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Hypoallergenic dog breeds that will save you from a lot of sniffles

These dog breeds are the perfect companions for allergy sufferers

Tons of Americans suffer from nasal allergies — around 50 million to be exact, according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America — but that doesn't mean they all have to avoid adopting a dog. By choosing a breed that doesn't trigger an allergy attack, you can stay healthy and fall in love with a pet.

Though these low-dander canines work for most allergy-prone people, you might want to spend time with a particular breed before you take one home. The types of dogs we researched are known to be friendly to most allergy sufferers, but there's still a possibility they could cause a reaction.

1. Bichon frise

These dog breeds are the perfect companions for allergy sufferers
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Don't let the puffy coat fool you. These little marshmallows are jolly, easy to train and don't shed. The bichon frise is great for a family wanting a small, cheerful dog as an easygoing companion.

Perfect for apartments, they tend to max out at a petite 12 inches tall and weigh only 7 to 12 pounds but can generally get plenty of exercise indoors. They also live a very long life, at 15 or more years.

Next Up: Schnauzer

Originally published March 2016. Updated December 2016.

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