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They say dogs are man's best friend, but they can be the worst enemies of people with allergies. Dog allergies can bring sneezing, itchy eyes, stuffy noses, and skin rashes. 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 breeds that generally cause fewer reactions in allergic people. Low-allergy dogs allow people to experience the joy of a furry companion without allergy symptoms.

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1. Portuguese Water Dog

The most famous Portuguese water dog is former First Dog, Bo, who lived in the White House with the Obamas. Water dogs are excellent swimmers who worked alongside Portuguese fishermen for centuries. As a working dog, they do need plenty of exercise and will happily play fetch or join you for a run. 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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