27 cat breeds that won't make your eyes itch

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By ISABELLE CHAPMAN

About 10 percent of the population is totally allergic to our feline friends. If you're one of them, you've likely experienced the Itching, scratching and sneezing that comes from a close encounter of the kitty kind. Those unpleasant reactions are caused by a certain protein in cats' saliva, skin and urine, according to WebMD.

However, for cat lovers who experience these symptoms -- there's a solution. Certain kitty breeds produce less of this particular protein, which can nix some of those irritating side effects that arise from being around cats.

These cats are called "hypoallergenic," and there are 27 breeds in all, according to research engine FindTheBest. See them all in the slideshow below:

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27 cat breeds that won't make your eyes itch

Nebelung

Coat: Dense, heavy undercoat, long, silky
Max Weight: 11 pounds
Origin: United States

Photo via Getty

Munchkin

Coat: Long or short, plush, silky
Max Weight: 9 pounds
Origin: United States

Photo via Shutterstock

Oriental Longhair

Coat: Long
Max Weight: 10 pounds
Origin: United States

Photo via Alamy

Cymric

Coat: Long or short, dense, heavy undercoat, plush, silky
Max Weight: 13 pounds
Origin: Great Britain

Photo via SMcCandlish/Flickr

Snowshoe

Coat: Plush, short, sleek, soft
Max Weight: 12 pounds
Origin: United States

Photo via Shutterstock

Thai

Coat: Short, flat lying, silky
Max Weight: 12 pounds
Origin: Thailand

Photo via Shutterstock

Sokoke

Coat: Short
Max Weight: 10 pounds
Origin: Kenya

Photo via Alamy

Serengeti

Coat: Short, silky
Max Weight: 15 pounds
Origin: United States

Photo via Shutterstock

Ojos Azules

Coat: Short, silky
Max Weight: 12 pounds
Origin: United States

Photo via Alamy

Minskin

Coat: Short, cashmere-like
Max Weight: 6 pounds
Origin: United States

Photo via Shutterstock

Kurilian Bobtail

Coat: Long or short
Max Weight: 15 pounds
Origin: Russia

Photo via Shutterstock

Highlander

Coat: Soft
Max Weight: 25 pounds
Origin: United States

Photo via Shutterstock

Donskoy

Coat: Bald, brushy, flock, velour
Max Weight: 12 pounds
Origin: Russia

Photo via Shutterstock

California Spangled

Coat: Short
Max Weight: 15 pounds
Origin: United States

Photo via UzielZ/Gatopedia

Chantilly

Coat: Long, silky, soft
Max Weight: 12 pounds
Origin: United States

Photo via Shutterstock

German Rex

Coat: Short, curly, silky
Max Weight: 8 pounds
Origin: Germany

Photo via Alamy

Australian Mist

Coat: Short, resilient, undercoat
Max Weight: 12 pounds
Origin: Australia

Photo via Alamy

Cheetoh

Coat: Glossy, short
Max Weight: 23 pounds
Origin: United States

Photo via Getty

Dragon Li

Coat: Short
Max Weight: 12 pounds
Origin: China

Photo via laweinberger/Flickr

European Shorthair

Coat: Short, dense, sleek, soft
Max Weight: 15 pounds
Origin: Finland

Photo via Getty

Khao Manee

Coat: Short, soft
Max Weight: 10 pounds
Origin: Thailand

Photo via Shutterstock

Mekong Bobtail

Coat: Short, glossy, light undercoat
Max Weight: 10 pounds
Origin: Russia

Photo via Shutterstock

Napoleon

Coat: Long or short, dense, plush
Max Weight: 9 pounds
Origin: United States

Photo via cats-pictures.org

Oriental Bicolor

Coat: Long or short, flat lying, glossy, silky, sleek, straight, undercoat
Max Weight: Not listed
Origin: United States

Photo via Alamy

Ukrainian Levkoy

Coat: Bald
Max Weight: 10 pounds
Origin: Ukraine

Photo via Nickolas Titkov/Flickr

Cyprus Cat

Coat: Dense, sleek
Max Weight: Not listed
Origin: Cyprus

Photo via Alamy

Serrade Petit

Coat: Short, soft
Max Weight: Not listed
Origin: France

Photo via catswallpapers.net

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