Allergies to dogs are a common thing around the world. As of 2021, it’s been reported that up to 20% of the world’s population suffers from pet-related allergies. Allergies to animals, especially to dogs, are triggered when the proteins that are found in the dog’s skin cells, saliva, and urine, are carried and spread through the shedding fur. Loving dogs is easy but living with them when they shed their dander-filled fur isn’t – not when you have allergies.
Your house looks as if it’s been through a serious pillow fight, and that’s fine – if you don’t suffer from pet-related allergies. You can go on happily singing “hair is in the air, everywhere I look around” as you vacuum your house for 2 hours every other day. If you do suffer from allergies, the storyline changes completely. The nightmare is real and it involves teary eyes, coughs, sore throats, and a sneeze fit every time you are near a dog. Pet-related allergies are a pain to live with, especially if you’re a dog lover. So what can you do? The way we see it, is you have three options:
- Don’t get a dog and miss out on unconditional love, loyalty, fun, and an adorable creature that spreads joy 24/7
- Adopt a dog because he/she is cute (regardless if they shed or not) and deal with all of the “fun” allergic symptoms they trigger.
- Adopt a hypoallergenic dog and forget you have allergies
Although no dog is completely hypoallergenic, there are some breeds that are allergy-friendly.
We strongly believe that every dog lover (regardless of allergies) should have a furry friend, so with that in mind, we have put together a list of the best hypoallergenic dogs. These hypoallergenic breeds are tried and true. They have all been through numerous studies and the results show that they are less likely to cause allergic reactions in humans compared to other dogs.
Gorgeous, charming, and a friend to all, the Maltese is one of our top picks for allergy sufferers. These dogs don’t shed and are among the most popular dogs in the world. The Maltese dogs are smart, playful, wonderful with kids, and devoted to their owners. Their coats are long and luxurious and depending on whether they are kept in a short or long cut, they should be brushed a few times every week.
A Maltese Shih Tzu mix or a Bichon Frise Shih Tzu mix, the Teddy Bear breeds are fan-favorite hypoallergenic dogs. A crossbreed of two non-shedding breeds, these dogs make an excellent choice for those suffering from pet-induced allergies. Teddy Bear puppies are easy to train, cuddly, adorable, and affectionate companion pets.
A dog raised by Emperors, the Shih Tzu has long been associated with the finer things in life. Non-shedding and with a royal attitude, the stunning Shih Tzu was made for companionship. These dogs are loyal, friendly, and very fond of being pampered.
A Maltese Poodle mix designed for love at first sight, the Maltipoo enchants with cuddly looks and a fantastic personality. Non-shedding like their parent breeds, the Maltipoos are a perfect fit for allergy sufferers. They are very smart dogs, people-pleasers, comedic entertainers, and loving companion pets.
A Havanese Poodle mix famous for being joyful around the clock, the Havapoo impresses with an amazing personality and teddy bear looks. Non-shedding with hypoallergenic qualities, the Havapoo is perfect for any type of owner that suffers from allergies. These pups are fun for the kids and a treat for the adults.
Also recognized as one of the smartest breeds on earth, the Poodle – Standard, Mini, or Toy – is one of the best hypoallergenic dogs. Poodles don’t shed and are unlikely to cause an allergic reaction in an allergy sufferer. Apart from their big beautiful brains, Poodles are also very friendly, loyal, and affectionate.
Spunky and tiny with a little bit of a wild side, the Shorkie is a superb little dog. Since their debut in the 1990s, Shorkies have impressed with their joyful disposition and complete devotion to their pet parents. They are fond of tricks, cuddles, and games and they make excellent companion pets for families with children, single folk, and retirees.
Also known as the Morkshire Terrier, the Morkie is one of the cutest hypoallergenic dogs out there. Small, adorable, and fun, Morkies love to engage in friendly chases with their furry buddies and cuddle with their humans. These beautiful dogs are quick to adapt to any living situation and are fit for both active and relaxed lifestyles.
Feisty, playful, and sweet, the Yorkie is one of America’s sweetheart puppies. They fit in a purse and they love to call laps their home. These toy dogs don’t shed and are a fantastic fit for owners suffering from pet allergies. As of 2021, Yorkies are among the most popular dogs in the United States.
Wiry curls, immaculate white coat, and eyes that grab at your heartstrings, the Bichon Frise is a favorite among dog lovers. These stylish dogs don’t shed but they do need to be brushed every few days to keep their beautiful coats tangle-free. They are fans of cuddles and fast-learning students when it comes to training.
A Poodle and a Bichon Frise mixed together to create a smile-inducing little puppy. Poochons are the new kids on the block. They’ve only been around for a little while and are famous already for their hypoallergenic qualities, adoring personalities, and fun-loving nature. The Poochon curly dogs are sweet, playful, and smart.
Two hypoallergenic parent breeds equal one hypoallergenic puppy. The Yorkie Chon is a crossbreed of a Yorkshire Terrier and a Bichon Frise. Petite, friendly, and the ideal cuddle buddies, these dogs are a great fit for any type of household. They love playtime with kids and they do great with multiple furry siblings.
Lively, happy, and fond of pleasing, the Yorkie Poo is one perfect little dog. Yorkie Poo puppies are a mix between a Yorkshire Terrier and a Mini or Toy Poodle. A Doodle dog with gorgeous looks and a great deal of personality, the Yorkie Poo was created a little over 30 years ago as a new hypoallergenic dog. These dogs are playful, cuddly, and very loving of their humans.
The Havanese are dogs that love to perform tricks and live under the spotlight. They are eager learners when it comes to training and they make the ideal play buddies for children. Low-shedding and unlikely to cause an allergic reaction, the Havanese dog is a great fit even for those suffering from severe pet allergies.
A Shih Tzu Poodle mix, the Shih Poo impresses with gorgeous-unique looks, a sweet nature, and a joyful personality. These pooches are known as kind and gentle dogs that love deeply and get along with everyone they meet. The Shih Poos produce less dander than other dogs and are considered one of the best hypoallergenic dogs.
Although a little bigger than our top picks so far, the Portuguese Water Dog (PWD) is one of the best dogs for allergy sufferers. Also known as Portie, this dog is a lover of water sports and a fun adventure companion. Intelligent, easy to train, and highly skilled for jobs like therapy work and guiding, the Portie makes an excellent family dog.
A crossbreed of a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and a Mini or Toy Poodle, the Cavapoo is one of the most sought-after doodle dogs. Cavapoos are among the best dogs for children and one of the easiest to train. These dogs love unconditionally and are entirely devoted to making their humans happy. They also shed very little and are considered low-maintenance.
Recognized as the first doodle dog, the Cockapoo was designed to be a new hypoallergenic dog that dog lovers could call their best friend. Although they haven’t been around for as long as other dog breeds, the Cockapoos are regarded as one of the most popular dog breeds in the United States, Australia, and Europe. These dogs are calm, gentle, and fond of cuddles. The Cockapoo puppy is a mix of a Cocker spaniel and a Mini or Toy Poodle.
A favorite of celebrities and outdoorsy people everywhere, the Golden doodle and Mini Goldendoodle are a perfect crossbreed. Blessed with great health, keen intelligence, and an outgoing personality, these dogs make the most remarkable companion pets. They love going on hiking adventures, playing canine sports, and snuggling next to their humans on the couch. These hypoallergenic dogs are a mix between a Golden Retriever and a Poodle and they fit best with an active family or owner.
Small, cuddly, and adorable with all of the qualities of a Labrador and a Poodle, the Mini Labradoodle is a dream dog. Low-shedding and low-maintenance, these dogs are a breeze to care for. Their gorgeous looks coupled with their friendly personalities and high trainability have made Mini Labradoodles one of the most sought-after doodle dogs.
The Mini Portidoodle puppy is a mix of a Portuguese Water Dog and a Mini Poodle. Designed to charm the world over, the Mini Portidoodle finds himself at the top of canine popularity charts in many countries. Completely hypoallergenic, these dogs fit wonderfully with anyone suffering from pet-related allergies. They are small, they don’t shed, and they are absolutely gorgeous.
The little teddy bears that love to cuddle and receive affection, Mini Bernedoodles are the best companion pets a dog lover could wish for. These dogs are a mix of a Bernese Mountain dog and a Mini Poodle that enchant with a sweet temper and cheerful disposition. Recognized as hypoallergenic dogs, Mini Benredoodles are an excellent fit for dog lovers suffering from dog allergies.
Intelligent, cuddly, fond of learning, and the ideal playmate for children, the Cavachon is a true joy to have around. Designed to conquer the world with adorable looks and a happy-go-lucky personality, the Cavachon is nothing less than perfect. Hypoallergenic and low-shedding, these dogs are great for allergy-suffering folk. The Cavachon puppy is a wonderful mix of a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and a Bichon Frise.
The Havashu is a hybrid of two non-shedding and hypoallergenic dogs – the Havanese and the Shih Tzu. Although new to the designer dog kingdom, the Havashu dogs are among the most popular canine sweethearts. These dogs are very friendly, fond of attention, and natural-born entertainers. They stand out with a playful nature, an eagerness to learn, and a great desire to impress.