With the help of the AKC’s breed database, we’ve made a list of low shedding dogs to show you how many allergy-friendly pals are available.
Many dogs are surrendered to shelters every day with the excuse that people have allergies. On the flip side, there are many people out there that would love to have a dog, but are scared that their allergies prevent the possibility entirely. The fact is, there are a lot of hypoallergenic and low shedding dogs out there perfect for someone with allergies, which is not only good news for the human but for the many shelter dogs available and waiting to be adopted.
I had my human look up the AKC’s breed database and we found twenty dog breeds that don’t shed much, if at all. So if you love dogs but also have allergies, this list is for you.
Low shedding dogs that are easy on the allergies
#1 Golden Doodle
Of course, I had to start with my breed! I am a Miniature Golden Doodle, and my parents specifically looked for me because I am known for being one of the best low shedding dogs. I have hair, not fur. My hair is very soft but does need some maintenance, so I go to the groomer just about every six weeks. Besides my allergy friendly features, I am like a big family-friendly teddy bear, and I love to snuggle after getting my daily play time.
With that fancy coiffe, you wouldn’t think Poodles are hypoallergenic, but they are. They are brilliant, but also need plenty of exercise. They would do best in a home where they can live an active lifestyle.
#3 Bichon Frise
These cuties are soft like a cotton ball, but still one of the best low shedding dogs around. They like to play, but they also love to be spoiled and cuddled and make the perfect addition to any family.
#4 Portuguese Water Dog
The Portuguese Water Dog is as good on land as it is in the water, they’re allergy friendly, and they love to learn new tricks. And who can forget Sonny and Bo, the Obama’s adorable duo?
#5 Kerry Blue Terrier
While Kerry Blues are great low shedding dogs, they do better without other dogs, and in homes without young children. They’re a working breed initially bred to help with pest control, and they’re known for being independent and strong-willed.
#6 West Highland White Terrier (Westie)
Most famously recognized as the mascot for Cesar dog food, the Westie is one of the most popular low shedding dog breeds in the US since the 1960’s. They are full of energy, but just so adorable.
#7 Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier
Wheaten Terriers don’t shed much, but they are also known for being stubborn and aren’t necessarily the best family dogs. They would do better in an adult only home.
#9 Bedlington Terrier
Though they require some grooming, Bedlington Terriers are fun to look at and are also hypoallergenic. They are full of personality but need supervision when it comes to other pets and kids. Chances are if you have kids you wouldn’t want the extra hassle of excessive grooming anyway, but these dogs are best in homes with adults only.
#10 Hairless Terrier
Terriers have been popular hypoallergenic breeds, but this breed especially because they are hairless! These ultimate low shedding dogs don’t have any fur at all, and Hairless Terriers only require sunscreen and skin cleaning for maintenance.
Greyhounds are super sweet and the best low shedding dogs around. They are cuddly, great with families, and there are plenty of them looking for homes. Check out your local greyhound rescue to meet some today.
Initially, a hunting dog from Africa, the Basenji is a gorgeous low shedding dog breed that loves to form a bond with its owner. Perfect for someone who lives an independent life, the most maintenance this dog needs regular exercise.
Whippets are similar to greyhounds. They make great family dogs, and they are in shelters across the country. They make lovely hypoallergenic pets.
This breed name may not be easy to say, but they’re good to have by your side. They are some of the best watchdogs, but should probably be the only pet in your home. They aren’t overly active and enjoy quiet time with their owners.
#15 Schnauzer (Standard and Miniature)
Schnauzers of all sizes are good for people with allergies. They’re great family companions because they are sweet and loyal. They do need haircuts and some brushing, but the fact that they don’t shed makes them reasonably easy to maintain.
#16 Afghan Hound
This glamorous breed was a surprise addition to my list of low shedding dogs. While Afghan Hounds may not shed, they do require a lot of regular grooming and brushing to keep their coat looking nice. They have funny personalities and would do best in a kid-free environment, being spoiled by their owner.
Malteses are the most classic toy dog around and are perfect for adults with allergies. They love to learn tricks and play but are just as content sitting on their owner’s laps.
#18 Chinese Crested
Unique in style, and friendly to allergy sufferers, the Chinese Crested makes a great little companion. They are very faithful to their owners and love to follow them wherever they go.
#19 Coton De Tulear
This guy presses the boundaries of what constitutes a low shedding dog breed, but they are hypoallergenic and only shed seasonally. They look like big fluffy cotton balls with fun personalities.
#20 Peruvian Inca Orchid
PIOs do not require much grooming maintenance, but they do need lots of socialization, training, and minimal outdoor exposure because of their sensitive skin. They need more care than most breeds but make great companions for those looking for a unique dog.
Allergy sufferers can be dog parents too!
Not only are there low shedding dogs available for humans with allergies; there are many different breeds to choose from. I always recommend adopting dogs from a shelter since so many are surrendered each day. It may take a little longer to find the perfect match, but it’s worth it, and your new family member will be forever grateful.
Do you have allergies? What kind of dogs have you had? Share in the comments.
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