Raising a dog is one of the most fulfilling things i’ve done in my life. And, many dog owners will agree! But for some allergy-sensitive owners, is it worth the constant sneezing, coughing and itching? My answer is yes, though I’m fortunately not allergic to dogs.
However, there’s good news – you don’t have to make a choice between comfortable living and keeping a dog. Instead, you can find a hypoallergenic dog instead! With an large variety to choose from, there’s a hypoallergenic breed for everyone.
It’s estimated that around 10 – 20% of the world population is allergic to dogs. If this is you, know that you’re not alone. Technically, there’s no such thing as a 100% hypoallergenic dog. But, there are dog breeds that people with this allergy can cope with.
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Table of Contents
- What is a Hypoallergenic Dog?
- Small Hypoallergenic Dogs
- 1. Yorkshire Terrier
- 2. Miniature Schnauzer
- 3. Shih Tzu
- 4. Maltese
- 5. Havanese
- 6. West Highland White Terrier
- 7. Bichon Frise
- 8. Scottish Terrier
- 9. Cairn Terrier
- 10. Italian Greyhound
- 11. Chinese Crested
- 12. Coton De Tulear
- 13. Border Terrier
- 14. Brussels Griffon
- 15. Wire Fox Terrier
- 16. Norwich Terrier
- 17. Silky Terrier
- 18. Welsh Terrier
- 19. Norfolk Terrier
- 20. Australian Terrier
- 21. Lakeland Terrier
- 22. Affenpinscher
- 23. Löwchen
- 24. Toy Poodle
- 25. Cesky Terrier
- 26. Kyi-Leo
- 27. Bolognese Dog
- 28. Shichon
- 29. Russian Tsvetnaya Bolonka
- Medium Sized Hypoallergenic Dogs
- 30. Sealyham Terrier
- 31. Bedlington Terrier
- 32. Dandie Dinmont Terrier
- 33. Portuguese Water Dog
- 34. Standard Schnauzer
- 35. Irish Terrier
- 36. Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier
- 37. Tibetan Terrier
- 38. Lagotto Romagnolo
- 39. Kerry Blue Terrier
- 40. Puli
- 41. Xoloitzcuintli
- 42. Spanish Water Dog
- 43. Polish Lowland Sheepdog
- 44. Barbet
- 45. Peruvian Inca Orchid
- 46. Mountain Cur
- 47. Cantabrian Water Dog
- Large Hypoallergenic Dogs
- Dealing with Non-Hypoallergenic Dogs
What is a Hypoallergenic Dog?
A hypoallergenic dog is a low-shedding dog breed that produces a low amount of allergens. So little, that it may not trigger allergic reactions in allergy-sensitive people.
These dogs are the ultimate solution for those that; 1) want to own dogs and 2) are sensitive to allergens produced by dogs.
Most people don’t have any problems interacting with dogs. But in reality, dogs produce a number of allergens that affect millions of people worldwide.
These allergens are commonly found in dog fur or hair, saliva, urine and dander. However, allergen levels can vary depending on dog breed and living environments. For example, a dog living indoors may have higher allergen levels than one living outdoors.
In addition, there’s often debris, such as: dirt, dust and pollen stuck on an outdoor dog’s coat. All of which, can cause allergies in some owners.
Are Hypoallergenic Dogs Real?
However, most dog allergies in humans are caused by dander, which is the dog equivalent of dandruff. So by identifying dog breeds that produce minimal dander, we may drastically reduce allergies in humans.
Dogs shed their coat’s top layer roughly every 21 days. When this happens, the dander is loose and circulates the air. They’ll end up attaching to walls, linen, furniture and well, mostly everything. This is really the source of the problem for most people.
Double-coated dog breeds are even worse. These dogs with two layers of fur experience what’s called “coat blowing,” twice a year. As the double coats adjust to changes in temperature, the dogs go through excessive shedding.
That being said, a dog breed with a low-shedding coat produces much less dander than one that frequently sheds. This is the basis and logic of how we determine which breeds are “hypoallergenic dog breeds.”
You may still experience dog allergies, but bringing home a breed on this list will be as good as it gets for sensitive dog owners. Picking one of the 10 hairless dog breeds makes a lot of sense too. However, they’re pretty rare and hard to find.
Small Hypoallergenic Dogs
Note: For your convenience, The Smart Canine has compiled a list of 57 low-shedding and non-shedding dog breeds. We’ve categorized them by size: small, medium and large dog breeds.
We classified small dogs as breeds between 5 to 22 pounds. With one of these amazing small dogs, you’ll have the ultimate hypoallergenic lap dog. Never again will you experience uncontrollable sneezing while holding your dog.
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1. Yorkshire Terrier
Highlights: Affectionate, Lively, Tomboy-ish.
The “Yorkie” was developed in Yorkshire (England) during the heat of the cotton mill boom. Originally, they were used to track and hunt down pesty rats in these clothing mills. Don’t let their size fool you, they’re skilled hunting dogs!
Today, they’ve become one of the most popular toy dog breeds in the world. The term “big things come in small packages” best describes the Yorkshire Terrier. Plus, they’re intelligent small dogs that thrive on human interaction.
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2. Miniature Schnauzer
Highlights: Friendly, Obedient, Intelligent.
The Miniature Schnauzer is the smallest variation of the famed Standard Schnauzer. This German dog breed came into existence by breeding the Schnauzer with a combination of the Affenpinscher, Miniature Pinscher and Toy Poodle.
Like many other small dogs, Mini Schnauzers were first developed to be premier rat-catchers. They’re alert, obedient, friendly and intelligent – everything you’ll want in a hypoallergenic small dog. However, they’ll need a decent amount of exercise.
3. Shih Tzu
Highlights: Loyal, Playful, Social.
The ancient Shih Tzu is a Chinese dog breed developed well over 1,000 years ago in ancient China. Surprisingly enough, they make some of the best watchdogs in the world. They’re always alert and cautious of the environment.
Owners of a Shih Tzu will often experience a little mischief as these dogs tend to be overly playful. However, they’re wonderful family dogs. A Shih Tzu loves people and will often extend their kindness to even strangers.
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Highlights: Charming, Gentle, Playful.
There are few things in the world as charming as a Maltese. How can you deny such a vibrant and cheerful personality? Many will describe a Maltese as playful, friendly and gentle. What more do you want in a lap dog?
Furthermore, they’re some of the most versatile dog breeds ever. For example, they’re great companions, therapy dogs and excel at dog sports. And although they can grow a long-hair coat, they shed very little – making them amazing hypoallergenic dogs.
Highlights: Humorous, Intelligent, Gregarious.
The Havanese originates from, you guessed it, Havana in Cuba. The most notable features of these dogs are their silky long hair and expressive eyes. Many owners will tell you they can communicate through their eyes, although they may just be boasting.
Not only are they intelligent, but they’re also quite funny with a quirky personality that’ll win over your heart. There is never a dull moment with a Havanese dog, making them standout dogs for families with children.
6. West Highland White Terrier
Highlights: Obedient, Positive, Entertaining.
This Scottish terrier is brimming with bold confidence despite their small stature. They are amazing dogs and they know it. The West Highland White Terrier, also called the Westie, can be very entertaining dogs for the whole family.
They will often make people laugh with their quirkiness and mischievous acts. Additionally, they’re naturally friendly and cheerful, extending love to everyone around them (though, with the exception of pesty rodents).
7. Bichon Frise
Highlights: Playful, Curious, High-spirited.
The Bichon Frise, otherwise known as the comedian canine, is regarded as one of the canine world’s greatest “personality dogs.” Simply spend an afternoon with a Bichon and you’ll know exactly why America loves these dogs.
Not only are they intelligent, but also full of happiness and charm. Sure, they tend to get into a bit of trouble. However, they do it out of love and they can’t help it. You really can’t go wrong with the entertaining and sweet Bichon Frise.
8. Scottish Terrier
Highlights: Independent, Bold, Spirited.
The Scottish Terrier exhibits all the personality traits and quirks that make a terrier, a terrier. Independent-minded and stubborn, they’re also sensitive dogs. The short stubby legs make them less than athletic, but they still appreciate neighborhood strolls.
On the bright side, Scottish Terriers don’t really bark – a real win for most dog owners living in a small apartment including myself. But the best part? Yeah, they’re hypoallergenic dogs and tend to only lose strands of hair – like with humans.
9. Cairn Terrier
Highlights: Alert, Cheerful, Family-oriented.
The Cairn Terrier is often described as the “great family farm dog.” Though small, they’re quite effective when it comes to vermin control. Don’t own a farm? Not to worry, they’re some of the best companion dogs in the “fun size” category.
These working terriers are very sensible creatures and don’t often slip or snap back. Owners tend to describe them as intelligent and independent. Even so, the quality that I like most is their lack of shedding, especially during “blow out” season.
10. Italian Greyhound
Highlights: Outgoing, Vigilant, Sensitive.
The Italian Greyhounds were the most popular dogs among noblewoman during the Middle Ages of Italy. Today, they’re premier lapdogs with the instincts and agility to hunt small game. Plus, they shed much less than their non-Italian cousins.
But don’t let their athletic build fool you, Italian Greyhounds don’t mind relaxing on your lap as long as you provide plenty of play time. So if you like to actively exercise with your small dogs, then the Italian Greyhound may be a great choice.
11. Chinese Crested
Highlights: Loving, Alert, Lively.
The Chinese Crested is one of the most undog-like dog you’ll ever meet. Rather, many tend to describe them as cat-like dogs. With very minimal agility and small size, the Chinese Crested does not enjoy running around like most crazed dogs.
In fact, they probably won’t even want to go on long walks with you. But if you’re looking for a loving and devoted lapdog, they are an excellent choice for the allergy-sensitive dog owner. There’s also a hairless version, which may be more hypoallergenic.
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12. Coton De Tulear
Highlights: Bright, Charming, Affectionate.
The Coton De Tulear is a hypoallergenic dog breed as unique as its name. Many refer to them as small clownish dogs, for good reason. They’re full of positive energy and always eager to play. In addition, they originate from Madagascar – of all places!
Researchers believe they’re closely related to the Bichon Frise and Maltese, which explains the fun-loving personality and irresistible charm. Their cotton-like fur rarely sheds, making them very “pet-able” for even the ultra-sensitive owner.
13. Border Terrier
Highlights: Affectionate, Cheerful, Brave.
When it comes to the Border Terrier, the phrase; “work hard, love harder” describe them best. Skilled in tracking foxes, these dogs are bursting with excitement and high energy to be able to keep up with their human hunters.
If they don’t frequent hunting trips (or regular exercise), expect them to dig holes to expend their energy. It’s just their thing. For those that can keep up with a Border Terrier, they make great hypoallergenic dogs, especially with kids.
14. Brussels Griffon
Highlights: Devoted, Attentive, Curious.
The Brussels Griffon is a small hypoallergenic dog breed that originates from Belgian. This dog is known for having an independent personality with a slight air of importance. Though, that doesn’t mean they won’t get along with you.
it’s just that they know they’re great dogs and people around them agree. At times, they’re quite comical with one of the best sense of humors in the dogdom. Just try spending a day with a Brussels Griffon to feel the positive vibe they give off.
15. Wire Fox Terrier
Highlights: Alert, Confident, Social.
The Wire Fox Terrier is truly as unique as they look. They’re super intelligent dogs with a lot of affection and energy to go around. For these reasons, Wire Foxes can’t stand boredom and need plenty of mental and physical stimulation.
But if you’re not up for entertaining this dog, then it’s best to find another dog breed. Their most distinctive characteristic is the rough, broken coat. But best of all, they don’t really shed often, keeping your house dander-free and your sinuses happy.
16. Norwich Terrier
Highlights: Affectionate, Devoted, Intelligent.
Norwich Terriers started off as skilled farm ratters, but quickly evolved into companions for fox hunters. When the need for these roles started to dissipate, people finally realized how great and friendly their personalities were.
In a few short years, they’ve become some of the best companion dogs. Norwich Terriers are cute, smart and hypoallergenic. What’s not to love about them? But despite their attractiveness, they’re a relatively difficult dog breed to find.
17. Silky Terrier
Highlights: Friendly, Quick, Alert.
Known for its silky smooth coat, the Silky Terrier embodies the true nature of a terrier with its high energy levels and spirited personalities. Owners describe them as “small dogs with huge personalities,” and I can’t seem to disagree.
These tough little dogs are always full of confidence, though they also have a gentle loving-side to them as well. Look past their bold personalities and you’ll find one of the most loving and warm hypoallergenic dogs in the world.
18. Welsh Terrier
Highlights: Friendly, Intelligent, Spirited.
The Welsh Terrier is a friendly and joyful dog with a more mild demeanor than most terriers. However, these dogs were originally bred to fight the toughest of opponents, ranging from badgers to otters and other dangerous game.
When they’re not hunting, expect them to be devoted, friendly and even timid dogs. When the Welsh Terrier is in the home, they’re sweet and gentle. All of which, can be great attributes for a family-friendly hypoallergenic dog.
19. Norfolk Terrier
Highlights: Fun-spirited, Alert, Confident.
Meeting a Norfolk Terrier for the first time will give you the classic toy dog impression. They’re happy, loyal and cute little lapdogs. With their small frame and bright smiles, they may seem like the ultimate lap dog. But are they?
Don’t mistaken their cuteness for weakness. The Norfolk is a confident terrier with one feisty personality. In fact, they’re not your typical lapdog at all. But at the same time, expect a loyal and affectionate dog that’s fairly low-maintenance.
20. Australian Terrier
Highlights: Affectionate, Brave, Spirited.
The Australian Terrier approaches life with a lot of curiosity and little fear. While they may be brave, these terriers can also be even-tempered. Spend some time with these terriers and you’ll begin to ask how these tiny dogs pack so much punch.
They’re also known to be obedient and affectionate towards their family, as evident by their loyal nature. All this, combined with a hypoallergenic coat, makes the Australian Terrier a standout choice for many allergic owners.
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21. Lakeland Terrier
Highlights: Confident, Friendly, Bold.
These dogs were bred in Lake district of England to protect sheep and hunt foxes, hence the name. But around humans, they’re eerily quiet dogs that don’t lack any confidence. Though with other dogs, they tend to show aggression.
The Lakeland’s coat is tough, wiry and low-shedding – making them ideal hypoallergenic dogs for active owners with a need for an exercise buddy. The roughness of the coat make them less enjoyable to pet, but the low-shedding is worth it.
Highlights: Confident, Brave, Comical.
It takes a while to truly “understand” an Affenpinscher. But once you do, they’re some of the most humorous dogs you’ll ever meet. On the surface, an Affenpinscher takes himself very seriously – but this is what makes them famously entertaining dogs.
If you’re looking for great entertainment without dealing with the nasty allergies that come with many dogs, the Affenpinscher is indeed for you. They love nothing more than to put a smile on your face, though reciprocated affection is necessary.
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Highlights: Optimistic, Affectionate, Social.
The Lowchen has a mysterious aura around him at all times. Perhaps it’s because they’re one of the most expensive dog breeds in the world. Either way, Lowchens are a great low-shedding option for those looking for a true low maintenance breed.
These toy dogs, nicknamed “Little Lion Dogs,” are as friendly as golden retrievers and but as brave as a lions. Even with their 15-pound bodies, they’ll always have your back. Who said that small dogs can’t be good watchdogs?
24. Toy Poodle
Highlights: Intelligent, Confident, Agile.
Poodles are faithful and obedient dogs. In fact, they’re regarded as one of the smartest dog breeds ever, and the toy variation is no exception. As a result, the Toy Poodle is one of the most popular toy dogs for good reason.
Beneath their hypoallergenic coat is a fun-loving and surprisingly athletic toy dog. With a toy, you’ll get an active and playful dog that’s more than your average lap dog. You really can’t go wrong with a Toy Poodle.
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25. Cesky Terrier
Highlights: Clever, Adventurous, Family-oriented.
The Cesky Terrier is the laid-back cousin of the Scottish and Sealyham Terrier. With a chill personality and adventurous spirit, these dogs are perfect playmates for older kids that can learn how to respect these terrier dogs.
However, the Cesky Terrier will retain that tenacious work attitude that most terriers exhibit. Not only are Cesky Terriers allergen-free, but they’re stress free too. Place them in a family and their cheerfulness becomes contagious.
Highlights: Playful, Gentle, Social.
The Kyi-Leo is a small, yet confident hypoallergenic dog ideal for families with children. With the right pack leader and a loving pack, these dogs will be calm and obedient. A huge plus is their quietness, which meshes well with small kids.
But when playing with older kids, they’re playful and lively dogs – making them highly adaptable dogs. Plus, they’re not as dependent as other small dogs. As such, they can actually tolerate being alone for long periods of time, unlike many others.
27. Bolognese Dog
Highlights: Playful, Patient, Loyal.
Bolognese dogs prefer surrounding themselves with positive people, as indicated by the easy-going and playful attitude. It’s difficult to find an hypoallergenic dog as faithful and obedient as the Bolognese. These people-oriented dogs just love their owners so much.
Because of their high adaptive intelligence, Bolognese knows what they want and how to get it. So, don’t be surprised if you find yourself giving in to a cute Bolognese dog. Don’t worry, it happens to the best of us.
Highlights: Affectionate, Devoted, People-oriented.
The Shichon is a beautiful hybrid of two of the most popular hypoallergenic dog breeds: the Shih Tzu and Cavachon. At the end of a long work day, you can always count on being greeted by a Shichon with plenty of kisses and tail wags.
These dogs adore people and they make sure their humans know it. But because of this, they don’t do well staying in kennels or being isolated for a long period of time. If you bring home a Shichon, you wouldn’t ever want to leave their side anyway.
29. Russian Tsvetnaya Bolonka
Highlights: Fun, Charming, Curious.
The Russian Tsvetnaya Bolonka was bred to be the ultimate apartment lap dog. They are obedient, playful and intelligent – all the perfect qualities in a small companion dog. Best of all, they rarely shed. Bye bye, dog allergies.
As one of the most famous dogs to come out of Russia, the Bolonka does not make a capable watchdog. Rather, they’re some of the friendliest dogs and can befriend any stranger with little effort. Their life revolves around fun-play and loving humans.
Medium Sized Hypoallergenic Dogs
Are small dogs not your thing? We’ve got you covered. We classified medium-sized dog breeds as dogs between 23 and 49 pounds. They can range anywhere from the Sealyham to the Standard Schnauzer.
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30. Sealyham Terrier
Highlights: Alert, Social, Humorous.
The Sealyham Terriers are often described as having a sly sense of humor that’s borderline mischievous. They’ve rightfully earned their reputation of being small clown dogs by providing owners with hours of great entertainment.
On the bright side, Sealyhams are very friendly around humans. Their natural hunting drive and instincts give them the vigilance to become the respected watchdog they are. Plus, not even their lavish facial hair will shed!
31. Bedlington Terrier
Highlights: Devoted, Free-spirited, Charming.
A Bedlington Terrier doesn’t look like your typical terrier with its uncanny sheep-like qualities. Once masters of vermin-hunting, the Bedlington Terriers are now regarded as premier show dogs and companion dogs.
Whether its their looks or personalities, the Bedlington has a way with people. Many owners will tell you they’re the most charming of all terriers. The loving personality and good-nature make it hard to disagree with that statement.
32. Dandie Dinmont Terrier
Highlights: Independent, Intelligent, Proud.
Dandie Dinmont Terriers were bred to withstand the toughness of farm life, while adapting to the busyness of urban life. The result is a quiet and reserved dog, earning the wonderful and apt nickname of the “gentleman terrier.”
But take him on a hunt and you’ll experience a completely different dog. On the field, they’re fierce hunters and probably the hypoallergenic dog of choice for outdoor-loving owners. Just keep in mind, they tend to be strong-willed dogs.
33. Portuguese Water Dog
Highlights: Loving, Athletic, Adventurous.
Many dogs herd sheep or cattle, but the unique Portuguese Water Dog herds fish. In fact, they are one of the few dogs specifically bred to assist fishermen with pushing fish into the net. It’s why their coats are hypoallergenic and waterproof.
In addition, the water dog’s amazing athleticism helps them thrive as a highly agile dog on both land and water. Although they’re mostly just affectionate family dogs today, their love for water and swimming never seems to go away.
34. Standard Schnauzer
Highlights: Courageous, Intelligent, Spirited.
Standard Schnauzers are some of the most reliable dogs in the canine kingdom. They can be brave and confident, but also have an energetic and fun-loving side to them as well. And not to mention, they’re highly intelligent dogs that learn quickly.
Put them in the right family-oriented environment and they will thrive as companion dogs. On the other hand, assign them a specific duty or task (such as rat-hunting) and they will get it done no matter what. They’re as determined as dogs come.
35. Irish Terrier
Highlights: Bold, Spirited, Gentle.
The Irish Terriers are bold, dashing and brave, earning them the nickname of the “Daredevil” Terrier. They have a feisty personality that can take some time to get used to. However, they’re gentle and tenderhearted when need be.
Their signature wiry red coats give them a unique look, all while minimizing dander production in the home. However, a Irish Terrier can be as versatile as any terrier: they’re adaptable dogs, skilled vermin hunters and formidable watchdogs.
36. Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier
Highlights: Friendly, Cheerful, Loyal.
While they may have a cheerful and happy personality, the Soft Coated Wheaten is just as stubborn as any other terrier. That is, they require much consistency and a firm hand when it comes to obedience training.
They are undeniably fun-loving dogs and tend to get along great with children. And although they rarely shed, careful grooming is necessary to prevent their soft, silky long coats from tough matting. These tangles can seriously hurt the dog.
37. Tibetan Terrier
Highlights: Loving, Devoted, Sensitive.
The “holy dog of Tibet” is everything you expect from a dog given such a nickname. They will be loving and loyal, but also alert enough to make some of the best watchdogs for the Tibetan monasteries. Even today, they retain their watchdog instincts.
Tibetan Terriers love being around people and socializing with other dogs. As brave as they are, they do have a sensitive and gentle side. Just keep in mind that these rare dogs may be difficult to find, especially in the western countries.
38. Lagotto Romagnolo
Highlights: Loving, Keen, Low-maintenance.
Are you a fan of truffles? The Lagotta Romagnolo dogs, or “truffle dogs,” were bred to find and track down truffles with their keen sense of smell. In fact, they’re one of the very few breeds specifically trained for finding this rare delicacy.
They’re highly skilled in their jobs. Though when put in a household, they will make fantastic family dogs with relatively low maintenance. But due to the tight curls of their coats, they may require some grooming despite being hypoallergenic.
39. Kerry Blue Terrier
Highlights: Intelligent, Alert, People-loving.
It’s hard to resist a Kerry Blue Terrier once you’ve met one. It’s hard to ignore the unwavering loyalty to their people. Plus, they’ll get along with just about anybody. We don’t think it’ll be long before you’ve become best friends with one.
In addition, the Kerry Blue is one of the more versatile terriers. They not only hunt vermin or small game, but also herd cattle and sheep. But what makes them truly unique is their special hypoallergenic blue coats, making them hard to resist.
Highlights: Intelligent, Loyal, Confident.
Known for their mop-like dreadlocks coat, the Puli dog is a confident yet hardworking family companion. And although they’re classified as medium-sized dogs, the messy coats make them appear much bigger than they actually are.
Still, the Puli dogs are always flowing with self-confidence, capable of embracing the center of attention in any crowd or household. And if you need an ice-breaker, your Puli makes the perfect conversation piece for any dog lover.
Highlights: Devoted, Calm, Alert.
The Xoloitzcuintli (show-low-its-queen-tlee) is a hypoallergenic dog breed that looks as unique as its name. They’re often referred to as “Xolo” for short. And with the hair-less body, you can expect a low-shedding hypoallergenic dog.
These interesting dogs can be traced back 3,000 years to the ancient Aztecs, where they were considered the dog of the gods. But today, they’re just a loving and affectionate dog with a calm demeanor and great protective instincts.
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42. Spanish Water Dog
Highlights: Diligent, Upbeat, Playful.
The Spanish Water Dog is a versatile herding dog, capable of herding both land and aquatic animals. Some days they’ll herd ducks, and others, sheep. This well-balanced dog is intelligent with strong herding, hunting and protective instincts.
However, they have an equally versatile hypoallergenic coat capable of withstanding all types of terrain. More good news: they don’t even need to be groomed, just clipped once a year. And in a family, they’re cheerful dogs that’ll get along with anyone.
43. Polish Lowland Sheepdog
Highlights: Confident, Diligent, Energetic.
The shaggy-coated Polish Lowland is a confident worker, often taking their duties a little too seriously. That said, they may require some extra work to care of. Regardless, they’re beloved companion dogs for many Polish families.
Most owners may tell you they’re a bit stubborn. However, this may just be their independent personalities shining through. Love it or hate it, there are few hypoallergenic dogs as perceptive yet confident as the Polish Lowland.
Highlights: Friendly, Positive, Sweet-natured.
Densely covered in curly hair, the Barbet dog is most famously known for the funny distinctive “beards.” But just like the rest of their coats, the beard does not shed. Grooming essentials aside, Barbets are as sweet-natured as dogs come.
Athletic and deceivingly strong, they retain the special skill of retrieving birds. Yes, birds. As a top bird dog, Barbets are very obedient and trainable too. With minimal shedding and an ability to please, Barbets are ideal for most families.
45. Peruvian Inca Orchid
Highlights: Loving, Devoted, Noble.
Few dogs, let alone hypoallergenic dogs, are as graceful and elegant as the Peruvian Inca Orchid. Although they’re hairless, their skin requires special attention and care. Even so, the extra work is worth this loving and loyal hypoallergenic dog.
Their calm demeanors and gentleness make them perfect for small children and other dogs. As they were first bred to be hunters, the Peruvian does have a protective side that makes for an outstanding watchdog and guardian.
46. Mountain Cur
Highlights: Intelligent, Headstrong, Aloof.
These hunting dogs are fiercely tough and strong-willed. Nothing comes easy with raising the Mountain Cur. But with a little patience and consistency, they can become excellent guardians and friendly companions in the home.
If you’re looking for great guard dogs without having to deal with the dander from the German Shepherd, the Mountain Cur is a solid choice. Though, i wouldn’t suggest these dogs for novice owners, as they require much training and socializing.
47. Cantabrian Water Dog
Highlights: Friendly, Energetic, Easy-going.
The Cantabrian is a landrace breed from northern Spain. Genetically, the Cantabrian Water dog is most similar to its cousin – the Spanish Water dog. Perhaps It’s why they both have the same curly coat that’s hypoallergenic and water-resistant.
These special dogs were originally bred to be assistants to seaside fishermen. Though, they were also excellent life guards who would help rescue those who fallen off the ship. Because of their hypoallergenic coats, they were ideal among busy fishermen.
Large Hypoallergenic Dogs
Though it may seem like all hypoallergenic dogs are small, that’s not the case! For a dog to be considered a large breed, they must over 50 pounds. Here’s the hypoallergenic list for owners that need more dog and less fluff.
Highlights: Intelligent, Graceful, Proud.
As the second smartest dog breed in the world, there’s very few things that can go wrong with a Standard Poodle. With enough attention and care, you’ll own one of the most well-balanced and even-tempered hypoallergenic dog breeds.
Beneath all the curly fluff, they’re also sneaky athletic dogs with much dignity and grace. They know they’re awesome dogs. I mean, there has to be a reason why they’re ranked the 7th most popular dog breed in the United States, right?
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49. Giant Schnauzer
Highlights: Devoted, Vigilant, Trainable.
The Giant Schnauzer is self-explanatory: they’re the larger, more powerful Schnauzer. Though they differ in temperaments, the Giant Schnauzer still retains the attractive low-shedding coat. Big dogs don’t always have to come with more shedding.
Giant Schnauzers are tenacious working dogs with great intelligence and drive. For attentive families looking for a big hypoallergenic dog: look no further. These schnauzers are probably everything you want and more, as long as you have a large yard.
50. Airedale Terrier
Highlights: Affectionate, Clever, Brave.
Arguable the best all-around terrier ever developed, the Airedale gets its nickname “The King of Terriers” because of their massive size. Of course they’re skilled hunters, but Airedales are also tremendous athletes as well.
The Airedale will be courageous when the situation calls for it, but loving around family and the people they love. Those looking for a hypoallergenic terrier with a mix of endearment and strength – this breed is for you.
Highlights: Adaptable, Gentle, Affectionate.
The graceful, yet charming Samoyed dogs are known for their bright smiles (famously called the Sammy Smile) and beautiful white hypoallergenic coats. But as sweet and loving dogs, they demand the necessary love and attention.
While Samoyeds are double coated dogs that do shed quite a bit, they have minimal levels of dander. Hence, a hypoallergenic dog. Plus, they can be both highly effective working dogs or comforting family dogs – making them very adaptable.
52. Wire-haired Pointing Griffon
Highlights: Friendly, Loyal, Obedient.
This sporting breed is known for its harsh and low-shedding coat. While the rough coats may not be the best to cuddle with, they are low-shedding hypoallergenic dogs. However, they take their pack duties seriously and can be the great additions to active families.
Furthermore, they’re loyal and obedient, making them highly trainable with little effort. They’re also one of the best hunting dogs in the world. In fact, they’re called the “supreme gun dogs” for a reason – they’re quick, strong and perceptive.
53. Bouvier des Flandres
Highlights: Loving, Brave, Strong-willed.
Built like a strong and durable dog, the Bouvier des Flandres is a stable and dependable big hypoallergenic breed. They’re highly intelligent, but come with an intense work ethic that may not be suited for most families.
But as much as they love to work, they love working for their pack even more. When they’re not herding cattle and sheep, they’re top-notch companion dogs that tend to form strong bonds with the owners. You can always count on a “Vuilbaard.”
54. Afghan Hound
Highlights: Independent, Humorous, Gentle.
Despite their regal-like appearance, the Afghan Hound will be a little silly most of the time. Though, their independent nature can make them aloof with people. Consequently, this has created the misconception of a low intelligent dog.
But if you’re looking for a hypoallergenic dog to show off to your friends and family, the Afghan Hound will do the trick. They may have a lot of long fur, but they rarely shed it. Plus, they’re as good of a conversation starter as dogs can be.
55. Irish Water Spaniel
Highlights: Courageous, Fun-loving, Diligent.
The tallest among all recognized spaniels, the Irish Water Spaniel is known for their curled and poodle-like hypoallergenic coat with a tapering rat-like tail. The best thing about this spaniel is that no matter what they’re doing, they’re having fun doing it.
Although originally bred to be water retrievers, they now serve as all-around companions. I’d recommend them for outdoorsy and experienced owners only. Also, it’s a plus if you live by a lake, as they love to swim!
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Highlights: Independent, Friendly, Intelligent.
The Bergamasco dog is truly a special dog one must see with their own eyes. At first, you may notice the long dreadlocks and rough coat. But despite the “mess” of fur, they’re relatively low shedding and maintenance family dogs.
Kids love them, and they love kids. Bergamascos are patient, gentle and protective of their pack. All of which, are excellent qualities you’d want in a dog entertaining your children. Give them a task and they’ll stubbornly devote themselves to it.
Highlights: Charming, Intelligent, Obedient.
From the pointer dog family, the Pudelpointer is a highly versatile gun dog that specializes in the retrieving of waterfowl, such as ducks and geese. In the home, they’re calm and mellow for the most part. However, their energetic side comes out during hunts.
Like many other water retrievers, the Pudelpointer was gifted with a curly hypoallergenic coat that’s necessary to repel water and debris. While most owners won’t be needing their duck-retrieving abilities, they’re pleasantly left with their low-shedding coat.
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Dealing with Non-Hypoallergenic Dogs
So, you’ve gone through all 55 hypoallergenic dog breeds and you’re still interested in another breed. We don’t blame you. Raising a dog shouldn’t be taken lightly. It’s fairly important you find a dog breed that matches your lifestyle, personality and needs.
5 Tips for Sensitive Dog Owners
Even if you’re allergic and bring home a non-hypoallergenic dog, there are still steps you can take for minimize your allergies. So, what’s the best way to go about this?
Here are 5 useful tips for dealing with non-hypoallergenic dogs. Follow them for the best living experience with your shedding dog!
Have your dog groomed on a regular basis to minimize the amount of dander that accumulate in your home. Keep in mind, if you groom your dog indoors, the dander will expel into the air.
For allergy-sensitive dog owners, always take them outside for grooming or bring them to a professional pet groomer.
2. No Rugs
Having rugs in your home is just asking for dander accumulation. When dogs shed, the dander will inevitably collect on rugs and carpet.
The best way to prevent this is to remove all your rugs. This may sound drastic, but it’s worth it. Your feet won’t be as snug, but your sinuses will thank you for it.
It’s essential to keep your home clean at all times. This is especially true if your home has carpet flooring. Like rugs, carpet can also accumulate dander.
For this reason, frequent vacuuming is necessary to reduce the spread of dog allergens. It’d probably make sense to invest in a heavy duty vacuum.
Consult with your physician on which medication will work best with you. For times when dander-production is high, such as shedding season, medication may be a good idea.
Many owners claim that their dog allergies subsided over time. This may simply be because your body has gotten used to the allergens. With a little patience, this is possible – but not guaranteed to happen.
These tips can be helpful even if you are bringing home a hypoallergenic dog. Follow these steps and play it safe to reduce any potential discomfort that may arise.
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