While there are no 100% hypoallergenic breeds, there are non-shedding dogs that don’t shed nearly as much hair and dander as other breeds. These rarely cause allergic reactions, and can often be a great option for people who normally suffer around pets. We would advise spending some time with a dog of the specific breed you’re thinking of getting before you commit, to see if it will work for you and your family. Here is a list of our top 7 favourite hypoallergenic dog breeds.
A wonderful black coated Poodle perfect for those with allergies
Poodles are incredibly intelligent dogs who don't shed any hair. They are perfect for anybody with allergies, but their coat does need quite a lot of attention. Most people advise using a professional groomer to stay on top of things, but you can actually take care of it yourself if you spend the right amount of time.
A healthy young Basenji with a beautiful hypoallergenic coat
Basenjis are a short coated breed of dog that don't shed any of their coat. They also have very little dander, which is why they are a popular choice for those with allergies. The only downside is that they can be a little difficult to train, but Basenjis are really active and loving pets.
A lovely little hypoallergenic Scottish Terrier with a gorgeous dark coat
The Yorkshire Terrier is a shed free, low dander dog, perfect for people with allergies. They love to tear around the house, play, as well as snuggle down on the sofa, but they do need regular grooming to prevent matting. So, everytime your Yorkshire terrier jumps up onto your lap be sure to have a comb handy to brush his paws.
A hypoallergenic Shih Tzu with an incredible long white coat and short legs
Shih Tzus are a very light shedding breed, even if their beautiful long hair might look like the kind of hair that you'd find around the house. They are loving and affectionate dogs, but be warned, they do require a lot of grooming. To keep their coat in tip top condition you will need to be prepared to handle a few knots and tangles, but let's face it, Shi Tzus are adorable.
A beautiful little Miniature Schnauzer puppy with a hypoallergenic coat
Schnauzers are loyal and friendly, and shed much less hair than the average dog. They make wonderful hypoallergenic pets who dedicate all of their time to pleasing their owner. So much so that they won't let you out of their site, Schnauzers will follow you around where ever you go.
A Bichon Frise with a tightly curled hypoallergenic coat
The Bichon Frise has a beautiful soft, curly coat that catches all the dust and dander, making them perfect for people with allergies. They don't shed their coat either so you can see why they are a popular choice. Bichon Frises make lovely family pets with their happy and easy going nature, so if that's what you're looking for then look no further.
An adult Afghan Hound with a beautiful long hypoallergenic coat
The Samoyed is the perfect dog for allergy sufferers. It might come as a shock to hear that these dogs do actually shed their coat, but their dander and oder level is very low. They're kind and gentle dogs with quite a laid back attitude to life, which means they get on really well with everybody, even children.