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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

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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.

5. Havanese

Size: 9-11 inches

Lifespan: 13-15 years

Shedding: Very little

Grooming: Daily brushing and professional grooming

Personality: Extremely affectionate, ready to please, playful

The Havanese is the national dog of Cuba and was bred to keep wealthy families company. His double coat requires frequent grooming, but because he rarely sheds, he makes a great companion for allergy sufferers. If you don't mind spending a little more each month on grooming, the Havanese is the perfect family dog and is very easy to train and obedient. This breed loves to play and gets along well with strangers, other dogs, and even cats.

6. Schnauzer

Size: 18-20 inches

Lifespan: 10-16 years depending on size

Shedding: Hardly at all

Grooming: Brush twice a week to prevent mating

Personality: Great watch dog, highly intelligent, keen instincts

Described as having "human-like" intelligence, the Schnauzer is an all-around stellar companion and working dog. They have double coats—a wiry top coat and a smoother undercoat that catches fallen hair, so they don't shed very much nor do they produce odor. They are perfect for people with asthma or allergies.

This breed was historically bred to guard the house and hunt rodents, so they make great family dogs and farm dogs.

7. Portuguese Water Dog

Size: 17-23 inches

Lifespan: 10-14 years depending on size

Shedding: Very little

Grooming: Brush every week

Personality: Affable, loves water, highly energetic, outgoing

This lovable breed became popular when the Obamas welcomed two of them into the White House. They love to be in water, so providing them with a place to swim is essential to their happiness. Like Poodles, they rarely shed and make great pets for people who are sensitive to dog dander. If you're thinking about adopting a Portuguese Water Dog—or Porty—as they're affectionately called, get ready to spend a lot of time outdoors running, swimming, and playing catch. They love to play!

Note: The Porty featured in the pictures above is Bo, the Obamas' camera-loving dog.

8. Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier

Size: 17-19 inches

Lifespan: 12-15 years

Shedding: Light

Grooming: Brush every week

Personality: Easygoing, fun-loving, spirited