The Most Allergy-Friendly Dog Breeds

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6. Kerry Blue Terrier
> Size: 17.5-19.5 inches, 33-40 pounds
> Shedding: Infrequent
> Good with kids?: Better with older children
> Trainability: Independent
> Life expectancy: 12-15 years

The Kerry blue terrier was originally bred to guard, herd, and hunt, but adapts well to apartment living. Intelligent and independent, the Kerry’s soft, wavy coat rarely sheds, making it a great hypoallergenic dog for any owner living in the city.

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7. Maltese
> Size: 8-10 inches, 6-8 pounds
> Shedding: Infrequent
> Good with kids?: Better with older children
> Trainability: Responds well
> Life expectancy: 12-15 years

With a very long coat of silky white hair, the Maltese needs to be groomed often in order to avoid knotting. Despite its dainty appearance, it has a reputation for being courageous and perky.

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8. Poodle
> Size: <10-15 inches, 4-50 pounds
> Shedding: Infrequent
> Good with kids?: Yes
> Trainability: Eager to please
> Life expectancy: 10-18 years

There are three sizes of poodles: standard, miniature, and toy. It enjoys walking, running, and swimming, so if you’re the athletic type you may just want to invite your poodle along for the workout!

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9. Portuguese Water Dog
> Size: 17-23 inches, 35-60 pounds
> Shedding: Seasonal
> Good with kids?: Yes
> Trainability: Eager to please
> Life expectancy: 11-13 years

The Portuguese water dog has the advantage of a waterproof coat. President Obama and his family chose a Portuguese water dog, Bo, as a pet because daughter Malia suffers from allergies.

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10. Standard Schnauzer
> Size: 17.5-19.5 inches, 30-50 pounds
> Shedding: Infrequent
> Good with kids?: Yes
> Trainability: Responds well
> Life expectancy: 13-16 years

This dog rarely sheds, which makes it a good choice for allergy sufferers. Just like any of the three types of schnauzers, this breed has a wiry, tight-fitting coat that keeps debris off. What’s dug up outside, stays outside.