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Hypoallergenic Dogs - Low Shedding Dogs

Updated on July 22, 2014
Shih Tzu
Shih Tzu

# 1 Shih Tzu

Shih Tzu dogs are small compact dogs with silky long hair. The Shih Tzu is one of the most popular dogs in the United States and it is also hypoallergenic because it sheds very little hair. The Shih Tzu is often refereed to as the little "lion" dog, because of its mane.

Many Shih Tzu dogs have under bites, which is very regular for dogs of this breed. Shih Tzu dogs are very friendly in nature and not the best guard dogs. This breed of dog will often show strangers a great amount of affection and for this reason it is known to easily get along with people and other pets. This breed of dog makes for a great companion and does well in smaller homes and apartments.

Height: 8 - 11 inches

Weight: 9 - 19 pounds

Life Expectancy: about 15 years

Yorkshire Terrier
Yorkshire Terrier

# 2 Yorkshire Terrier

Also known as Yorkies, the Yorkshire Terrier is a tiny dog but has a big personality. Yorkshire Terriers are known for their curiosity and energy. There small compact size has made them a very popular dog in the United States, and they are hypoallergenic because they shed very little hair and skin dander.

The Yorkshire Terrier was first bred in England to catch rats but now they simply make great companions. Due to the dog's small size it can happily live in a smaller home or apartment. The Yorkie does like to spend a lot of time with their owners and loves attention.

Height: 6 - 7 inches

Weight: 4 - 7 pounds

Life Expectancy: 12 - 15 years


# 3 Poodle

Poodles come in three different sizes: Standard, Miniature, and Toy. No matter which size you pick each breed is hypoallergenic due to the small amount of fur it sheds and the small amount of skin dander. This makes poodles great for allergy sufferers.

Poodles are highly energetic and get bored easily. Poodles require a lot of attention, toys, walks, and games of fetch to keep them out of mischief. Poodles are known for their short tempers especially, the smaller sized poodles. They have been known to nip when children pull their tails or when children annoy them. Poodles must be taught to remain more patient and to not nip when annoyed.

Height: Standard: Over 15 inches tall Miniature: Over 10 inches tall but under 15 inches Toy: 10 inches and under

Weight: Depends on the size (Standard, Miniature, or Toy)

Life Expectancy: 12 - 15 years


# 4 Maltese

Maltese dogs are small dogs covered in silky white fur. Maltese dogs are known for their gentle manner and affection they show their owners. These little dogs are very intelligent and highly loyal to their owners. Their silky fur is hypoallergenic and great for allergy sufferers.

The Maltese may be difficult to house break, and may think he or she is in charge of the household. Just because these dogs are tiny, do not baby them. This can cause the dog to nip at children and adults. If a Maltese dog is pampered too much they may develop separation anxiety and bark for long periods of time without stopping.

Height: 8 - 10 inches

Weight: 6 - 9 pounds

Life Expectancy: 15 or more years

Bichon Frise
Bichon Frise

# 5 Bichon Frise

Bichon Frise dogs are known for their happy and cheerful temperaments. This small breed loves the company of humans and can often be found lounging in their owners laps. The Bichon Frise is not a dominant dog and responds well to training.

Bichon Frise dogs seem to get along with almost anyone and anything. They are a happy go-lucky dog breed. They do fantastic with children and may be timid at times around strangers.

Height: 9 - 12 inches

Weight: 7 - 12 pounds

Life Expectancy: 15 or more years


# 6 Havanese

This national dog of Cuba is a small sturdy breed. The Havanese dog has long, wavy, silky hair that is great for allergy sufferers. This breed can come in all different colors and its fur should remain uncut. This breed of dog is built for the tropics, so it is not intended to be outside in the cold for any long periods of time.

Havanese dogs need a lot of socialization, they will not do well in a household where they are alone for most or part of the day. This breed of dog becomes very attached to its family (owners) and bonds very easily with children.

Height: 8 - 11 inches

Weight: 7 - 13 pounds

Life Expectancy: 14 - 15 years

Portuguese Water Dog
Portuguese Water Dog

# 7 Portuguese Water Dog

This medium breed dog became more popular after the President of the United States purchased one for his children in the White House. The Portuguese Water Dog is a loyal, fun loving, energetic, and water loving dog. The Portuguese Water Dog's coat is waterproof and allows the dog to spend a lot of time in the water without getting cold quickly

This breed is known for its great swimming ability and diving ability. The Portuguese Water Dog was originally bred to be used by fishermen on their boats to dive into waters to retrieve nets and lines. This breed of dog does well with children and makes a great family dog, and its coat is perfect for allergy sufferers.

Height: 17 - 22 inches

Weight: 35 - 55 pounds

Life Expectancy: 10 - 14 years

Kerry Blue Terrier
Kerry Blue Terrier

# 8 Kerry Blue Terrier

Kerry Blue Terriers are medium sized dogs that are very agile and athletic. This breed was originally bred for hunting and herding. The Kerry Blue Terrier's coat is soft and wavy with no undercoat and is very similar to human hair. This breed of dog does not shed regularly, instead their hair simply keeps growing like human hair.

The Kerry Blue Terriers are extremely loyal to their owners and are known for the gentleness with children. This dog will love playing and roughhousing with its owners.

Height: 17 - 20 inches

Weight: 33 - 40 pounds

Life Expectancy: 12 - 15 years

Chinese Crested
Chinese Crested

# 9 Chinese Crested

This little toy dog, craves human attention and affection. This breed of dog comes in two different varieties: hairless and powderpuff. The hairless has soft skin like a human's skin and the powderpuff has long and soft hair. Either variety is a good match for allergy sufferers.

The Chinese Crested is a very alert and loveable dog. This breed of dog will get along well with children and make a great family pet. The Chinese Crested is a great dog for a smaller home or apartment due to its size.

Height: 12 inches

Weight: Under 10 pounds

Life Expectancy: 10 - 12 years


# 10 Schnauzer

Schnauzers come in three varieties: giant, standard, and miniature. No matter which variety of schnauzer one chooses they are all suitable for owners with allergies. Schnauzers are known for their fun loving temperament and for getting along well with children.

Schnauzers were originally bred to be rat catchers but now they make good companions for inside the home. This breed of dog is highly intelligent and very trainable.

Height: Giant: around two feet Standard: around 1.5 feet Miniature: around one foot

Weight: Giant: 55 - 80 pounds Standard: 30 - 45 pounds Miniature: 14 - 20 pounds

Life Expectancy: About 15 years


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      15 months ago from United States

      Even 'hypoallergenic' dogs have dander (it's usually the dander that triggers the allergy, not the fur) so it's always a good idea to discuss with your allergist to determine the severity of your allergy before getting a pet, and possibly having a new round of scratch-testing done to verify. While some people can tolerate a low-dander pet, others will react to even a minimum amount when it's a constant source 24 hours a day.

      It also depends on your reaction. Someone who just gets a sneezing watery-eyes reaction, might be able to take something like Flonase or Zyrtec, or even take allergy shot treatment for a period of time, to alleviate those symptoms and enjoy having a pet. Someone who breaks out in hives or has asthmatic symptoms might not be so fortunate and have to stay pet-free.

      If it's something a person wants to try even though they have an allergy, I strongly recommend going to an adoption center that allows a one or two week trial period in those situations so that you can test out having the pet in your home for awhile before you fully commit to being a pet-parent. If those sorts of adoption centers aren't available in your area, you might offer to pet-sit for a friend or neighbor for a week or two to see how your allergies behave before you go to adopt your new friend.

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      Mona Sabalones Gonzalez 

      2 years ago from Philippines

      This is a very helpful article. Originally I thought I could only buy a bichon fries or a maltese for my allergy and rhinitis. Now I know there are other options too. Since I like small dogs, I'm adding the yorkshire terrier in my possibility list.


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