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55 Hypoallergenic Dog Breeds – The Complete Guide to Low Shedding Hypoallergenic Dogs

The key to happiness with an allergic dog owner is finding a hypoallergenic dog breed.
Written by Tiffany Jeng

Raising a dog is one of the most fulfilling things i’ve done in my life. Many dog owners will agree! But for some allergy-sensitive people, 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. Find a hypoallergenic dog instead!

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.

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. 

They’re 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?

There is no such thing as a true 100% hypoallergenic dog. In fact, all dogs produce allergens – even with one of these rare hairless dogs.

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 seasonal 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.

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Small Hypoallergenic Dogs

Note: For your convenience, The Smart Canine has compiled a list of 55 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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55. 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 small dog breeds in the world. The term “big things come in small packages” best describes the Yorkshire Terrier. Plus, they’re quite intelligent small dogs.

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54. Miniature Schnauzer

Highlights: Friendly, Obedient, Intelligent.

Schnauzers also have a high instinctive and adaptive intelligence.

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, they were developed to be premier rat-catchers. They’re alert, obedient, friendly and intelligent – everything you’ll want in a hypoallergenic small dog.

53. 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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52. Maltese

Highlights: Charming, Gentle, Playful.

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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 excellent 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.

51. Havanese

Highlights: Humorous, Intelligent, Gregarious.

The Havanese originates from, you guessed it, Havana, Cuba. The most notable features of these dogs are their silky long hair and expressive eyes. 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.

50. West Highland White Terrier

Highlights: Obedient, Positive, Entertaining.

This Scottish terrier is brimming with bold confidence despite the small stature. They’re amazing dogs and they know it. The West Highland White Terrier can be very entertaining dogs for the whole family.

They often make people laugh with their quirkiness and mischievous acts. Additionally, they’re naturally friendly and cheerful, extending love to everyone around them (with the exception of rodents).

49. Bichon Frise

Highlights: Playful, Curious, High-spirited.

Bichon Frise is hypoallergenic, cute and friendly.

The Bichon Frise, also known as the comedian canine, is regarded as one of the world’s greatest “personality dogs.” Spend an afternoon with a Bichon and you’ll know exactly why.

Not only are they intelligent, but also full of happiness and charm. Sure, they can get into trouble. But they do it out of love and they can’t help it. You really can’t go wrong with a Bichon Frise.

48. 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 are also sensitive dogs. The short stubby legs make them less than athletic, but they’re excellent companions for a nice stroll around the neighborhood.

On the flip side, they 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 and don’t really shed.

47. 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. Many would describe them as intelligent and independent. However, the part that I like most is their lack of shedding.

46. Italian Greyhound

Highlights: Outgoing, Vigilant, Sensitive.

The Italian Greyhounds were the most popular dogs among noblewoman in the Middle Ages of Italy. Today, they’re premier lapdogs with the instincts and agility to hunt small game.

Don’t let their athletic build fool you, they are awesome family dogs that show a ton of obedience. Plus, they love to play. So if you like to actively exercise with your small dogs, then the Italian Greyhound may be a great choice.

45. Chinese Crested

Highlights: Loving, Alert, Lively.

The Chinese Crested is one of the most undog-like dog you’ll ever meet. In other words, they don’t really act like dogs. With very minimal agility, the Chinese Crested doesn’t 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. Keep in mind, there is a hairless version, which may be more hypoallergenic.

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44. Coton De Tulear

Highlights: Bright, Charming, Affectionate.

The Coton De Tulear is friendly and low shedding.

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 their fun-loving personality. Their cotton-like fur rarely sheds, making them very “pet-able” for even the ultra-sensitive owner.

43. Border Terrier

Highlights: Affectionate, Cheerful, Brave.

When it comes to the Border Terrier, the phrase; “work hard, love harder” describes them best. Skilled in tracking foxes, these dogs have a ton of energy to keep up with hunters.

If they don’t frequent hunting trips, 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 companion dogs.

42. Brussels Griffon

Highlights: Devoted, Attentive, Curious.

The Brussels Griffon is a small hypoallergenic dog breed originating from Belgian. This Griffon is known for having an independent personality with a slight air of importance.

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. Try spending a day with a Brussels Griffon and you’ll see how much love they give off.

41. Wire Fox Terrier

Highlights: Alert, Confident, Social.

The Wire Fox Terrier is truly as unique as they look. They’re highly intelligent dogs with a lot of energy to go around. For this reason, they can’t stand boredom and need plenty of mental stimulation.

If you’re not up for entertaining this dog, then it’s best to find another breed. Their most distinctive characteristic is the rough, broken coat. Best of all, they don’t shed often, keeping your house dander-free.

40. Norwich Terrier

Highlights: Affectionate, Devoted, Intelligent.

Norwich Terriers started off as skilled farm ratters and aids to fox hunters. Eventually, people finally realized how great and friendly their personalities were.

In a few short years, they’ve become some of the best companion dogs. They’re cute, intelligent and hypoallergenic. What’s not to love about them? Despite their awesomeness, they’re a relatively difficult dog breed to find.

39. 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 demeanors. Owners describe them as “small dogs with huge personalities,” and I can’t disagree.

These tough little dogs are full with confidence, but have a gentle loving-side to them as well. Look past their bold personalities and you’ll find one of the best hypoallergenic dog breeds in the world.

38. Welsh Terrier

Highlights: Friendly, Intelligent, Spirited.

The Welsh Terrier is a friendly and joyful dog with a calmer demeanor than most terriers. But don’t let this fool you. These dogs have been 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. All of which, can be great attributes for a family-friendly hypoallergenic dog.

37. 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. Or are they?

Don’t mistaken their cuteness for weakness. The Norfolk is a confident terrier with a feisty personality – they’re not your typical lapdog at all. At the same time, expect a loyal and affectionate dog.

36. Australian Terrier

Highlights: Affectionate, Brave, Spirited.

The Australian Terrier approaches life with a lot of curiosity and little fear. Spending 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. All this, combined with a hypoallergenic coat, makes the Aussie Terrier a standout choice for many owners.

35. Lakeland Terrier

Highlights: Confident, Friendly, Bold.

These dogs were bred in Lake district of England to protect sheep and hunt foxes. But around humans, they’re eerily quiet yet confident dogs. Despite this, they tend to show aggression with other dogs.

The Lakeland’s coat is tough, wiry and low-shedding – making them perfect hypoallergenic dogs for active owners that need an exercise buddy.

34. Affenpinscher

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 most dogs, the Affenpinscher is indeed for you.

33. Löwchen

Highlights: Optimistic, Affectionate, Social.

It’s undeniable the Lowchen has a mysterious aura around it at all times. Maybe it’s because they’re considered to be the most expensive dog breeds in the world.

Or possibly, they’re just amazing dogs in every way imaginable. These dogs, nicknamed “Little Lion Dogs,” are as friendly as golden retrievers and as brave as a lions. Small dogs can still be great watchdogs!

32. Toy Poodle

Highlights: Intelligent, Confident, Agile.

Poodles are faithful and obedient dogs. They’re regarded as one of the smartest dog breeds ever. As such, 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. You really can’t go wrong with a Toy Poodle because of their low-maintenance and fantastic temperaments.

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31. 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 for older kids and all types of families.

However, they still retain that tenacious work attitude that most terriers exhibit. Cesky Terriers are much more than allergen-free, they’re stress free too.

30. Kyi-Leo

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 family, these dogs will be calm and obedient.

But at the same time, they’re playful and lively dogs. Not only are they highly adaptable, but can actually stand being alone for long periods of time – unlike most other dog breeds.

29. Bolognese Dog

Highlights: Playful, Patient, Loyal.

Bolognese dogs prefer surrounding themselves with positive people, as indicated by their playfulness and easy-going attitude. It’s difficult to find an hypoallergenic dog as faithful and obedient as the Bolognese.

They know what they want and know how to get it. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself giving in to a cute Bolognese dog. It happens to the best of us.

28. Shichon

Highlights: Affectionate, Devoted, People-oriented.

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The Shichon is a beautiful hybrid between two of the most popular hypoallergenic dog breeds: the Shih Tzu and Cavachon.

At the end of a long day at work, you can always count on being greeted by a Shichon with much love and happiness. These dogs adore people and they make sure the humans know it.

For this reason, they don’t do well staying in kennels or being isolated for a long period of time. If you keep a Shichon, you wouldn’t ever want to leave their side, anyway.

27. Russian Tsvetnaya Bolonka

Highlights: Fun, Charming, Curious.

The Russian Tsvetnaya Bolonka was bred to be the ultimate apartment lap dog. They’re obedient, playful and intelligent – all the perfect traits for 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 doesn’t make a great watchdog. They’re some of the friendliest dogs and can befriend any stranger with little effort.

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Medium Sized Hypoallergenic Dogs

Small dogs not your thing? We’ve got you covered. We classified medium-sized dog breeds as 23 to 49 pounds. They range anywhere from the Sealyham to the Standard Schnauzer.

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26. Sealyham Terrier

Highlights: Alert, Social, Humorous.

Sealyham Terriers are often described as having a sly sense of humor that’s almost a bit mischievous. They’ve rightfully earned their reputation of being small clown dogs by providing owners with great entertainment.

On the flip side, they’re very friendly around humans and make excellent companion dogs. Their natural hunting instincts give them the alertness to become the respected watchdog they are.

25. Bedlington Terrier

Highlights: Devoted, Free-spirited, Charming.

A Bedlington Terrier doesn’t look like your typical terrier with its uncanny sheep-like characteristics. Once masters of vermin-hunting, these dogs are now known as premier show dogs and companion dogs.

Whether its their looks or personality, the Bedlington has a way with people. Many owners will tell you they’re the most charming of all terriers. Their loving personality makes it hard to disagree with that statement.

24. 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 city life. They’re quiet and reserved dogs, earning the wonderful 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.

23. Portuguese Water Dog

Highlights: Loving, Athletic, Adventurous.

The Portuguese water dog was bred for the same job as the Poodle.

Many dogs herd sheep, but the Portuguese Water Dog herds fish. They are one of the few dogs bred to assist fishermen with pushing fish into the net, among various tasks on the boat.

In addition, their amazing athleticism helps them thrive on both water and land. Although, they’re mostly just affectionate family dogs today, their love for water and swimming never seems to go away.

22. Standard Schnauzer

Highlights: Courageous, Intelligent, Spirited.

A smart Schnauzer means they need more mental stimulation.

Standard Schnauzers are some of the most reliable dogs in the dogdom. They’re brave and confident, but also have a energetic and fun-loving side to them as well.

Put them in the right family-oriented environment and they will thrive as companion dogs. On the other hand, assign them a specific duty (such as rat-hunting) and they will get it done no matter what.

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21. Irish Terrier 

Highlights: Bold, Spirited, Gentle. 

These terriers are bold, dashing and brave, earning 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. A Irish Terrier can be as versatile as any terrier: they’re adaptable companions, skilled vermin hunters and great watchdogs.

20. 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. But if you can handle this, they make some of the best companion dogs among the hypoallergenic breeds.

They are undeniably fun-loving and get along great with children. And although they rarely shed, careful grooming is necessary to prevent their soft, silky long coats from matting.

19. Tibetan Terrier

Highlights: Loving, Devoted, Sensitive.

The “Holy Dog of Tibet” is everything you expect from a dog given such a nickname. They affectionate and loyal, but also vigilant enough to make some of the best watchdogs for Tibetan monasteries.

Tibetan Terriers love being around people and socializing with dogs. Just keep in mind that these rare dogs may be difficult to find, especially in the western countries.

18. Lagotto Romagnolo

Highlights: Loving, Keen, Low-maintenance.

Are you a fan of truffles? The Lagotta Romagnolo dogs, or “truffle dogs,” were bred to track down truffles with their keen sense of smell. In fact, they’re one of the very few dog breeds used for finding this rare delicacy.

If put in a household, they still make fantastic family dogs with relatively low maintenance. Just keep in mind, their coats do require some grooming despite being hypoallergenic.

17. Kerry Blue Terrier

Highlights: Intelligent, Alert, People-loving.

The Kerry Blue Terrier is the terrier that most resembles a Poodle.

It’s hard to resist a Kerry Blue Terrier once you’ve met one. They’re highly devoted to their people and get along with just about anybody. It won’t take 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 and small game, but also herd cattle and sheep. These skills, combined with their special hypoallergenic blue coats, make them hard to resist.

16. Puli

Highlights: Intelligent, Loyal, Confident.

Known for their mop-like dreadlocks coat, the Puli dog is a confident yet hardworking family companion. Although they’re classified as medium-sized dogs, their messy coats make them appear much bigger than they actually are.

Still, they are brimming with self-confidence, capable of being the center of attention in any crowd. And if you need an ice-breaker, your Puli makes the perfect conversation piece.

15. Xoloitzcuintli

Highlights: Devoted, Calm, Alert.

The Xoloitzcuintli (pronounced: show-low-its-queen-tlee) is a hypoallergenic dog breed that looks as unique as its name. They’re often referred to as “Xolo” or the “Mexican Hairless dog” instead. These dogs can be traced back 3,000 years to the ancient Aztecs, where they were considered the dog of the gods.

Today, they’re just a loving and affectionate companion dog with a calm demeanor. Plus, their hairless body make them a huge plus for those allergic to dogs.

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14. Spanish Water Dog

Highlights: Diligent, Upbeat, Playful.

The Spanish Water Dog is a very versatile herding dog, capable of herding both land and aquatic animals. This well-balanced dog is intelligent with strong herding, hunting and protective instincts.

In a family, they’re typically cheerful dogs with a playful attitude. And because they’re so devoted to the family, they can be easily trained. Novice dog owners or trainers are a good match for the Spanish Water Dog

13. Polish Lowland Sheepdog

Highlights: Confident, Diligent, Energetic.

The shaggy-coated Polish Lowland is a confident worker, often taking their duties a little too seriously. Regardless, they’re beloved companion dogs for many Polish families.

Most owners will tell you they’re a bit stubborn at times. However, this may just be their independent personalities. Love it or hate it, there are few hypoallergenic dogs as handsome and confident as the Polish Lowland.

12. Barbet

Highlights: Friendly, Positive, Sweet-natured.

Densely covered in curly hair, the Barbet dog is most known for their distinctive “beards.” Grooming essentials aside, these dogs are as sweet-natured as they come.

Athletic and deceivingly strong, they have the special skill of retrieving birds. Yes, birds. It’s quite rare to find a dog with such unique physical characteristics. And on top of that, they’re hypoallergenic too.

11. Peruvian Inca Orchid

Highlights: Loving, Devoted, Noble.

Few dogs are as graceful as the Peruvian Inca Orchid. Although they come hairless, their skin requires special attention and care. However, the extra work is worth this loving and loyal hypoallergenic dog.

Their calm demeanors and gentle personalities make them perfect for small children and other dogs. There’s really nothing bad to say about these elegant dogs from Peru. But good luck finding one!

10. Mountain Cur

Highlights: Intelligent, Headstrong, Aloof.

These hunting dogs are fiercely tough and strong-willed. Nothing comes easy with the Mountain Cur. However, with a little patience, they can become excellent guardians of the home.

If you’re looking for great guard dogs without having to deal with the allergens of the German Shepherd, a Mountain Cur is a solid choice. Though, i wouldn’t suggest these dogs for novice owners.

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Large Hypoallergenic Dogs

For a dog to be considered a large breed, they must be 50 to 100 pounds. Here’s the hypoallergenic list for owners that need more dog and less fluff.

9. Poodle

Highlights: Intelligent, Sneaky Athletic, Proud.

The origins and history of the Poodle can be traced back thousands of years.

As the second smartest dog breed in the world, there’s very few things that can go wrong with a Poodle. With enough attention and care, you’ll own one of the most well-balanced hypoallergenic dog breeds.

Beneath all the fluff, they’re also sneaky athletic dogs with a dignified personality. Poodles know they’re awesome. I mean, there has to be a reason why they’re ranked the 7th most popular dog breed in the United States.

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8. Giant Schnauzer

Highlights: Devoted, Vigilant, Trainable.

The Giant Schnauzer is exactly what you imagined – a larger, more powerful Standard Schnauzer. They’re tenacious working dogs with great intelligence and drive.

Attentive families looking for a large hypoallergenic dog: look no further. The Giant Schnauzer is probably everything you want and more. Just make sure you have enough room for these giants.

7. Airedale Terrier

Highlights: Affectionate, Clever, Brave.

Arguable the best all-around terrier ever developed, the Airedale gets its nickname “The King of Terriers.” Of course they’re skilled hunters, but Airedales are also tremendous athletes as well.

They’re courageous when the situation calls for it, but affectionate around family. For those looking for a hypoallergenic terrier with a combination of endearment and strength – this one’s for you.

6. Samoyed

Highlights: Adaptable, Gentle, Affectionate.

Samoyeds are smart dogs, as they're the 44th smartest dog breed.

The graceful, yet charming Samoyed dogs are known for their bright smiles (The Sammy Smile) and beautiful white hypoallergenic coats. But as affectionate dogs, they demand the necessary love and attention.

They can be both highly effective working dogs or perfectly loving family dogs – making them adaptable dogs. While Samoyeds are double coated dogs that do shed, they have low levels of dander. Hence, a hypoallergenic dog.

5. Wire-haired Pointing Griffon

Highlights: Friendly, Loyal, Obedient.

This sporting breed is known for its harsh and low-shedding coat, making them great hypoallergenic dogs. They take their pack duties very seriously and can be the perfect additions to an active family.

Furthermore, they’re loyal and obedient, making them highly trainable. They’re also one of the best hunting dogs in the world – it’s why they’re called the “supreme gun dogs.”

4. Bouvier des Flandres

Highlights: Loving, Brave, Strong-willed.

Built like a strong and sturdy dog, the Bouvier des Flandres is a stable and dependable hypoallergenic breed for all families. They’re highly intelligent and love to work, especially for their loving pack.

When they’re not herding cattle and sheep, they’re top-notch companion dogs. You can always count on a “Vuilbaard” to have your back.

3. Afghan Hound

Highlights: Independent, Humorous, Gentle.

The Afghan Hound is ranked 10th dumbest dog breed because of its unwillingness to obey and learn.

Despite their regal-like appearance, the Afghan Hound can be a little silly most of the time. However, their independent nature can make them aloof with people. Consequently, this has created the misconception of a low intelligence 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’re as good of a conversation starter as dogs can be.

2. Irish Water Spaniel

Highlights: Courageous, Fun-loving, Diligent.

The tallest among all recognized spaniels, the Irish Water Spaniel is known for its curled hypoallergenic coat and tapering rat-like tail. The best thing about this spaniel is that no matter what they’re doing, you can bet they’re having fun doing it.

Although originally bred as 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 (they love to swim!).

1. Bergamasco

Highlights: Independent, Friendly, Intelligent.

The Bergamasco dog is truly a special dog to see with your own eyes. At first, you may notice the long dreadlocks and rough coat. But despite the “mess,” they’re relatively low maintenance family dogs.

Kids love them, and they love kids. Bergamascos are patient, gentle and protective. 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.

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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!

1. Grooming

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.

3. Vacuuming

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. 

4. Medication

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.

5. Patience

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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Tiffany Jeng

Tiffany is a product of Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine (class of 2022). Combined with over 5 years of veterinary technician experience, she's dedicated her life and career to dogs. When she's not studying or working, she's taking care of her Mini Australian Shepherd - Olympus! Read More.


  • Hypoallergenic dogs are NOT real. Yes, sure dogs with low shedding can reduce symptoms of allergies but that doesn’t mean they’re hypoallergenic. Just a FYI for all those out there….there is no guarantee these dog breeds will work.

  • I would like to buy or adopt a Portuguese Water Dog. Would you please send me information regarding this matter. Thanks in advance for your kind attention.

    • Hi Danielle, great choice…and hypoallergenic too! The best place to find a Portuguese Water Dog would be from a local shelter or breeder. I would suggest doing a search on Google for breeders/shelters/organizations nearby your location.

  • How about a goldendoodle? They’re part poodles which are hypoallergenic dogs but also golden retriever which are not

    • Hi Sang, thanks for the question. With mixed dog breeds, it’ll vary dog by dog. Some will be hypoallergenic, whiles others won’t. It really depends on which parent breed they inherit the coat from. Hope this helps.

  • I got a Poodle because I was told they were hypoallergenic….had to come here to confirm because I’m still suffering from allergies! (still not as bad as when I had my golden)

  • I have severe asthma and allergies. The BEST dogs we’ve owned (as far as allergies go) have been our Westie, West Highland White Terrier, and our Miniature Schnauzer. Both were fantastic dogs and so much fun. We’ve had shedding dogs as well and, yes, I love them just as much I just break out in hives and have to wash my hands after touching them. My miniature schnauzer just passed and in time I want a lap dog again. We have a 60 lb America staff-shire Terrier we rescued and she is doing great as an only dog. So we will see.

    • Ahh, my good friend has a Mini Schnauzer that I absolutely love. I’m so sorry about your dog and I hope you get the opportunity to bring another one home.

  • Awesome list going to share with my friend who is a dog trainer in the Denver area (Highlands Ranch). He mentioned people always ask him for a list like this so I know it will be useful for him to share this link with clients.

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