You may be on the lookout for a new best friend, but if you have dog allergies, you have to be selective. Despite the fact there is no truly hypoallergenic dog, there are breeds that tend to be a little easier for allergy sufferers to live with. If you're considering the bulldog, you may want to rethink that choice as he's not a low-allergen producing dog.
It used to be people associated pet allergies with long hair and assumed a short haired dog or cat would be less likely to trigger the sneezing, coughing and wheezing that come with those allergies. However, hair isn't the only culprit; allergies are caused by various proteins found in a dog's dander, hair, saliva and urine. Since every dog produces these proteins to some extent, there is no truly hypoallergenic dog. There are breeds that produce fewer allergens, but the bulldog is not one of them.
The bulldog isn't a particularly good choice for the dog lover with allergies. Though he's not a heavy shedder -- which helps in the quest to avoid triggers -- he does have a face filled with wrinkles and folds that require daily hands-on attention if you're going to keep him clean and healthy. Combined with his drooling tendencies, he's producing plenty of allergen-filled saliva to trigger your allergies. He also can't be shooed outside if you're having a rough spell because he's a breed that should live indoors, given his sensitivity to heatstroke. If you're interested in a dog with low levels of dander, the American Kennel Club recommends a number of breeds, including the Chinese crested and the schnauzer.