniature Schnauzer

  • Small, squarely-proportioned
  • long bushy beard
  • long head
  • Bushy moustache and eyebrows

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