Sneezing, itching, running nose, watery eyes. Pet allergies are certainly nothing to sniff at. But if you’re just itching for an animal companion, you might want to try one of these hypoallergenic pets.
Portuguese Water Dog
This breed gained presidential status when the Obamas moved into office. But besides being known as the former first dog, the Portuguese Water Dog is also known for its hypoallergenic fur. Although these pups do have fluff, they don’t shed as much as other dogs. They’re not completely non-allergenic, but their coat is known to have less allergy-causing dander.
Much like the Water Dog, Bichon Frise have a special type of coat. They do not have a shedding undercoat, which is typically responsible for most allergies. Their fur is also very tightly curled, which helps trap any excess dander.
Poodles come in a variety of sizes and mixes, so they’re the most versatile of the hypoallergenic breeds. They don’t shed very much, but they do require frequent grooming to keep that Poodle pouf looking fabulous.
Parakeets are like the Poodles of the bird world. While they’re not completely non-allergenic, they do shed less than some of their other feathered friends. This low level of dander makes them a good choice for sensitive pet owners.
This curious-looking cat is a top pick for allergy-stricken cat lovers. The hair and saliva that cats leave behind in their hair when they clean themselves are the main causes of cat allergies. With this peculiar hairless cat, allergy sufferers have nothing to worry about. One downside, however, is that these cats need a lot more maintenance to keep that silky skin clean.
One way to keep those allergies at bay is to avoid pet hair altogether. Reptiles such as snakes are great hypoallergenic pets with their scaly skin. With lots of different species to choose from, you can find the slithery pet that feels right for you.
If you think fish don’t make great pets, think again. While you can’t cuddle with these aquatic creatures, you will get a kick out of the little dance they do before you feed them. If you need a low-maintenance pet with absolutely no dander, consider finding a fishy friend.