Hypoallergenic Dogs List: 70+ Best Breeds For Allergy Sufferers

People who have pet allergies can own the following non-allergenic/ hypoallergenic dogs. Non-shedding dogs and allergy free cats don’t shed a lot of hair and dander. In addition, they produce less allergens – the protein that cause allergic reactions.

Many people assume that it’s the shed hair that gives them allergies. As a result, breeds of dogs that don’t shed much are getting popular with pet owners.

But no cat or dog breed is 100% hypoallergenic.

Moreover, dog allergens are concentrated in their saliva. The allergies caused by dogs are actually caused by the Can f 1, Can f 2 and Can f 5 protein. These protein are also found in the dog’s dander (dead skin) and urine.

Likewise, cats that don’t shed much produce less Fel d 1 protein. Being allergic to dogs and cats is common. However, those affected by cat allergies are twice the number of dog allergy sufferers.

Sphynx cats don't shed
The hairless and allergy-free Sphynx cat!

Hypoallergenic Dogs List: Best Breeds for People with Allergies

Below is a list of non-shedding dogs. The list includes small or toy, and medium-size allergy-free dog breeds. We have also included a list of big and large hypoallergenic dogs.

Which are the Most Popular Non-shedding Dogs?

The most popular dogs that don’t shed include:

  1. Poodle
  2. Yorkshire Terrier
  3. Miniature Schnauzer
  4. Shih Tzu
  5. Havanese
  6. Maltese
  7. Bichon Frise
  8. Samoyed
  9. Giant Schnauzer
  10. Coton de Tulear

Small Hypoallergenic Dogs

Most of the non-shedding dogs are either toy or small in size. They are more popular and generally live longer than large dog breeds.

Bichon Frise are small hypoallergenic dogs
Bichon Frise are white fluffy dogs. They are small, playful but feisty

  1. Shih Tzu
  2. Toy Poodle
  3. Brussels Griffon
  4. Affenpinscher
  5. Bichon Frise
  6. Maltese
  7. Havanese
  8. Italian Greyhound
  9. Lhasa Apso
  10. Lowchen (Little Lion Dog)
  11. Miniature Schnauzer
  12. Bolognese
  13. Mi-Ki
  14. Chinese Crested Dog
  15. Coton de Tulear
  16. Lagotto Romagnolo
  17. West Highland White Terrier
  18. Lakeland Terrier
  19. Dandie Dinmont Terrier
  20. Border Terrier
  21. Cairn Terrier
  22. Cesky Terrier
  23. Sealyham Terrier
  24. Yorkshire Terrier
  25. Norfolk Terrier
  26. Norwich Terrier
  27. Scottish Terrier (Scottie)
  28. Bedlington Terrier
  29. American Hairless Terrier
  30. Australian Terrier
  31. Silky Terrier

Small dog breeds eat less and are great couch potatoes. In addition, they can comfortably live indoors. However, small dogs are still energetic and need enough exercise!

Medium-Sized Hypoallergenic Dogs

A medium-sized dog weighs from about 9 kg (20 pounds) to around 27 kg (60 pounds). They have a height of between 8 and 27 inches at the withers (shoulders). However, the runts of these mid-size dogs will be small in size while some puppies will grow to be big dogs.

But on average, the purebred parents of the following dog breeds will produce mid-sized offspring.

Basenji are hypoallergenic dogs
A brindled allergy-free Basenji. Basenji are medium-sized dogs whose origins are in Central Africa!

  • Basenji
  • Miniature Poodle
  • Xoloitzcuintli (Xolo)
  • Hairless Khala
  • Irish Terrier
  • Kerry Blue Terrier
  • Tibetan Terrier
  • Welsh Terrier
  • Wirehaired Fox Terrier
  • Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier
  • Peruvian Inca Orchid
  • Polish Owczarek Nizinny/ Polish Lowland Sheepdog
  • Puli
  • Spanish Water Dog
  • Standard Schnauzer
  • Wirehaired Pointing Griffon

Big Hypoallergenic Dogs

The following big non-shedding dogs are some of the best working dogs. But unlike small dogs, most big dogs love living outdoors. Consequently, they make great guard dogs and shepherd dogs. Moreover, some of these big dogs are good hunting dogs.

Samoyed are big non-shedding dogs
The non-shedding Samoyed are big, white fluffy dogs

  1. Samoyed
  2. Giant Schnauzer
  3. Portuguese Water Dog
  4. Bergamasco shepherd
  5. Afghan Hound
  6. Standard Poodle
  7. Airedale Terrier
  8. Bouvier des Flandres
  9. Irish Water Spaniel

A common feature among many big dog breeds is that they are big and brave, yet very gentle and protective.

Hairless Hypoallergenic Dog Breeds

Most hairless dog breeds (except the American Hairless Terrier) have a dominant hairlessness or hair loss gene. As a result some puppies in a litter may have hair.

  1. American Hairless Terrier
  2. Chinese Crested
  3. Xolo/ Xoloitzcuintle
  4. Hairless Khala (Bolivian Hairless Dog)
  5. American Crested Sand Terrier
  6. Peruvian Inca Orchid (PIO)
  7. Ecuadorian Hairless Dog
  8. Abyssinian Sand Terrier/ African Hairless Dog
  9. Argentine Pila Dog

Best Hypoallergenic Mixes

There are many hypoallergenic crossbreeds. These are mixes between two or more purebred dogs. Crossbreeds will usually have both hypoallergenic and shedding puppies in the same litter. The F1 generation, however, have hybrid vigor. This means that they inherit the best qualities of both purebred parent breeds. Popular allergy-free Poodle mixes include the Goldendoodle, Labradoodle and Bernedoodle.

The best hypoallergenic dogs mixes include:

  • Bernedoodle (Poodle + Bernese Mountain Dog)
  • Chi-Poo (Poodle + Chihuahua)
  • Goldendoodles (Poodle + Golden Retriever)
  • Labradoodle (Poodle + Labrador Retriever)
  • Cockapoo (Poodle + Cocker Spaniel)
  • Shepadoodle (Poodle + German Shepherd)
  • Bichon Yorkie/ Yorkie Bichon (Bichon Frise + Yorkshire Terrier)
  • Bordoodle/ Borpoo/ Borderdoodle/ Borderpoo (Border Collie + Poodle)
  • Chacy Ranior/ Shichon (Bichon Frise + Shih-Tzu)
  • Morkie (Maltese + Yorkshire terrier)
  • Morkiepoo (Morkie + Mini Poodle)
  • Malshi/ Mal-Shih/ MalShih/ Malt-tzu/ Maltzu/ and Malti-zu (Shih Tzu + Maltese)

Got Allergies? Avoid your Pet’s Saliva, Urine and Dander

Cats cause more allergies than dogs. However, dog allergies tend to be more severe. Cats and many dogs spend a lot of time grooming themselves. Common pet allergy symptoms include:

  • Sneezing
  • Hives and rashes on skin
  • Running nose
  • Nasal congestion
  • Red, watery eyes

Hypoallergenic Dogs
The very intelligent and hypoallergenic Poodle are the most popular non-shedding dog breed

Coming into contact with a cat or dog’s saliva, urine and dander are the main ways through which allergens reach people. But many pet allergy sufferers experience mild reactions. This is why dogs that shed the least and allergy free cats such as the Russian Blue provide a relief to people who have pet allergies.

It is good to spend time with any allergy free dog, preferably at the breeder, before you take her home. This is the only way to be sure that you will not be allergic to the puppy’s saliva, urine and dander.

Over 60% of American households own a pet. However, man’s best friend is the most popular pet in the U.S. But people who own cats tend to have more than one cat. This has created a huge demand for non-shedding dogs and allergy free cats.
U.S households who own a pet
Other popular pets in the West include birds and ferrets. Others are horses, fish (both fresh and salty water fish) and reptiles. Pet reptiles include snakes, water dragon, bearded dragon, lizards, turtle, tortoise and chameleons.

Pet Facts you May not Know
  • The bearded dragon is a lizard. It is the most friendly reptile pet
  • Many Asians don’t own pets
  • Can f 5 is produced in the prostate gland. Consequently, this allergen is only found in male dogs
  • Most pet owners live in Argentina, Mexico and Brazil, and they own dogs!
  • There are more pet cats in Russia, U.S and France than in any other country
  • Chinese have more pet fish than any other country
  • 10% to 20% of people have pet allergies

Where do People get their Dogs From?

Where do people get their dogs from
Most dogs are bought from dog breeders. Some are adopted from shelters and dog rescue homes. Others are obtained from friends and relatives. There are few stray dogs that are lucky to find a loving home. This is despite the fact that there are over 70 million homeless cats and dogs in the U.S alone!

But buying a dog from a breeder is not a guarantee that the puppy is a purebred. Besides, pets from rescue or shelters are cheaper. Moreover, pets from rescue homes and shelter organizations are in many cases genetically superior to those obtained from irresponsible breeders and puppy mills.

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Frequently asked questions about dogs that shed the least (FAQ)

Being allergic to pets does not mean a life of loneliness. There are dogs that don't shed. In addition, there are breeds of cats that don't shed much.

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Hypoallergenic dogs means dogs that shed the least and cause little or no allergic reactions in people. They are great pets, especially for people who are prone to pet allergies. These allergic reactions include sneezing, watery eyes, hives and rashes and a running nose.
There are many reasons as to why cats and dogs shed. Dogs mostly shed in response to weather changes. The following are the main factors that influence the rate of shedding in cats and dogs.
  • Age - Older dogs and cats shed more than younger ones.
  • Diet - You should feed your dogs and cats a balanced diet to ensure they maintain a healthy coat.
  • Weather changes - dogs generally shed some of their coat when the weather becomes warmer. This helps them keep cool.
  • Genetics - some dog and cat breeds are heavy shedders. These include Labrador Retriever, Akita Inu, Shiba Inu and German Shepherd.
  • Parasites - Fleas and mange are leading causes of shedding in dogs and cats - when they scratch and bite themselves in order to reduce the itching. Internal parasites also increase the rate of shedding.
  • Indoor vs outdoor - indoor dogs usually shed less. This is because they are protected against weather changes. This is one of the reasons why most allergy free dogs are small, indoor pets. But there are large non-shedding dogs as well.
Can f 1 is produced by dogs while Fel d 1 is produced by cats. These two are the main compounds responsible for the allergic reactions in people. They are present in every dog and cat's saliva, dander and urine. But hypoallergenic breeds produce less of these protein.
  • Poodle - The Poodle is the most popular non-shedding dog. This dog breed comes in three main categories: Toy, Miniature and Standard Poodle. There are many poodle cross breeds as well.
  • Shih Tzu - This is a cute small dog who loves human companion. They were bred to be lap dogs for Chinese royals.
  • Mexican Hairless (Xoloitzcuintli (Xolo) - this is one of the hairless dog breeds. Xolo have a dominant gene that causes hairlessness.
  • Bichon-Frise - Like most small dogs, Bichon-Frise are friendly and active dogs. They have a silky, wool-like coat that doesn't shed much.
  • Chinese Crested Dog - this is another small and hairless dog breed. You will need to dress up your Chinese Crested Dog in cold weather. This dog loves human companionship.
Yes, there are many medium sized non-allergenic dogs. The following are some of the most popular medium non-shedding dog breeds.
  • Basenji - this medium sized allergy free dog has a unique characteristic: Basenji don't bark. They are good hunting dogs that originated from Congo, in Africa.
  • Goldendoodle (Groodle) - this is a popular Poodle mix. Goldendoodle are obtained by crossing a Golden Retriever with the Poodle. The puppies who inherit more genes from the Poodle parent will be hypoallergenic.
  • Bernedoodle - Bernedoodles are a mix between a pure bred Poodle and the shedding Bernese mountain Dog.
  • Labradoodle - the Labrador Retriever is the most popular dog breed. Consequently, Labradoodle are a mix between two popular dogs: Poodles and Labrador Retriever.
  • Tibetan Terrier - this non-shedding dog has his origins in Tibet. The good family dogs resemble terriers, but are really not in the terrier group. This dog is energetic and affectionate
There are big dogs that don't shed. These include:
  • Samoyed - These dogs have their origins in Siberia, among the Samoyedic people. He is adapted to living in very cold environments. Samoyed are good sledge dogs. They are one of the big white dog breeds.
  • Giant Schnauzer - there are three Schnauzer dog types: Miniature, Standard and Giant Schnauzer. This intelligent, brave and devoted dog is a great guard dog.
  • Afghan Hound - the large hypoallergenic Afghan Hound is from Afghanistan. He has a unique look: tall with a thick and silky coat that needs regular brushing.
  • Portuguese Water Dog - this water-loving dog was bred to assist Portuguese fishermen capture fish, guard fishing boats and send messages between themselves. The big non-shedding dog is intelligent and easy to train.
  • Bergamasco Shepherd - this is a dog who was bred to assist in herding livestock along the Italian Alps. He is bold, intelligent and protective.
Few pet lovers would be willing to live without a pet due to allergies. Luckily, there are ways to reduce the chances of having an allergic reaction caused by cats or dogs. These are:
Puppies playing outdoors

Have your dogs spend more time outdoors to reduce allergens in the house

  • Female dogs and cats produce less allergens.
  • Take your dog outdoors - spending time in a dog park reduces the time a dog spends indoors.
  • Regular grooming helps - Regular brushing helps remove loose hair and ensures good blood circulation that is necessary for healthy skin and hair growth.
  • Invest in a good air filtration system
  • Ensure your cat/ dog eats a well-balanced diet
  • Use a vacuum cleaner to remove dander and animal hair trapped in cracks and crevices
  • Set boundaries for your pet - it is recommended that allergy sufferers keep their bedrooms pet-free.
  • Encase your pillows and mattresses in covers that are easy to clean.
  • Wash your hands regularly, and always after coming into contact with your pet.
You can find a list of dogs that shed the least here.
The best place to find dogs that shed the least for sale includes registered breeders and adoption/ dog rescue websites. But avoid puppy mills who breed inferior breeds in unhygienic conditions just to make quick profit!
Are you looking for the cheapest allergy free dogs? The price of non-allergenic dogs depends on various factors. These include the pedigree, age, gender and whether the breeder is registered. Dog rescue centers have some of the cheapest dogs that shed the least.
Interesting question. Dog temperament varies even among the same breed. It is also easy to confuse gentleness with being lazy.
There are so many hypoallergenic dog breeds and allergy-free cats to choose from. We hope you will find a great friend, companion or guard dog from our list of best non-shedding dogs and allergy free cats.