Hypoallergenic Dogs - Dog Breeds for People with Allergies

What is a Hypoallergenic Dog?

There is no such thing as an allergen-free dog, not even a designer dog breed. All dogs produce allergens. A hypoallergenic dog, therefore, is a dog that produces or secretes less irritating allergens than others. Most people who are allergic to dogs have a reaction to a protein manufactured by the sebaceous glands, found in the saliva and dander.

The good news is that, contrary to popular belief, hairless dogs are not the only available option for people with dog allergies. There are quite a few dog breeds with fur that are recommended for households or families that include someone with a dog allergy or other environmental sensitivity. These dogs have short hair, shed very little, and/or have a single coat (meaning no thick, insullating undercoat). As you can see from the list of hypoallergenic dog breeds below, as well as the pictures provided, there is a great variety to choose from in terms of size, appearance, and temperament. If you're in search of a hypoallergenic dog, you're sure to be able to find a breed to meet your own needs.

List of Hypoallergenic Dog Breeds

The following are the recommended dog breeds for people with allergies:

  • Lagotto Romagnolo
  • Lhasa Apso
  • Maltese
  • Peruvian Inca Orchid
  • Poodle (and crossbreeds)
  • Portuguese Water Dog
  • Puli
  • Samoyed
  • Schnauzer (all sizes)
  • Scottish Terrier
  • Shih Tzu
  • Silky Terrier
  • Soft-Coated
  • Wheaten Terrier
  • West Highland White Terrier
  • Yorkshire Terrier
  • Xoloitzcuintli

  • Airedale Terrier
  • American Hairless Terrier
  • Barbet
  • Basenji
  • Bedlington Terrier
  • Bergamasco
  • Bichon Frise
  • Bolognese
  • Border Terrier
  • Bouvier des Flandres
  • Cairn Terrier
  • Chinese Crested
  • Coton de Tulear
  • Dandie Dinmont Terrier
  • Greyhound
  • Havanese
  • Irish Water Spaniel
  • Kerry Blue Terrier

 

Hypoallergenic Dog Pictures

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Airedale TerrierAmerican Hairless TerrierBarbetBasenjiBedlington TerriersBergamascoBichon FriseBologneseBorder TerrierBouvier des FlandresCairn TerriersChinese Crested DogCoton de TulearDandie Dinmont TerrierGreyhoundHavaneseIrish Water SpanielKerry Blue TerriersLogatto RomagnoloLhasa ApsoMaltesePeruvian Hairless DogPoodlePortuguese Water DogPuli DogsSamoyedSchnauzerScottish TerrierShih TzuSilky TerrierSoft-Coated Wheaten TerrierWest Highland White TerrierWire Fox TerrierYorkshire TerrierXoloitzcuintli
Airedale Terrier
Airedale Terrier
American Hairless Terrier
American Hairless Terrier
Barbet
Barbet
Basenji
Basenji
Bedlington Terriers
Bedlington Terriers
Bergamasco
Bergamasco
Bichon Frise
Bichon Frise
Bolognese
Bolognese
Border Terrier
Border Terrier
Bouvier des Flandres
Bouvier des Flandres
Cairn Terriers
Cairn Terriers
Chinese Crested Dog
Chinese Crested Dog
Coton de Tulear
Coton de Tulear
Dandie Dinmont Terrier
Dandie Dinmont Terrier
Greyhound
Greyhound
Havanese
Havanese
Irish Water Spaniel
Irish Water Spaniel
Kerry Blue Terriers
Kerry Blue Terriers
Logatto Romagnolo
Logatto Romagnolo
Lhasa Apso
Lhasa Apso
Maltese
Maltese
Peruvian Hairless Dog
Peruvian Hairless Dog
Poodle
Poodle
Portuguese Water Dog
Portuguese Water Dog
Puli Dogs
Puli Dogs
Samoyed
Samoyed
Schnauzer
Schnauzer
Scottish Terrier
Scottish Terrier
Shih Tzu
Shih Tzu
Silky Terrier
Silky Terrier
Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier
Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier
West Highland White Terrier
West Highland White Terrier
Wire Fox Terrier
Wire Fox Terrier
Yorkshire Terrier
Yorkshire Terrier
Xoloitzcuintli
Xoloitzcuintli

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kathsopenbook 2 years ago

Many of the recommended dog breeds are unfamiliar to me. Still, thank you for this post. The Maltese is really adorable-looking.


nicole 5 years ago

I have dog

allergies and took care of a small full breed Schnauzer and got very sick.


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givingfairy 5 years ago from some place in the Big Apple

Thanks for the 411. I do not own a dog at the moment but I've always been pestered into getting one. At least, if I do decide to purchase a dog I will consider a hypoallergenic dog. I'm sure many people are not aware of this information. Thanks for sharing and keep up the good work.


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Jellyrug 7 years ago from AR USA

Leisa St Ledger said

"Great Hub Maddie! Funnily enough I was only talking about this with my husbands yesterday."

Leisa, how many husbands do you have, just curious?

About the dogs, funny thing, I have been full of dog allergies all my life, sniffs all day. So, no more dogs for twelve years; then a Samoan mutt fell in my lap two weeks old. Looks like a lab/pitbull mix and lord knows what else. One year later, she is adorable and I have no allergies whatsoever. Cannot figure out if this is the type of dog, or if I am the one who changed?


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Matt Harless 7 years ago from Indiana

My son has bad allergies and we have Schnoodle! Good Hub


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hzemel 7 years ago from Valley Stream

Be sure to e-mail this hub to the White House. Good information.

Helene


little wayne 7 years ago

dogggies are sooooooooooo cute iwish i could have 1 at least 1.


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Sharon3rd 7 years ago from Talladega, AL

I have a toy poodle. Before Chloe, all I had to do is look at a dog, and WHAM, tearing eyes, sneezing. I love my little girl..and she is just as clingy to me.. she likes to sleep on my head or on my legs! As a matter of fact... she needs to get off my elbow right now, I can't type well!


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snagerries 7 years ago from Singapore

I have been a dog lover since many years and know many people that really like dogs but don't have one because of allergies.

Very good hub indeed.. I enjoyed it..


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jeanius 7 years ago

This is a great hub. My mom has been searching for a hypo allergenic dog breed and she was only given a couple of suggestions by breeders so this hub was very informative and comprehensive- thanks a lot!


honeyboy 7 years ago

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C.S.Alexis 7 years ago from NW Indiana

Good collection of hairy info here. I love them all and the sneeze ones too. AHHCHOO! C.S.


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agvulpes 7 years ago from Australia

Hi Maddie, thanks for a very timely and informative article.

Our dog at the moment a Shih Tzu/Maltese cross is about 13 years old and we feel we will not have her with us much longer. We have been discussing what breed of dog to replace her with, your article will help a lot.


Angela James 7 years ago

Hi Maddie, Great article. I never thought of a dog being hypoallergenic till the Obama's started looking for a dog. We had a Samoyed, and I was not really surprised to them on the list but just beware that when spring hits they literally dump their coat. A good groomer and a day at the palor can relieve the mess. It really is like a huge snowstorm. Best animal we ever had though.

Angela James


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Maddie Ruud 7 years ago from Oakland, CA Author

Whitney:

Re-read the intro. ;) I stated there that there is no such thing as a completely hypoallergenic dog, and that it is in fact the dander and saliva that most people are allergic to.

As far as poodles, they may not be the MOST hypoallergenic, but they are still considered so because they have a single coat and shed less than many other breeds.


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TabascoGirl 7 years ago

Great hub, very informative. I have been a dog lover for many years and know many people that really like dogs but don't have one because of allergies. They need to read this hub!


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Dorsi 7 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area

Great hub Maddie for those that want a dog but have allergies. I think the Havanese are just the cutest dogs, I saw a program on them and they were just so adorable!!


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Whitney05 7 years ago from Georgia

No dog is truly hypoallergenic for everyone. People are typically allergic to the dander not the hari, so it doesn't matter whether the dog is hairless or not. And, poodles aren't even a true hypoallergenic dog, which I realize is actually contrary to popular belief.


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Mighty Mom 7 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

Great hub. Great list. Great photos! So glad to see such a variety of terriers -- I grew up with Wire Haired Fox Terriers and just LOVE them (but too high strung for the White House).

If they get a Cairn Terrier they can name it *Toto* as a reminder they are not in Illinois anymore!


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Sally's Trove 7 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

I was glad to see the Chinese Crested on your list. As Annemaeve said in the forum, it is a kind of creepy looking dog. However, I did get to know one quite well (along with his sister, who was the fluffy variety), and came to love his temperament and personality.

I do hope the Obama family sees this Hub. Have you sent them the link? :)


Nicholas Chase 7 years ago

Maddie, Great Hub! We have downsized to a four-pound toy poodle, who was a breeder in Washington State for her first two years of life.

We had to teach her how to fetch!

Respectfully, Nicholas Chase - HubPager http://hubpages.com/@nachase


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healthgoji 7 years ago

As an owner of a golden retreiver this was quite an informative article


gwyn estember 7 years ago

oh cool, i never thought there are such hypoallergenic dogs..and just this morning i watched a show where they are looking for the right breed of dog for the Obama family to take in the whitehouse...funny! maybe your list here would take the interest of Obama..hehe


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Leisa St Ledger 7 years ago from Australia

Great Hub Maddie! Funnily enough I was only talking about this with my husbands yesterday. We had a Jack Russel who past away about a year ago and the kids are desperate for another one. The last one we have was a rough coat and he would shed A lot of hair, so we were thinking of getting a short coat this time around, hoping it may shed a little less hair. Other then that we migh get a Moodle (cross between a Maltese & Poodle).

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