No dog is 100 percent hypoallergenic.
However, breeds with non shedding coats provoke fewer allergic reactions because they produce less dander.
The American Kennel Club (New York) suggests several breeds as possible pets for allergy sufferers
* Bedlington terrier.
* Bichon frise.
* Chinese crested.
* Irish water spaniel.
* Kerry blue terrier.
* Poodles (toy, miniature or standard).
* Portuguese water dog.
* Schnauzer (miniature, standard or giant).
* Soft-coated wheaten terrier.
These breeds may be just what the doctor ordered for people with allergies
There are a variety of sizes, energy levels and temperaments, yet all are well established in their coat type.
Many of these breeds have risen in popularity in the last decade. The Chinese crested ranked 57th out of 153 AKC breeds, up from 73rd. The Portuguese water dog jumped to 69th, up from 86th.
The poodle remains in the top 10. The miniature schnauzer and Maltese are in the top 25, and the bichon frise is in the top 30.