If you have a child who is allergic to dogs then you probably already know it can be hard to find a suitable dog as a pet. Sometimes it’s a case of lucking into a dog that your child seems to be able to tolerate. On the other hand, there are some breeds that are often good bets for people with allergies. In many cases dogs that have single coats, as opposed to double coats, and which produce less dander, seem to be better for allergy sufferers. It doesn’t matter whether a dog has long or short hair, but whether a dog has an undercoat is what matters more.
Dogs that have single coats and which are often considered good for allergy-sufferers include the Bedlington Terrier, the Bichon Frise, the Chinese Crested, the Irish Water Spaniel, the Kerry Blue Terrier, the Maltese, the Poodle (all sizes), the Portuguese Water Dog, the Schnauzer (all sizes), the Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier, and the Xoloitzcuintli (Mexican Hairless Dog). These dogs also produce less dander than most other breeds.
Now, of the dogs from this list, which dog breeds would be the best for kids with allergies?
Best Dog Breeds For Children With Allergies
The Bichon Frise
Can be an excellent dog for children with allergies. They are cheerful and happy dogs with good manners. They are sensitive and playful, too. They love to be with people and are very sociable and affectionate. They are also quite intelligent. They usually love children and get along with them very well. Bichons are quite small, standing only about 12 inches tall at the shoulder, and weighing up to 20 pounds, so you should teach your younger children to play gently with them. The Bichon Frise also requires regular clipping to keep his coat looking nice.
The Chinese Crested
Does not weigh more than 10 pounds, so they may be too small for even the most careful of children. Likewise, the Maltese
The Irish Water Spaniels
Make excellent family dogs and they are usually wonderful with children. This is an exuberant breed and the dogs are very active. They do best with an active family and with children who will spend a lot of time with them. They need a lot of
The Kerry Blue Terrier
Is another breed from
Of all sizes are usually very good with children, although the Standard Poodle (the largest of the Poodles) is believed to be the best. Poodles are very smart and they love to please people. They are easy to train and the Standard Poodle is a very active dog that needs exercise. All three sizes of Poodle are very playful dogs. The Poodle makes an excellent family dog. Poodles do need regular grooming to look nice. You can have your dog get a simple puppy clip to keep things easy. The Toy Poodle is 10 inches tall; the Miniature Poodle is 10 to 15 inches tall
The Portuguese Water Dog
Is very similar to the Irish Water Spaniel, and the two breeds may be related. The Portuguese Water Dog is also a great swimmer and loves water sports. They are very good with children and can be protective of them. They are a happy, active, intelligent breed. The Portuguese Water Dog is considered to be loving and independent. They are said to be easily trained. These dogs are usually professionally groomed. The current popular way to trim their coat is in a “retriever cut” which is to leave their coat about one inch long all over their body.
- Miniature Schnauzer – can weight up to 20 pounds, and grow to about 12 inches tall.
- Standard Schnauzer – weighs up to 45 pounds; up to 18 inches tall.
- Giant Schnauzer – weighs up to 80 pounds; stands up to 24 inches tall.
The Soft Coated Wheaten
The Xoloitzcuintli, or Mexican Hairless Dog
Also known as the Xolo, has many traits of a primitive dog. They are very intelligent, they have lots of energy, they are very curious, and they have strong hunting and canine social instincts. These traits are desirable in this ancient breed. However, these qualities do not necessarily make this breed a good choice for raising with your children.
These are the best dogs for kids with allergies. This doesn’t mean that you can just call up a breeder of one of these breeds and tell them to send you a dog. It doesn’t work that way. If you are interested in one of these breeds you and your child should arrange to meet with a breeder and one of their dogs in a non-doggy place so your child can see how he or she reacts to the dog. It’s important to choose a place where your child won’t be overwhelmed with dog dander from other dogs.
Also, If the breeder has dog’s dander on their clothes, you may need to ask them to stand back and let you bring the puppy or dog closer to your child. (Try not to be offensive and explain this to the breeder when you talk before the meeting.) Your child will need to meet any dog they are interested in on an individual basis to make sure the dog will work for them. Don’t be discouraged if the first dog or two you try doesn’t work for your child. You will find the right dog if you keep looking.