Hypoallergenic pets: Dog and cat breeds for allergy sufferers

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No specific dog or cat breed has been deemed completely hypoallergenic, according to the American Kennel Club. But, breeds such as the bichon frise, Havanese and Yorkshire terrier are known to be gentle in their effects on allergy sufferers. These 12 breeds are either furless or have coats that don't shed, eliminating the chances of hair becoming an irritant.

Maltese

The Maltese is considered hypoallergenic because it does
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The Maltese is considered hypoallergenic because it does not shed.

Poodle

The poodle has a coat that requires lots
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The poodle has a coat that requires lots of attention, but will hardly shed.

Yorkshire terrier

The Yorkshire terrier has long silky hair that
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The Yorkshire terrier has long silky hair that does not shed.

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Sphynx

The hairless sphynx won't shed or carry allergens.
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The hairless sphynx won't shed or carry allergens.

Miniature schnauzer

The miniature schnauzer has a short, close undercoat
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The miniature schnauzer has a short, close undercoat and harder outer coat. Its hair is longer on its face and legs.

Shih Tzu

The Shih Tzu has a long coat that
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The Shih Tzu has a long coat that requires maintenance, but does not shed.

Devon Rex

The short-haired Devon Rex is known for being
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The short-haired Devon Rex is known for being gentle in its effect on allergy sufferers.

Bichon frise

The bichon frise does not shed, eliminating the
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The bichon frise does not shed, eliminating the chance of hair becoming an irritant.

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Chinese crested

Most of the body of the Chinese crested
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Most of the body of the Chinese crested is hairless, eliminating issues that allergy sufferers may have with dog coats. The dogs will have hair on their heads, but the hair is very light and soft and will not carry dander.

Havanese

The Havanese has two coats, the outer and
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The Havanese has two coats, the outer and under, giving it an extra-full appearance. The outer coat, while long, is very soft and won't irritate allergy sufferers.

Siberian

The Siberian cat is known to have a
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The Siberian cat is known to have a coat that won't carry and spread allergens that can become irritants.

Cornish Rex

The Cornish Rex is considered hairless. Instead of
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The Cornish Rex is considered hairless. Instead of hair, it has a down coat.

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