The Most Allergy-Friendly Dog Breeds

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1. Bedlington Terrier
> Size: 15-17.5 inches, 17-23 pounds
> Shedding: Infrequent
> Good with kids?: Better with supervision
> Trainability: Responds well
> Life expectancy: 11-16 years

The Bedlington is named after a mining district in England where it worked for a living killing rats and performing other tasks. Although the Bedlington requires weekly grooming, its distinctive, fleecy coat makes it a one-of-a-kind breed for owners who deal with allergies.

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2. Bichon Frise
> Size: 9.5-11.5 inches, 12- 18 pounds
> Shedding: Infrequent
> Good with kids?: Yes
> Trainability: Responds well
> Life expectancy: 14-15 years

Bichon frise is a French name that translates into English as “curly dog.” This easily trained little dog is hypoallergenic, and rarely sheds. According to the American Kennel Club, the bichon frise makes a good companion for young children.

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3. Chinese Crested
> Size: 11-13 inches, 8-12 pounds
> Shedding: Infrequent
> Good with kids?: Better with supervision
> Trainability: Responds well
> Life expectancy: 13-18 years

The Chinese crested has ancient origins that trace back to Africa via China. It can be coated or hairless and, like a cat, enjoys sitting in high places, according to the AKC.

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4. Coton de Tulear
> Size: 9-11 inches, 8-15 pounds
> Shedding: Seasonal
> Good with kids?: Yes
> Trainability: Responds well
> Life expectancy: 15-19 years

The coton de Tulear is known as the “Royal Dog of Madagascar.” It sheds very little and is distinguished by its long, soft coat that grows up to four inches. Coton is the French word for cotton.

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5. Irish Water Spaniel
> Size: 21-24 inches, 45-68 pounds
> Shedding: Seasonal
> Good with kids?: Better with supervision
> Trainability: Eager to please
> Life expectancy: 12-13 years

The tallest of the spaniels recognized by the AKC, the Irish water spaniel is distinguished by its curly, waterproof coat. It has yet to become a popular household choice in the United States.