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The best dogs for allergies are the best dog breeds for allergy sufferers as they shed less, have less dander and are considered by some to be hypoallergenic. While there's a great deal of disagreement over whether any dog can truly by hypoallergenic, many believe these dogs are better for those with allergies than other breeds. So if you're not a fan of those sneezes and itchy eyes when you're around pets, try these allergy friendly dogs on for size.

To understand why some people are allergic to dogs, you have to look at the cause of the irritation. While allergies differ from person to person, most are allergic to the dander of the dog, something given off by the dog's hair, skin, urine and slobber. While it's impossible to eliminate that skin, urine and never-ending drool, the hair of these dogs is what sets them apart as better for allergy sufferers. To eliminate the hair completely, many with dog allergies might select hairless breeds such as the Chinese Crested, Xoloitzcuintli (Mexican hairless dog) and the Peruvian Hairless Dog are favorites in that area.

But for those who aren't interested in a hairless dog, there are plenty of other options on this list of hypoallergenic dogs. Poodles are especially praised for being better dogs for allergies as are poodle hybrids and some designer dog breeds such as the labradoodle and cockapoo. For smaller breeds better for allergies, many flock to the shih tzu, Yorkshire terrier, Maltese and Havanese. If a larger breed is more your style, try a Samoyed, airedale terrier, Portuguese water dog or Irish water spaniel.

While the jury may be out on if any dogs can truly be hypoallergenic, for those suffering pet allergies, these dogs will be the best choices. They might not be the most popular dog breeds, but these shed less, have less dander and are pretty adorable in the process.
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Maltese Dog is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Dogs for Allergies

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Poodle is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Dogs for Allergies

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Yorkshire Terrier is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Dogs for Allergies

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Shih Tzu is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Dogs for Allergies

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Bichon Frisé is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Dogs for Allergies

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Jack Russell Terrier is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Dogs for Allergies

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Cockapoo is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Dogs for Allergies

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Labradoodle is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Dogs for Allergies

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Miniature Schnauzer is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Dogs for Allergies

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Havanese is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Dogs for Allergies

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Portuguese Water Dog is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Dogs for Allergies

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Samoyed is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Dogs for Allergies

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Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Dogs for Allergies

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West Highland White Terrier is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Dogs for Allergies
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Spanish Water Dog is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Dogs for Allergies

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Border Terrier is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Dogs for Allergies

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Border Collie, Chinese Crested... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Dogs for Allergies

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Airedale Terrier is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Dogs for Allergies

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Schnauzer is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Dogs for Allergies

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Australian Silky Terrier is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Dogs for Allergies
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Great Dane is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Dogs for Allergies
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Mexican Hairless Dog is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Dogs for Allergies

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Chinese Crested Dog is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Dogs for Allergies

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Basenji is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Dogs for Allergies

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Irish Water Spaniel is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Dogs for Allergies

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Wire Hair Dachshund is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Dogs for Allergies
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Kerry Blue Terrier is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Dogs for Allergies

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Golden Retriever is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Dogs for Allergies
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Bedlington Terrier is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Dogs for Allergies

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Wire Hair Fox Terrier is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Dogs for Allergies

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Old English Sheepdog is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Dogs for Allergies
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Griffon Bruxellois is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Dogs for Allergies
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