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You wouldn’t disown a family member over allergies, but many families forego their puppy parenting dreams to keep the family allergy free. Not all dog breeds trigger watery eyes and sneezes, however: Some shed less, have less dander or don’t have any fur at all! We found the top 10 best -- and cutest -- dog breeds for a family with an allergy problem.

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6. Shih Tzu

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.

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Comments on "Top 10 best hypoallergenic dog breeds"

Andie April 15, 2014 | 10:36 PM

To Annie, i have a teacup maltese and she's 12 yrs and great. she does not exhibit any allergies of her own. however my daughter , in college , does seem allergic to Lily when she's here . I think she's a very easy dog , sweet disposition , easy easy dog . love her . I'm sorry you lost your dog at such a young age , but i don't think that should preclude you from getting a maltese again .

Annie April 04, 2014 | 1:07 PM

We lost our beloved Maltese- Weezel February 18th. He would have been 7 years old on Feb. 28th. He never shed or had any bad breath or dog odor at all. I made the mistake of spoiling him rotten and he thought he was my boss totally. He was a hypo-allergenic dog to people but they poor little guy himself had very bad allergies. His eyes watered a lot and had to be cleaned two or three times per day and he coughed a lot and itched a lot but his skin looked perfect. We had to put him on prednisone as a maintenance drug to control the allergies and I think it probably shortened his life but at least he was comfortable from his allergies. The vets never could figure out what he was allergic to and said a lot of white non shedding dogs have allergies like that. I really miss him can't decide if I should get another Maltese or some other type dog afraid I will get another one with those bad allergies.

Amy April 03, 2014 | 9:12 PM

To Cathy, Yes standard poodles are great but are not the ultimate dog. I had a couple of poodles and loved them BUT the MALTESE is and always will be the greatest dog

Caitlin March 30, 2014 | 9:26 AM

I have terrible fur allergies and I have a maltese / toy poodle and have NO problems at all!

Patti March 19, 2014 | 1:42 PM

My 13 year old maltese grew up with a teenage boy and preteen boy. We always had a houseful of kids and one very happy to play maltese. He is now an adult maltese and is more content to watch the grandchildren play then cuddle during their downtime. One of the happiest and very affectionate dogs I have ever owned.

Nancy March 17, 2014 | 9:47 PM

Hey,, What about the Maltese? , we have one and also a Yorkie they weigh 5 lbs. each, and our Maltese doesn't shed, have dandruff, or smell,, and uses a peepad, same as our Yorkie, I would put the Maltese there equal to the Yorkie.

Nicole March 11, 2014 | 3:17 PM

I totally agree with the list with the exception of the poodle. Not sure why but poodles make my eyes swell shut and I get hives all over. Love the breed but I can never have one :(

Lisa March 11, 2014 | 8:09 AM

I'm allergic to dogs. For some reason, I usually don't have a problem with long haired dogs. I'm not sure what causes allergic reactions but I've been around many dogs and it's always the short haired ones that bother me. I've had an American Eskimo, a chow mix, a golden mix, a springer & a sheltie. None of these dogs have bothered me. I've been through the allergy tests and have been proven to be allergic. I just have to stick with long haired dogs. Doesn't make sense but it's true.

Helen March 04, 2014 | 12:53 PM

This list of '10' is totally bogus, in my opinion, with the exception of the poodle. Come on! Anyone who knows dog allergies, can quickly see. The Samoyed? Pulllllleeeeeze. As another poster wrote, any dog with a 'coat' (opposed to one layer of hair), has dander, from where the allergens come. My dog is a Maltese. One layer of HAIR (no coat), and I keep her in a long 'show groom'. Not a HINT of allergies. (For the girl who can't be in her mom's house, due to a Maltese? ... Check for dust bunnies! It's NOT the dog.) G U A R E N T E E D !!!

Emily March 04, 2014 | 10:37 AM

SAY NO TO BASENJIS!!!!!!!! My family had one it was the worst dog ever. He was untrainable and mean very stubborn I do not recommend owning one of these dogs

ib February 13, 2014 | 5:07 PM

I am severely allergic to dogs, and my mom has a Maltese. I cannot be in her house for very long at all.

Cathy February 10, 2014 | 8:31 PM

A standard poodle is and always will be the ultimate dog. If you disagree it's because you don't have one. Get one.

ShittyPants February 09, 2014 | 4:43 PM

were are the doggies?

Rob February 07, 2014 | 1:30 PM

Dog hair does not cause allergy reactions. It's caused by dander, which flakes off the skin. How can you trust this list if the author keeps repeating a common misconception.

Susan January 28, 2014 | 2:34 PM

I am shocked that the labradoodle is listed as hypoallergenic, therefor I don't trust this list. It totally depends on whether it inherits any of the qualities of the lab coat or not. There is no way you can guarantee a mix not inheriting one of its parents or grandparents traits. I will stick with 100% poodle.

Nancy January 20, 2014 | 12:51 PM

Samoyeds ARE hypo-allergenic. Not sure why some people are commenting that they aren't. Hypo-allergenic has nothing to do with whether a dog sheds or not, it has to do with pet dander, which they have none. Both my husband and daughter are very allergic to animals but not our Samoyed. Also an extremely friendly breed.

Morgan January 18, 2014 | 5:18 PM

Actually, Samysoyed ARE hypoallergenic. Many people don't believe this, only because they are very big. Most hypoallergenic breeds are very small, but a few are large.

Maggie January 18, 2014 | 4:30 PM

Would love to get a snoodle, does anyone know of a GREAT breeder in the Massachusetts area?

yvonne January 16, 2014 | 5:31 PM

Morkies do not shed, therefore they must be brushed and groomed regularly. Morkie appearance varies widely, some expressing more of a Yorkshire terrier appearance and some a more Maltese look.

Susan January 14, 2014 | 8:13 PM

We just lost our schnoodle, Paris. She was the best best doggie we ever had. She was smart, friendly, lovable and loyal. She never bit or growled.She was not a barker. She loved people and was very well behaved. She went to the office with us every day. She never shed and my husband, who has allergies, never had a problem with her. She was the best!

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