Long ago – somewhere between 20,000 and 40,000 years ago – a group of hunters and gatherers in continental Europe began a symbiotic relationship with a group of wolves gathered on the edge of their camp. That relationship eventually turned into a form of domestication, and this wolf pack began to behave like modern village dogs: friendly to people but not living in specific households or very “pet-like”. Eventually, ancient peoples began to breed these semi-domesticated dogs for specific skills such as hunting, herding, and guarding. The rest is history.
Over the years, dogs have more than earned their title of man’s best friend. Loyal, hardworking, and lovable dogs are the most popular pets in the United States. By 2020, around 50 million households had at least one dog. However, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America reports that an estimated three in ten people with allergies are allergic to dogs and cats. For many, this sensitivity to dander and other pet allergens will keep them from having a puppy no matter how much they want one.
Here is some good news for those with allergies: There are a handful of dog breeds that are actually hypoallergenic. These breeds are poor in dandruff or have fur that reflects human hair better than dog fur. They are suitable for animals with animal sensitivity, and their presence won’t make you sneeze or watery eyes.
In the slides below, Nom Nom has identified the most popular small hypoallergenic dogs using 2019 data (published May 1, 2020) from the American Kennel Club’s dog breed popularity ratings and dog breed characteristics. Each breed of dog on this list is registered with the American Kennel Club, is small, and has minimal dandruff – a common cause of allergies in pet owners. Click through to find your new, sneeze-free, furry best friend.