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Dog Breeds That Don’t Shed: Dogs That Are Hypoallergenic

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Adopting a hypoallergenic dog can change your life and the life of your family too, and because there are many dog breeds that don’t shed (or shed minimally), I will show you a pretty complex list to choose from.

Dog Breeds That Are Hypoallergenic

There are several dog breeds that would be ideal companions for people with dog hair allergies.

1. Afghan Hound

This is a dog that will attract the most attention due to its aristocratic and regal appearance.

This elegant dog with silky, thick and floating coat is a perfect and loyal companion for people with dog allergies because they shed very little.

These dogs were originally bred for hunting in the plains of Afghanistan, so they require an owner that is active and loves outdoor activities.

If you plan to keep this elegant and athletic dog indoor, you should choose a different breed because this one requires daily activity outside in nature.

2. Italian Greyhound

This cute dog looks like a miniature greyhound and is a very affectionate and playful companion for people or families that have dog allergies, due to its hypoallergenic coat that sheds only minimally.

Even if it looks like a decorative lap dog, this gentle dog has the pursuit instincts of a hound, so if you want to own one, you need to be an active person that loves outdoor activities along with your four-legged friend.

3. Samoyed

The Samoyed is another large dog breed that is perfect for people with allergies that live in apartments.

This cute dog has a very white, long and thick coat that will draw attention wherever you go.

Samoyed dogs

Sparkling white and fluffy Samoyed dogs.

These dogs were bred in the freezing temperatures of Siberia, so they are not suited for warm climates.

Being a smart, affectionate and social dog, the Samoyed needs a lot of love from its owner, but you don’t need to forget that you are the alpha dog in the house, so never let him take the lead.

4. Airedale Terrier

If you are allergic to dog hair, but you want to have a tall dog with hypoallergenic coat, then an Airedale Terrier could be a good choice.

The Airedale Terrier is considered the king of the terriers, because is a large dog, an intelligent athlete and a good hunter.

This dynamic dog with hypoallergenic coat is the perfect companion for people and families that want a protective watchdog that is active and full of energy.

You also need to be an active person because the Airedale Terrier likes long walks and hikes and outdoor activities.

5. Basenji

The Basenji is a pretty unique dog because it doesn’t bark, and acts more like a cat (they spend hours every day grooming themselves).

Instead of barking, they make a strange howling noise, which in time is understood by their owners.

They require long walks daily, which means that they are perfect for people or families that love to spend time outside in nature and have dog allergies.

6. Yorkshire Terrier

The Yorkshire Terrier is a toy dog breed that has a pretty long coat, which sheds only little, so they are perfect companions for people and families with dog allergy.

Being so tiny and full of charm, they are preferred as pets by a pretty impressive number of people.

This tiny dog is devoted and loyal to its owner and is also a very social dog that easily accepts older children or other animals (if you have very small children in the house you should supervise them when these dogs are around).

They like to be outside, but prefer warmer climates (so they rather sit indoors).

7. Schnauzer

Schnauzers (miniature or standard) are very popular companions for a large number of people and families due to their hypoallergenic coat that is perfect for people suffering from dog allergies.

Being a robust and protective dog, the Schnauzer loves to run all day long and play outside in nature.

They prefer owners that are active and have time to take them out in nature and play with them at least a couple of times per week.

Being a protective breed, all puppies need to be socialized starting with an early age.

8. Labradoodle

The Labradoodle breed is a cute combination between a Labrador Retriever and a Poodle, and this interesting and funny-looking dog has a hypoallergenic coat, which means that is suited for people and families that have dog allergies.

Being an active and very friendly dog, the Labradoodle is happy if has an active owner that has time to spend at least one hour per day playing with the dog outside in nature.

If you suffer from allergies, before getting a Labradoodle puppy, ask the breeder if the parents have a hypoallergenic coat, because you don’t want your Labradoodle puppy to have a coat inherited from its Labrador ancestors that isn’t a hypoallergenic one.

9. Australian Silky Terrier

This cute dog is often mistaken with the Yorkshire Terrier because it looks pretty similar to a Yorkie.

Its hypoallergenic coat that sheds only minimally, makes him perfect for people and families that have dog allergies.

The Aussie Terrier is a little taller and has a longer body compared to the Yorkie and its silky single coat rather follows the lines of its body instead of falling down straight to the floor like the coat of the Yorkie.

This is not a lap dog, it’s an active and playful dog that is always ready for action, so it requires an owner that is dynamic and loves outdoor activities.

Keep in mind that it can be aggressive with other dogs and pets, so socialization should be started at an early age.

10. Cairn Terrier

The breed was originally created in Scotland and they have a distinctive coat that is hypoallergenic and repels water.

Another interesting fact about these dogs is represented again by their coat that can change its color several times over the years.

These short-legged terriers are quite sturdy and active dogs, which means that their owners need to be active persons (to make them happy), but they can also be pretty stubborn and bold dogs.

Cairn Terrier

A very cute and wise Cairn Terrier female.

If you have small animals around or inside the house, you need to know that Cairn Terriers were created to chase vermin.

However, they love to play with kids, so they are suited for active people or families with children that have dog allergies.

11. Scottish Terrier

This compact, short-legged dog is also a nice combination of power delivered in a small package.

Its erected ears, the distinctive hairy eyebrows and beard are making this dog easy to recognize among other dogs.

Due to its low shedding double coat, the Scottish Terrier is preferred by a very large number of people with allergies.

Like many other terriers, the Scottish is an independent but territorial dog requiring minimal grooming.

They are quite fearless and always ready for action, which means that they can be your best playing partner.

12. Chinese Crested

The Chinese Crested dog breed is suited for people with allergies that spend most of the time inside the house.

Even being a very athletic dog that can jump tall fences and win agility competitions, the Chinese Crested can stay all day long lying in the bed without moving a muscle, and once it bonds with its owner, it will stay beside him (or her) all the time.

The breed has two varieties: hairless and Powderpuff and they both shed minimally, which means that they are great companions for people and families that have allergies to dog hair.

13. Havanese

This a small dog that prefers to spend time with the owner and its family all day long.

Having its origins in Cuba, the Havanese is an extremely cute and short legged dog with hypoallergenic and double coat, which makes it suited for people with allergies.

The Havanese is a quiet and gentle dog that is playful and friendly with its owner, but not so friendly with strangers.

You can easily train a Havanese pup because the breed is very intelligent and very attentive to the owner.

14. Bichon Frise

The Bichon Frise is a tiny and fluffy lap dog that is suited for people with allergies because has a coat that doesn’t shed.

Bichon Frise puppy

A very tiny and lovely Bichon Frise puppy.

Being a dog that can be easily trained, this breed can be easily maintained by people or families that prefer to have a playful tiny dog along them all the time.

15. West Highland White Terrier

Westies are considered hypoallergenic dogs because they shed minimally, so they are perfect for people or families that have allergies to dog hair.

This tiny compact pooch is quite active, friendly and very affectionate with all the members of the family, but keep in mind that they could be less friendly with other small animals.

16. Poodle

The Poodle (toy, miniature and standard) is one of the most popular dog breeds on our planet mostly because is a hypoallergenic dog that virtually has no odor.

These dogs have a harsh curly coat that needs to be clipped or corded regularly.

Poodles are considered highly intelligent dogs that can be easily trained. Being friendly and sociable dogs that love the stay around people, Poodles are very friendly with kids, so they are perfect companions for families with children that have allergies to dogs.

17. Portuguese Water Dog

The Portuguese Water Dog is a relatively rare dog breed, but is famous due to the fact that the former U.S. President Barack Obama owns one (Bo).

The breed has become increasingly popular among people looking for hypoallergenic pets.

These are robust, medium-sized dogs, that are very energetic and can work both on the ground and in the water for hours.
They are very good swimmers, so they can be used to gather fishnets and send messages from one boat to another.

Being very intelligent dogs that shed only little and can be easily trained, they are considered the perfect companion for people and families that are active and love to spend time in nature.

18. Brussels Griffon

These are small expressive dogs that become famous due to several movies and TV shows where they appeared along with numerous TV stars.

Being very cute dogs with a human-like facial, Brussels Griffons are perfect companions for people with allergies because they are non shedding dogs.

The Brussels Griffon is an excellent watch dog that gets along with people and families with allergies.

Even if the family is large, the Brussels Griffon will bond mainly with one member of the family, but will be very friendly and loving dog with all the other members of the family.

19. Shih Tzu

Shih Tzus are known for their loyalty and friendliness and they are suited for families with allergies because they don’t shed.

These small lion dogs were originally bred in ancient China, and even if they are tiny dogs, they are very compact and strong companions for their owners.

Their body is covered by soft and luxurious hair that will come off only when you brush them.

Being a gentle and loving lap dog that gets along with families (even with kids), the Shih Tzu is one of the top preferred hypoallergenic small dog breeds today.

20. Maltese Terrier

These are gorgeous, white fluffy dogs that shed only a tiny amount of hair on your furniture and clothes, but they are very funny and perfect partners if you want to play with them.

The breed originates in Italy, and we talk here about a small dog breed that is very gentle and enjoys playing with its owner or other members of the family.

If you have small kids you should pay attention when they play with Maltese puppies because being so tiny and fluffy, they can hurt them pretty easy without even knowing.

Being lovely, playful and energetic dogs, Maltese Terriers are perfect companions for people with all types of lifestyles and also for people with allergies due to the fact that they shed only minimally.

Maltese Terriers

A happy family of Maltese Terrier dogs.

21. Tibetan Terrier

The breed was first created in the Tibetan Buddhist lamaseries, with the purpose to become a fluffy and playful companion of the monks and nomadic herdsmen, which used them to protect their flocks while wandering on the high plains of Tibet.

Being medium-sized or small dogs, the Tibetan Terriers are sensitive, smart and affectionate characters.

The double coat sheds only minimally, but they do require regular grooming to make them look fantastic.

The Tibetan Terrier is a loyal companion that could also protect your property from unwanted guests (they are perfect watchdogs).

Final Thoughts

Suffering from allergies related to dog hair does not mean that you can’t have a dog for yourself or your family.

The above list contains dog breeds that shed only minimally or don’t shed at all, so you have plenty of dogs to choose from.

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Article written by:

Darius Savin is a lifelong animal lover and protector and the chief editor of Checkmember. He writes and edits articles and is also the creator of the distribution maps for all the creatures featured here.