18 Best Hypoallergenic Dog Breeds to Adopt if You Have Allergies
by Jessi Larson
Looking for great hypoallergenic dog breeds? or just some dogs that don’t shed? This is the list for you!
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.
What are Hypoallergenic Dog Breeds?
Dog breeds are considered hypoallergenic because they have a coat that is more predictable / non-shedding which produces less dander. Dander is attached to the hair your dog sheds and is the primary cause of allergies in humans.
Another reason you might consider getting one of these breeds is the lower amount or lack of shedding. This means there will be much less dog hair on your furniture, clothing, and floor to clean up.
Tips for Allergy Sufferers
The ability to get a dog without suffering allergies will vary greatly depending on your sensitivity. As noted above there’s no such thing as a completely allergy-free dog. Their light shedding, saliva, or skin can still trigger those that are more sensitive.
First off, it’s a good idea to discuss getting a pet with your doctor if you’ve had allergy issues in the past. Then it’s recommended that you visit and spend some time with your new potential pet to see if you suffer any reaction before taking them home. Generally, a larger breed has more potential to produce more dander than a small breed.
Once you’ve brought a dog home, you’ll want to make sure to keep up with regular baths as it’ll help keep any possible irritants at bay. You’ll probably want to have the bath done by someone who isn’t the allergy sufferer if at all possible.
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.
2. Bichon Frise
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.
5. Yorkshire Terrier
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.
6. Shih Tzu
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. They don’t shed and their hair only falls out when brushed or broken. Another breed with hair instead of fur, this breed is delightful and hypoallergenic. Read more about the Shih Tzu.
7. Italian Greyhound
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.
The Labradoodle is a cross of a Labrador Retriever and a Poodle. This breed has become very popular as a hypoallergenic dog. It does vary by breeding however so be cautious. Some specimens may be stronger on the lab side and less hypoallergenic. If your allergies are minor this may be a great breed to consider as it isn’t typically a heavy shedder.
9. Portuguese Water Dog
The Portuguese Water dog sheds very little and so is considered hypoallergenic. US President Obama even had a Portuguese Water dog because his daughter had allergies. They do however require regular grooming. Read more about the Portuguese Water Dog.
10. Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier
The Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier is a family friendly breed that sheds very little. They’re named for their soft coats that seem more like hair than fur. Read more about the Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier.
Additional Hypoallergenic Dog Breeds to Consider
- Afghan Hound
- Airedale Terrier
- Chinese Crested
- Coton De Tulear
- Kerry Blue Terrier
- Scottish Terrier