Here are six of the best hypoallergenic dogs to get for people who are allergic to them.
#1: Bichon Frise
The Bichon frise barely drools or sheds. But watch out: these dogs are also playful and feisty breeds! However, if you play and exercise them enough throughout the day, they can be extremely affectionate and sensitive. They're adorable and very merry dogs (who commonly have haircuts where the fur around their heads is perfectly round and extra pouf-y). They do have a lot of energy though, so be sure to reduce it by taking it on long walks or treating it to plenty of playtime in the park or your backyard. Bichon frises are even known to be careful and gentle with children.
#2: Australian Labradoodle
Due to their gentleness and loyalty, they're great dogs for children (and, in my opinion, are extremely adorable). They're not at all aggressive and are known for being sociable. Labradoodles are easy to train and commonly therapy dogs, although they can sometimes be a bit too boisterous and lively. But, like young children, are very cuddly and affectionate after the proper amount of exercise. A labradoodle puppy should eat about 3 cups of wet food per day. Until your puppy is six to eight weeks old, he/she may be old enough to consume dry food, but do your research before feeding your pup solid foods.
#3: West Highland Terrier
The west highland terrier, also known as the westie, is a friendly, alert, and active breed. They can definitely be affectionate and cuddly if you can give them a decent amount of exercise everyday. They are both loving and lovable, and can live with children, but should be introduced while your westie is still a pup, however are probably better with older kids. These dogs are usually harmless towards their owners, but can get a little snappy when annoyed. West highland terriers generally don't shed too much, but still require grooming and brushing to remove dead hair and prevent mats in places like under the armpits and behind the ears.
This sweet-tempered, easygoing, and responsive dog is adorable and hardly drools or sheds. They even have low dander! They're good with children, but due to their small size, can be easily hurt. Make sure that your kid(s) are aware they need to be careful around the dog (although it's not uncommon for this breed to be pretty tough) and be cautious that they don't accidentally trample or squash it while they're playing. Maltese are also quite easy to train, as long as you don't punish the dog when they don't perform the trick correctly. The best way to train this breed is to reward your dog with pets and treats (not too many treats, unless you want a fat dog) when they do what you want them to. These intelligent and fast-learning breeds generally desire to please their owners, so it shouldn't be too difficult to train them.
#5: Yorkshire Terrier
The Yorkshire terrier, also known as the Yorkie, is a bold, confident, and independent dog - whilst they can be extremely affectionate and sweet towards their owners, Yorkies do require a lot of attention and do NOT do well when left alone for a long period of time. Although adult dogs do better than puppies if home-alone, try to be with them or have someone else with them every 1-2 hours (if you're incapable of this, maybe you should consider different breeds) because dogs in general don't enjoy being left alone for too long. Some people consider Yorkies the perfect companion for their young children; however, they can get snappy or even aggressive when irritated. Personally, I think this breed would be better off living with older kids or no kids.
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