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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

The odds are huge that you or someone you love suffers from allergies, in one form or another. According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, nasal allergies affect around 50 million people in the U.S., and they're the most common health issue among children. But even if you fall among the allergic majority, you don't have to give up on getting a furry friend — as long as you choose a dog that doesn't trigger an allergy attack.

While these low-dander dogs are friendly to most allergy sufferers, it helps to visit and spend time with a particular breed to see if it causes an allergic reaction before committing to a pup.

11. 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.

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