Finding a large dog when you have allergies can be challenging! If you suffer from allergies but want a furry companion in your life, you should look to hypoallergenic dogs.
What is a Hypoallergenic Dog?
Hypoallergenic dogs cause minimal allergic reactions in humans. Although no dog can be truly hypoallergenic, you may find more relief around dogs classified as hypoallergenic.
Typically, dog allergies are caused by dander.
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.
It’s the same idea for dog allergies.
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 (preventing the spread of dander around your home), have low levels of dander, or both.
By looking to hypoallergenic dogs, allergy sufferers can still enjoy the company of a four-legged friend!
10 Big 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 the big guys?
Here are the top 10 hypoallergenic dog breeds that you can consider getting as a pet!
1. Portuguese Water Dog
The Portuguese Water Dog is a large dog breed 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 Spaniel is another non-shedding large hypoallergenic dog.
They can reach up to 23 inches in height and 65 pounds in weight.
Irish Water Spaniel are well known for its 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
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.
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.
6. Afghan Hound
Many people recognize Afghan Hounds’ 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. Airdale Terrier
Airdale 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! Airdale Terriers are highly intelligent but can be stubborn at times, making it essential you stick to a training schedule.
Airdale 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. They are low to non-shedding dogs that 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.
Bergamasco Shepherds are usually calm and only need a moderate amount of exercise each day.
10. Doodle Breeds
There are many different types of Doodle breed dogs. Essentially, a Doodle dog is a dog who is half Poodle and half another breed. They are non-shedding and can make great family companions when trained properly.
The biggest hypoallergenic dog is the Giant Schnauzer.
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 Best Large Hypoallergenic Dogs For Your Family
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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About the Author:
Dana is a Sheepadoodle owner and expat in Germany. While living in Europe, Dana and her husband always make sure that when they go on road trips, their pup Kaya gets to come along. Dana loves to highlight dog-friendly places you can travel to with your pooch so that your entire family can have fun together!
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