Are there really hypoallergenic or allergen-free pets? Not entirely. This term more accurately describes pets that are less likely to stir up allergy symptoms.

There are no truly allergy-free pets. That’s because all pets shed dander (tiny flecks of skin) which trigger allergies. If you still want a pet but don’t want to risk significant allergy symptoms, consider the following breeds of dogs and cats which are generally easier on the allergies:

1. Bedlington Terrier

These dogs weigh between 17 and 23 pounds and have wooly, curly hair. In spite of their thick hair, though, they don’t shed much which minimizes the effects of dander.

2. Bichon Frise

Fluffy and oh-so-adorable, a Bichon Frise can be a great fit for allergy sufferers. Like the Bedlington Terrier, it doesn’t shed much.

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3. Devon Rex Cat

A Devon has big ears and an elf-like face and is less prone to shedding hair.

4. Sphynx Cat

A Sphynx Cat is hairless which can mean less dander, but beware that proteins found in the body oils of the cat may elicit allergies in some people.

And if hypoallergenic pets don’t work for you, a better approach may be to treat your pet allergies through allergy immunotherapy available through allergyshots or sublingual (under-the-tongue) drops. That way you can have the pet of your choice and feel good, too.