24 Adorable Hypoallergenic Dogs That Don't Shed Much

24 Adorable Hypoallergenic Dogs That Don't Shed Much

If you consider getting a pet but have severe allergies or are concerned about shedding in general, choosing a non-shedding dog breed is your best bet.

Here are 24 dog breeds that do not shed much and are good for people with allergies:


1. Bernedoodle

A Bernedoodle is a crossbreed of the Poodle and the Bernese mountain dog. The Bernedoodle is a breed that adapts well to cold weather, is loving toward humans, and is an excellent companion for families with children.

Due to their disposition and intelligence, they are among the most popular dogs among other Doodle breeds such as Goldendoodles, St. Berdoodles, and Labradoodles.

Whether you live alone or with a family, Bernedoodles are very adaptable to both settings. After all, they thrive on attention so the more the merrier.

Suppose you are considering bringing a Bernedoodle into your home. In that case, this Bernedoodle guide will provide you with the knowledge necessary to give the best care possible.

To get a better idea about the Bernedoodle, we need to learn more about Bernese mountain dogs and Poodles. Find out about them below.

Bernese Mountain Dogs

2. Bernese Mountain Dogs

Switzerland gave birth to the Bernese mountain dog. Due to their abilities to pull carts and defend fields in the nineteenth century, these dogs were known as the farmer's friends.

Toward the end of the nineteenth century, many other working dogs were brought, reducing the Bernese mountain dog population until a group was established to preserve these breeds.

The Bernese Mountain Dog was imported to the United States of America in 1926 but did not get American Kennel Club recognition until 1937.

Cute Poodle Puppy

3. Poodle

The Standard Poodle is one of the oldest purebred canines known to man. The name derives from the German Pudelhund or Pudel, both of which mean "puddle." Many think they were from Germany, but no one knows for certain.

However, there is evidence that the standard Poodle originated in central Asia. Due to their popularity in France, it ultimately became a national breed.

Throughout their history, hunters employed them as water retrievers or "gun dogs." Additionally, they were employed as guards, guides, and military dogs.

4. Water Dogs

A water dog is a kind of gundog grown specifically for flushing and retrieving. Water dogs are regarded as the ancestors of most current retriever dog breeds. Irish water spaniels and Portuguese water dogs are two of the most popular water dog breeds.

5. Irish Water Spaniel

Irish Water Spaniels have existed for generations. The Irish Water Spaniel is a pleasant, energetic, and loyal companion. Although the breed is uncommon in North America these days, they are very popular as working dogs in Ireland. In addition, they are an excellent companion for people that enjoy an active lifestyle.

6. Portuguese Water Dog

The strong Portuguese water dog is a devoted and active companion and one of the few large canines that do not shed. Although they shed very little and are considered a hypoallergenic breed, they still need regular maintenance.

As the name implies, they are water enthusiasts. They are the ideal companion if you are searching for a dog that shares your enthusiasm for the beach. However, they need daily exercise to stay in peak condition. They are also adaptable to any living situation and are excellent family dogs.

7. Chinese Crested

Chinese crested dogs are an amazing hypoallergenic dog breed and do not shed much. They are very alert and agile, making them excellent family dogs. There are two types: hairless and powderpuff. Powder Puffs have soft hair all over their body. Because of their "au naturale" look, they are a bit sensitive to extreme temperatures. So in colder countries like Canada, boots and coats are a must for these cute dogs.

Bichon Frise

8. Bichon Frise

A Bichon Frise is a self-sufficient, sociable, and easy-to-train dog. Generally, their hypoallergenic coat is trimmed into an easy-care puppy cut. This loving and devoted breed thrives on as much attention as possible.

Bedlington Terrier

9. Bedlington Terrier

A Bedlington terrier is distinguished by its curly, woolly coat - like that of a lamb. The breed does not need vigorous activity. Frequent playing and daily walks are sufficient. They are very sweet and lovable, making them an amazing family dog.

10. Coton De Tulear

A Coton De Tulear is referred to as Madagascar's Royal Dog. They have long, silky white coats (similar to Bichon Frise) that need grooming with a special pin brush several times a week.

11. Kerry Blue Terrier

Also known as the Irish blue terrier, the Kerry blue terrier was developed to be an all-purpose working dog capable of herding, guarding, and hunting vermin. These dogs are non-shedding and have hair comparable to fine human hair in texture.

Kerry blue terriers are intelligent and need lots of physical activities. They thrive in an environment with plenty of room due to their high energy levels.

12. Giant Schnauzers

Schnauzers, whether miniature or standard, are an intelligent, high-energy breed. They make great guard dogs, watchdogs, and vermin hunters. However, they are also popular as companions thanks to their loyalty and hypoallergenic coat. The miniature Schnauzers' double coat requires regular clipping.

The giant Schnauzer is a clever and territorial breed that is naturally protective of its family. This breed requires extensive activity and thrives on having a task to perform. Therefore, they must be groomed regularly.

13. Afghan Hound

Although this elegant and aloof breed is non-shedding, it does need regular exercise and constant care. Due to the Afghan hound's non-shedding coat, it is excellent for people with severe allergies. They should be bathed twice a week and brushed.

14. Shih Tzu

Shih Tzu dogs are loyal and sociable, and one of the few little breeds that do not shed (unless brushed).  While they resemble lions, they are far from vicious. At around 9 to 10 inches tall and weighing between 9 and 16 pounds, these loving pups are content to live in tiny places as long as they get to spend time with their owner.

15. Lagotto Romagnolo

The Lagotto Romagnolo is a cheerful dog with so much energy that it requires a lot of exercises. However, they are loyal to their owners and are loving. Their wavy thick coat resembles that of a Poodle. However, they need frequent cutting and brushing to avoid matting.

16. Wheaten Terriers

The Wheaten Terrier is a cheerful and active breed with soft coats. These clever dogs are well-known for their obedience, tracking, agility, and even animal therapy abilities.

Whether you live in an apartment or a home, soft-coated Wheaten terriers are an excellent breed that needs modest activity and is well-known for their pleasant disposition.

17. Havanese

If you are looking for a fluffy puppy but are allergic, Havanese is an excellent choice. The Havanese is an interesting and playful package of fluff that does not shed. You can choose to keep their coats long or short but bear in mind that the longer the coat, the more care is required.

18. Scottish Terrier

Scottish terriers are fiercely independent and were originally developed for hunting with short, wiry coats to defend them from all weather. They are self-sufficient and clever but are cautious of strangers. However, with appropriate socialization, they become protective and compassionate.

19. West Highland Terrier

The west highland terrier, a popular terrier breed, has a happy and affectionate temperament. The hypoallergenic pup is small and sheds little, making it ideal for children of all ages.

20. Affenpinscher

Affenpinscher is also known as "Diablotin Moustachu" meaning "mustached little devil" because they are quite amusing and brave. Their thick hair is shaggy yet tidy, and they require little care due to their lack of shedding.

21. Peruvian Inca Orchid

The Peruvian Inca Orchid is hairless and requires little care, making it ideal for new dog owners. Once settled, these graceful sighthounds are fiercely protective and passionately loyal to their family.

22. Bedlington Terrier

The sweet, lovable Bedlington terrier is distinguished by its curly, woolly coat. The breed does not require strenuous activity; frequent playing and daily walks are sufficient.

23. Komodor

Komodors have a woolly undercoat and a curly topcoat. These non-shedding breeds are boisterous and loving, making them ideal for people with severe allergies.

24. Puli

The Puli, a faithful Hungarian breed, is usually employed for cattle herding. If left unbrushed, the Puli develops lengthy corded dreadlocks.

This comes to the end of some of the most popular hypoallergenic dog breeds. While there are no 100% hypoallergenic dogs, they are good family and companion dogs.

What Is A Hypoallergenic Dog?

A "hypoallergenic dog" refers to a breed of dog that does not shed or is hairless.

If you are allergic to dogs, maybe these are the dog for you.

A hypoallergenic dog is a dog breed or crossbreed that is said to be more compatible with people with allergies. Although allergen levels vary across individual dogs, the breed does not play a significant role.

Let's learn a bit more about hypoallergenic dogs.

Hypoallergenic Dogs

Individuals often misunderstand what makes a dog hypoallergenic. This is because of the misconception that all allergy sufferers are reacting to a dog's fur. That is not always the case.

Most of the time, a protein in their saliva or urine is the true cause of an allergic response. This protein will bind to the dander on your pet's hair, which can then spread throughout your home, triggering an allergic response.

The reality is, there are no hypoallergenic dog breeds. Several breeds are just less prone to produce an allergic reaction. This is only because they are either hairless, they do not shed, or they shed much less than other breeds! Reduced hair accumulation means less dander on the floors and in the air, giving fewer chances to set off allergies.

If you consider getting a pet but have severe allergies or are concerned about shedding in general, choosing a non-shedding dog breed is your best bet.

Following are some lifestyle tips on living with dogs if you have allergies.

Living With Dogs (For People With Allergies)

  • Weekly washing can make a big impact in decreasing dander. It is important to select a shampoo that will not dry up your pet's hair or skin, creating irritation or itching. Find out more on how to wash your dog.
  • Carpets and rugs accumulate a significant amount of dander and hair. Vacuuming these surfaces regularly can substantially decrease the quantity of dander that ends up tracking throughout your home.
  • HEPA filters purify the air and can assist in removing minute traces of dander that still remain after a thorough cleaning. Additionally, avoid dust-collecting objects such as fabric curtains and carpeted flooring.
  • Before blaming the dog for your allergies, make sure there is no other reason for your allergic reactions. Testing for allergies might show you an alternative reason for your allergic reactions, and you will stop blaming your dog afterward.
  • Ensure that you have at least one area in your house designated as an "allergy-free zone" or a room off-limits to your pet. This provides you with a safe place when your allergies flare up.


Not every pet allergy is restricted to dander and hair, and just because a dog sheds less does not mean you cannot be sensitive to it. Pet allergies often involve saliva and urine, so consult your physician before committing to a dog to avoid any allergic reaction.

If you are unfortunate enough to have allergies to dogs, hypoallergenic breeds are a great option. And if you are determined on a shaggier breed, you can do a few things to decrease dander and shedding in your house which should help alleviate your allergies.

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