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Top 10 Dog Breeds Prone to Allergies

Written by: Helena Lawrence



Time to read 4 min

Dogs, like humans, can be allergic to all sorts of different things, which can make them uncomfortable and sometimes have health complications. Knowing which breeds are more likely to suffer from allergies means you’ll be able to know what to expect if your dog is one of these breeds. Most importantly though, it will also help you know how you can help your dog and reduce the likelihood of them suffering from an allergy.

In this article, we will take a look at the top 10 dog breeds that are more likely to suffer from allergies, which allergies they are more prone to and what you can do to help. So, let’s take a look at which breeds are on our list.

1. Labrador

With their friendly personality and unwavering loyalty, Labradors are one of the most beloved dog breeds. However, they are also prone to allergies, especially ones that affect their skin. These allergies can be caused by various factors, such as certain foods, environmental triggers like pollen or dust, and even flea bites.

2. Golden Retriever

Golden Retrievers, like Labradors, are particularly prone to getting irritated skin. Their luscious coats means it’s easier for allergens, such as pollen and dust mites, to get trapped in their fur. This means they’re more likely to itch and get sore skin.

Senior Golden Retriever laying on grass

3. Bulldog

Bulldogs are highly susceptible to various allergies, particularly to food and environmental allergens. These allergies can lead to them suffering from symptoms such as skin irritations, ear infections, and gastrointestinal problems.

Bulldog looking happy with it

4. Boxer

Boxers are prone to developing environmental allergies, including reactions to common allergens such as pollen, mould, and dust mites. These allergies typically cause symptoms like itchy skin, ear infections, and respiratory difficulties.

Boxer dog sitting in a grassy field

5. Dalmatian

Dalmatians, known for their distinctive coat, are not exempt from allergies. They can be prone to various types of allergies, including food, contact, and even autoimmune disorders. To effectively manage their allergies, it is crucial to carefully monitor their diet and ensure it is free from potential allergens.

Dalmatian laying down on grass

6. Shih Tzu

Shih Tzus are particularly susceptible to various allergies, with the most prominent food and environmental allergies. These allergies commonly manifest as itching, skin rashes, and respiratory problems.

White and Grey Shih Tzu laying on grass

7. Cocker Spaniel

Cocker Spaniels are known to have a high vulnerability to allergies, particularly those triggered by environmental factors like grass, pollen, and dust mites. These allergies often manifest as uncomfortable symptoms such as itching, recurrent ear infections, and skin problems.

Smiling red haired cocker spaniel

8. West Highland Terrier:

West Highland White Terriers, affectionately known as Westies, are prone to various allergies, including food and atopic dermatitis. Their sensitive skin can become itchy and inflamed, resulting in excessive scratching and the risk of secondary infections.

West Highland Terrier sitting in a sunny grass field

9. Lhasa Apso

Lhasa Apsos, with their long, flowing coats, are prone to allergies, particularly those triggered by environmental factors such as dust, pollen, and mould. These allergies often lead to symptoms like sneezing, itching, and eye discharge.

Lhasa Apso bouncing through field with yellow flowers

10. Poodle

Poodles can be prone to skin and food allergies. This can lead to itching, redness, and skin irritation as well as upset tummies if they eat something they are allergic to such as chicken, beef or grains.

Side shot of a white poodle

Ways to Help Your Dog’s Allergies

Prevention is better than cure so it’s always good to do as much as possible to help stop your dog suffering from symptoms. There are some simple things you can do to help ease symptoms or even stop them completely:

  • Change in diet: If your dog has an allergy to certain foods then the best way to help is to remove that food from their diet if possible. Some common food allergies are chicken, beef and grains but it’s not always easy to know which food is causing the problem. If your dog is showing signs of having a food allergy then it’s best to speak to a vet about which diet might be best for them.
  • Keeping their environment clean: Pollen, grass and dust mites are common causes of skin allergies so it’s important to keep your home as allergy friendly as possible. Making sure you vacuum and clean regularly, especially where your dog sleeps, can make the world of difference to how comfortable your dog is.
  • Feeding probiotics: Probiotics are a great way to help balance your dog’s gut microbiome by making sure they have the right amount of good bacteria in their system. This them helps their overall health, leading to a healthier coat, healthier skin and a happier dog.
  • Giving them Salmon Oil: The essential fatty acids that are in salmon oil can really benefit not only your dog’s heart, brain and joints but it’s also great for their skin and coat. The combination of Omegas 3, 6 and 9 help decrease inflammation, support cell membranes and keep skin hydrated so they itch and scratch less.


All in all, there are a lot of things that you can do if your dog's breed is prone to allergies. It's a journey, and you don't have to go through it alone! Your vet is always there to give you advice and reassurance, so if you are concerned about your dog’s symptoms it’s best to get their advice.

Additionally, make sure that you invest in pet-friendly hypoallergenic products, pay close attention to your pup's diet, bathe them regularly with products formulated for sensitive skin types, and keep their environment comfortable. A little patience and effort on your part can really pay off in the long run when it comes to caring for your pup's allergies.