When it comes to canine allergies, any dog can be affected. Just like people, there are a lot of different variables that are involved in the presence of allergies. Where a dog lives, what it’s diet and general health is like and even their genetics. Although mixed breed dogs are affected by allergies also, science has shown that many purebred dogs have a genetic predisposition to skin allergies. While this doesn’t mean that every dog of said breed will be affected, it just means that allergies are more commonly present in these breeds. Again, environment and diet play a huge role in whether or not allergies are present or how severe they are, but if you’re looking to avoid the problematic veterinary costs and grooming associated with skin allergies, you might want to consider choosing a different breed.
#1 – Golden Retriever
Golden Retrievers are a very popular dog breed because of their friendly disposition and even-temperament. They are an excellent choice for active families with children of all ages. Unfortunately, Goldens are often affected by allergies – both food and environmental. They are prone to getting hot spots (acute moist dermatitis) from licking and chewing their itchy skin. However, the breed is still a great choice for someone looking for an easy-going, social companion.
#2 – Labrador Retriever
The Labrador Retriever is one of the most popular dog breeds in the world and with good reason. They are extremely friendly dogs that do well with people of all ages, including young children. Labradors are very commonly used as guide dogs and service dogs because of their gentle demeanor. The breed is prone to allergies, however, and they can be seasonal or year-round. Still, these dogs make an excellent choice for active families.
#3 – German Shepherd Dog
German Shepherds are popular dogs as both companions and for various working venues. They can be found in law enforcement and military work, as guide dogs and service dogs and much more. Unfortunately, the health of the German Shepherd Dog has declined over the years and one of the common ailments found in the breed is allergies. Despite its prevalence, however, these dogs still make wonderful companions for active families and do well with children of all ages.
#4 – Cocker Spaniel
There are two types of Cocker Spaniel, the English Cocker Spaniel and the American Cocker Spaniel. Although originally one breed, they are now two different breeds with slightly different temperaments. However, they have many similarities. One of these, unfortunately, is being prone to allergies. Cocker Spaniels make great active companions, despite the health concerns within the breed, although they are not always the best choice for children.
#5 – Boxer
The Boxer is an active working dog from Germany. Originally a hunting dog, they were quickly incorporated into military and police work as guard dogs. The Boxer is still protective of its family today, but is much more social than its ancestors. Boxers are very active, energetic dogs that do best with ample amounts of exercise. The breed is prone to severe allergies, as well as other skin conditions, which can become a nuisance.
#6 – Bichon Frise
The Bichon Frise was developed as a companion dog, a job it still excels at today. They are friendly and cheerful dogs ready to play with their families and strangers alike and do well with children. Allergies are one of the most common problems within the breed and they are known for excessive scratching and chewing that can lead to hot spots and other infections. With extra care, however, they make great companions.