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15 Dogs That Don’t Shed: Amazing Hypoallergenic Dog Breeds

The tale is as old as time. Your child, partner, or roommate wants a dog. You have terrible allergies. Controversy ensues. In the interest of compromise, I am here to save the day with a list of 15 dogs that don’t shed.

The truth is all dogs shed. Most people who ask for dogs that don't shed want a hypoallergenic dog. Hypoallergenic dogs make life easier for people who suffer from pet allergies. Have you ever wondered why that is true?

I'm going to go over all of that in this post. First, I'll explain how pet allergies affect humans. Then, I'll explain what the term hypoallergenic means when it comes to dogs. Finally, I will show you 15 dogs that don't shed complete with adorable pictures.

What's not to like!? Come on, let's get started.

What Are Pet Allergies And Why Do They Plague Me?

Are you ready for a surprise? You don't have allergies because of dog hair. It's dander, or flakes of dead skin, that cause dog allergies in people. Humans can also be allergic to the slobber or urine that comes from dogs. Pet allergies are all about a reaction to protein.

Furthermore, every dog is different. In addition, two dogs of the same breed can provoke different allergic reactions. That means that the dogs in my list here today are good choices for you if you have dog allergies. However, you won't know how you react to a dog until you meet it.

Why The Dogs On This List Are Hypoallergenic

I'm so glad you asked! According to Bernadine Cruz, a spokeswoman for the American Veterinary Medical Association, no dog is hypoallergenic. She says that there are some breeds of dogs that don't shed much. She also acknowledges that a dog that is frequently groomed is safer.

Therefore, this is really a list of dogs that don’t shed much. That being said, reading this list is going to do your search for a dog that doesn’t shed easier.

1. Dogs That Don’t Shed: Poodles

People love poodles so much they are one of the most popular dog breeds. Poodles are friendly and intelligent. Poodles also adapt well to all kinds of weather.

In addition, poodles can live in an apartment and get along well with other dogs and strangers. Poodles make the list of dogs that don't shed because they do seem to shed less. Poodles also drool less than many other dogs.

2. Dogs That Don’t Shed: Labradoodle

A labradoodle is more than just a silly name. This dog is part poodle and part labrador. Labradoodles also rank as one of the dogs that don’t shed.

Labradoodles do shed some, of course. According to Gail Widman, a labradoodle breeder, many people with dog allergies do tolerate labradoodles, however. Widman believes that her labradoodles produce less dander than many other dogs.

3. Dogs That Don’t Shed: Affenpinscher

Affenpinschers are adorable and one of the dogs that don’t shed. It’s also fun to break down this dog’s name. Affen means ape or monkey in German. Pinscher means terrier. Therefore, the affenpinscher is a monkey dog!

Like the poodle, affenpinschers are great apartment dogs. They are also affectionate with strangers. Beware, however, because affenpinschers don’t always like children.

You know by now that affenpinschers do shed. They don’t shed much, however. They also aren’t big droolers. That makes them a good candidate for a list of dogs that don’t shed.

4. Dogs That Don’t Shed: Airedale Terrier

Airedale dogs don't shed or drool much. Therefore, people with allergies may be fine living with this dog. People call them the king of terriers because they are the largest of these dogs.

Airedales originated in Yorkshire where they traditionally caught rats and otters. Airedales are also known as good sporting dogs. They have an outgoing personality, are playful, and self-assured.

5. Dogs that Don’t Shed: Portuguese Water Dog

About 10 years ago, most people had never heard of a Portuguese Water Dog. President Obama put an end to that by choosing one to live in the White House. The First Family picked Bo because he is one of the dogs that don't shed.

The Portuguese Water Dog Club of America says these dogs are affectionate. This dog is also intelligent, easily trained, and agile. Additionally, these dogs don't shed much.

They are a handsome addition to any family. Portuguese water dogs are wonderful companions.

6. Dogs that Don’t Shed: Tibetan Terriers

Tibetan Terriers are a unique dog. Therefore, many people are just learning about this breed. Tibetan terriers don't shed very much. They need regular grooming, however.

Historically, the breed developed to be companions and guard dogs. They lived with Buddhist monks and traveling herdsmen. Therefore, tibetan terriers make good pets for families or single people with allergies.

7. Dogs that Don’t Shed: Bedlington Terrier

I have never seen this dog before. Are you in the same boat? He looks just like a little lamb!

As you may have noticed by now, dogs with unusual coats often shed less. The bedlington terrier possesses a wooly coat. Additionally, this dog isn’t a big drooly mess. Because of these factors, the charming bedlington terrier is a great pet for owners with allergies.

Here's the deal with this dog, however: they're a bit rowdy. They are less energetic than some other terriers, but they like to stay active nonetheless. If you are looking for dogs that don't shed and a great personality, this dog might be for you!

Terriers are notoriously bright and this dog is no exception. They take well to training but may be stubborn about listening to you. They also work well for allergy riddled people because they don't drool much.​

8. Dogs that Don’t Shed: Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier

Terriers are all over this list of dogs that don’t shed. The amazing soft coated wheaten terrier is not only adorable, it may be good for your allergies. First, I will review its temperament.

Wheaten terriers are spunky but not incorrigible. They are less prone to aggression than other terriers. The terrier breed generally works as a pest removal pet.

Because of this, several terrier breeds can be a bit scrappy. The wheaten is conversely reliable and steady. I also want to mention this dog's coat.

The wheaten coat barely sheds. Yet again, this dog doesn't drool excessively.

9. Dogs that Don’t Shed: Bichon Frise

Bichon Frise dogs are adorable and mostly hypoallergenic. They have tiny, perfect faces and an afro hairdo. Their personality compliments their appearance, too.

Bichons are friendly and inquisitive. They get along well with most people and dogs. Additionally, they are usually ok about staying home alone.

This dog follows the same rules as the others. First, it doesn’t shed much. Less shedding equals less dander. Secondly, this dog keeps its drool to itself. This all cuts down on the protein exposure for people allergic to dogs.

While you might mistake a bichon for a poodle, this dog is a breed of its own.

10. Dogs that Don’t Shed: Shih Tzu

Shih Tzu dogs are loyal and also personable. Their name stands for lion dog in Chinese. This dog is native to China, after all. Don't you think they look like a little Chinese lion from a painting?

The shih tzu barely sheds at all. The dog will lose some hair during grooming, but otherwise there isn't much fur tumbling around. If the cuddly personality isn't enough to sell you on this dog, the lack of sneezing might!

11. Dogs that Don’t Shed: Chinese Crested

Chinese crested dogs are great companions in spite of their off-putting appearance. First of all, you'll notice they barely have hair. We already learned that hair alone doesn't cause pet allergies. So, what about that skin?

These dogs get the seal of approval on this list. They comfort invalids and the bedridden by nature. Breeders took care to impart traits like loyalty and a laid back attitude on this dog. The added benefit here is that this dog is also fairly hypoallergenic.

12. Dogs that Don’t Shed: Cairn Terrier

Did you have any idea so many terriers would be on this list of dogs that don’t shed? I honestly had no idea, myself. Sometimes, we both learn things together.

The cairn terrier dog is a huge favorite of mine. I think they look exactly like a teddy bear. They are playful, alert, and also full of energy. The dog definitely has that terrier spunk, though. Watch out! Actually, better yet, just sit back and enjoy it.

13. Dogs That Don’t Shed: Maltese

Maltese dogs might fool you with their small size. They are anything but demure. First thing is first, however. If you have allergies, this dog is a good candidate for you.

Let me remind you that I also said every single dog is different. This list is really to help you figure out the short list of dog breeds that you should consider.

That being said, let's get back to the maltese. First of all, this dog ranks 29th most popular dog. They weigh 4 to 6 pounds and have feisty personalities.

14. Dogs That Don’t Shed: Coton de Tulear

This dog traces its origins to Madagascar and the Bichon Frise and the Maltese are its cousins. The Coton de Tulear has a clownish personality to go with its incredibly adorable face.

I really can't get enough of this little dog. As a puppy, the Coton looks like a cartoon. When the dog becomes an adult, it takes on a majestic appearance.

Additionally, you know the Coton de Tulear is practically allergen free if it made it onto this list.

15. Dogs That Don’t Shed: West Highland White Terrier

The dog with the double coat could be the answer to your allergy problem. What an unusual combination of facts. The westie, as it is affectionately also called, just doesn't shed much.

They result from a cross between a cairn and scottish terrier. Breeders created them to stand out from the prey during fox hunts. As you can imagine, this history makes the dog agile, intelligent, and also attuned to its owner.

That’s The List, Folks!

Can I be honest with you? I really loved writing this article. Basically, I just got to look at cute dogs for an hour.

Did you enjoy it also? You can show that appreciation by sharing the link with your friends. They should get to see these cute hypoallergenic dogs, too.

On a serious note, if you have a friend who loves dogs but suffers from allergies, pass this along to them. I have a feeling we both like helping people. It’s kind of a ‘dog person’ thing.

Thanks again and see you soon!

Do you have friends with dogs? I'd love it if you shared this article with them over social media so we can all be informed about safe doggie feeding. I'd also love to connect with you on Twitter. You can follow the page at @lovablepawclaws. Once we are connected, you can send me your comments about this article. I look forward to hearing from you.

15 Dogs That Don’t Shed: Amazing Hypoallergenic Dog Breeds
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Lauren is a young woman with a true passion for animals. She has kept many pets over the years and has intimate knowledge of their needs both emotionally and physically. She loves that her dogs keep her so active and satisfy her desire to spend lots of time in nature.

2 thoughts on “15 Dogs That Don’t Shed: Amazing Hypoallergenic Dog Breeds

  1. Airedales are the original EVERYTHING dog — as Teddy Roosevelt said: “Airedales can do anything any other dog can do… and then, if necessary, turn around and whup ’em!” They instinctively adore young children, ours would let them pull her ears and tail and climb all over her; she would let a baby chicken do the same; yet she would put the fear of God into a stranger entering her yard until told it was all right. No vermin dare inhabit an Airedale’s property. She killed 24 poisonous snakes in one day (without being bitten) when we had bulldozers moving large rocks. She climbed our large live oaks, often going as high as 20 feet. She would swim for hours in the lake. These were skills she taught herself – YMMV.

    We later rescued an older male ‘Dale that was our dearest companion and loving protector for four far too short years.

    We now have a Welch Terrier, the quarter-size ringer for an Airedale, great watchdog and very affectionate AND just as hypoallergenic, non-shedding and non-drooling as the ‘Dale and the others on this list. President Kennedy had a Welchie named Charlie.

  2. You forgot to list Schnauzers. Our Miniature Schnauzer doesn’t shed and doesn’t bother anyone’s allergies. They are smart, protective and loving. My parents has 2 when I was growing up. My husband & I have 1 now and she is almost 10 years old. She is still very active and playful.
    Thank You

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