The Cutest Hypoallergenic Dog Breeds You Can Own

People with allergies love dogs, too! Thankfully, there are some dog breeds out there that even those averse to shedding can own and love. Whether you’re allergic to dog hair, or just don’t want to deal with a pet that sheds, read on to find out the cutest hypoallergenic dogs you can own.

1. Shih Tzu

Shih tzu in nature, colorful springtime image
They’re lovable companions. | elenasendler/iStock/Getty Images

The name “Shih Tzu” literally translates to “little lion.” These little hypoallergenic cuties are lovable, happy companions (not very lion-like if you ask us). They can live anywhere, whether a big, sprawling house or apartment — they just like to be by their owners. Though extremely friendly and easy to care for, Shih Tzus do have a royal background (they were kept by royal Chinese families during the Ming dynasty), and sometimes that “princess” attitude comes out.

Next: This breed was made famous by the Obamas. 

2. Portuguese water dog

They probably didn’t get much fur on the White House furniture. | Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

You may be familiar with Portuguese water dogs thanks to Sunny and Bo Obama. Though Sunny had a few behavioral issues, one thing the Obamas didn’t have to worry about was shedding! These dogs are easy to train, very easy to groom, and very playful. You might have guessed it, but their favorite place to play? The water of course.

Next: Their name translates to “fluffy white dog” in French.  

3. Bichon frise

A small beautiful and adorable white bichon frise dog standing on the lawn and looking cheerful.
They’re playful little dogs. |

Bichon frises are described as playful, curious, and peppy. Though small (they only weigh up to 18 pounds at most), they make up for it in personality. “Bred to be hypoallergenic, their white, curly coats rarely shed,” says American Kennel Club.

Next: A hypoallergenic dog with silky, long hair.  

4. Yorkshire terrier

Brushing process. Small Yorkshire terrier sits on the table while being brushed by a professional.
Their coats require some grooming. | Zinkevych/iStock/Getty Images

Yorkshire terriers, though they have long, beautiful, silky hair, are considered hypoallergenic and don’t shed too much. That doesn’t mean they don’t require frequent grooming to keep their long hair looking nice, though. Yorkshire terriers, or Yorkies, have been on quite a journey to get where they are today. They started as rodent hunters in clothing mills in the nineteenth century, and eventually became companion animals for European high society families.

Next: One of the most popular breeds to own 

5. Poodle

White poodle dog on green grass field
They’re one of the most popular breeds. | disqis/iStock/Getty Images

According to AKC, the poodle is one of the most popular dog breeds to own. This could partially be attributed to the fact that they come in three distinctly different sizes, so there’s a poodle for everyone! It also doesn’t hurt that they’re hypoallergenic — who doesn’t want a cuddly dog who doesn’t shed?

Next: What’s known as “the velcro dog” 

6. Havanese

Playful havanese puppy running with his ball
They stay close to their owners. | Dorottya_Mathe/iStock/Getty Images

Havanese dogs have earned the nickname “velcro dog” because they tend to stick pretty close to their owners. They make extremely loyal, lovable companions. On the smaller size (they only weigh up to about 13 lbs), these dogs are easy to groom, minimally shed, and are extremely easy to train.

Next: This prissy looking dog is anything but 

7. Maltese

White maltese dog lies on carpet and looking ahead
They hardly shed. | baloon111/iStock/Getty Images

The Maltese breed is known for their beautiful, almost haughty coats. Though they look the part of a prissy dog, they’re anything but. These dogs are active, sporty, and can make great therapy companions. According to Dogtime, they hardly shed and are easy to groom.

Next: A particularly stubborn breed

8. Scottish terrier

Multiple scottish terrier run in a park , on a beautiful autumn day
They have a stubborn streak. | FluxFactory/iStock/Getty Images

For little dogs, Scottish terriers are filled with personality. They’re independent, stubborn, funny animals, and they make great pets for owners who can handle a dog with a mind of their own. Due to their stubborn nature, they aren’t the easiest dogs to train, but they hardly shed and are easy to groom.

Next: An almost hairless dog breed 

9. Chinese crested

Chinese Crested dog
They’re mostly hairless. |

Chinese crested dogs are funny little creatures. They’re small, mostly hairless, and love to lie around. Due to their lack of hair, they make great pets for people who want a pet but don’t want to deal with shedding. You do, however, need to take special care of their skin because it’s not protected by fur. They need to be protected from the sun and extreme cold, just like we do.

Next: A hypoallergenic dog with an expressive, funny little face 

10. Brussels Griffon

brussels griffon dog outdoors
They’re great watchdogs. | onetouchspark/iStock/Getty Images

Brussels Griffons are hypoallergenic dogs that hardly shed at all. While they make friendly, lovable companions, they also make great watchdogs. Though they’re friendly to everyone, they tend to bond more with one person than others. Their watchdog abilities and their special bond with their human make them the perfect dog for single apartment dwellers.

Next: This breed is originally from Scotland. 

11. Cairn terrier

cute cairn terrier dog
They were originally hunting dogs. | Gemredding/iStock/Getty Images

According to Homes Alive Pets, cairn terriers hail from Scotland and were originally used for for hunting vermin in stone piles. Today, they make countless families happy as sweet little companion pets. with a wire, water-repellent coat, they’re also hypoallergenic. A cairn terrier’s coat can change colors throughout the dog’s lifetime.

Next: The perfect mix of two lovable breeds  

12. Labradoodle

Cute golden labradoodle laying in lush green grass
This mix might have hypoallergenic qualities. | zstockphotos/iStock/Getty Images

You can’t have a list of cute hypoallergenic dogs without including the Labradoodle! Labradoodles are a cross between a Labrador retriever and a standard or miniature poodle. What do you get when you cross a Labrador with a poodle? A friendly, active, loyal dog who doesn’t shed. However, “choose a dog that is a second generation mix (its mother and father are both Labradoodles) if at all possible,” warns Home Alive Pets. “If you’re looking for a specific trait, such as low-shedding, make sure you inquire as to whether the parents had it, and your pup is more likely to also exhibit that trait.”

Next: An intelligent watchdog 

13. Schnauzers

Miniature schnauzer lying on the grass
They come in multiple sizes. |

Schnauzers come in different sizes, but they all tend to make intelligent watchdogs who are full of energy. They were originally bred to be vermin hunters, but today they make great hypoallergenic companion pets.

“Over the years, Giant Schnauzers have been stock dogs, police dogs, search and rescue dogs, detection dogs, drug dogs, and more!” says Home Alive Pets.

Next: This breed cleans itself like a cat.

14. Basenji

Cute basenji dog lying on the sofa
They’re a very clean breed. | Yurikr/iStock/Getty Images

Basenjis aren’t your average dog breed. They hail from Central Africa and were originally bred as hunting dogs. If you’re looking for an extremely clean dog, this could be the breed for you. They don’t shed much, are hypoallergenic, and require minimal grooming. They even clean themselves just like cats do.

Next: The perfect farm dog 

15. Bouvier des Flandres

bouvier des flandres
They require a good amount of grooming. | Liete/iStock/Getty Images

Though these dogs are good for people with allergies, they still require a lot of maintenance — any dog with that much hair does. This is a sturdy breed that’s often used on farms for tasks like herding and other general farm duties. They’re active dogs who love to run around, work hard, and play hard, so they’re typically better for families who live on bigger properties.

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