10 Cute Hypoallergenic Dogs that Don’t Shed

by | Sep 24, 2021 | Breeds | 0 comments

Do you suffer from pet allergies? Or perhaps you’re a would-be dog owner who’s vacuum-phobic? Either way, if you’re a dog lover but none too fond of pet fur, you’ve landed on the right post! This post lists the top 10 most adorable, non-shedding dogs—a must-read for dog-loving allergy suffers.

What are the best non-shedding dogs?

The best non-shedding dogs just happen to be some of the cutest dogs around! Puptology has compiled a list of our top 10 hypoallergenic dog breeds based on their sneeze-free reputations, plus their general temperament and trainability. So let’s get straight to the Puptology Top 10 non-shedding dogs:

  1. Bichon Frise
  2. Maltese Terrier
  3. Havanese
  4. Poodle
  5. Shih Tzu
  6. Yorkshire Terrier
  7. Brussels Griffin
  8. Chinese Crested
  9. West Highland Terrier
  10. Schnauzer
Bichon Frise named best non-shedding dog.

Bichon Frise

The Bichon Frise made it to the top of Puptology’s list of the best non-shedding dogs as this dog is bred to be hypoallergenic. With its signature white bouffant fur, the Bichon Frise is a lovable cotton ball that is all spark and smiles and its high intelligence means it is generally easy to train.

Maltese Terrier

The Maltese Terrier comes in a close second in the Puptology top 10 non-shedding dogs. These beautiful silky white terriers are famed lap dogs that will delight in your ongoing attention as much as you enjoy their endless cuddles without a sneeze or runny nose in sight. A cute puppy-cut hairstyle makes grooming easier; however, if you’re happy to spend your vacuum-free time on upkeep, then the Maltese fur grows long to the floor and may just win you Best in Show if you style it right.

Havanese

The Havanese dog comes in third place for the best non-shedding dogs. It’s just as hypoallergenic as our top two dogs and, like the Maltese, it has silky fur that grows long if left uncut. This agile little dog made it to the Puptology top three for being an all-around nice dog that is fun for the whole family. The Havanese is one to watch as it easily switches from snuggle time on the couch to games and circus tricks with the kids.

Poodle

The Poodle is an obvious choice for the best non-shedding dogs. Its legendary anti-allergy status is why most designer dogs have some ‘oodle in them: think Moodle, Schnoodle, Spoodle, Cavoodle and so the list goes on. So the question is, why is it number four and not number one on our list? Well, it is without a doubt an excellent choice for allergy suffers, but it’s also a dog that needs a competent and preferably ‘stay-at-home’ owner. You see, its high intelligence means it will happily run rings around you if given half a chance and it’s prone to separation anxiety. Of course, if you’ve got the time to meet the Poodle’s needs, you can expect to be highly rewarded as this is a truly magnificent dog.

Cute Shih Tzu image by wernerdetjen from Pixabay

Shih Tzu

Oh the Shih Tzu, no list of cute non-shedding dogs would be complete without mentioning this regal creature. The Shih Tzu was the pet of choice for royalty in the Tang Dynasty and became known as the ‘little lion dog’. However, it is far from ferocious, which is another reason the Shih Tzu made the Puptology top 10. Of course, you may need a good brush for its silky, long hair, but you can put the vacuum away alongside the antihistamine. Plenty of time for sneeze-free ‘walkies’ instead.

Yorkshire Terrier

The Yorkshire Terrier is another wonderful and exceedingly cute non-shedding dog. The ‘Yorkie’ is a doting and spritely dog that is akin to a hypoallergenic ray of sunshine. Happy to be your lap dog and your pint-sized guard dog, the Yorkie is a good choice for those looking for a small, hypoallergenic dog with a healthy self-esteem and plenty of spunk.

Brussels Griffon

The Brussels Griffon is the surprise package on the Puptology top 10 cutest hypoallergenic dogs list. This adorable little dog certainly knows how to rock a hypoallergenic moustache! Super cute but not in the traditional way, the Brussels Griffon is worth a look-see if you’d like a small non-shedding dog that is loaded with personality. The Brussels Griffon is not a lapdog, but it certainly can become a true and ultra-loyal friend.

Chinese Crested

If you’re looking for a dog that doesn’t shed, then surely a dog with no fur must make the list! At Puptology, we love the Chinese Crested dog. This bashful little fellow does have some fine hair, but it is minimal and of the non-shedding, hypoallergenic variety. What’s more, the Chinese Crest has a wonderful little personality and would like nothing more than to find an owner who adores his company and companionship—the couch is his favourite place!

West Highland Terrier

The West Highland Terrier or ‘Westie’ is another excellent choice for allergy sufferers and comes in ninth place on the Puptology top 10. The Westie is a small dog with a big attitude. He is perpetually happy, loves being busy and is easy on the sinuses. He’s no lap dog though, so while he loves pats and attention, he also loves and needs adventure. This is one reason he made our top 10—his adventurous, brave nature means he’s not overly predisposed to separation anxiety. So he can be a good choice for dog lovers with busy lives provided he’s not neglected and you give him plenty to do when you’re out (expect carnage if you don’t!).

Schnauzer

The Schnauzer is number 10 on our list of the best non-shedding, hypoallergenic dogs.  In the age of designer dogs, the Schnauzer seems to have moved a little off the dog lover’s radar, but we think this lovable lout deserves a shout out. This handsome little fellow is not only allergy-free, but he’s also not much of a barker, has loads of love to give, doesn’t drool and is highly trainable. He is also an athletic fellow, so if you’re looking for a motivational fitness trainer, the Schnauzer will happily race you around the park.

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Are you allergic to dogs?

If you really want a dog but are unsure if you will be allergic to the breed you’re considering, the best thing you can do is spend time around the breed before deciding. Perhaps you could ask the breeder if you can spend a little time with the puppy you’re considering or visit a few pet stores with puppies.

Allergy symptoms can vary and are sometimes so mild they don’t cause concern. Symptoms to look out for when you’re cuddling a young pup you’d like to purchase are:

  • Runny nose
  • Sneezing
  • Watery or itchy eyes
  • Coughing
  • Itchy throat
  • Hives, rashes or stinging or itchy skin
  • Shortness of breath
  • Dizziness

Some pet owners with allergies attest to allergies subsiding over time or being manageable with antihistamines. But there is no guarantee, and it’s important to consider the long-term health implications of living with an allergy and the potential for severe allergic reactions. No doubt, neither you nor your K9 best friend wants to face re-homing, so if you’re an allergy sufferer, it’s vital to do your homework before purchasing a dog.

What is a hypoallergenic dog?

Buying a ‘hypoallergenic’ dog doesn’t guarantee you won’t have any allergy symptoms, but it makes it less likely. This terminology means that specific dog breeds won’t shed or will shed less than other dogs resulting in less ‘dander’.

It is actually the dander, not the fur that most allergy sufferers have an issue with. You see, the actual cause of an allergic reaction to pets is the protein from their saliva and urine. This protein binds to the dander in their fur, which then ends up all around the house.

So importantly, non-shedding dog breeds lead to less dander and supposedly fewer allergic reactions. But you are unique and so too is your potential dog, so while we can speculate about which dogs are less likely to cause you an allergic reaction, it’s still essential to meet and spend time with your future dog if you’re an allergy sufferer.

Are designer dogs hypoallergenic?

Some designer dogs are hypoallergenic. If you take two hypoallergenic breeds and mix them, then the result is likely to be an allergy suffer’s dream. However, if you mix a hypoallergenic dog with a non-hypoallergenic dog, the results are not so clear. Consider the Labradoodle. This designer breed was the brainchild of the Australian Guide Dogs Association. The intention was to mix the Labrador’s docile, loyal and obedient nature with the non-shedding, hypoallergenic Poodle to create a guide dog for allergy suffers. The outcomes have been mixed. Sometimes breeders achieve the desired traits, but at other times, dogs exhibit the lessor traits of each bred.

The moral of the story is that if you are looking for a hypoallergenic designer dog, do your homework. For best results, make sure both parents are from non-shedding hypoallergenic dog breeds.

The Puptology top 10 best hypoallergenic, non-shedding dog list is a great first stop for researching the breed that may best suit you and your family. Remember, a dog is for life—their entire life—so be sure to research thoroughly to ensure you can give your next dog the beautiful life it deserves. And may allergy sufferers breathe easy knowing there are dogs for you. So put the lint brush and vacuum cleaner away and make dog ownership a genuine joy.

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