Top 10 Hypoallergenic Dog Breeds That Don’t Shed

1. Chinese Crested

Some people are intrigued by their unusual looks; some people can’t stand it – they are mostly naked and have hair only on their head, feet, and tail. So they have almost no hair to shed. Not surprisingly, they don’t fare well in the cold and prefer warm places. Grooming is a breeze for this breed compared to others – occasional baths will keep their skin healthy and looking its best.

2. Shih Tzu

The Shih Tzu is playful, lovable, and wants nothing more than to be part of the family. Their good-natured attitude makes them very compatible with kids and other pets. What’s more, their soft, fluffy coats do not shed, only falling out when brushed or broken.

3. Maltese

Despite having long beautiful coats of hair, these dogs have minimal shedding. But beauty comes at a price: that white hair must be brushed daily to minimize mats and tangles. Considering their small size – less than eight pounds, it is not a huge task to fulfill.

4. Portuguese Water Dog

Due to its fleecy coat of minimally-shedding hair, the Portuguese Water Dog is considered a hypoallergenic dog breed. And that’s the main reason why the Obama family has chosen this breed as their pet. Portuguese Water Dogs are wonderful companions that love people and dogs, but more than anything, they love being in the water.

5. Poodle

Poodles are one of the most intelligent breeds of dogs, and this is reflected in their agility, obedience, herding, and tracking skills. They have a soft, single coat of frizzy hair that is virtually hypoallergenic. Having such a distinctive coat also makes them perfect for styling and trying out the latest trends.

6. Bedlington Terrier

The Bedlington Terrier’s lamblike coat is an unusual combination of coarse and soft hair, which has a tendency to curl but not shed much. If you’re allergic to dog hair, you might be okay with a Bedlington.

7. Komondor

At first glance, Komondors look like some technological innovation that is used to mop floors. It’s a wonder that this long, thick, and corded coat sheds little. However, it collects dirt very quickly, requiring much grooming, bathing, and brushing. So this breed might be too much for a first-time dog owner.

8. Labradoodle

The Labradoodle is not technically a breed in itself but is a mix between a Labrador Retriever and a standard or miniature Poodle. Their shaggy and curly coat doesn’t shed, but it does require regular maintenance. Generally, most Labradoodles need clipping every 8 to 11 weeks.

9. Schnauzer

Schnauzers come in three sizes: the giant, the standard, and the miniature, all of which shed less often than most dogs. This breed is of above average intelligence and can be independent-minded, so early training and various daily exercise are recommended.

10. Border Terrier

Their short wiry coat is hypoallergenic and requires an easy weekly brushing. Border Terriers aren’t yappy, but will bark at anything unusual, making them excellent watchdogs, but don’t expect them to be fierce guard dogs if an intruder enters your home.