And now we’re to it. The last post in my series on small hypoallergenic dog breeds. These dogs are primarily of the non-sporting variety, one mixed breed, and one sight hound. In all cases, these small hypoallergenic dog breeds can make great additions to any family.
Small Hypoallergenic Dog Breeds – Everything Else
This final post in my three part series on small hypoallergenic dog breeds covers every dog not in the toy or terrier category. All of these dogs are adorable in their own right, and they’re all easy on the allergies.
Many believe that the Xoloitzcuintli hypoallergenic dog breed or Mexican Hairless might be descended from the the first dogs on the North American continent. This breed is completely hairless except for a tuft of its head. However, if you look closely, you’ll see a handsome animal with a strongly muscled body and a deep chest.
The Mexican Hairless has a calm demeanor and a strong protective streak. It is attentive and loving with its family, but it can be aloof towards strangers. A consummate watch dog, it can be territorial and should be socialized early and often to prevent aggression.
The Lowchen was bred as a companion dog. It has an even temperament and is affectionate and gentle with an active streak, as well. It learns quickly and is easy to train – with the exception of house training. Even then, with patience, the Lowchen can be completely and permanently housebroken. Although it loves its family, the Lowchen can be shy around strangers, so socialization is key.
The most endearing aspect of the Bichon Frise is its cheerfulness. This is a breed that loves to be loved. Its charming, playful demeanor makes it a joy to be around at all times. Although it has an independent streak, the Bichon hates to be alone, so it isn’t a breed for people who are always on the go. Bichons are highly intelligent and prone to mischief, so training is absolutely required. Don’t be surprised if you can’t be mad at this pooch when it chews your sneakers, though.
The Kyi-Leo has its beginnings in the 1950s with the accidental mating of a Lhasa Apso and a Maltese. The cute factor was immediately recognized, and breeding continued. This breed is extremely affectionate, intelligent, and eager to please. It’s also good with children and other animals. It’s a highly alert little dog, so socialization and desensitization to sounds and noises are key to minimizing barking.
The Italian Greyhound is a sight hound which served double duty as a companion to noblewomen and a small game hunter in the middle ages. Today, the Italian Greyhound serves as a companion rather than a hunter. It is a sensitive, alert, smart, and playful dog that loves its family. This breed sticks to its people like glue, and it loves to snuggle. Although it’s head over heels for its family, it is most often shy with strangers.
Last But Certainly Not Least
These are the last of every single small hypoallergenic dog breed out there. Although these are last in the series, they are most certainly not least. All of these small hypoallergenic dogs make wonderful companions, and they are all especially easy on allergies.
If you’re interested in any of these breeds, remember to make adoption your first option. Even if you can’t find one of these breeds at your local shelter there are numerous breeds specific rescues online. It’s a great way to get the small hypoallergenic dog of your dreams and give a dog in need a great home.
Do you have any of these small hypoallergenic dog breeds? Tell us in the comments about your favorites!