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Dog breeds to avoid if your kids have allergies

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If your kids have allergies, these dog breeds might not be a good choice

Just because your kiddos have allergies to pets doesn't mean your home must be a dog-free zone. But you certainly need to steer clear of dogs that shed and drool excessively. Though fluffy, cuddly or sloppy-jowled pups are irresistibly lovable, they rank high on the list of non-hypoallergenic dogs. We've rounded up 13 dog breeds that are the worst offenders for children with allergies.


The Akita has a beautiful coat that comes in many colors, but it heavily sheds its coat in spring and fall, making it a poor choice for kiddos with dog allergies.

German Shepherd

Another non-hypoallergenic dog, the German Shepherd is sometimes called the "German Shedder" because it drops fur year-round and especially in the spring and fall.

Siberian Husky

Well-attired in a thick double coat, the Siberian Husky sheds like crazy all year but lets loose of its "blow coat" twice a year. No one can escape it.

Alaskan Malamute

The Alaskan Malamute also has a biannual "blow coat" along with constant daily shedding, which can quickly affect kids with dog allergies.

Chow Chow

Since the Chow's irresistible cuddly coat comes out in handfuls when it sheds, kids with dog allergies need to keep their distance. The independent Chow will appreciate it since this dog breed isn't big into hugs.

Great Pyrenees

Who can resist running their hands through the gorgeous coat of the Great Pyrenees? Children certainly can't, and the kiddos with pet allergies will find themselves in a fit of sneezes with this heavy-shedding dog.


In addition to the never-ending shedding, the larger-than-life Newfoundland is also a drooler. The combination of giant canine, endless fur flying and drool slinging is a sneeze- and wheeze-inducing trifecta for kids with allergies.

Labrador Retriever

Though the lovable Lab doesn't sport a long coat, this non-hypoallergenic canine does shed, and the resulting dander can lead to allergic reactions.

Doberman Pinscher

The Doberman Pinscher sports a smooth coat, and although it does shed less than a long double coat, this devoted dog drops dander more than other smooth-coated dog breed.

Basset Hound

Another smooth-coated canine, the Basset Hound sheds and leaves dander in its wake. To make allergy matters worse, this droopy-faced dog drools and drools.


A well-known drool flinger, the Bloodhound is also a heavy shedder. Though this affectionate dog is considered a child-loving dog, there is no way to overlook the pools of drool nor the constant dropping of fur.

English Bulldog

Drool, drool, slurp and more drool, the English Bulldog can't help but leave saliva everywhere. In addition to leaving wet spots on most surfaces of your home, this non-hypoallergenic dog also sheds fur and dander.

Saint Bernard

A giant of the canines, the Saint Bernard sheds big and drools big. Despite being a lover of children, kids with allergies need to be rescued from the allergens when this dog is in their midst.

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