Dogs come with bundles of love, playfulness and hair… lots of hair! The American College of Immunology reports that 10% of the U.S. population is allergic to dogs.
But should you let this stop you from experiencing the joys of owning a dog?
Hypoallergenic dogs are breeds that shed less, or do not shed at all.
If you are looking to welcome a loveable non shed dog into your home, then keep reading. We have created a list of the 55 most wonderful hypoallergenic dog breeds. We have also included tips to make sure you experience the delight of having a dog without allergies.
What Are Hypoallergenic Dogs?
Hypoallergenic dogs are breeds that shed less.
There is a common myth that people who suffer from dog allergies are allergic to dog hair. This is not the case. These people are actually allergic to a protein in the saliva and urine of dogs.
When dogs lick themselves, they deposit that protein on to their fur and mostly their skin. Then, when dogs shed, that dander containing the allergenic proteins is also shed.
Poodles are one of the best hypoallergenic dog breeds. Their beautiful curls trap dander very well. Because of this, many breeders create Poodle hybrids. Their goal is to create a breed that sheds much less and can be considered hypoallergenic. One of the earliest examples is the Australian Labradoodle that was bred in the 1970s.
Some dogs have no hair at all! These hairless breeds do not shed because they have no fur to shed.
No breed is truly 100% hypoallergenic. Just because a dog is labeled as hypoallergenic, does not guarantee that someone will not have an allergic reaction.
What Does Hypoallergenic Mean?
The American Kennel Club says hypoallergenic dogs are breeds that have very predictable low-shedding coats. The prefix hypo means less, not none.
Hypoallergenic dog breeds still produce the same proteins that cause allergies, it is just trapped in their fur.
Many hypoallergenic breeds have curly coats. Their coat traps dander and loose fur within these curls. This means they do not release their dander and fur until they are brushed. People with dog allergies do not react as much to these breeds.
Dogs with a single coat are also much less likely to trigger allergies.
Single coated dogs only have one layer of fur and shed much less. This results in less dander being shed. Double coated breeds tend to shed much more. They have a soft undercoat that completely falls out twice a year.
Best Hypoallergenic Dogs
There are many loyal, goofy and loving hypoallergenic breeds that can greatly reduce the chances of allergic reactions. If your allergies have kept you from welcoming a dog home, our list of 55 dogs that don’t shed is perfect for you…
|Affenpinscher||Outgoing, Confident, Entertaining||Small||$800-$2,000||33|
|Afghan Hound||Elegant, Athletic, Aloof||Medium||$1,000 – $5,000||23|
|Airedale Terrier||Intelligent, Friendly, Energetic||Medium||$850-$1,500||26|
|American Hairless Terrier||Alert, Sweet, Delicate||Small||$800-$1800||5|
|Australian Terrier||Determined, Outgoing, Jealous||Small||$1,000-$1,500||46|
|Barbet||Athletic, Affectionate, Calm||Medium||$800-$2000||52|
|Basenji||Curious, Aloof, Serious||Small||$800-$2500||13|
|Bedlington Terrier||Cuddly, Alert, Energetic||Small||$1500||36|
|Bernedoodle||Cuddly, Intelligent, Low-Maintenance||Large||$4000||2|
|Bichon Frise||Affectionate, Joyous, Silly||Small||$600-$1500||8|
|Bolognese||Calm, Affectionate, Dainty||Small||$1,000-$2,500||15|
|Border Terrier||Hearty, Loving, Energetic||Small||$800-$1500||28|
|Bouvier Des Flandres||Hardworking, Loyal, Endearing||Medium||$1500-$2000||41|
|Brussels Griffon||Human-like, Sensitive, Loyal||Small||$1800-$2500||29|
|Cairn Terrier||Alert, Courageous, Curious||Small||$700-$1000||18|
|Chinese Crested||Loving, Playful, Graceful||Small||$1200-$2000||30|
|Coton De Tulear||Goofy, Sympathetic, Joyous||Small||$1000-$2500||27|
|Giant Schnauzer||Protective, Active, Loyal||Large||$1000-$2000||22|
|Goldendoodle||Family-Oriented, Gentle, Affectionate||Large||$1500-$2000||1|
|Havanese||Outgoing, Entertaining, Loyal||Small||$1000-$1500||12|
|Irish Terrier||Courageous, Loyal, Athletic||Medium||$1000-$3000||39|
|Irish Water Spaniel||Hardworking, Energetic, Intelligent||Medium||$800-$1800||47|
|Italian Greyhound||Graceful, Affectionate, Alert||Small||$1000-$1500||21|
|Kerry Blue Terrier||Intelligent, Family-Oriented, Adaptable||Medium||$1000-$2000||48|
|Komondor||Protective, Stubborn, Confident||Large||$800-$2000||35|
|Labradoodle||Affectionate, Outgoing, Playful||Large||$1500-$3000||10|
|Lagotto Romagnolo||Content, Hardworking, Low-Maintenance||Medium||$1800-$2500||34|
|Lhasa Apso||Regal, Independent, Strong-Willed||Small||$1000-$1600||17|
|Maltese||Loving, Elegant, Outgoing||Small||$1000-$3000||4|
|Maltese Shih Tzu||Sweet, Low-Maintenance, Social||Small||$500-$700||55|
|Maltipoo||Affectionate, Adaptable, Outgoing||Small||$800-$2000||9|
|Miniature Poodle||Intelligent, Elegant, Athletic||Small||$1000-$1500||32|
|Miniature Schnauzer||Outgoing, Hardworking, Courageous||Small||$500-$2700||16|
|Mountain Cur||Brave, Intelligent, Keen||Medium||$300-$500||31|
|Peruvian Inca Orchid||Alert, Loving, Athletic||Medium||$800-$1000||42|
|Polish Lowland Sheepdog||Active, Loyal, Strong Willed||Medium||$1200-$2000||50|
|Poodle||Elegant, Intelligent, Athletic||Large||$1200-$2000||3|
|Portuguese Water Dog||Clever, People Oriented, Active||Medium||$1500-$2500||19|
|Puli||Agile, Loyal, Tenacious||Medium||$1200-$2000||53|
|Samoyed||Kind, Graceful, People-Oriented||Medium||$1500-$2500||6|
|Schichon||Affectionate, Outgoing, Emotionally Intelligent||Small||$1000-$2000||40|
|Schnauzer||Social, Keen, Active||Medium||$1000-$1500||11|
|Scottish Terrier||Courageous, Aloof, Alert||Small||$1200-$2000||24|
|Sealyham Terrier||Goofy, Affectionate, Adaptable||Small||$1000-$2000||54|
|Shih Tzu||Charming, Outgoing, Affectionate||Small||$500-$1500||7|
|Silky Terrier||Feisty, Kind, Energetic||Small||$1000-$2000||45|
|Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier||Outgoing, Energetic, Joyful||Medium||$800-$1500||44|
|Spanish Water Dog||Hardworking, Energetic, Loyal||Medium||$1500-$2500||51|
|Tibetan Terrier||Devoted, Alert, Clever||Medium||$1000-$2000||38|
|Toy Poodle||Intelligent, Friendly, Athletic||Small||$1200-$2000||20|
|Welsh Terrier||Alert, Extroverted, Clever||Small||$1200-$2000||43|
|West Highland Terrier||Confident, Entertaining, Charming||Small||$1000-$1500||37|
|Wire Fox Terrier||Feisty, Comedic, Alert||Medium||$1000-$1500||49|
|Xoloitzcuintli||Levelheaded, Alert, Focused||Small||$1200-$2000||25|
|Yorkshire Terrier||Stubborn, Affectionate, Playful||Small||$1200-$1500||14|
The Goldendoodle was bred in the 1980s for dog owners who loved the outgoing personality of the Golden Retriever but wanted the low-shedding coat of a Poodle. These dogs make loving companions but are also very good at service work.
Goldendoodles have a beautiful personality. They are affectionate with everyone they meet and are incredibly outgoing. In addition, they are playful and very obedient dogs who are loyal to their owners for life.
Bernedoodles are a Poodle mix that was bred in the early 2000s. The aim was to make the perfect companion that has the intelligence of a Poodle and the sweet, personality of a Bernese Mountain Dog.
This designer breed inherits the curly coat of a Poodle which means that they rarely ever shed. Any hair that falls out is trapped in the sea of curls covering their body.
Bernedoodles love to snuggle just as much as they love to play. Their fun personalities and light-hearted spirit make them a favorite of many dog owners.
These intelligent dogs were originally bred for retrieving ducks for German hunters. Now, Poodles have many different jobs! Some are loving companions, others perform in show rings, some compete in canine sports, and some are service dogs. Their sweet nature makes them great family dogs.
Poodles’ tight curls rarely shed, but they have a meticulous grooming routine. They can have various haircuts that require different levels of care. They must be brushed daily and need to visit the groomer every six weeks.
These dogs can learn just about anything you are willing to teach them. Poodles are one of the most intelligent dog breeds. They also have the strength and athletic build required to perform any job or sport.
The Maltese is a graceful dog that has served as a lap dog for generations. This ancient breed originated on an island called Malta and made its way over to Italy where every wealthy Italian soon had one. They are still a symbol of wealth in Italy today.
These beautiful dogs rarely shed, but their beautiful locks require some special grooming and must be brushed daily.
Maltese dogs make friends with everyone they meet. These loveable little dogs are kind and affectionate to everyone. They also know how to use their cuteness to get their way with their owners.
5. American Hairless Terrier
American Hairless Terriers have no fur at all! They are the most popular fur-less hypoallergenic dog. They have a naked appearance with fragile skin that must be protected from the sun with sunscreen or protective clothing.
Hairless Terriers are playful dogs that have lots of love to give. Their pointy, erect ears allow them to hear everything, so they make great watchdogs too.
This breed was bred from another dog known as the Rat Terrier.
Rat Terriers were popular in England for killing rodents that went into farmers’ barns. Eventually, after years of selective breeding, a hairless variety emerged. The hairless variety is typically kept for companionship only.
Samoyeds are friendly dogs with a big, goofy smile. These dogs thrive on human friendships and do not like to be left alone. They are hardworking and intelligent, but can be a bit stubborn during training.
These versatile dogs were sled dogs, hunters, herders, and guard dogs in Siberia. Now, they are used as loving companions or are paraded around show rings for their beauty.
Samoyeds shed much less than other breeds, but will deposit fur during the hotter months. Their shedding can be reduced by brushing them twice per week.
7. Shih Tzu
The Shih Tzu is an ancient Chinese breed that was a favorite lap dog of royals. These dogs were a symbol of status and wealth. Today, this breed is still a favorite lap dog and loves everyone they meet. These puppies adore taking the time to snuggle in any open lap.
Shih Tzus are low energy, but owners will need to continually brush them. These beautiful dogs require daily brushing to keep their fur from tangling.
8. Bichon Frise
The Bichon Frise looks like a puffy cloud! This fluffy undercoat traps any loose hair and dander. They are hypoallergenic and only shed during brushing. These pups require trips to the groomer every two months.
Bichon Frise dogs started as members of wealthy and royal households, but ended up in circus shows. Now, these dogs are prized possessions of many families.
They have a loving personality and are friends immediately with everyone they meet. These outgoing dogs are easy-going and always happy.
Maltipoos have a heart of gold and are a mix of Maltese and Poodle. Both parent breeds are loving and affectionate, so these dogs are some of the kindest pups you will ever meet. These pups are kept for companion purposes and also excel at therapy work because of their kind hearts.
This designer breed was first bred to create a hypoallergenic dog. The beautiful fur of the Maltipoo is low shedding. Both parent breeds shed very little, so naturally, this hybrid does not shed much.
Labradoodles were originally bred in Australia with the goal of being a hypoallergenic service dog. Many Labradoodles still are working service dogs, but they also make wonderful companion dogs for families.
These dogs are highly active and equally affectionate. They are kind to everyone they meet, very intelligent and easy to train.
Before adopting, make sure you know the type of coat your Labradoodle has:
- If your Labradoodle inherits the coat of the Poodle, they will rarely shed.
- If your lab mix inherits the coat of a Labrador, they will shed heavily.
Schnauzers are alert dogs that see and hear everything. They are the perfect watchdog and have a high prey drive to chase down any animal.
The Schnauzer was an all around working dog on German farms. These pups herded sheep, drove out rats, protected flocks and hunted. However, their current role as companion pets is much tamer. Their working history makes them great at canine sports such as barn hunt, lure coursing, and herding.
The Havanese is a Cuban dog breed that originally was kept by wealthy Cubans as lap dogs. These loveable dogs still have the same use today; to be happy, loyal companions!
Surprisingly, the long fur of the Havanese rarely shed. But, you will have to pay extra attention to their fur. They need to be brushed daily to prevent their human like hair from becoming tangled.
The Havanese has a very goofy personality. These dogs are funny and love to make their favorite humans laugh. They also are friendly, but this will not stop them from protecting their loved ones at all costs.
The Basenji is an ancient breed that originated in Africa as a hunting dog. These dogs have impeccable agility and keen senses. With their high intelligence, Basenjis have a strong mind of their own. These hard-headed pups can get themselves into mischief sometimes. They need lots of exercise and activity to keep their busy minds occupied.
Basenjis are low-maintenance hypoallergenic dogs that have very short coat. Their fur rarely sheds, so they should cause no issues for allergy sufferers.
14. Yorkshire Terrier
Yorkshire Terriers were bred in England to hunt rodents. Yorkies are brave little dogs with big personalities. These dogs have bold confidence and love to play whenever given the chance.
The beautiful appearance of a Yorkshire Terrier makes them perfect for the show ring. These loveable small dogs rarely shed, but they do need brushing to keep their long locks free of tangles.
Bolognese puppies look like big bundles of fur! However, they rarely shed any of that beautiful coat. Any hair that does fall out becomes trapped. You will need to brush them three times per week to prevent tangles.
The Bolognese breed was bred in Italy and was a favorite of nobles and wealthy elites. These pups were pampered and only kept for companionship. They have a low maintenance personality and only require that you give them your undivided love and attention.
16. Miniature Schnauzer
Miniature Schnauzers may look grumpy, but they are a friendly breed that gets along well with everyone. They have the strength to work tirelessly all day, but are also happy laying on the couch next to you at night.
This breed had the same job as many terriers, chasing rats out of barns. Now, these dogs have a much more glamorous job of competing at dog shows. They also make loving companions when they are not showing off their gorgeous fur.
Miniature Schnauzers have a very short, wiry coat that rarely sheds.
17. Lhasa Apso
Lhasa Apsos are high class and they know it. These dogs carry themselves in a dignified manner and do as they please.
Their beautiful fur must be meticulously maintained. They must be brushed daily, taken to the groomer frequently, and carefully dried after a bath. If you care for them in this way, they will rarely shed.
Lhasa Apsos were originally guard dogs at Buddhist monasteries in the Himalayan mountains. They can be a bit of a challenge to train due to their independent nature, but many pet owners find their sassy attitude endearing.
18. Cairn Terrier
Cairn Terriers were first bred in Scotland to dig into large rock piles (i.e. cairns) and chase out animals like foxes, rabbits, rats, and otters. Cairn Terriers are busy, little dogs with curious minds. They love searching for small animals, sniffing every square inch of their surroundings, and digging.
The Cairn Terrier has a rough, coarse coat that does not shed. They may deposit some fur from time to time, but it is quite manageable with weekly brushing.
19. Portuguese Water Dog
Portuguese Water Dogs were historically a fisherman’s best friend in Portugal. They leapt into the water to herd fish into nets and retrieve rods. Now, these dogs are still used for water purposes, but as water rescue dogs.
These pups are an affectionate breed that loves to spend time with people. They especially love playing in the water with their favorite people! With their energy and intelligence, they have the ability to learn any sport you teach them.
Portuguese Water Dogs do shed seasonally, but this mild shedding can be managed with daily brushing. These dogs will also need to be brushed to rid their fur of debris.
20. Toy Poodle
Toy Poodles are as kind as they look. These hypoallergenic dogs are affectionate and get along with everyone. They also are very smart and quickly pick up on anything you teach them.
The tight curls of Poodles rarely shed, but they do need lots of grooming. These pups should be combed daily and require a trip to the groomer once every few months for a trim.
Toy Poodles were originally bred in America to be companion dogs. Many are still companion dogs today! Others participate in dog shows, agility, and therapy work.
21. Italian Greyhound
The Italian Greyhound has a very short coat that does not shed and is very low maintenance. These dogs rarely need to be brushed or bathed.
This breed was first bred in Greece and Turkey and became very popular in Italy. They were kept as lap dogs and shown off as a symbol of wealth and status. They are now popular in dog shows and lure coursing.
Italian Greyhounds adore their owners but are very skittish and nervous around strangers. These high energy pups have a high prey drive and will take off after any small, moving animal.
22. Giant Schnauzer
Giant Schnauzers were bred in Germany to drive cattle to the market. They were also used as guard dogs and police dogs. Schnauzers are serious dogs who take great pride in protecting their loved ones. They are natural born guard dogs that take their jobs very seriously. Now, Schnauzers are kept as pets, but are often entered into dog sports, as an outlet for their active minds.
Their harsh, wiry fur rarely sheds, but these pups do require daily brushing. Their tough coats can easily get tangled. You will have to invest plenty of time into gently combing their fur and untangling knots.
23. Afghan Hound
Afghan Hounds were first popular in Asia as sighthounds. They were used as hunting companions for aristocrats and noblemen. Eventually, this dog’s popularity spread West.
They are loyal and devoted to the people they love. But, they can be a bit snobbish and do not warm up to strangers easily. They also have a bit of an attitude when it comes to training, but their dignified appearance makes up for their stubborn personality.
24. Scottish Terrier
Scottish Terriers have a strong personality. These dogs are stubborn and were originally bred in Scotland to hunt foxes and badgers. Despite their attitude, these pups are extremely hard working and are a playful breed that enjoys various games with their family.
The shedding of a Scottish Terrier can be managed if you are dedicated to hand stripping them (which removes hair from the root) at least once a month. It may be a bit complicated, but it will prevent your home from being covered in fur.
Xoloitzcuintlis are an ancient Aztec Mexican dog breed that were once considered sacred. They were part of many rituals! These dogs have a slightly lower status now, but they are still beloved pets.
The hairless Xoloitzcuintli does not shed. Because they have no hair, they need special care for their delicate skin. Some Xoloitzcuintlis develop acne when they are young.
This courageous dog has lots of energy, but they are also even tempered and settle in nicely to a family home. These pups are very loyal to their owners and take their role of a watchdog very seriously.
26. Airedale Terrier
Airedale Terriers were originally bred in England as hunting dogs for rodents and ducks. They were also used for various military roles in WWI. More recently, they have jobs including: hunting, show, agility, and scent work.
These tall dogs are very kind to everyone they meet. They have an agreeable personality!
The wiry coat of the Airedale Terrier will not shed as long as their owner brushes them three times per week. Brushing will remove built up hair and dander.
27. Coton De Tulear
The long fur of the Coton de Tulear never sheds. Although they are hypoallergenic, they do need to be brushed every day. This helps to prevent their precious hair from becoming matted.
This breed is known for walking around on their back legs, making odd noises, and always making their owners laugh. These low-energy dogs are affectionate and make great pets.
Coton de Tulears lived an isolated life on the island of Madagascar since only nobles were allowed to own them. Eventually, in the 1960s, the French discovered these dogs, and their popularity spread. These hypoallergenic dogs are very intelligent, and their sweet nature makes them perfect for therapy work.
28. Border Terrier
Border Terriers were originally foxhunters in England. They had legs long enough to chase prey, but bodies small enough to burrow into their dens. Their purpose was to protect flocks of sheep! Now, these dogs often participate in dog sports such as flyball or agility training. These hardworking dogs excel at any task you are willing to teach them!
These wiry haired dogs do not shed much. However owners must strip their coats of excess fur to ensure it does not get matted.
29. Brussels Griffon
There are two types of Brussels Griffon:
- The rough-coated that does not shed.
- The smooth-coated that has seasonal shedding.
If you are looking for hypoallergenic dogs, you should adopt the rough-coated Brussels Griffon.
The Brussels Griffon was first bred in Belgium to hunt rats in stables. Shortly after, the queen of Belgium took a liking to them and they quickly become a popular lap dog.
Brussels Griffons look like humans and have a goofy personality. They are absolutely devoted to their owners and will follow you wherever you go. They do not like to be left alone.
30. Chinese Crested
Chinese Crested dogs were originally used as rat exterminators aboard Chinese trading ships. These dogs are known for showering their owners and strangers with love. They are extremely affectionate dogs.
The hairless Chinese Crested only has fur around its head, feet, and tail. This hair does not shed. As their skin is exposed at all times, it is prone to irritation and sunburn. You will have to take care of their skin at all times.
31. Mountain Cur
Mountain Curs are hardworking dogs that used to help American pioneers in the Western mountains. Curs were hunters and also devoted watchdogs. They are always devoted to their family and will protect them at all costs. But, they still have a serious work ethic and take a while to warm up to strangers.
Curs shed twice a year, but their shedding can be managed with daily brushing. During the rest of the year, they will shed very little and only need to be brushed once a week.
32. Miniature Poodle
The tight curls of a Miniature Poodle are hypoallergenic and rarely shed. If they do shed, their fur gets trapped, rather than coating your floor. These dogs need daily brushing and require a trip to the groomer every eight weeks.
Miniature Poodles were bred for companionship in the early 1900s. These fun-sized dogs still have the same job today! The minature stands just a few inches taller than the toy poodle.
Poodles, even the miniature, are athletic dogs. They have the energy to exercise for hours and the playfulness to go along with it. These smart dogs are very people friendly and are very kind to everyone.
Affenpinschers are considered hypoallergenic dogs because they have a slow-growing, wiry coat. Their coat does not shed much. With a grooming session every four months, these pups will only need weekly brushing.
This breed is known for its bold personality. Historically, Affenpinschers chased out rats, mice, and other pests in German Stables. These feisty dogs can now be seen in agility and obedience competitions.
These brave pups may be small, but Affenpinschers are mighty! They also have a great sense of humor and will keep you laughing at all times.
34. Lagotto Romagnolo
Lagottos were originally used for sniffing out truffles in Italy! Because of their excellent sense of smell, these dogs are given a variety of jobs such as search and rescue and medical detection. Their athleticism also makes them great at dog sports like dock diving.
Romagnolos are hypoallergenic because of their tight curls. This breed rarely sheds, but their tight curls do need grooming. They must be trimmed regularly to prevent their endearing curls from becoming matted.
These dogs are low-maintenance and easy going. They need a little bit of exercise each day, but they do not require much more to be happy.
Komondors do not shed!
These crazy looking hypoallergenic dogs have long cords and no fur. Their cords need meticulous care and must be carefully washed, separated, and dried to prevent them from clumping together.
Komondors are a white dog breed that is easy to spot! Their tough coats, and sheep-like appearance, make them the perfect dog to protect flocks of sheep.
These dogs are loyal guardians and will protect your flock or family. Although they might not show their love through constant affection, their dedication to keeping you safe will demonstrate their love for you.
36. Bedlington Terrier
Bedlington Terriers were first bred in England to hunt down vermin. They are dedicated dogs who love their humans and will protect them from danger with their loud, shrill bark. Despite their delicate size, these dogs are bouncy and love to play.
Bedlingtons do not shed but will need a good brush to prevent tangles twice each week.
37. West Highland Terrier
West Highland Terriers were originally ratters in Scotland. Now, they are commonly used in canine sports and excel at earthdog competitions because of their prey drive.
Westies shed seasonally, but their shedding can be managed with daily brushing. They will need to be hand stripped every six weeks.
Highland Terriers are goofy little dogs that will always make you laugh. They have big personalities and many funny behaviors.
38. Tibetan Terrier
Tibetan Terriers are an ancient dog breed that was responsible for guarding Buddhist monasteries.
These dogs are slow to warm up to people, but once you have earned their trust, they will be loyal to you forever. They are athletic and hardworking at whatever job you give them.
Tibetan Terriers shed seasonally, but this fur can easily be managed by brushing them twice a week.
39. Irish Terrier
The Irish Terrier was first bred in Ireland. They have a very short, coarse coat that is very tight to their bodies. Because of this texture their coat does not shed.
In Ireland these Terriers had various jobs such as keeping rats out of barns, hunting, and watchdogs. Today these dogs are still just as energetic and have the athleticism to excel at agility trials. However, many are now used as family pets.
Irish Terriers may be a bit reserved around strangers, but they will always be affectionate towards their family.
This hypoallergenic dog is a combination of half Shih Tzu and half Bichon Frise. This mix was bred to be a hypoallergenic lap dog. The long hair of the Schichon rarely sheds.
These pups are happy in the home, but also excel as therapy dogs because of their sweet personality. The Schichon can sense every emotion their beloved owners feel.
Although their sweet personality is very appealing, it can lead to them developing separation anxiety. They need an owner who stays at home.
41. Bouvier Des Flandres
Bouvier des Flandres were bred in France and Belgium as a farm dog. These dogs have the ability to herd animals, guard flocks and pull carts.
The long hair of the Bouvier des Flandre needs to be brushed once a week, but these dogs do not shed much. Any fur that is shed gets caught in their long locks.
These dogs have a very work-oriented temperament and need a proper job for their tireless energy. Many Bouvier des Flandres are used for police work or guide work for the blind. After a day filled with exercise these dedicated dogs have hearts of gold and will happily snuggle up with you.
42. Peruvian Inca Orchid
Peruvian Inca Orchids are bouncy dogs that have lots of energy. They need plenty of exercise to stay happy. Many owners enter them into canine sports because of their athletic, sculpted bodies.
The hairless variety of the Peruvian Inca Orchid does not shed at all. Like other hairless breeds on our list, they need occasional baths to keep them clean and sunscreen if they are spending long periods of time outside.
These unique dogs have an ancient history of being prized pets in Peru. Peruvians believed these dogs had many healing, medical qualities.
43. Welsh Terrier
Welsh Terriers are brave little dogs with bundles of energy. These pups are also very clever and can be stubborn to train. But, ultimately they have a heart of gold.
These Terriers do shed, but it can be easily managed by brushing them twice a week. Hand stripping them every two months will make them hypoallergenic. Hand stripping can be a difficult process, so some owners choose to trim their fur every two months instead.
44. Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier
Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers rarely shed! Their coat is soft to the touch and lovely to pet.
Wheaten Terriers were bred in Ireland to be all-around farm dogs. They were used for ratting, guarding, and herding. However, they are much happier in the home rather than working in the field.
These Terriers are energetic and need plenty of exercise to stay entertained. Like any Terrier, these pups have a hardheaded nature and do not like being told what to do.
45. Silky Terrier
This Silky Terrier was originally bred in Australia. They are a popular breed for dog shows and have long human-like hair that does not shed.
These dogs are kind, extremely loyal and affectionate with their family. But, like all Terriers, Silkies have an attitude that needs to be handled by a firm, yet gentle owner.
46. Australian Terrier
This determined breed was used in Australia to exterminate small animals and even snakes! They protected homes and workplaces from unwelcomed visitors.
Now, these attention-loving dogs are kept as pets. Australian Terriers are very loving dogs with big personalities. These feisty pups have an attitude and will show it to you. They demand all of your attention, but in return, give out lots of affection.
Australian Terriers have a very tough double-coat that is water and dirt resistant. The texture makes this dog hypoallergenic and very easy to maintain. It is unlikely you will find much of their fur around your house.
47. Irish Water Spaniel
The Irish Water Spaniel’s curls rarely shed. If they do shed, they do not escape the tight curls on their body. These hypoallergenic dogs need to be taken to a groomer every two months, so their fur does not become out of control.
Irish Water Spaniels were bred in Ireland to retrieve animals while their owner hunted. They are an incredibly intelligent breed and are ready to master whatever task you teach them. These pups are hard workers that can do just about anything.
48. Kerry Blue Terrier
Kerry Blue Terriers are gentle dogs that enjoy being with their loved ones. These dogs are loyal and devoted to their humans.
These beautiful dogs do not shed, but they do require regular grooming. You will want to visit the groomer every eight weeks with this breed.
49. Wire Fox Terrier
These handsome dogs have the typical spitfire personality of a Terrier. They love wholeheartedly and have a big personality that will always keep you laughing. But, their personality may frustrate you during training!
Wire Fox Terriers are hypoallergenic and will rarely shed if you are dedicated to caring for their coat.
50. Polish Lowland Sheepdog
The fearless Lowland Sheepdog was used in Poland to herd flocks and to guard homes.
These clever dogs excel at sports such as dock diving, herding trials, and agility competitions. In spite of their intelligence, they can be a bit hard to train. These stubborn pups have a strong personality.
The haircut you give your Polish Lowland Sheepdog will determine how frequently he will shed. Weekly brushing will be required to minimize shedding.
These dogs are gentle and loving in the home. They melt around their families.
51. Spanish Water Dog
Spanish Water Dogs have tight curls that should never be brushed. Their curls will eventually form cords, which do not shed. So, they only need trimming at the groomers every two months.
In Spain, these dogs retrieve birds for hunters and also serve as water rescue dogs. They have an incredible swimming ability. Spanish Water Dogs are devoted to their work and to their families. They are very gentle with family members.
The Barbet is a French hunting dog. These incredible swimmers could catch ducks, fish, or anything else that swam in the water.
Barbets have beautiful, tight curls that do not shed. Although Barbet owners will have to put a lot of effort into keeping them neatly groomed.
These gentle giants are very loving and have a calm personality. They are very friendly with strangers and other dogs. They are also easy to train due to their intelligence.
These sturdy dogs were responsible for herding flocks in Hungary. Pulis still have a strong herding instinct. They are extremely intelligent dogs with a stubborn attitude. They like to do what they want to do when they want to do it.
Grooming a Puli is a very complicated process, but it is worth it for owners who are looking for a dog that doesn’t shed.
54. Sealyham Terrier
Sealyham Terriers have a silly personality and will always keep you laughing. These outgoing dogs make friends wherever they go, but they sometimes have the stubborn behavior of a Terrier.
These beloved dogs rarely shed. But, they need to be hand stripped to remove dead fur from their coat.
55. Maltese Shih Tzu
Maltese Shih Tzus were first bred in the 1990s as a response to demands for low shedding hypoallergenic dog breeds.
These pups are happy as long as they are with their loved ones. They love giving out and receiving affection at all times.
Maltese Shih Tzus are sweet dogs that can adapt to any lifestyle. Due to their sweet hearts, they can even be used as therapy dogs.
Choosing The Right Hypoallergenic Dog
When you are deciding which hypoallergenic puppy to bring home, there are many factors that you need to consider. If you are adopting a hypoallergenic dog, it is likely because you have allergies. You will need to make sure you are choosing a dog that aggravates your allergies the least.
First, you should check the shed frequency of the puppy you want. Every dog is unique, so do not make a decision based solely on their breed. Meet with your puppy and spend time with them before adopting. Make sure that your allergies do not act up.
Bigger dogs have a higher chance of shedding more fur. If your allergies are very severe, choose a smaller dog breed.
There are also factors that every dog owner should consider:
- Energy Level
Selecting the right temperament is an important part of picking a puppy. New dog owners should pick a breed that is easy to train and friendly with everyone they meet. More experienced owners can choose to adopt sassier dogs that can be a bit stubborn and feisty.
The size of a puppy can also be a factor. If you have small children it may not be a good idea to bring a very small dog into your home. Likewise, if you live in a small apartment, you will not want to bring home a giant-sized dog.
You will also need to pick a puppy with a similar activity level to you. Do not bring a dog into your home that requires constant exercise unless you are very active, or willing to make a major lifestyle change.
Finally, it is extremely important that you research your breeder, especially with hypoallergenic dogs! These dogs are in high demand.
You can expect to pay a lot of money for a hypoallergenic breed. Because of this, many breeders are backyard breeders with very little experience. Some are even puppy mills in disguise. Warning signs to look out for are: low prices, lack of documentation, lack of veterinary records and refusal to allow you to visit the puppy and mother.
Reputable breeders will happily allow you to visit their home and meet their puppies before you make a decision. They will also provide health records of your puppy’s parents and vet records from the first few weeks of its life.
Once you have found the perfect puppy, that will not drive your allergies crazy, bring them home! You can expect to have many love-filled years with any of the dog breeds on our list. Leave us a comment on your favorite below.