According to the National Institutes of Health, around 10-20% of the U.S. population is allergic to dogs. No dog breed is 100% hypoallergenic; however, some breeds are less problematic for those with allergies.
Dander, which can be found in most pet hair, is the cause of most dog allergies. We compiled a list of dogs with non-shedding fur who produce less dander.
Leave a comment if you own any of these breeds, and let us know what it’s like being their pet parent!
Coton De Tulear
Coton De Tulear is a charming companion dog that’ll follow you anywhere you go like a cheerful shadow. According to the American Kennel Club, this dog breed—considered the “royal dog of Madagascar”—may have descended from dogs who survived an ancient Madagascar shipwreck. Coton De Tulears resemble bichons with their soft white hair.
Best known as Yorkies, Yorkshire terriers are small dogs that pack a sassy attitude. This dog breed has fine hair that’s more similar to humans than other kinds of fur, so it’s unlikely that it will make you sneeze. Although they have fine hair, Yorkies require regular brushing and maintenance to keep their fur tangle-free, clean, and soft.
You may know the adorable Scottie from the Disney classic Lady and the Tramp, but the sometimes-stubborn terriers make great pets in real life. According to the American Kennel Club, Scottish terriers were originally bred as hunters; nowadays, their dignified breed joyfully graces our homes.
Havanese is a happy and curious dog breed with long silky coats that can come in different shades and colors. Havanese can look almost royal if you let their nearly non-shedding coat grow long and carry them around like the queens and kings they think they are. Havanese dogs are often seen in short haircuts, as it is easier to maintain, and they are known for their loving natures and patience with children.
Maltese weigh, on average, seven pounds; According to the AKC, they were bred in Malta to be lap dogs. No matter how much you cuddle Maltese dogs, they won’t make you sneeze or have puffy eyes since their all-white coats do not trigger allergies. Malteses’ fur style depends on the maintenance owners can handle.
This easily recognizable dog breed has a feathery tail and feet. Chinese Crested dogs make excellent housemates for those who struggle with pet hair since they’re hairless and won’t cause sniffles. Some say Chinese Crested dogs have a face only a mother could love, but you’ll surely fall head over heels for this warm and cuddly breed.
This terrier grows distinctive fleecy fur, giving them a sweet-looking lamb-like look. Bedlington terriers are gentle, cuddly dogs that are great partners and watchdogs. Most Bedlington terrier owners opt for short clips, as it’s lower maintenance.
Irish Water Spaniel
When looking for hypoallergenic breeds, most mistakenly limit themselves to terriers and toy dogs. According to the AKC, the Irish Water Spaniel belongs to the sporting group and loves water. These dogs are natural-born swimmers and even have water-repellant coats to keep your allergies at bay. If you have a pool, be ready for them to hop in and out of the pool all day.
Part of the American Kennel Club’s top pick for hypoallergenic dogs is the Bichon Frise, who was actually bred to be hypoallergenic. This breed’s name is French for “fluffy white dog,” the perfect descriptor for this cuddly pup. The Bichon Frise is small, which makes them an excellent option for smaller living areas.
Although this big dog has tons of fur, don’t worry, it won’t make you sneeze. The Schnauzer breed requires moderate grooming and brushing, so keep that in mind if you plan to get one. The Giant Schnauzer has an intelligent, task-focused temperament that responds well to training.
Don’t let this dog’s fancy name fool you; Lagotto Romagnolo are medium-sized wooly dogs that are not at all pretentious. Lagotto Romagnolo dogs check off everything on a dog lover’s wishlist: they are easygoing, affectionate, low shedding, and active but not overly hyper. They also have a secret talent: They are excellent truffle hunters!
Afghan Hounds do not shed much, but unlike other hypoallergenic dogs, their coat requires regular grooming. According to the AKC, Afghan Hounds were originally bred for the cold Afghanistan mountains, so they have long, shiny hair that requires routine maintenance.
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This originally appeared on Planet Natural.
Melissa Pino is a biologist, master gardener, and regular contributor for Planet Natural. Melissa's work focuses on promoting environmentally-friendly practices, helping people create healthy gardens and finding ways to achieve overall health and wellness.