Top 10 Hypoallergenic Dog Breeds for Allergic Pet Parents

If you’re a fellow victim of allergies, you might be familiar with the feeling when you want to pet every four-legged buddy in sight, but you can’t, at least not without getting an allergy attack.

The dogs listed below, however, are the perfect companions for you, since they shed lightly or are completely non-shedding!

#1. Poodle

popular hypoallergenic dog breed

Hands down the most popular hypoallergenic dog breed out there! A Poodle is intelligent, easy to train and can adapt to apartment life perfectly.

They are great for any type of families and kind to children. As far as shedding is concerned, it is the best breed for people with allergies. However, it is very important, that you buy your Poodle from a responsible breeder, so they will be genetically as healthy as possible.

#2. Portuguese Water Dog

Portuguese Water Dog

A non-shedding breed that might look similar to the Poodle at first glance, but the Portuguese Water Dog has a more robust bone-structure and is more muscular. However, they are absolute people-pleasers so their training is a walk in the park.

#3. Cockapoo

hypoallergenic dog breed

Being a cross between a Cocker Spaniel and a Poodle, Cockapoos were the first designer dog breeds out there. With all this controversy around designer dogs, some may not be inclined to buy one, but because of their Poodle side, Cockapoos generally don’t shed, this furry buddy will definitely not give you the sneezes.

#4. Samoyed


You probably didn’t expect this fluffy snowball to be on this list, but the Samoyed is, in fact, a light-shedding dog breed. Unfortunately, to keep them happy, you must put them in a garden with lots of room. On the upside, they are intelligent, loyal, but most of all, great with kids. Their smile is a tell-tale sign, that you will have lots of fun with this little goofball.

#5. Maltese


If you’re a rookie dog owner, the Maltese is your best bet. They are hypoallergenic, yes, but they are incredibly people-oriented, therefore training is going to be a piece of cake. As you can imagine, their friendliness and small size make them perfect companions for small children.

#6. Shih Tzu

Imperial Shih Tzu

Small and medium-sized dogs do dominate this list! Out of all the hypoallergenic breeds, a Shih Tzu can be the tiniest. Interestingly enough they are an ancient breed, and their role has always been to give affection and company to their owners, simple as that.

This family-oriented, attention-craving little fella will be happy to live with you, regardless of your lifestyle!

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#7. Goldendoodle


The most popular of all designer dog breeds. It is a half Poodle breed, thus inheriting the double-coated, non-shedding fur typical of Poodles. This hypoallergenic breed is not just going to be a wonderful family member, but a great companion for those who are allergic to most other pets.

#8. Schnauzer


Schnauzers can come in all sizes, but regardless of their size they are all hypoallergenic, so wherever you live, you’ll find a Schnauzer just suitable for your lifestyle. Schnauzer is an intelligent, protective breed, however, training may be difficult, as they need to be exercised frequently to keep them calm.

#9. American Hairless Terrier

American Hairless Terrier

No fur means no shedding. The American Hairless is out of all the breeds the only Terrier for those with allergies. In all rights they are a terrier, this means they are playful, but mischievous, lovely, but require exercises.

One thing you don’t have to worry about for sure is grooming, but be wary of sunburns, when walking them.

#10. Afghan Hound

Afghan Hound

To many people’s surprise, they qualify as a non-shedding breed. The Afghan Hound is a unique, noble breed, a perfect way to turn heads when you’re in public. On top of this, they are adventurous, friendly with kids and can adapt to apartment life very well.

Final Thoughts

We hope after browsing this list, you’ve found your perfect “hypoallergic” pet companion. Allergies can be difficult to deal with, but that shouldn’t stop you from getting a dog.

Be sure to properly care for your pet and provide him vaccinations and high-quality food. Also, get them a comfortable place to rest and easy access to clean water.

Good luck!

Brenda Thompson

Brenda Thompson is an expert in dog behavior with over a decade of experience, and she is also passionate about working with cats and birds. In addition to contributing pet content to, she is a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant. She received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2007 and has over 16 years of experience in treating animals. Her expertise is in educating pet owners on common pet health problems and providing them with option-based care to help choose what is best for their companions

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