7 Best Hypoallergenic Dog Breeds to Adopt if You Have Allergies
by Jessi Larson
At this very moment, thousands of dogs are waiting for a forever home. For many people, however, one major thing is holding them back from adopting a dog: allergies.
Luckily, a number of breeds are considered hypoallergenic, or less likely to cause an allergic reaction. While no dog is considered 100% allergy-free, these are much – much! – easier to live with if you have allergies.
This is by no means an exhaustive list of dogs that work for allergy sufferers. Instead, we compiled a collection of hypoallergenic dog breeds that are more likely to be found at your local animal shelter, ready and waiting for a fabulous new home.
A small, sweet honey of a dog, the Maltese is a popular breed that – wait for it – doesn’t shed! This is awesome news for anyone with strong allergies. Read more about the Maltese.
Equally adorable and equally hypoallergenic, the Bichon Frise has a wooly coat that produces little dander. Couple that with a playful and peppy personality and you’ve got a perfect pup. Read more about the Bichon Frise.
The Schnauzer is a safe bet for allergy sufferers. Why? It sheds less frequently and produces much less dander than other breeds. Boom!
Other reasons to get a Schnauzer: These pups are friendly, smart and obedient. Read more about the Schnauzer.
Poodles are a godsend for anyone who suffers from allergies or asthma. Unlike most dogs, the poodle doesn’t actually have fur. Whaaaaat? Nope, that curly craziness is actually hair. And it doesn’t shed. Read more about the Poodle.
This itty bitty breed weighs in at only 4-7 pounds and is a pint-size dream for allergy sufferers. Like the Poodle, the Yorkie has hair instead of fur, making it a hypoallergenic choice. Read more about the Yorkshire Terrier.
The Shih Tzu is such a good dog. Outgoing, playful and kind, the Shih Tzu makes the ultimate breed for families, even ones with allergies. Another breed with hair instead of fur, this breed is delightful and hypoallergenic. Read more about the Shih Tzu.
The Italian Greyhound differs from the all the fluffy little dogs on this list. Alert, playful and athletic, the breed is blessed with a thin coat that barely sheds. Side note: How could anyone resist that adorable face? Read more about the Italian Greyhound.
Additional Hypoallergenic Dog Breeds to Consider
- Afghan Hound
- Airedale Terrier
- Chinese Crested
- Coton De Tulear
- Kerry Blue Terrier
- Portuguese Water Dog
- Scottish Terrier
- Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier