Who wouldn’t love a dog that doesn’t shed? Like all other furry mammals, dogs have dander and fur that can cause even those without allergies to get the occasional nose-tickle. Shed-free dogs and truly 100% hypoallergenic dogs don’t exist, but there are breeds that are better for those with allergies. These dogs shed less, giving you less reason to suffer a sneezing fit. These are 10 popular hypoallergenic dog breeds.
Bred to be companion dogs, these pups are energetic and playful. They do well in small spaces, like apartments and have a bright white, silky coat that doesn’t shed.
Although poodles have lots of dense, curly fur, their coats only shed less than other dogs. They are very smart, active dogs who excel at training and sports. All three breeds (Toy, Miniature and Standard) are considered hypoallergenic dogs.
3. Portugese Water Dog
Portugese Water Dogs were orignally bred to herd fish into fishermen’s nets. They can have curly or wavy coats, but don’t shed.
Schnauzers were named for the appearance of their “mustaches” on their snouts! Like the poodle, they’re known as three breeds (Giant, Standard and Miniature.) Their eyebrows, beards and mustaches can give them the appearance of an old man, but they’re energetic and protective dogs that don’t shed, but will need to have dead hairs plucked from their coat regularly.
5. Shih Tzu
Shih Tzus are known to be affectionate, loyal, but also stubborn dogs that can be difficult to train. Although they don’t shed much, their fur grows very quickly and will need daily brushing to keep it free of mats.
6. Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier
The Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier was bred in Ireland as a farm dog, and shares a common ancestor with the Kerry Blue Terrier. These happy, playful dogs are considered high-energy and need lots of exercise to burn the excess. Their soft, silky coats will require daily brushing to keep it free of mats.
7. Bichon Frise
The Bichon Frise is thought to be bred from the Standard Poodle, another low shedding dog. Their curly coat keeps hair and dander from escaping, but they need frequent bathing and combing to keep the coat free of mats.
8. Kerry Blue Terrier
This dog appears on many lists of hypoallergenic dogs because their soft, wavy coat doesn’t shed. These dogs love people but will prefer being the only dog in their home.
Labradoodles aren’t considered a breed by any organizations, but a crossbreed between a Labrador and a Poodle. These hypoallergnic dogs are extremely popular because their coats shed less, and have less “dog smell.” Although these dogs are often bred for profit, remember that you can find just about any breed at your local shelter.
10. Hairless Chinese Crested
A no-brainer hypoallergenic breed, the Hairless Chinese Crested only has tufts of hair at it’s paws, tail and head. With so little fur to shed, they’re considered a good breed for people with allergies. Their soft skin will still need regular care to avoid common issues like acne and sunburn.