They say dogs are man's best friend, but they can be the worst enemies of people with allergies. They bring sneezing, itchy eyes, stuffy noses, and skin rashes. Despite this, dogs still reduce stress and increase heart health. Low allergy dogs allow people to experience the health benefits of dogs without allergy symptoms. Dog allergies are caused by proteins found in dog hair, dander, saliva, and urine or the dust and pollen they carry into houses. Although there are no completely hypoallergenic dogs, there are options that generally cause fewer reactions in allergic people.


1. Portuguese Water Dog

The most famous Portuguese water dog is former First Dog, Bo, who lived in the White House with the Obamas. They are excellent swimmers who worked alongside Portuguese fishermen for centuries. As a working dog, they do need plenty of exercise and will happily chase a ball or stick into the nearest lake. Loyal, affectionate and good with children, Portuguese water dogs are also low shedders, making them a good pick for people with allergies.

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