Top 6 Hypoallergenic Cat Breeds

Generally speaking, if you are severely allergic to cats that means you will never keep one in your house, even if you are crazy about them. However, if you are just slightly allergic to cats then you might have a chance to own one. These are the top 5 hypoallergenic breeds that can be taken into consideration.

hypoallergenic cat breeds

1. Balinese

Features: Balinese cats, often referred to as the “longhaired Siamese,” produce much less of the Fel d1 and Fel d4 protein allergens that cause allergies. There is a misconception that cat hair itself triggers allergies. It’s actually the proteins that exist in cat’s saliva and skin oils, which cause allergic reactions. They are carried through the home by shedding fur.

Basic Info

OriginUnited States
Weight5-10 pounds
Other Names*
Life Span9-15 years
CoatLonghair
Fur ColorSeal, chocolate, blue and lilac
GroomOften
RecognitionACFA; TICA
HealthLymphoma; Amyloidosis; Asthma/Bronchial disease

History: The Balinese is named for the exotically graceful dancers on the Indonesian island of Bali and the breed is a longhaired variety of Siamese. Although longhaired Siamese appeared earlier, the Balinese did not begin to be developed as a breed until the 1940s and 1950s.

Balinese

2. Cornish Rex

Features: The Cornish Rex has no hair except for down and is known for its curly coats that drop less dander. Most breeds of cats have three types of hair in their coats: the outer fur or “guard hairs,” “awn hair" and “down hair” that is about 1 cm long. Even allergic reactions from cats are not the result of hair length; the Cornish Rex is widely reported to cause little to no allergic reaction.
Basic Info

OriginUnited Kingdom
Weight6-10 pounds
Other Names*
Life Span11-15 years
CoatLonghair
Fur ColorWhite, Black, Blue, Red, Cream, Chocolate, Lavender, Tabby colors etc.
GroomOccasionally
RecognitionACFA; CCA, All Registries
HealthCongenital hypotrichosis; Umbilical hernia; Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy

History: Cornish Rex originated from a curly-coated kitten born in 1950 that is a shorthaired tortoiseshell and white pet cat named Serena, after reproductions and hybridizations by Ennismore, a new breed appeared that is the Cornish Rex.

Cornish Rex

3. Sphynx

Features: The Sphynx is a breed of cat known for its lack of coat. They are regarded as hypoallergenic cats partly because they have no fur to trap the allergens from their saliva and oil during self-grooming sessions. But caring for the Sphynx needs a warm environment.
Basic Info:

OriginOntario, Canada
Weight6-12 pounds
Other Names*
Life Span8-14 years
CoatHairless
Fur Color*
GroomNever
RecognitionCFA
HealthUrticaria pigmentosa, Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy

History: The hairless Sphynx came about by accident when Elizabeth, a black and white domestic cat in Toronto gave birth to a hairless kitten called Prune, Elizabeth's owner recognized that Prune is unique and try to reproduce him. Then He and other hairless kittens that were born in the mid - to late 1970 formed a new breed, including the Devon Rex. The gene for hairlessness is recessive, thus some of the offspring were hairless, while others had fur.

Sphynx

4. Oriental Shorthair

Features: The Oriental Shorthair is a member of the Siamese family of breeds and can be found in various solid colors and patterns (over 300). They have a very short, fine coat that infrequently sheds, making it a highly recommended hypoallergenic cat.
Basic Info:

OriginUnited States
Weight8-17 pounds
Other NameForeign Type
Life Span10-15 years
CoatShorthair
Fur ColorSolid, shaded, smoke, parti-color, bi-color, tabby
GroomOccasionally
RecognitionCFA, GCCF, WCF
HealthAmyloidosis, Asthma, Congenital heart defects

History: The Oriental is a human-made cat breed and is best described as a color remake of the original "black and white" Siamese. The breed developed from a hybridization based on Siamese and combining with other genes like Russian Blues, British Shorthairs, and Abyssinians. In few generations, two kinds of cats that look like Siamese were born; cats with Siamese points were used in Siamese breeding programs, but the non-pointed cats became the basis for a new breed: the Oriental.

Oriental Shorthair

5. Bengal cat:

Features: Bengals is one of the least hypoallergenic cats. Most people who are allergic to cats have either no allergic reaction or a milder response to Bengal cats when compared to the majority of other breeds because they have a unique coat that requires less maintenance than other breeds and as a result don’t groom themselves as often. Thus their fur contains less allergen-rich saliva. Besides, they don’t shed much, which means dander in their fur doesn’t get spread around as much.
Basic Info:

OriginUnited States
Weight8-15 pounds
Other Names*
Life Span10-16 years
CoatShorthair
Fur ColorBrown tabby, seal mink tabby, black silver tabby, seal silver lynx point
GroomOccasionally
RecognitionACFA, TICA
HealthUrticaria pigmentosa, Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy

History: Bengals take their name from the Asian leopard cat’s scientific name, Felis bengalensis. They were created through crosses with Asian leopard cats.

Bengal cat

6. Siberian Cat

Features: The Siberian cat has been present in Russia for centuries, and more recently developed as a formal breed. Although with remarkably shaggy fur, they become a better choice for the allergic person because they seem to produce less Fel d 1 protein than regular cats.
Basic Info:

OriginRussia
Weight8-17 pounds
Other NamesSiberian Forest Cat; Moscow Semi-longhair Neva Masquerade
Life Span11-15 years
CoatSemi-Longhair
Fur ColorAll colors and combinations of colors
GroomOften
RecognitionACFA; CCA, All Registries
HealthHypertrophic cardiomyopathy

History: Siberian, a glamorous native cat from the taiga of Siberia was first imported to the United States in 1990. The breed were prized for their hunting ability and kept rats well away from stores of grain and other foods. They have been known in Russia for some 1000 years and often figure in Russian folktales.
You should know that there is no non-allergic cat and that the cat breeds mentioned above just cause less allergic reaction than others. Before deciding to keep a cat, you’d better ask for some professional advice from your doctors.

Siberian Cat