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Best hypoallergenic dog breeds for allergy sufferers

hypoaller Are you looking for a dog, but you sneeze every time you meet one? Do you worry about hair maintenance and grooming? Whether you suffer from allergies or don’t want to deal with excessive hair loss, you can always find the perfect hypoallergenic dog breed for you and your family.

Hypoallergenic dogs are breeds that are less likely to cause an allergic reaction in people with allergies. Typically, these dogs have shorter hair and are small in stature. Because they have less hair, they also produce less dander than other dogs, which significantly minimizes allergens in your home.

Although no dog is completely hypoallergenic, there are a variety of breeds that are ideal for people with existing allergies.

Hypoallergenic Dog Breeds


Terriers were originally bred to be hunters and gatherers. Fast forward a few hundred years, and they are still loyal companions to their owners.

Almost all terriers have a short, wiry coat that requires basic grooming with low shedding, making them a great option if there are allergy sufferers in the home.

Due to their protective nature, terriers make excellent watchdogs. They are fearless, affectionate, and make excellent pets for families with young children and multi-pet households.

Yorkshire, Scottish and West Highland terriers are excellent choices, as well as the Schnauzer. Although Schnauzers aren’t technically terriers, they have similar personalities and coat styles.

hairless breeds

Because they don’t shed or smell, hairless breeds are one of the most hypoallergenic dog breeds available. The Chinese Crested Chihuahua, Hairless Chihuahua, and American Hairless Terrier are all great options for allergy sufferers. These breeds are harder to find than others, but they make excellent companions.

Hairless breeds can be completely bald or have very fine fur. The shedding is minimal, which is ideal for allergy sufferers and for maintaining the dog’s hair.

Usually quite playful, gentle, and sometimes shy, these dogs make excellent companions for households with young children and other dogs.


You might think that due to their yapping tendencies, the Maltese would be a high-maintenance dog. Well, think again!

This playful, charming and gentle dog is a long-lived breed that is content to make its owners happy.

Due to their low shedding coat, the Maltese is an excellent hypoallergenic dog breed for allergy sufferers.

Known for their stunning floor-skimming coats, the Maltese are easily groomed for short hair to further reduce the chance of shedding.

If you choose to keep their coat long, daily brushing and regular bathing will be part of your grooming routine. Long white coats are easily tangled and dirty.


This fancy-looking dog breed is known for its high energy and affection. Poodles are incredibly intelligent with exceptional learning abilities.

Although their coats require more maintenance than others, the fluffiest coats produce minimal shedding. Whether short or in the traditional poodle clip, shedding is almost non-existent. Perfect for allergy sufferers!

No matter what style you keep a Poodle’s coat in, frequent grooming and brushing is necessary to maintain a healthy coat.

Portuguese Water Dog

Closely resembling the beloved Goldendoodle, the Portuguese Water Dog has tight, low-shedding, waterproof curls. Bred to be a fisherman’s helper, this breed is highly intelligent and eager to please.

Although their fur is hypoallergenic, their curly, fluffy coat requires frequent grooming. Regular weekly grooming, occasional bathing and brushing will keep them looking and feeling their best!

If you’re considering a dog, check out these adorable hypoallergenic dog breeds for a lifelong companion. Feel free to contact us with any questions or to schedule a checkup for your new best friend!

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