Hypoallergenic Dog Breeds

If you suffer from allergies but have long dreamed of having a canine best friend to share your life with, hypoallergenic dog breeds probably sound like a dream come true!

While no dog is truly hypoallergenic, there indeed are breeds that are more compatible with allergy sufferers. Dog breeds that don’t shed tend to emit less pet dander, the trigger of allergies. We put together this hypoallergenic dog list so you can get to know all of the different breeds you might be able to snuggle without suffering.

If you have pet allergies, it’s best that you try spending time with your breed of choice before you commit to a puppy. This way you’ll be able to better gauge whether or not the puppy is an allergy trigger or not!  

Of course, allergies aside, there are other bonuses to low shedding dogs. For one thing, you don’t have to frantically brush dog hair off of your work clothes before entering the office every morning. This means you and your pup can enjoy a much more tranquil morning routine, and you won’t need to keep a spare change of slacks in your work bag! You also won’t have to spend your weekends sweeping your pup’s furballs up from under the couch! Hypoallergenic dogs also tend to carry less of the notorious “dog” odor that most of us would prefer to live without.

But remember, low shedding dogs aren’t necessarily low maintenance. Many of these breeds have hair coats rather than fur. While fur coats grow to a point and then stop, hair coats grow perpetually and need regular brushing and clipping to prevent mats and tangles. Before you give your heart away to one of these hypoallergenic dogs, make sure you know just what sort of time and attention their coat will demand.

1. Poodle

A Poodle doesn’t shed or carry much odor, but the coat still needs regular brushing and clipping.

This brainy breed makes an affectionate and playful companion and is adored by many for her soft curly coat of hair. The Poodle is one of few dog breeds that doesn’t shed and doesn’t carry much odor, but her coat still needs regular brushing and clipping. You should plan to have her hair cut every 4 to 6 weeks, but there’s no obligation to go with the traditional continental clip!

2. Schnauzer

The spirited Schnauzer is a non-shedding breed with a wiry outer coat and soft undercoat. She may not shed, but you will still need to brush your Schnauzer regularly as food, dirt, and debris is bound to get stuck in the long hair of her beard and legs!    

3. Bichon Frise

With her fluffy white coat and black button nose, the vivacious Bichon Frise was bred to melt hearts. Though she’s a low shedding breed, the few hairs she does lose will quickly become matted within her double-layered coat if your Bichon isn’t brushed a few times per week. To keep your Bichon’s hair the trademark glistening white, plan to bathe her at least once a month!  

4. Havanese

The goofy Havanese is highly trainable and exceptionally good-natured. If kept long, this pup’s silky coat should be brushed daily to keep it in peak condition. Many owners prefer to outfit their Havanese dogs with a “puppy cut,” which is a shorter, more low maintenance style. Whatever her haircut, the Havanese makes an adaptable and animated canine pal.

5. Coton de Tulear

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The Coton de Tulear is non-shedding, but has long white tresses which require daily brushing.

The Coton de Tulear has long white tresses just make you want to squeeze her! While they are non-shedding dogs, their enviable locks need daily brushing to stay soft and snuggly. On top of being absolutely adorable, Coton de Tulears are friendly, playful pups who make easygoing companions.

6. Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier

Famous for her silk locks, the Wheaten Terrier is a lively, extroverted terrier perfect for an active family. The Wheaten is a low shedding dog, but she does tend to collect a substantial amount of debris in her golden tresses. Her beard, in particular, collects traces of food which may stain her hair and smell rank if not cleaned regularly. Plan to comb your Wheatie daily to keep her coat free of mats and detritus.

7. Labradoodle

This jovial Poodle mix is frequently touted as a hypoallergenic dog. Labradoodles often inherit the Poodle’s low shedding coat, but not always. Because the breed is relatively new, it’s still difficult to predict the exact characteristics of each Labradoodle puppy. Generally speaking, Labradoodles are low shedding dogs and have loose wavy coats that don’t tend to hold odor. Like the Poodle, this hybrid needs regular brushing and haircuts to keep her waves soft and free of mats.

8. Maltipoo

Another popular Poodle hybrid, the Maltipoo is an endearing companion dog for people of any age. This breed is renowned for emitting very little dander and having a pettable, fluffy coat. Unlike many Poodle descendants, the Maltipoo doesn’t need to be clipped very often– a couple of times a year will do! She does need some brushing though, to prevent her gentle curls from becoming tangled.

9. Goldendoodle

Like the Labradoodle, the breed standard for the Goldendoodle is still difficult to predict. Many Goldendoodles take after the Poodle and have shaggy low shedding, low odor coats. Sometimes the Golden Retriever genes win out, and the pups have a thicker, moderately shedding coat. Though the coat type may vary, these pups consistently have warm, loving personalities and make a sunny addition to just about any family!

10. Shih Tzu

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The Shih Tzu is a non-shedding breed, but requires a lot of brushing unless their coat is kept short.

An ancient companion breed, the Shih Tzu draws in admirers with her cheerful attitude and flowing silky hair. These non-shedding dogs need a lot of brushing unless their coat is kept clipped short. Because she has weepy eyes and can be a messy eater, your Shih Tzu may also need some spot cleaning in between baths. Grooming needs aside, these intelligent canines are friendly, extroverted pets.

11. Maltese

Loved far and wide for her sweet and gentle personality, the Maltese is a cuddly hypoallergenic dog. She has no undercoat, so if she sheds it’s practically undetectable (good news for allergy sufferers)! Her white hair is beautiful when kept long, but if you’re not willing to brush it daily, a shorter cut is easier to maintain. If you live in a cold climate outfit your Maltese in a warm sweater because this breed is prone to chills!

12. Yorkshire Terrier

Despite her tiny frame, the Yorkshire Terrier has a big, feisty Terrier personality. Her soft hair is said to be dander-free, making her one of the most popular hypoallergenic dog breeds. If you let her coat grow long, it will need lots of attention to keep it from becoming tangled. A puppy cut is a popular, and adorable, option if you’d rather focus on snuggling your Yorkie rather than grooming her!

13. West Highland White Terrier

These curious pups are adored for their silky white coats and their spirited personalities. The Westie has a low maintenance double coat that is easy to care for. A quick brushing every week or so will help remove dirt from her fur. The longer hairs around your Westie’s ears, eyes, mouth, and paws can become tangled and full of debris. Taking your Westie for clipping every couple of months will keep her looking her best!