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10 Best Dog Breeds for People with Allergies

By Heather Burdo


You walk past the dogs on the street or see all the cute pups online, wishing you could have one. Unfortunately, you turn down the idea because you or someone in your home is allergic to dogs. There is hope though! You can bring a non-shedding or hypoallergenic dog breed into your home so your allergies won’t be impacted. Choosing from hypoallergenic dog breeds means they produce less dander and usually don’t shed as much.

Hypoallergenic and Low-Shedding Dog Breeds:

1. Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier

While the Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier does have grooming needs to avoid matting, if you keep up on the maintenance they don’t shed much. This breed is considered ideal for an allergy-prone household.

2. Italian Greyhound

All the Italian Greyhound would need is a bath on occasion and a rubdown. Thankfully, these gorgeous pups shed very little, and sometimes not at all due to their extremely short coat.

3. Schnauzer

This breed of dog is hypoallergenic because they shed very little, therefore producing less pet dander than other breeds. A schnauzer is ideal for someone who suffers from allergies. Plus, there’s a Schnauzer in every size: Miniature, Standard, or Giant.

4. Portuguese Water Dog

The Portuguese Water Dog is fascinating not only because they’re bred to help fisherman off the coast of Portugal, but they also require minimal grooming. Just a routine clipping and they’re good to go. In fact, Bo, a Portuguese Water Dog, was chosen by the Obamas to accommodate Malia Obama’s allergies. 

5. Havanese

Havanese dogs don’t shed like their sister breed, the Shavanese. If easy management is appealing to you, a Havanese may be perfect. These dogs are easy-going, making them a perfect choice for someone with kids.

6. Chinese Crested

Whether you want a dog with hair or no hair, the Chinese Crested Dog can do both. Both types have no dog odor and are ideal for someone with allergies. Upkeep for the hairless variety includes bathing massaging lotion into their skin so it doesn’t dry out. If you choose the type with hair, you will need to brush often to reap the minimum shedding benefits.

7. Bedlington Terrier

Not only does the Bedlington Terrier shed very little, but they are very affectionate dogs. This could be your hypoallergenic furry companion that you have been longing for.

8. Bichon Frise

The Bichon Frise will need professional grooming once every four weeks to keep their coat clean and trimmed. If you’re looking for a small dog to suit your allergy needs, this could be the ideal dog for you as they usually weigh in around 10-18 pounds. They are even great for small homes or apartments because they are small and active indoors.

9. Cairn Terrier

The Cairn Terrier was originally bred to hunt badgers and foxes. Due to their dense coat, it’s ideal to brush this breed several times per week to prevent it from matting. As long as you keep up with grooming needs, shedding should be minimal. This dog is known to be affectionate but also independent. If you have children, they would be a great companion.

10. Poodle

Poodles don’t shed but brushing and grooming are necessary. Like Schnauzers, they come in three different sizes: toy, miniature, and standard. If you have the time to give this dog adequate exercise, it could be the best choice for your home. They are active and energetic dogs and love playing fetch and ball. Because of their adaptability, they are easy to train.

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