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25 Adorable Hypoallergenic Dog Breeds That Don't Shed


Hypoallergenic Dogs

If someone in your household is allergic to dogs, you might think having one yourself is a no-go—but luckily, that's not the case. There are plenty of adorable hypoallergenic dog breeds (including small dog breeds and large dog breeds) that won't trigger any allergies that you can choose from instead.

Now first, to clear up a common myth: Technically speaking, there is no such thing as 100% hypoallergenic dogs, according to the American Kennel Club—but that doesn't mean you're out of luck. What people commonly refer to as "hypoallergenic dog breeds" are actually dogs that don't shed.

Interestingly enough, it's not the dog's fur that most people are allergic to, says the Mayo Clinic—it's the dander, which is the dried-up flakes of skin that come off along with a dog's hair. That's why non-shedding dogs are often referred to as hypoallergenic dogs since their non-shedding coats don't trigger the same allergy symptoms that other dog breeds do.

Now that you know 'hypoallergenic dogs' is code for non-shedding dogs, here are the 25 best hypoallergenic dogs that don't shed—all of which are perfect pets for people with allergies.

25 Best Hypoallergenic Dog Breeds That Don't Shed


1. Bichon Friese


The American Kennel Club’s top choice in hypoallergenic dogs, small in stature the Bichon Friese is bred to be hypoallergenic. Their names mean ‘fluffy white dog’ in French.

2. Basenji

These African hunting dogs have short fine hair that sheds minimally. Independent, the Basenji has cat-like personalities and are known to groom themselves.

3. Bedlington Terrier

Is it a lamb or is it a good boy? High maintenance, the Bedlington terrier requires meticulous grooming otherwise its curly coat will get matted.

4. Hairless Chinese Crested 

The hairless Chinese crested is a hairless dog breed that can come in both hairless and fluffy.

5. Irish Water Spaniel

Kid-, dog-, and stranger-friendly the Irish water spaniel was originally bred for water fetching. Nowadays you can find it frolicking in open fields near bodies of water with no task at hand. With no undercoat and a curly coat, this breed is great for allergy sufferers.

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6. Kerry Blue Terrier


Kerry Blues are known as non-shedders with their wavy coats retaining allergen-causing hairs until grooming day.

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7. Komodor 

Komodors grow two coats: a wooly undercoat and a curly overcoat. Loud and affectionate, these non-shedding breeds are perfect for those with serious allergies.

8. Wire Fox Terriers

With wiry dense hair, wire fox terriers have minimal shedding and are easy to groom. Plus, they're the most adorable best bud you could ask for!

9. Puli 

This loyal Hungarian breed is used for the herding of livestock. Weatherproof but high maintenance, the Puli grows long corded dreadlocks if left unbrushed.

10. Afghan Hound


This aloof and dignified breed is non-shedding but requires regular exercise and grooming. Due to its non-shedding nature, the Afghan Hound is ideal for those with serious allergies.

11. Miniature Schnauzer

These pocket-sized good boys are the most popular schnauzer breed in the world. With minimal shedding and high energy, the mini schnauzer is perfect for the hands-on dog parent.

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12. Poodle

One of the most popular dog breeds in the US and hypoallergenic in every size from toy to full-grown standard, the poodle is considered one of the top dog breeds for those sensitive to dander or immunocompromised. Intelligent, they are easy to train and obedient companions.

13. Yorkshire Terrier


This good boy is small but has a big personality. High maintenance, the Yorkshire terrier requires regular grooming as their hair can grow long and tangled.

14. Shih Tzu

The Shi Tzu breed dates to the Tang Dynasty. Once referred to as ‘lion dogs,’ their coat can grow long and require regular grooming. With a friendly demeanor, the once-preferred breed of royalty sheds minimally.

15. Maltese

Coming in at a maximum of seven pounds, the Maltese are a low-maintenance lap dog. Whether you want to keep their hair short or long, this Greek breed is great for quality snuggle time.

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16. Portuguese Water Dog


Famously owned by the Obamas, Portuguese water dogs are playful and laidback. This curly-coated breed adapts well to small spaces and is great for urban and rural dwellers alike.

17. Scottish Terrier

Fiercely independent, the Scottish terrier was originally bred for hunting with short wiry coats to protect them from all climates. Aloof and intelligent, they are wary around strangers, but with proper socialization, they are protective and kind.

18. Giant Schnauzer

Weighing in at 75 pounds, this big boy is highly intelligent and task-focused. They do require regular grooming for their long wiry coats. For those sensitive to allergens, with the giant schnauzer, they have nothing to fear; a good cuddle is allergen-free!

19. West Highland Terrier

One of the most popular terrier breeds, the west highland terrier has a cheerful and loving disposition. Small with minimal shedding, the hypoallergenic pup is great for children of all ages.

20. Havanese


If you want a fluffy pup but are sensitive to allergens or immunocompromised, the Havanese is great for you! A ball of fluff that does not shed, the Havanese is curious and playful. You can keep their coats long or short, but keep in mind the longer the coat the higher the maintenance.

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21. Affenpinscher

Funny and fearless, the Affenpinscher is referred to as diablotin moustachu (mustached little devil) by the French. Their dense coat can be shaggy but neat and they require minimal grooming as they do not shed.

22. American Hairless Terrier

Friendly and intelligent, the American hairless terrier is great with children and perfect for city dwellers.

23. Coton de Tulear


Loving and loyal, this small breed of fluff is similar in stature to the Bichon Friese. Coton de Tulears require daily grooming.

24. Lagotto Romagnolo

With a thick curly coat like that of a poodle, Lagotto Romagnolo's are energetic and require regular grooming to prevent matting.

25. Peruvian Inca Orchid

Hairless with minimal grooming, the Peruvian Inca Orchid is perfect for beginner and low-maintenance dog parents. Once bonded, these elegant sighthounds are fiercely loyal and protective of their family.

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