10 Worst Dog Breeds for People With Allergies

Basset Hound

Basset hounds are generally sweet, lovable, and mild-mannered, with a characterful stubborn streak. They are one of the most favored hounds, but not necessarily the right choice for people with allergies.

Doberman Pinscher

If you are a big dog lover looking for a smart and trainable protector, a Doberman would be a perfect choice—as long as you don't have allergies. This breed frequently triggers flare-ups.

German shepherds are one of the most enduringly popular breeds. They're smart, eager to please, devoted, and brave. Unfortunately, this dog has been known to trigger bad allergic reactions.

German Shepherd

Siberian Husky

Huskies are another prevalent breed. Strikingly beautiful, athletic, and friendly, they are well-suited to very active households but can be problematic if there is a person with allergies in the home.

Labrador Retriever

The Labrador Retriever tops the American Kennel Club's list of most popular breeds every year. These dogs are smart, loyal, wonderful family pets. Sadly, however, they are known for frequently triggering human allergies.


Pekingese: Affectionate, loyal, and spirited, but their long shedding coat and stubbornness in house training can pose challenges. Allergy sufferers may need enzymatic cleaners to tackle urine-related issues.


Pug are small, short-coated dogs that shed year-round. Their wrinkled, flat snout is prone to gathering a lot of slobber around their jowls. Pugs are also prone to having sensitive skin and are susceptible to allergies, resulting in dry skin and more dander.

Saint Bernard

Saint Bernards are sometimes called the nanny dog because of their gentle and loyal temperament, especially with families. Still, they are the triple whammy when it comes to potentially triggering allergies.

Cocker Spaniel

Cocker spaniels (and other spaniel breeds) were bred as bird hunting dogs. Over time, they evolved into the perfect mid-sized family dog, except if you have allergies.


Boxers are energetic and well-matched for families with playful, young children. They drool a lot and lick their fur and skin often, leaving dried-on saliva on their coat. Boxers shed their dander-laden, short-haired hair year-round. These are all red flags for allergy sufferers.