Allergy Prone Dog Breeds

A list of many of the dog breeds that are most prone to developing, or being born with, allergies.

When you are considering the purchase of a new dog to share your life and love with, there are many things that a person should consider. Unfortunately, there are people who make this selection on the basis of looks alone and all too often, these dogs end up in shelters or moving to new homes after developing a bond with the original owner. This can be very difficult on the animal and it really isn’t fair at all. A dog that is re-homed can actually suffer bonding and behavior problems for the rest of his or her life at times.

One of the things that can lead a dog owner to want to, or need to, relinquish ownership of their dog to someone else is health problems. Medical issues can lead to the necessary investment of time and money that the owner who didn’t do his or her research about their breed of choice probably didn’t expect. While a dog can get most any condition, regardless of breed, there are some conditions that certain breeds are more prone to than others.

One of the health issues that can be a hassle for some people to deal with, and that they may not have anticipated, are dogs with allergies. Allergies in dogs can be to foods or they can be airborne. Both types of allergies often come out in the skin, causing hot spots, rashes, hair loss, or infections. Often, dogs with allergies that are not controlled, will have a bad smell that is coming from the skin inflammations. This is not pleasant to deal with as it makes it less appealing to spend time with your dog and if the dog spends time indoors, it can make your home a less pleasant place to be, as well.

Although any dog can be born with or develop various allergies, there are some breeds that seem to be particularly prone to them. The following breeds are sensitive to issues with food and/or airborne allergies.


German Shepherd

Bull Terriers

Bichon Frise

English Cocker Spaniel

American Pit Bull Terrier

Wire-Haired Fox Terrier

Chinese Crested/Powderpuff




Chacy Ranior

Brussels Griffon

American Hairless Terrier


Bohemian Terrier

Shih Tzu

Lhasa Apso

There is testing that can be done by your veterinarian to help you figure out if allergies are a problem that your dog (and you) are dealing with. Take note of when the allergic reactions occur and what the dog has been eating or been around in the preceding time. This will help you and your vet determine what is causing the problem so that you can gain control of it. There are medications, both topical and ingestable, that may help with both the allergies themselves, as well as the effects of them.

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