Love cats but you’re allergic? There are a few cat breeds that have less of the two common allergens – Fel d 1 protein in their saliva and dander – than others. However, no cat breed is 100% hypoallergenic. The following are the breeds Petmd.com lists as the most hypoallergenic breeds.
#1 – Siberian
The Siberian has less of the Fel d 1 protein than most other breeds. They are a gentle cat with a great temperament.
#2 – Balinese
Like the Siberian, they have less of the Fel d 1 protein. For those that like the Siamese look, this cat is a nice choice with short hair.
#3 – Bengal
A cross between a domestic cat and an Asian Leopard cat, the Bengal is a stunning breed with hypoallergenic properties. Be prepared to pay handsomely for this kitty though, they usually start around $2,000.
#4 – Burmese
This American breed is soft and plush. They are a people-oriented and tolerant, making them great for families.
#5 – Colorpoint Shorthair
A cousin to the Siamese and subsequently crossed with them frequently, the Colorpoint is distinguished by its over 16 different “point” colors, while the Siamese only has four. (www.petmd.com)
#6 – Cornish Rex
Known for their curly coats, the Cornish Rex has an energetic personality. Their coat may have something to do with their hypoallergenic status.
#7 – Devon Rex
Another rex breed with a curry coat, the Devons are considered the “pixies” of the cat world. They are great with children and other pets.
#8 – Javanese
While not recognized by every cat association, the Javanese is basically a long-haired version of the Colorpointed Shorthair mentioned above. They are considered a highly intelligent cat, that seems to understand what you are saying. (www.petmd.com)
#9 – Ocicat
Although the name sounds like they are from a wildcat cross-breeding (and they certainly look it!) The Ocicat is actually the result of an Abyssinian and a Siamese breeding. They are known for being devoted to their family and love to play.
#10 – Oriental Shorthair
This exotic looking breed actually originated in England, not the orient. They have the typical Siamese personality and make great pets.
#11 – Russian Blue
An elegant cat with a neat Russian history, the Blue is an engaging cat. They will even learn to play fetch!
#12 – Siamese
The cat itself, the Siamese. A lot of the breeds on this list come from the Siamese, a cat that is easily recognizable to even those outside of the cat fancy world.
#13 – Sphynx
Not into hair? The Sphynx is your cat. Many may think this cat should be non-allergenic, but remember it’s not the hair, but the dander and saliva that cause allergic reactions. However, this cat is low on the allergy scale and has quite the personality, make him a good choice.