15 Hypo-Allergenic Dog Breeds

Sniffing and sneezing around animals shouldn’t prevent you from getting a pet. According to the American Kennel Club, there are many hypoallergenic dogs that would make the perfect sneezing companion.

Because they’re hypoallergenic, these breeds contain fewer allergenic substances called allergens that can cause symptoms like watery eyes, itching, and even puffiness.

It is important to note, however, that no breed of dog is 100% hypoallergenic or allergen-free, but some breeds are less likely to cause allergies in humans.

If you’re looking for a pet that is less likely to trigger your allergies, here are 15 hypoallergenic dog breeds:

Miniature Schnauzer

These little guard dogs have minimal hair and are very attentive, which makes them good watch dogs and pets. You may look very serious, but you are extremely playful and love to play fetch. Mini schnauzers are also very trainable.

A Miniature Schnauzer at the Japan International Dog Show 2018
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All poodles, including standard, toy, and miniature poodles, are hypoallergenic. Poodles may look a little aloof, but are smart, easy to train, and very friendly, which makes them one of the most popular dogs in the United States

Despite their appearance, poodles are not divas
A standard white poodle poses for a photo in New York City
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Yorkshire Terrier

Tiny but powerful, Yorkies pack a lot of personality into their tiny bodies. Their fur is very fine and silky, which makes them ideal for allergy sufferers. However, they also need regular grooming to keep their hair in good condition.

Yorkshire Terrier
Yorkshire Terriers pack an energetic punch in a small package
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Shih Tzu

Shih Tzus are from the Tang Dynasty and were originally bred as royal companions. These dogs, who like to curl up on one lap after a walk, are affectionate but lively, happy – and little shed.

Shih Tzu
The Shih Tzu were reportedly bred from Tibetan breeds to become pets for Chinese emperors
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Maltese dogs may be small and only weigh an average of seven pounds, but they are intelligent, agile, and love to play. Their all-white fur is hypoallergenic but requires regular brushing and professional grooming.

Maltese toy dog
The Maltese toy dog ​​has been a popular pet in Mediterranean countries for centuries
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Portuguese water dog

The Portuguese Water Dog was originally bred to help fishermen cast fish into nets and collect equipment from the water. If you can spot the breed, it could be because the Obama family had two named Sunny and Bo.

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Portuguese Water Dogs love being with their family.
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Scottish Terrier

The stubborn but lovable Scottie was originally bred to hunt vermin, and her wiry, thick fur helped keep her warm in icy conditions.

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A Scottish Terrier that appeared at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in 2010.
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Giant schnauzer

Good news for big dog lovers, giant schnauzers are hypoallergenic like their smaller conspecifics. As the largest of the three types of schnauzers, they can reach up to 75 pounds and have an intelligent, task-oriented temperament, but are also friendly and playful.

West Highland Terrier

The Westie is often described as a large dog within a small dog’s body for good reason. These friendly, lively dogs have minimal hair and are always happy and ready to play.

West Highland White Terrier
The small dog breed West Highland White Terrier makes for intelligent and self-confident companions
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Afghan hound

These beautiful dogs don’t shed, but their long fur requires intense grooming to keep it in good condition. Afghans are greyhounds who need plenty of exercise but like to be around their families.

Afghan hound
An Afghan Hound at the NEC Arena in Birmingham, Birmingham England
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Basenjis originated as African hunting dogs, but surprisingly, they rarely bark or bark. These dogs have very short, fine hair that won’t fall out, so they are easy to care for.

Cairn Terrier

A relative of the Westie, Cairn Terriers, similar in personality and appearance, were made famous by Toto in The Wizard of Oz. These playful, fun pups make great pets and won’t make you sneeze either.

Cairn Terrier
Cairn Terriers are loving dogs.
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Bedlington Terrier

The American Kennel Club described these dogs as “terriers in sheep’s clothing” because of their lamb-like appearance. Bedlingtons are known for their curly hair and the unusual tufts of hair on top of their heads.

Bedlington Terrier
A Bedlington Terrier at the Cruft Dog Show at the NEC Arena in Birmingham, England
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Lhasa Apso

Hailing from Tibet, these dogs are tiny but majestic. Lhasa apsos are less than a foot tall at the shoulder, but sturdy and can be recognized by their long, floor-length fur that hangs on either side of their bodies. Many owners choose to give their dogs a “puppy cut” to save on grooming.

Lhasa Apso
Lhasa Apsos have an average lifespan of 14
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Bichon Frize

Bichons are actually bred to be hypoallergenic. Their soft, fluffy fur and compact size make them the perfect cuddly toy for small spaces.

Bichon Frize
The Bichon Frize is a small white dog from the Mediterranean Sea with soft, corkscrew curls
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The Havanese is the national dog of Cuba. Friendly and cheerful, these dogs have long coats but are hypoallergenic and do not shed, which makes them ideal for those with allergies. These dogs are very people-oriented and enjoy hanging out with their owners, but can be a little clingy at times.

Havanese dogs love to stay close to their owners.
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