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Top 10 best hypoallergenic dog breeds

The perfect dogs for people with allergies

With allergies on the rise, especially among children, there are more allergy-conscious pet owners than ever before. Before you pick up a new pup that could trigger sneezing and watery eyes, check out some of the best nonallergic breeds out there — that also happen to be some of the cutest too.

6. Shih tzu

The perfect dogs for people with allergies
Image: Beverley Goodwin/Flickr

Despite those long, silky locks, this breed sheds very lightly. Although they need a lot of grooming, they are affectionate, kind and easygoing. But be wary: Shih tzus tend to become jealous of babies and toddlers, so protect your other little loved ones from their insecurity. Even though they're only up to 11 inches and 16 pounds, they may not be the best fit for families with small kids who don't know how to act around dogs (or if your dog isn't properly obedience-trained).

These pups are also prone to a host of health problems that can add to the amount of maintenance they require (especially as they get older), but if you're like many dog lovers, showering your baby with affection is your favorite hobby anyway, right?

More: Kuma the Shih Tzu has better hair than we do (PHOTOS)

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