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Finding a large dog when you have allergies can be challenging.
But luckily, it’s not impossible and there are a range of large dogs with different personalities and temperaments that are also hypoallergenic.
Hypoallergenic dogs cause minimal allergic reactions in humans. And although no dog can be truly hypoallergenic, you may find more relief around dogs classified as hypoallergenic.
What makes a dog hypoallergenic?
Here’s how it works:
Imagine being allergic to flowers. When you’re inside your home, you probably wouldn’t feel your allergies as strongly as being in a garden surrounded by flowers.
Now let’s imagine someone brings the flowers inside, but not only that, they sprinkle the petals around your house…
You’ll probably start to feel your pesky allergies flair up…despite not being in a garden.
It’s the same idea for dog allergies.
All dogs have dander, but when a dog sheds, the dander on their fur becomes spread throughout your home, and since dog fur can hide in cracks and crevasses, it’s hard to fully clean up. Thus, your allergies will go wild.
Hypoallergenic dogs are either:
- low shedders due to having hair instead of fur (preventing the spread of dander around your home)
- have low levels of dander that usually won’t trigger allergies (unless you have severe allergies)
- or are both 1 and 2
While no dog can be 100% hypoallergenic, allergy sufferers can get major relief from hypoallergenic dogs!
Now that we understand a bit of how dog allergies work, let’s talk pups.
There are plenty of small hypoallergenic dog breeds but what about big dogs?
Here are the top 10 big hypoallergenic dog breeds that you can consider getting as a pet!
10 of the Best Large Hypoallergenic Dogs
1. Portuguese Water Dog
Portuguese Water Dogs are big dogs that don’t shed. They were initially bred to assist fishermen by herding fish into nets. They can grow up to 60 pounds in weight and 22 inches in height.
The Portuguese Water Dog is an active dog that requires lots of daily exercise.
They make an excellent guard dog due to their size as well as their high intellect, making it an excellent addition to most families.
2. Irish Water Spaniel
Irish Water Spaniels are big dogs that don’t shed a lot.
They can reach up to 23 inches in height and 65 pounds in weight.
Irish Water Spaniels are well known for their high adaptability level and the ability to be an excellent companion.
However, they are not suitable for laidback owners. This large dog needs constant socialization and daily walks.
3. Standard Poodle
Poodles are large dogs that don’t shed.
The Standard Poodle is everyone’s favorite large hypoallergenic dog that can weigh up to 60 pounds.
Poodles make exceptional pets due to their friendly and fun-loving character. They can be lively and intelligent, too!
Poodles are highly intelligent and trainable. However, Poodles are known for their ability to jump high, making a high-fence a must for your backyard.
The Standard Poodle is also active and won’t be suitable for laid back owners.
Note: the Poodle comes in all sizes, from miniature to standard. All have the same temperament, though the larger ones might need more upkeep than the rest!
4. Giant Schnauzer
Another popular big hypoallergenic dog breed, the Giant Schnauzer, is usually bred as a herding or guard dog due to their intimidating size. The Giant Schnauzer’s weight ranges from 65 to 90 pounds, and they can grow up to 27 inches in height.
Giant Schnauzers don’t shed a lot, but they still shed a little fur.
While they make a good guard dog, they can often be stubborn and difficult to train. Also, if you have young children in the house, you might want to conduct training to the dog before you introduce the kids to the dog. Fun fact: Giant Schnauzers were used during WW1 and WW2 as messenger dogs!
We love Samoyed for the straight, white-colored double coat that gives it an angelic appearance.
The Samoyed is a hypoallergenic dog breed easy to keep at home, but with a caveat. You see, Samoyed love being around humans, and they do not react very well if there is a lack of human companionship.
As such, we will encourage you to provide the Samoyed with intelligent dog toys so that the dog can be kept busy while you can’t tend to them.
It’s important to note that Samoyed shed—a lot! However, they have low levels of dander which is why Samoyeds are hypoallergenic dogs.
6. Afghan Hound
Afghan Hounds are low-shedding dogs with long and silky hair.
Although beautiful and unique, the Afghan Hound is not for everybody. Busy people will struggle to find the time to exercise and groom an Afghan Hound. They can grow up to 27 inches while weighing at 65 pounds.
This hypoallergenic dog has a majestic appearance, but don’t be fooled. They are incredibly goofy! Nonetheless, their strong deposition and notoriously stubborn character make them challenging to train for beginner dog owners.
7. Airedale Terrier
Airedale Terriers are another large hypoallergenic dog with minimal shedding. Their shedding is mostly limited to the change in seasons.
This friendly dog can be a bit goofy at times! Airedale Terriers are highly intelligent but can be stubborn at times, making it essential you stick to a training schedule.
Airedale Terriers are a high-energy breed and would do best in homes with large yards to play in or active owners who can take them out often.
8. Lagotto Romagnolo
Also known as “Italian Waterdogs”, the Lagotto Ramognolo was originally bred to hunt waterfowl in Italy. And now, this Italian pooch is putting its keen sense of smell to good use by sniffing for truffles. Lagotta Romagnolo’s are on the smaller side and usually weigh no more than 35 pounds according to the AKC.
The Lagotta Romagnolo has medium energy levels and enjoys spending time with their families. Lagotto Ramognolos are large dogs that don’t shed. They also require lots of brushing and grooming.
9. Bergamasco Shepherd
The Bergamasco Shepherd is a large hypoallergenic dog weighing between 55 and 85 pounds. Most people are drawn in by their unique coats, which is actually three different textures of hair that naturally form flocks–flat layers of felted hair.
While their coats look tedious, Bergamasco Shepherd’s are non-shedding dogs that don’t require any combing or brushing!
Bergamasco Shepherds are usually calm and only need a moderate amount of exercise each day.
The Labradoodle is a cross between the Labrador Retriever and a Poodle. They are highly intelligent and easily trained.
They are also very friendly and good with children. Labradoodles are low-shedding and hypoallergenic, making them a good choice for people with allergies. They come in many different colors, including black, brown, white, cream, red, apricot, and silver.
Labradoodles need their curly coats brushed and combed often.
When you cross a Bernese Mountain Dog with a Poodle you get a Bernedoodle—a dog that is loyal, loves to be around its family, and is intelligent as well!
They need moderate exercise and are great for active families who want to spend time going on walks, playing fetch, and doing training.
Bernedoodles requires plenty of brushing and trips to the groomers.
Goldendoodles are adorable crosses between Golden Retrievers and Poodles. They have a calm disposition but need plenty of walks and enrichment.
They are the best of both worlds. They have the intelligence and obedience of a Poodle with the friendly, outgoing personality of a Golden Retriever. They are highly trainable and love to please their owners.
These affectionate dogs make great family pets. They are gentle with children and get along well with other animals. Goldendoodles are active dogs who enjoy playing fetch and going for walks. They need plenty of exercise and mental stimulation to stay happy and healthy.
Despite their teddy bear-like appearance, Goldendoodles can be strong-willed dogs. They require firm, consistent training from a young age to prevent them from becoming stubborn or unruly. With the right owner, a Goldendoodle can be a loving, loyal companion for life.
Just like the other Doodles on our list, Goldendoodles require a fair amount of brushing and at-home grooming. Owning a Doodle is not for the faint of heart, as you’ll need to put in a lot of effort to keep their curly coats mat-free.
The Sheepadoodle is a cross between an Old English Sheepdog and a Poodle. Sheepadoodles are known for their big and loveable personalities. Not only are they affectionate and sweet, but they can also be stubborn and have a mind of their own.
Sheepadoodles love being the center of attention and need lots of exercise and mental stimulation.
You will need to spend lots of time brushing and grooming your Sheepadoodle to keep their coats free of tangles and knots!
The biggest hypoallergenic dog is the Giant Schnauzer. Giant Schnauzers can weigh up to 90 pounds.
Hypoallergenic does not mean “non-shedding.” Some hypoallergenic dogs still shed.
The Poodle is one of the smartest dogs and is hypoallergenic as well!
The price of a hypoallergenic dog varies depending on what breed you are getting. You can find many hypoallergenic dogs in shelters for an adoption fee. In general, hypoallergenic puppies can cost between $500 and $2,500.
Which Big Hypoallergenic Dog is Right For You?
There are many large hypoallergenic dogs to choose from. However, no dog is truly hypoallergenic but the above dogs can help lessen your allergies.
What big hypoallergenic dog breed do you wish to adopt? Leave a comment below and let us know!
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