7 Big and Small Hypoallergenic Dog Breeds

by Hannah Roundy

Are you allergic to dogs but still want to be a pet parent? A hypoallergenic dog breed could be the best match for you!

Between 10-20% of the worldwide population is allergic to dogs or cats. But allergies don’t have to stop you from becoming a pet parent. There are several dog breeds that are hypoallergenic and ready to find their forever homes. 


What Causes Dog Allergies? 

It’s a common misconception that exposure to dog fur causes allergy flare-ups. In reality, the main allergen is a protein found in dead skin flakes (or dander) that spread when dogs shed. 


Humans can also be exposed to pet dander through dog saliva or urine. This comes as no surprise since dogs often groom themselves with their tongues and spread the dander from their skin. 

Facts About Hypoallergenic Dog Breeds

Dog breeds that are hypoallergenic require different care than other types of dogs. If you do choose to welcome a hypoallergenic dog into your home, there are a few things to consider. 

Less Shedding = More Grooming

Since hypoallergenic dogs don’t shed, they need to be groomed more frequently. Their hair grows faster and longer than other breeds so it may require a trim or cut. 

Breeds with curly or wavy hair should also be brushed daily to keep their coats soft and tangle-free. 


Now you know what dog breeds are hypoallergenic but you don’t have to stick to this short list. People with mild allergies can also adopt dog breeds with low drooling levels.


Contact with dog saliva can trigger allergy symptoms. Those reactions can be reduced or avoided altogether by adopting dog breeds with low drooling levels. Corgis, Greyhounds, and Chihuahuas are a few examples of breeds that don’t drool very m

What Are Hypoallergenic Dogs?

Hypoallergenic dogs are breeds that either shed less or don’t shed at all. With reduced shedding, humans aren’t exposed to as much dander and allergy symptoms can become less noticeable.


Don’t be fooled by their name — dog breeds that are hypoallergenic are never 100% allergen-free. But adopting a hypoallergenic dog can be a life-changing solution for pet lovers with allergies!


What Dog Breeds Are Hypoallergenic?

There are plenty of dog breeds that are hypoallergenic. Most of these breeds have long, curly hair that needs to be trimmed and groomed often (since it doesn’t shed). 


Maltese, Yorkshire Terriers, and Toy Poodles are all examples of small hypoallergenic dog breeds. Hypoallergenic dog breeds can also be on the larger side, as shown in Giant Schnauzers and Irish Water Spaniels.


Dogs can even be considered hypoallergenic when they are mixed with a hypoallergenic breed. Take Poodles for example — poodle crossbreeds have become increasingly popular over the past decade. 


Since Poodles don’t shed, they can bred with other shedding dogs to create an adorable allergy-friendly mixed breed. Bernedoodles, Sheepadoodles, and Goldendoodles are just a few popular Poodle mixes. 


Small Hypoallergenic Dog Breeds

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