Top 15 Hypoallergenic Dog Breeds

Hypoallergenic Dog Breeds

The term hypo-allergenic is typically used in reference to breeds such as the Havanese that appear to have a lower incidence of provoking allergic reactions. There are many people who love dogs and long for a pet but suffer from allergies. Hypoallergenic dogs are great for allergy sufferers because they either do not shed or shed very little, making them less likely to cause a serious reaction in owners. Hypoallergenic dogs come in all shapes and sizes, so there are plenty of breeds to choose from.

Here is a list of top 15 Hypoallergenic dog breeds.

15. Bichon Frise

bichon frise dog breed

A Bichon Frise is a small breed of dog of the Bichon type. The Bichon Frise descended from the Barbet or Water Spaniel and the Standard Poodle. It’s one of the Hypoallergenic dog breeds on the list.The Bichon Frise is a small dog that weighs approximately 5–10 kg (10–20 lbs) and stands 23–30 cm (9–12 in) at the withers. Bichon Frises are considered suitable for people with allergies as they are bred to be hypoallergenic.


14. Poodle

Toy poodle free images

The origin of the poodle is disputed. Encyclopædia Britannica traces the origin of the poodle in Germany where it was known as the Pudelhund. The poodle comes in three different sizes like Standard Poodle, Miniature Poodle and Toy Poodle. Poodles are often cited as a hypoallergenic dog breed.  In addition, most poodles are frequently brushed and bathed to keep them looking their best.

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13. Chinese Crested

the Chinese crested comes in two varieties, with and without fur, which is born in the same litter: the Powderpuff and the Hairless. The Chinese crested dog is a hairless breed of dog.  The breed was believed by some to have originated in Africa and was called the African Hairless Terrier in several 19th Century Texts. The Powderpuff is not affected by many of the congenital diseases found in other toy breeds

12. Standard Schnauzer


The Standard Schnauzer is a dog breed that originated in Germany in the 15th and 16th centuries. The Standard schnauzer makes a loyal family dog with guardian instincts. Standard Schnauzers are always pepper and salt or less commonly black in color, with a stiff and wiry hair coat on the body similar to that of other wirehaired breeds.


11. Yorkshire Terrier

yorkshire terrier dogmal

Many people actually believe that Yorkies are also hypoallergenic. And this is why, when it comes to choosing a dog for a person with allergies or with family members with such, a Yorkie terrier comes as a really amazing alternative. There is no such a thing as a hypoallergenic dog. While a dog has fur or hairs, and while it is shedding there is no such a thing as being 100 % hypoallergenic.


10. Afghan Hound

Afghan Hound long hair dog

The Afghan Hound’s coat is remarkable, although it requires plenty of grooming. It’s one of the hypoallergenic dog breeds on the list. The Afghan Hound should be given a soft bed and prefers to live indoors with access to the outside. The Afghan Hound is a large hypoallergenic breed and one of the oldest breeds around.


9. Maltese

maltese puppy pictures
maltese puppy pictures@Dogtime

The Maltese is a small breed of dog in the Toy Group. Like their relatives, the Poodles and Bichon Frisé, they are considered to be largely hypoallergenic and many people who are allergic to dogs may not be allergic to the Maltese. Maltese are bred to be companion dogs. They are extremely lively and playful, and even as Maltese ages.


8. Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier

Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier

This dog will shed a negligible amount. Recommended for owners who do not want to deal with dog hair in their cars and homes. This is one of the long-haired dog breeds and also hypoallergenic. The Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier can get by with moderate exercise as long as it is taken for daily walks.

7. Giant Schnauzer

Giant Schnauzer

The Giant Schnauzer is a working breed of dog developed in the 17th century in Germany. They are very intelligent and can become bored easily. the Giant Schnauzer is called ‘Giant’, this is not in comparison to other large dog breeds such as the Great Dane or the Rottweiler, but instead in comparison to the Standard and Miniature Schnauzers.


6. Kerry Blue Terrier

Kerry Blue Terrier

The Kerry Blue Terrier is also known as Irish Blue Terrier. Kerry Blue Terriers are strong-headed and highly spirited. They require an active, skilled owner who can provide them with early socialization and obedience training. They are fast, strong, and intelligent, and they do well in obedience, dog agility, sheep herding, and tracking.


5. Havanese


The Havanese is small in size and sturdy in structure with a tail carried over its back and ears that drop and fold. Havanese are good for apartment life. They are very active indoors and will do okay without a yard. This breed’s fur grows very fast and without brushing it, the fur can become tangled easily. Also, even though this breed is hypoallergenic, Havanese have hair that doesn’t fall off (shed) but it still needs to be groomed.


4. Fox Terrier

toy fox terrier dog

The wire fox terrier’s most distinctive traits are its energy and intelligence. The wire fox terrier was developed in England by fox hunting enthusiasts and is believed to be descended from a now-extinct rough-coated, black-and-tan working terrier of Wales, Derbyshire, and Durham.


3. Coton de Tulear

Coton de Tulear

The Coton de Tuléar is a breed of small dog named after the city of Tuléar in Madagascar and for its cotton-like coat. Like the poodle or Havanese, this breed has very low allergic effects and is considered hypoallergenic. The Coton de Tulear comes in three accepted colors: white black and white; and tricolor. The Coton is, in general, a healthy breed. However, there are still some health issues as there are in all breeds.


2. Cairn Terrier

Cairn Terrier

The Cairn Terrier is one of the oldest terrier breeds, originating in the Scottish Highlands and recognized as one of Scotland’s earliest working dogs. Cairn terriers shed very little, but should always be hand stripped. They are very active indoors and suffice even without a yard. Daily walks help keep Cairn terriers happy and healthy.


1. Portuguese Water Dog

The Portuguese Water Dog is a breed of working dog as classified by the American Kennel Club. Though some breeders claim they are a hypoallergenic dog breed, there is no scientific evidence to support the claim that hypoallergenic dog breeds exist. The Portuguese Water Dog is built of strong substantial bone; well developed, neither refined nor coarse, and a solidly built, muscular body.


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