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24 Hypoallergenic Dogs That Don't Shed

Sam volunteers at her local animal shelter and is a parent to two poodles named Bo and Derek and a cat named Crumbs.

According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology, about 10% of the world's population is allergic to dogs. But this respiratory sensitivity doesn't deter dog lovers with allergies from finding possible alternatives.

While no dog breed is completely hypoallergenic, some non-shedding breeds are compatible with people who have mild allergies because they produce less saliva and less dander—the source of allergy-causing proteins in dogs. There are conflicting studies on whether less saliva and less dander actually mitigates allergy symptoms, but anecdotal evidence has suggested that the following breeds have not caused any problems for allergy sufferers.

Best Hypoallergenic Dogs

  1. Poodle: No to minimal shedding
  2. Italian Greyhound: No shedding
  3. Maltese: No shedding
  4. Basenji: No shedding
  5. Havanese: No to minimal shedding
  6. Schnauzer: Minimal shedding
  7. Portuguese Water Dog: Minmal shedding
  8. Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier: Minimal shedding
  9. Shi-Tzu: Minimal to no shedding
  10. Labradoodle: Barely any shedding
  11. Yorkshire Terrier: No shedding
  12. Border Terrier: Minimal shedding
  13. Bichon Frise: Minimal shedding
  14. Brussels Griffon: No shedding
  15. Puli: Minimal shedding
  16. West Highland White Terrier: Minimal shedding
  17. Lagotto Romagnolo: No shedding
  18. Scottish Terrier: Minimal shedding
  19. Australian Silky Terrier: No shedding
  20. Airedale Terrier: Very little shedding
  21. Xoloitzcuintli:No shedding
  22. Russian Tsvetnaya Bolonka: No shedding
  23. Chinese Crested: No shedding
  24. Peruvian Inca Orchid: No shedding

1. Poodle

Size:

  • Toy: Under 10 inches tall
  • Miniature: 10-15 inches
  • Standard: Over 15 inches

Lifespan: 14-18 years

Shedding: No to minimal shedding

Grooming: Every 4-6 weeks

Personality: Smart, affectionate, loyal

No matter what size, the toy, the miniature, or the standard Poodle has a curly hypoallergenic coat and does not shed. Although Poodles are often portrayed as fancy, prissy dogs, they are actually quite athletic and family friendly. Their happy-go-lucky personalities and high intelligence make them easy to train and even easier to love.

2. Italian Greyhound

Size: 13-15 inches

Lifespan: 12-15 years

Shedding: Barely any

Grooming: Occasional brushing

Personality: Clever, agile, can be stubborn

This small, slender dog is agile and alert. The Italian Greyhound loves to play, loves to cuddle, and doesn't require much grooming because it barely sheds. Just give it an occasional brushing and this dog is good to go.

Because Italian Greyhounds have very little hair, they adore sunbathing and can get really miserable in cold weather. I would recommend getting one of the furrier hypoallergenic dogs on this list if you live a region with snowy winters.

3. Maltese

Size: 8-10 inches

Lifespan: 15-18 years

Shedding: Almost none

Grooming: Frequent haircuts and brushing, professional grooming

Personality: Playful, fiesty, energetic

It's impossible to talk about the Maltese without talking about its elegant, silky white coat. While the coat requires a lot of grooming to maintain its luster, the Maltese rarely ever sheds and allergy sufferers delight in its hypoallergenic coat and fun-loving personality.

4. Basenji

Size: 15-17 inches

Lifespan: 12-16 years

Shedding: None

Grooming: Not necessary

Personality: Stubborn, independent, intelligent, inquisitive, cat-like

Known as the "barkless dog," this highly intelligent canine has a short coat and never sheds. Though he doesn't bark, he does yodel and howl. The Basenji is easy to care for because he doesn't require any grooming, but he is difficult to train due to his highly independent streak. If you plan on adopting this breed, make sure you have high fences. Basenjis have a reputation of being escape artists.