There’s nothing more heartbreaking than being a dog lover, coming into contact with a lovable pup, and having your allergies flare up immediately. Often, people who are allergic to dogs are told they can’t own them because of their allergy issues, but this isn’t entirely true. A number of dog breeds with minimal shedding exist to provide relief to those who want a dog without the sneezing. While no dog is entirely hypoallergenic, here’s a list of furry friends that you can love and care for without constantly refilling your allergy prescription.

TERRIERS

Scottish, Yorkshire, Kerry Blue, West Highland White, Maltese, and more. This group of dogs is usually a safe bet for those with allergies looking for a four-legged companion. Terriers come in all shapes and sizes and have shorter, wiry coats, which means minimal shedding.

POODLES AND DOODLES

Poodles come in a few different sizes (toy, miniature, and standard) and are some of the most popular dogs in the world. These pooches are often bred with other dogs to create “doodles,” which have the coat of a poodle and the color and general look of the other breed. Labradoodles and Goldendoodles are some of the more popular hypoallergenic options when breeding. If you’ve always been interested in a Golden or Labrador Retriever, but don’t want to deal with shedding, a “doodle” is a safe bet.

TOY DOGS

If you’re in a smaller home or prefer a petite pet, toy dogs with minimal shedding could be a good option. Within this category, popular options for allergy-sufferers include the Bichon Frise, Chinese Crested, Basenji, Shih Tzu, Havanese, and more. With small companion dogs like these, there’s an even smaller chance of shedding due to their petite frames. A tinier dog means a tinier area for fur to grow.


While there are plenty more options when it comes to hypoallergenic dogs, these are among the most popular options for families with allergies. If you have a hypoallergenic dog and want your bedding to be allergy free too, why not consider options like these mattress pads or pillow protectors to keep you comfortable at night? With an allergy-friendly dog and bedding, you’re on the right track for a happy, healthy, allergy-free home!