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10 of the best pets for allergy sufferers

By: Katherine Butler on July 21, 2011, 10:55 a.m.
brown standard poodle

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Standard poodle

The Standard poodle has a long hair-growth cycle, which typically means it will shed less. The animal originated in Germany and is considered to be a great water dog. Experts tend to recommend this dog to allergy sufferers because “these coats tend to be both tightly curled, and usually lacking in undercoat. This combination tends to keep dead hair from detaching and floating in the air, and it tends to retain the dander, which is the most common source of allergens.” Because of this, their coat can easily matt or tangle. Therefore, the standard poodle usually requires professional grooming.