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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



kathsopenbook on October 28, 2013:

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

nicole on January 25, 2011:

I have dog

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

givingfairy from some place in the Big Apple on December 06, 2010:

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.

Jellyrug from AR USA on May 08, 2009:

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?

Matt Harless from Indiana on February 27, 2009:

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

hzemel from Valley Stream on February 16, 2009:

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


little wayne on February 16, 2009:

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

Sharon3rd from Talladega, AL on January 31, 2009:

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!

snagerries from Singapore on January 26, 2009:

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..

jeanius on December 10, 2008:

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 on November 19, 2008:


C.S.Alexis from NW Indiana on November 19, 2008:

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

Peter from Australia on November 15, 2008:

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 on November 11, 2008:

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

Maddie Ruud (author) from Oakland, CA on November 11, 2008:


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.

TabascoGirl on November 11, 2008:

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!

Dorsi Diaz from The San Francisco Bay Area on November 10, 2008:

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!!

Whitney from Georgia on November 10, 2008:

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.

Susan Reid from Where Left is Right, CA on November 07, 2008:

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!

Sherri from Southeastern Pennsylvania on November 07, 2008:

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 on November 07, 2008:

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

healthgoji on November 06, 2008:

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

gwyn estember on November 06, 2008:

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

Leisa St Ledger from Australia on November 06, 2008:

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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