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Small Hypoallergenic Dogs

If you are allergic to dogs then you may have had a hard time finding a dog that you could have as a pet, even if you love dogs very much. Fortunately, there are some breeds that are considered “hypoallergenic.” No breed is completely hypoallergenic but some breeds are considered to be a good choice for people with allergies. They can have a single-layer coat, for example, and not shed. Or they can be very curly. There are several small dog breeds which are considered hypoallergenic. Here are some small hypoallergenic dogs you may wish to consider.

Bichon Frise

The Bichon Frise is a small, white dog with a double coat that curls. The outer coat is textured and the undercoat is silky. These dogs do not shed. They need to be groomed regularly. Most owners have their dogs professionally clipped about every 6 to 8 weeks with an all-over pet trim. The Bichon is a friendly, happy, cheerful little dog and they are very intelligent. They are a gentle, playful breed.

Chinese Crested

The Chinese Crested comes in two coat varieties. They can be hairless, with soft, silky hair on top of their head, a plume for a tail, and socks. Their hairless skin is smooth and soft. The Powderpuff variety is fluffy all over and the coat is a double coat with straight, soft hair. The Crested doesn’t shed very much and they are often recommended for people with allergy problems. The hairless variety can have problems with sunburn and skin irritations. The Chinese Crested is a playful, alert, gentle breed.

Maltese

The Maltese has a long, beautiful, flowing white coat that is one single-coated layer. Their hair is silky and it needs to be brushed daily. The Maltese is a good choice for allergy-sufferers despite having a long coat that needs frequent grooming. They are a very clean breed. The Maltese is gentle, playful, brave, intelligent and full of energy.

Toy Poodle

The Toy Poodle is the smallest member of the Poodle family. They have a single-layer coat that curls and which does not shed. Poodles of all varieties can be kept in a variety of different cuts but most pet owners prefer to keep them in an all-over pet trim. You can learn to clipper your dog yourself but most pet owners have their Toy Poodles professionally trimmed about every 6 to 8 weeks. The Toy Poodle is exceptionally smart and they learn very quickly. The Poodle is ranked as one of the smartest of all dog breeds. They love to be the center of attention and they make wonderful pets.

Mini Schnauzer

The Miniature Schnauzer is a member of the Terrier group but he is quite small, standing only 12 to 14 inches tall at the shoulder. This breed is very popular with people who live in apartments and cities, but they are equally happy in the country. They are a good choice for people with allergies. The Miniature Schnauzer has a wire coat that is wiry on the outside with a soft undercoat. They are salt and pepper, black, and black and silver. They have a very distinguished full beard and upright ears. They do not shed but their wire coat needs to be professionally trimmed every couple of months. They have a terrier personality and they can be protective. They make a good watchdog for the house. This is a very popular breed.

Conclusion

If you have allergies, you can still have a dog. There are some wonderful small hypoallergenic dogs who make excellent pets. Check out the breeds discussed here and see if one of them might appeal to you. Be sure to meet the dog in person to see if it activates your allergy.

Smallest Dog

There are several breeds which could claim to be the smallest dog breed.  Among the contenders are the Chihuahua, the Yorkshire Terrier, and the Pomeranian.  All of these breeds typically weigh under 10 pounds.  Here’s a look at some of the smallest dogs.

What Is the Smallest Dog in the World?

Chihuahua

Most people would probably agree that the Chihuahua is the smallest dog in the world.  They can weigh up to 6 pounds but if they get much bigger than that then they are overweight.  Some people breed and sell Chihuahuas that are as small as possible but there are health risks involved in breeding these dogs too small.  Chihuahuas can be either long-coated or smooth-coated.

Yorkshire Terrier

Another breed which would be considered one of the smallest breeds in the world is the Yorkshire Terrier.  These beautiful little dogs have a long, flowing coat in tan and blue.  They weigh between 4 and 7 pounds.

Pomeranian

The beautiful Pomeranian is a tiny dog that weighs between 3 and 7 pounds.  At one time they were much larger, weighing up to 30 pounds, and were used to pull sleds, but now they are purely companion dogs. They have a thick, dense coat that requires a great deal of grooming.

Japanese Chin

The Japanese Chin is another very small dog that only stands up to about 11 inches tall. They have always been a companion dog.

Papillon

The dainty Papillon (the name means “butterfly” because of the butterfly-like ears) has always been a companion dog.  These little dogs are happy and love to play.  They stand up to 11 inches tall at the shoulder.

Maltese

The lovely Maltese is one of the smallest breeds of dogs in the world.  They weigh less than 7 pounds.  This breed has been known for more than 2000 years and they come from the island of Malta in the Mediterranean.  As far as we know, this breed has always been a companion dog.

The Official Title “World’s Smallest Dog”

All of the breeds discussed above have been bred to be their current size.  However, the title of “World’s Smallest Dog” currently belongs to a dog named Gracie who is a Pug.  She weighs one pound, six ounces.  She is less than six inches tall.  It is believed that she suffers from a form of dwarfism.  Pugs generally weigh around 18 pounds and stand up to 10 inches tall.

Where Can I Find Pictures of the World’s Smallest Dog?

You can find a picture of Gracie, the World’s Smallest Dog on this site:  http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/3862597/Is-pooch-worlds-smallest-dog.html

You can find photos of most of the breeds of the smallest dogs on this web site:  http://www.dogbreed4u.com/article/world-top-10-smallest-dog-breeds ; or by visiting the AKC web site and looking at the Toy group:  http://www.akc.org/breeds/toy_group.cfm

Smallest Dog

Conclusion

There are quite a few breeds that weigh less than 10 pounds if you are looking for a very small dog.  However, do be careful if you are buying a very small dog.  Dogs that are bred to be extremely small for their particular breed can suffer from additional health problems related to their size.