10 Best Cat Breeds for People With Allergies

Balinese Except for its long, plume-tail tail and thick coat, the Balinese is almost identical to the Siamese cat. The affectionate, active Balinese cat breed is short in coat and needs only a weekly brushing. This breed may also have a lower level of the Fel d1 protein, which can cause allergies, than other cats.

Cornish Rex People believe that the Cornish Rex's short, curled coat doesn't shed as much as cats with thicker hairs or longhaired cats. The Rex cats have a very fine undercoat with no topcoat. They are very active and intelligent cats who love being the center of attention.

Devon Rex The Devon Rex is also recommended by some as a good choice for allergy sufferers, just like the Cornish Rex. The Devon Rex's long, wavy hair doesn't shed often which reduces allergens and dander in your home. They are playful and outgoing cats who enjoy being involved in the lives of their owners.

Javanese Javanese is a cross between a Balinese, colorpoint shorthair and a Balinese. This resulted in a Siamese-like cat that has long hair and a wider range of colors. They don't need an undercoat so they shed less and require only a weekly brushing. This means they are less likely to spread allergens which may be beneficial for mild cat allergies.

Oriental The Oriental is a mix of many cat breeds including the Siamese, American shorthair and Abyssinian. They shed moderately and should be brushed once a week. These intelligent, athletic, playful cats are very smart. To reduce allergens, you can rub them with a damp towel.

Russian Blue Russian blue cats are generally calm and friendly. The Russian blue's shimmering, plush coat is relatively low-shedding and requires only weekly brushing. These gentle and quiet cats love to sit with their humans, who brush them.

Selkirk Rex The Devon Rex and Cornish Rex are high-energy cats. However, the Selkirk Rex is more laid back. This breed, like other Rex cats has a curly coat that sheds very little. It is recommended to brush your cat at least once a week to remove any dead hair or tangles and to reduce the spread of allergens.

Siamese Although the Siamese cat breed is popular, it is not considered to be an allergy-friendly. This curious cat has a very low-maintenance, shed-free coat that only requires weekly brushing. They do enjoy being around their favourite humans, which can trigger allergies.

Siberian Siberian cats are hypoallergenic because they produce less Fel d1 allergen than other cats. This is not supported by scientific evidence. Although they have thick coats, these cats don't matt or tangle. They only require weekly brushing.

Sphynx Sphynx cats can be described as having "no hair" but they have fine, downy fur that feels almost like suede when touched. Sphynx cats also produce dander, as with all cat breeds. However, if the cat is bathed regularly (which it needs to remove excess oil from his skin), the dander can be reduced.