26 Hypoallergenic Dog Breeds for Anyone With Allergies

From energetic playdates to cozy cuddles, there’s always something to be excited about as a dog owner. But perhaps the worst thing about it is dealing with shedding. Not only is it a hassle to deal with, but pet hair allergies also make shedding a huge problem. We have good news there are breeds out there that don’t shed. These hypoallergenic breeds will be your new furry (or not) canine best friend.

 

Poodle

A black poodle sitting in the grass at the park.
 
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With three different sizes to choose from, poodles are widely sought-after pooches. Poodles don’t have an undercoat that sheds significantly, so people are much less likely to be allergic to them.

Breed Overview

GROUP: Non-Sporting Group

HEIGHT: Standard: over 15 inches; miniature: 10 to 15 inches; toy: 10 inches and under

WEIGHT: Standard: 45 to 70 pounds; miniature: 15 to 18 pounds; toy: 5 to 9 pounds

COAT AND COLOR: Curly, dense single coats in a variety of solid colors including white, black, grey, brown, and apricot

LIFE EXPECTANCY: 10 to 18 years

 

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Maltese

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The Maltese is known for its beautiful straight, white locks. They’re small, happy lap dogs considered to be hypoallergenic. Maltese dogs are great companion pets for those with mild or moderate allergies to dogs.

Breed Overview

GROUP: Toy

HEIGHT: 8 to 10 inches

WEIGHT: 4 to 7 pounds

COAT AND COLOR: White, with a long and silky single-layer coat without an undercoat

LIFE EXPECTANCY: 12 to 15 years

 

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Chinese Crested

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Lucky for those who are allergic to pet hair, the Chinese Crested doesn’t have much to speak of. Often seen in the show ring, Chinese Crested dogs show off tiny, hairless bodies with poofs of hair on their heads, feet, and tail. They have little dander, drool, and shedding.

Breed Overview

GROUP: Toy

HEIGHT: 11 to 13 inches at the shoulder

WEIGHT: 8 to 12 pounds

COAT AND COLOR: It has soft and silky hair that is only present on the head, feet, and tail with pinkish grey skin, often with white spots along the chest and belly

LIFE EXPECTANCY: 13 to 18 years

 

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Bichon Frise

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The bichon frise is another dog considered to be hypoallergenic. Bichon frises are small pups with bright and affectionate personalities. Because their curly, white coat produces little dander, they are less likely to trigger allergic reactions.

Breed Overview

GROUP: Non-Sporting Group

HEIGHT: 9 to 12 inches

WEIGHT: 7 to 12 pounds

COAT AND COLOR: Curly coat in white (may have traces of apricot, buff, or cream)

LIFE EXPECTANCY: 14 to 15 years

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Portuguese Water Dog

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A medium-sized dog, the Portuguese water dog is an intelligent and generally friendly breed. Individuals make great service dogs and have a natural ability to swim. They have a soft and fluffy black single coat that tends not to shed.

Breed Overview

GROUP: Working (AKC)

HEIGHT: 20 to 23 inches for males, and 17 to 21 inches for females

WEIGHT: 42 to 60 pounds for males, and 35 to 50 pounds for females

COAT AND COLOR: Curly or wavy coat with black, black and white, and brown coloring

LIFE EXPECTANCY: 10 to 13 Years

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The Basenji is a bred hunting dog originating from central Africa. Basenjis are very intelligent, athletic dogs with plenty of curiosity. They barely shed at all, which means they may be suitable for those with non-severe dog allergies.

Breed Overview

GROUP: Hound

HEIGHT: 16 to 17 inches

WEIGHT: 20 to 25 pounds

COAT AND COLOR: Smooth, short coat in chestnut red, black, brindle, or tri-color (black and red); white feet, chest, and tail tip

LIFE EXPECTANCY: 13 to 14 years

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Afghan Hound

A thin and tall dog with long hair laying down in the grass.
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With a long, silky coat and a regal presence, the Afghan hound is a fan favorite in dog shows. This breed is confident and independent, but also sweet and even goofy around their human family.

Breed Overview

GROUP: Hound

HEIGHT: 25 to 27 inches at the shoulder

WEIGHT: About 50 to 60 pounds

COAT AND COLOR: Long, silky coat in any color or combination of colors, including brindle and domino

LIFE EXPECTANCY: 12 to 14 years

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Havanese

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Cuba’s national dog is the Havanese, a compact and playful pooch who loves its owners. Their silky coat doesn’t shed as much as the coats of other dog breeds.

Breed Overview

GROUP: Toy

HEIGHT: 8.5 to 11.5 inches

WEIGHT: 7 to 13 pounds

COAT AND COLOR: The coat can be silky straight or curly in many colors including black, silver, white, cream, tan, fawn, gold, sable, and red

LIFE EXPECTANCY: 14 to 16 years

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Scottish Terrier

A black Scottie dog with pointy ears carrying a stick in his mouth.
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The Scottish Terrier, affectionately called the Scottie, may be little, but it doesn’t lack in the personality department. These feisty dogs are often recognized for their distinct head shape and beard-like facial hair. The breed has a long history of hard work: They were originally farm dogs in the Scottish highlands.

Breed Overview

GROUP: Terrier

HEIGHT: 10 inches

WEIGHT: 19 to 22 pounds (males); 18 to 21 pounds (females)

COAT AND COLOR: Double coat with longer fur on the face, legs, and lower body in black, wheaten, or brindle

LIFE EXPECTANCY: 12 to 14 years

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Schnauzer

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Both miniature and standard schnauzers are considered hypoallergenic. And like the Scottie, they are characterized by a distinct beard. They have a short, wiry topcoat and a soft undercoat that rarely sheds.

Breed Overview

GROUP: Terrier

HEIGHT: 12 to 14 inches

WEIGHT: 11 to 19 pounds

COAT AND COLOR: Wiry coat in salt and pepper, black and silver, solid black

LIFE EXPECTANCY: 12 to 15 years

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Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier

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The Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier is an energetic and happy farm dog. The breed originated in Ireland some 200 years ago where it guarded chicken coops and herded sheep on the farm.

Breed Overview

GROUP: Terrier

HEIGHT: 17 to 19 inches

WEIGHT: 30 to 40 pounds

COAT AND COLOR: Soft, silky coat in beige to gold

LIFE EXPECTANCY: 12 to 14 years

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Affenpinscher

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Also known as the Monkey Terrier, the affenpinscher is a tiny, toy dog breed that’s relatively rare throughout the world. They make great companion pets for those looking for an affectionate and playful lap dog.

Breed Overview

GROUP: Toy

HEIGHT: 9 to 11.5 inches at the shoulder

WEIGHT: 7 to 10 pounds

COAT AND COLOR: Wiry and shaggy coat in black, gray, silver, red, black and tan, or beige

LIFE EXPECTANCY: 12 to 15 years

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Barbet

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The Barbet is a French water dog closely related to the poodle. These medium-sized fluffy pups have hair rather than fur, meaning they don’t shed in the same way other breeds do.

Breed Overview

GROUP: Miscellaneous

HEIGHT: 19 to 24.5 inches

WEIGHT: 35 to 65 pounds

COAT AND COLOR: Long, dense, curly coat in black, grey, brown, or fawn, sometimes with white markings

LIFE EXPECTANCY: 12 to 14 years

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American Hairless Terrier

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The American Hairless Terrier is a non-shedding hypoallergenic dog breed that is relatively new to the world, first developed in the 1970s. Their energetic personalities and varying coat colors and patterns make them absolutely adorable.

Breed Overview

GROUP: Terrier

HEIGHT: 12 to 16 inches

WEIGHT: 12 to 16 pounds

COAT AND COLOR: Hairless except for whiskers and guard hairs on the eyebrows and muzzle; coated variety has a soft, short and dense coat; patterned skin pigmentation varies

LIFE EXPECTANCY: 14 to 16 years

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Xoloitzuintlis

A hairless dog with light skin curled up on a rug.
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Mexican Hairless Dogs, called Xoloitzuintlis, come in two varieties—hairless and coated. The hairless variety is best for those who suffer from allergies.

Breed Overview

GROUP: Non-Sporting

HEIGHT: 14 to 23 inches

WEIGHT: 15 to 55 pounds

COAT AND COLOR: Hairless: A small amount of short, coarse hair may appear on the top of the head, the feet, and the end of the tail. Coated: Short, smooth, and close-fitting coat; colors vary but can include black, grey, slate, red, brown, or bronze

LIFE EXPECTANCY: 14 to 17 years

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Yorkshire Terrier

A short and spunky dog standing on a chair with a big ball in its mouth.
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Despite the small size of the Yorkshire Terrier, they actually make excellent and effective guard dogs thanks to their protective nature. Their coat is long, straight, and silky to the touch.

Breed Overview

GROUP: Toy

HEIGHT: 8 to 9 inches

WEIGHT: 5 to 7 pounds

COAT AND COLOR: Standard color combinations are black and gold, black and tan, blue and gold, and blue and tan in a long, straight coat

LIFE EXPECTANCY: 13 to 16 years

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Peruvian Inca Orchid

A hairless dog with wisps of hair on its head.
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The Peruvian Inca Orchid is a unique dog coming in both hairless and coated varieties, but they’re usually hairless. They make great companion pets for everyone and they come in a wide range of sizes.

Breed Overview

GROUP: Miscellaneous

HEIGHT: 9.75 to 25.75 inches

WEIGHT: 8.5 to 55 pounds

COAT AND COLOR: Hairless with any skin color, including pink and black

LIFE EXPECTANCY: 10 to 12 years

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Irish Water Spaniel

A large brown and white dog splashing in the ocean.
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The tallest of all spaniels, the Irish Water Spaniel is a hunting dog often used to retrieve waterfowl, quail, or pheasants. They’re also known as Rat Tail Spaniels because of their distinctive flat tail, which helps them swim.

Breed Overview

GROUP: Sporting

HEIGHT: 21 to 24 inches

WEIGHT: 45 to 68 pounds

COAT: Dense, tightly curled coat; colors include liver and white

LIFE EXPECTANCY: 10 to 12 years

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Bedlington Terrier

A white dog with a cotton-like coat.
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The Bedlington Terrier is a medium-sized hypoallergenic dog named for the mining town in England where they were first developed. They’re unique-looking dogs with fleecy white coats that give them an almost sheep-like look.

Breed Overview

GROUP: Terrier

WEIGHT: 17 to 23 pounds

HEIGHT: 15.5 to 17.5 inches

COAT AND COLOR: Mixture of hard and soft hair, crisp but not wiry; blue, sandy, or liver coloring

LIFE EXPECTANCY: 11 to 16 years

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Bolognese

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Upon looking at the Bolognese dog breed, you can tell that they are indeed related to the bichon frise. In fact, this fluffy white breed is sometimes called the Bichon Bolognese. Calm and affectionate, the Bolognese is a wonderful, hypoallergenic furry friend.

Breed Overview

GROUP: Foundation Stock Service

HEIGHT: 10 to 12 inches at the shoulder

WEIGHT: 5.5 to 9 pounds

COAT AND COLOR: Long, cotton-like coat, sometimes cut short to reduce grooming needs; all white

LIFE EXPECTANCY: 12 to 14 years

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Shih Tzu

A small, shaggy Shih Tzu dog running in the grass.
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Shih Tzus have hair instead of fur and shed far less than other breeds. Thus, they’re generally less likely to affect people with allergies. However, those allergic to dog saliva and dander should be cautious and spend time with a Shih Tzu before getting their own.

Breed Overview

GROUP: Toy

HEIGHT: 8 to 11 inches

WEIGHT: 9 to 16 pounds

COAT AND COLOR: Long double coat in nearly any color, most commonly in black, white, blue, gold, liver, or combinations

LIFE EXPECTANCY: 10 to 16 years

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West Highland White Terrier

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This is not just another little, white dog breed. West Highland White Terriers, also known as Westies, have bright and spunky personalities. Because they are such lovable dogs that get along with practically everyone, they fit well into most households.

Breed Overview

GROUP: Terrier

HEIGHT: 10 to 11 inches

WEIGHT: 13 to 20 pounds

COAT AND COLOR: White, with a double coat of medium length

LIFE EXPECTANCY: 13 to 15 years

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Lhasa Apso

A smaller, white dog with long hair on its face.
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Named for the sacred city of Lhasa in Tibet, the Lhasa Apso is a small dog popularly used as an indoor guard dog. They have long, dense double hair coats that are heavy and coarse. The way they shed is said to result in fewer airborne dog allergens.

Breed Overview

GROUP: Non-sporting

HEIGHT: 10 to 11 inches at the shoulder

WEIGHT: 12 to 18 pounds

COAT AND COLOR: Dense double coat can be nearly any color, including black, white, gold, gray, and cream

LIFE EXPECTANCY: 12 to 15 years

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Coton de Tulear

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The French word for cotton is “cotton,” and appears in the name of the Coton de Tulear dog breed because of its signature cotton-like coat. They were originally bred as companion pets and are therefore very laid-back friendly pups. If you’re in the market for a small, affectionate hypoallergenic dog, this may be the breed for you.

Breed Overview

GROUP: Non-Sporting

HEIGHT: 10 to 11 inches (male); 9 to 10 inches (female)

WEIGHT: 9 to 15 pounds (male); 8 to 13 pounds (female)

COAT AND COLOR: Dense, long, white coat

LIFE EXPECTANCY: 15 to 19 years

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Brussels Griffon

A brown and black pug-like little dog laying on the bathroom rug.
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Because they hardly shed or drool, Brussels griffons are considered to be hypoallergenic dogs. With human-like facial expressions and entertaining personalities, these dogs, commonly referred to as griffs, will steal your heart at first glance.

Breed Overview

GROUP: Toy

HEIGHT: 7 to 10 inches

WEIGHT: 6 to 12 pounds

COAT AND COLOR: Smooth or rough coat in red, black and tan, solid black, or beige

LIFE EXPECTANCY: 12 to 15 years

 

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Goldendoodle

A golden dog with curly hair walking through an alley with plants.
 
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Most Goldendoodles are hypoallergenic because the breed is a cross between a golden retriever and a poodle, which is another hypoallergenic breed. Goldendoodles generally retain the poodle coat type, giving them curly and bouncy locks.

Breed Overview

GROUP: Hybrid

HEIGHT: 13 to 26 inches

WEIGHT: Typically 45 to 100 pounds, but can weigh as little as 15 to 30 pounds

COAT AND COLOR: Shaggy and often curly coat with varying colors, including gold, cream, red, black, brown, white, gray, or a combination

LIFE EXPECTANCY: 10 to 15 years

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