Worst Dog Breeds for People With Allergies

Updated March 23, 2017

The length of a dog's hair and the amount it sheds are actually relatively inconsequential factors for people with dog allergies. People who are allergic to dogs are typically allergic to dog dander, the tiny particles from old skin cells that are sloughed off as the skin renews itself. Dog saliva and urine also can cause allergic reactions. Certain dog breeds produce more dander than others, making them more problematic for people with allergies.

Irish Setter

Irish setters are a popular family dog that originated in Ireland. They were initially bred as a hunting dog. They weigh 27.2 to 31.8 Kilogram and have long red coats that must be brushed regularly to prevent knots. Frequent brushing is absolutely necessary, but unfortunately it also increases the amount of dander produced by these dogs.

German Shepherd Dog

German shepherds are renowned as the "world's leading police, guard and military dog," according to the American Kennel Club. German shepherds have long, thick, coarse coats that must be groomed regularly. This frequent grooming causes the dog to release large amounts of dander. This breed also replenishes its skin at a faster rate than most other dog breeds, creating further problems for allergy sufferers.

West Highland white terrier,

West Highland white terriers are small white dogs, often called "Westies." Their hair usually grows to be about 2 inches long. They originated from Scotland, and are popular family dogs and travel well with their owners. Unfortunately, they are prone to seborrhoea, which causes the skin to renew itself up to seven times as frequently as most other dog breeds.

Cocker Spaniel

Cocker spaniels are the smallest of the spaniels, and according to the American Kennel Club, they are one of the most popular dog breeds. They do well as family dogs, and have a natural inclination for hunting. Their coats can have varying textures, and may be wavy, silky or flat. They require frequent grooming and trimming to keep their coat smooth and free of knots.

English Springer Spaniel

English springer spaniels originated in England, as their name suggests. They are usually 18.1 to 22.7 Kilogram, and have a dense undercoat and long outer coat. While originally breed for hunting, they have become a popular family dog. They are closely related to cocker spaniels, and their coats require the same frequent grooming, making them equally problematic for allergy sufferers.

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Morgan Owens has a Bachelor of Science in criminal justice, and minors in biology and psychology. She attended Boston University and is currently applying to law school for matriculation in 2014. Her articles have been published on numerous informational websites.