Certain people have immune systems that are over-sensitive to a substance called allergen, which exists in the saliva, dander, hair, and urine of a dog. While all dogs produce this substance, not all release it to the environment in sufficient quantities to be problematic.
Dogs that do not discharge an excess of allergen are known as hypoallergenic, because such dogs do not trigger any allergic reactions in humans. People are spending thousands of dollars on hypoallergenic dogs. This article dives into 7 amazing hypoallergenic mixed dog breeds for people with dog allergies.
What does hypoallergenic dogs mean?
A hypoallergenic dog is a dog that sheds minimally such that it is safe for allergic people to own. All dogs shed, which is the natural process of hair-growth. But some do it more than others.
Dogs produce a substance known as allergen, and this substance is responsible for the allergic reaction of some people to dogs. Allergen is present in the dander, saliva, urine, and fur. The dander refers to tiny scales that come off a dog’s body.
In hypoallergenic dogs or dogs with low-allergen coats, the dander and saliva stick to the hair and does not release into the environment, and therefore does not harm anyone allergic to dogs. So generally, the less a dog sheds the closer it gets to being hypoallergenic.
Can mixed breed dogs be hypoallergenic?
Yes, it is possible to have mixed dog breeds that are hypoallergenic. Cross-breeding a hypoallergenic and a non-hypoallergenic dog can result in either of the two. It's actually a 50-50 chance. But if you want a 100% chance of producing a hypoallergenic breed, then both parents must be pure-bred hypoallergenic dogs.
But the whole process is a gamble if one parent is non-hypoallergenic, and an absolute NO if both parents are non-hypoallergenic. We’ll look at 7 hypoallergenic dogs that are a result of cross-breeding involving one or more hypoallergenic pure breed.
Note, just because a dog doesn't shed, he/she still requires regular grooming.
7 Hypoallergenic Mixed Dog Breeds
The Bullmatian is an adorable hypoallergenic hybrid and is a cross breed between two favorites: the Bulldog and the Dalmation.
This breed has acquired some of the best qualities from both parents. Bullmatians look tough, but are generally excellent companions that are friendly and loving. It's disadvantage is being stubborn and relatively difficult to train.
The Bullmatian has a short, smooth and easy to maintain spotted coat that comes in a variety of colors. They won't require daily brushing and are easy to care for.
It is a very high-energy dog so they'll require a bigger home with a yard space for them to full expend their energy levels and regular walks.
Being highly intelligent, they can understand and memorize commands after you repeat them 15 - 25 times. Their emotional level is average and they rarely bark
This dog breed is a combination of a Chihuahua and a Pug and seems to possess a majority of the qualities of both parents.
Also known as a Chihuahua-Pug, Pughuahua, Chugg.
Chihuahua is a hypoallergenic breed despite the Pug being non-hypoallergenic, and the Chug inherits the stubbornness of Pugs.
Chihuahua takes over when it comes to size as the Chug weighs between 10 - 20 pounds, making it the ideal size for homes with limited space. However, expect to see Chugs that weigh a lot more than 20 pounds, because being a cross-breed, it can have a dominant gene for either parent.
The Chug has a low or moderate level of activity that makes it easily adaptable to its owner's lifestyle. It can be playful and even takes part in dog sports despite it's small appearance.
It's a smart dog and learns fast, though with a short attention span. The Chug is a companion dog who loves people and also gets on with other animals or dogs in the house.
Cockapoo is a cross between a Cocker Spaniel and a Poodle. The poodle is a pure breed. The first Cockapoo breed appeared in the 1960's. This dog sheds minimally and is easy to train. It is an intelligent and a social dog, making it a good choice for a family dog.
Because the Cockapoo is hypoallergenic, he is the ideal pet for people with allergies. Not only is this dog hypoallergenic but also beautiful, with a head broader than the average Poodle. It comes in a variety of colors. How heavy or large a Cockapoo would be depends on the dominant parent characteristics is possesses, but most weigh anywhere from 6 to 30 pounds.
It is important to know that despite Cockapoo being one of the possible options for a hypoallergenic dog, it still possesses some non-hypoallergenic characteristics from its Poodle parent. So expect to see a bit of dander and be prepared to maintain the dog in a way that negates or minimizes any adverse effect from owing it.
The Corgidor, as you might have guessed, is a Welsh Corgi crossed with a Labrador Retriever and a great choice for people with pet allergies.
This much-loved hybrid sheds minimally, is highly energetic, and pretty loyal. It is medium-sized and despite being energetic, it's a calm dog. It is a popular breed although not recognized by the American Kennel Club, it is recognized by the Dog Registry of America. It can weigh up to 55 pounds and reach up to 60 cm in height.
The Corgidor likes the company of people and other animals, but also enjoys being left alone sometimes. Because this dog bonds closely, it responds strongly to their master's emotion. Some notable features of this dog include alertness, friendliness, Intelligence, being watchful and lovable and easy to train.
The name of this dog breed suggests rightly that it's a cross-breed of a Golden Retriever and a Poodle, but without the shedding of Goldens. On top of being hypoallergenic, this is one of the cutest dogs with a tonne of other sweet characteristics. This mixed breed is very energetic, loyal and easy to train. It can assume a number of responsibilities perfectly, like being a guide dog, therapy dog, or a service dog.
Even though the Goldendoodle is a hypoallergenic dog, you need to test your allergies with the dog before buying it. This is because some Goldendoodles are more hypoallergenic than others. You can test your allergies with several dogs at a dog park.
Some notable features of this designer dog include being affectionate, intelligent, and a great companion.
This little beauty is a crossbreed of a Maltese and a Yorkshire Terrier dog, both parents are officially recognized by prestigious kennel clubs globally, (e.g. AKC, UKC). Its fan base is typically in the cities due to its small size. But despite its small size this little beast can be very moody.
The dog is hypoallergenic and very protective of its family. It also demands a great deal of attention and can be annoyingly selective over food. As long as it gets sufficient attention, the dog makes for a great companion.
Both parents of this dog breed are known to be low-shedders, meaning they are hypoallergenic. But you are unlikely to be dealing with the same coat as that of its parents. Its coat is usually a blend of Maltese and Yorkshire Terrier, and is softer and slightly longer.
The average mature Morkie weight some 6 to 8 pounds. This mixed breed is fond of running, and plays a lot. It is also gentle with the kids, but older kids can handle it better due to its delicate nature. The only caveat about this dog is that it can be very noisy.
7. Shih Poo
The Shih Poos are a small mixed breed dog that fits well in any kind of home. It is the offspring of a Shih Tzu and a Miniature Poodle dog. Although it likes to run and is very playful in spacious homes, the Shih Poo is a good choice for apartment dwellers since this hybrid can get expend their energy indoors so a yard isn't necessary.
It can be stubborn sometimes, but its beauty makes up for the occasional misbehavior. Their sweet and calm demeanor also makes them a great choice for people who are inexperienced and want a good family pet.
Shih Poo dogs do not have a universal coat. Some coats have a silky fur and others have a curly fur. Both fur types are largely hypoallergenic and comes in various colors. This breed is with its energetic and playful nature, is very versatile and can live in any kind of home. Most Shih Poos weigh between 8 to 18 pounds and stand at 8 to 18 inches tall at the shoulder.
Shih Poos are friendly with other pets if they are introduced slowly and early enough.