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Which Dog Breeds Don’t Shed? The Best Dog Breeds for Those With Allergies

If you are one of the millions of people who love dogs but are sadly allergic, fear not, there are dozens of hypoallergenic dog breeds out there perfect for your home! Finding the perfect hypoallergenic dog breed for your home can be a great way to avoid the clumps of hair across your home and stay happy and healthy with your new friend!

Hypoallergenic Dog Breeds

Afghan Hounds

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This stunning dog breed was bred specifically for their timeless beauty. Their long, flowing hair protected them for generations in the mountainous regions from which they originate, and that long idyllic hair now also makes them the perfect hypoallergenic dog for your shed-free home! Afghan Hounds generally grow to around 60 pounds and have a life expectancy of around 12-18 years. Afghan hounds are a perfect breed for those who live an active lifestyle and are looking for a large breed dog who doesn’t shed.

American Hairless Terrier

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As their name suggests, the American Hairless Terrier is a breed of dog who does not produce hair, although there is also a variety who does produce a thin, shiny coat. The hairless variety will have a soft, smooth skin that will be warm to your touch. This Terrier breed is on the smaller end of the spectrum, growing usually to around 14 inches. The American Hairless Terrier is perfect for those with a relaxed lifestyle who are just as comfortable spending a weekend at home as they are going out on a weekend camping excursion.

Chinese Crested

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The Chinese Crested dog breed is an active, energetic breed that can be either coated or hairless. The hairless variety will be perfect for those allergic to dogs, with soft smooth skin that won’t shed all over your house. This dog breed can be categorized as a ‘toy’ breed due to their small stature and loving, affectionate personalities. The Chinese Crested will require regular exercise and is a perfect dog for those seeking a small but energetic furry companion.

Giant Schnauzer

The Giant Schnauzer is the stronger, bigger and sometimes smarter brother of the Standard Schnauzer breed. As the name suggests, these dogs can get big, averaging around 70 pounds when full grown. The Giant Schnauzer is more active and energetic than most other large dog breeds and will need a full day’s exercise almost every day. This breed is only for those who live a very active lifestyle and will not be well suited for a relaxed lifestyle. If you are looking for a large hypoallergenic dog to join you on your daily outdoor adventures, this is the breed for you!


The Goldendoodle is technically a crossbreed between a Golden Retriever and Poodle. This breed of dog is extremely personable and friendly, getting along with almost anyone they meet. They are ranked as non to low shedding dogs and are often a good choice for those with allergies. Goldendoodles are extremely smart and loyal and have been used as both service dogs and working-class dogs. They are energetic dogs and perfect for those with medium to highly active lifestyle.

Kerry Blue Terrier

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As the name suggests, Kerry Blue Terriers usually feature beautiful coats in range of blue shades and colors. Luckily, these luxurious coats are also hypoallergenic and shed free, making them a perfect match for your spotless abode. The Kerry Blue Terrier requires a medium amount of daily exercise and are sometimes known to be stubborn during training.


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The well-known Maltese breed dogs are small toy breeds with idyllic white, lusciously long fur coats. Despite their somewhat diminutive stature and luxurious appearance, Maltese can be tough and adaptable companions. Maltese can even make suitable watchdogs who are keen watchers and will fearlessly guard your home against any invader. Maltese are loyal to a fault and can be very intelligent dogs.

Peruvian Inca Orchid

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The Peruvian Inca Orchid is an intelligent, loyal and dignified hound breed that was first bred in Peru. These dogs can be either small or medium-sized animals in a range of weights and heights. The PIO is an agile, quick dog who can make a great hunting partner or an amazing couch companion. They are well suited to warmer climates with their furless coats or short-haired varieties. This breed requires a lot of activity, so be prepared for an energetic, active dog.


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Poodles come in three categories: standard, miniature and toy. Each variety can meet your hypoallergenic needs with short-haired, curly coats that do not shed. While the Poodle is generally known as a luxury show dog, they can be intelligent and strong dogs around the house. Do not be fooled by their elegant appearance, the Poodle can make a great companion for any lifestyle.

Portuguese Water Dog

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This adventurous dog breed is a hyper-intelligent, affectionate class of animals perfect for your family home. The PWD is easily trained and will be looking to please you as much as possible. This breed will be medium-large, growing to around 50 pounds (23 kilos) when fully grown. They feature a coat of beautiful curls that rarely shed, making them great choices for an owner with allergies.

Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier

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The Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier is a lively breed who loves to meet new people and experience new places. They are extroverted, loyal and independent dogs originally bred to be an Irish farm dog. They differ from other terriers with their long, golden coats which rarely shed. They are an energetic breed that requires a great deal of exercise and are a perfect fit for those living an active lifestyle.

Standard Schnauzer

The Standard Schnauzer is a fearless, noble breed originating as a German farm dog. The Standard Schnauzer is a loyal, but independent companion who can make a watchful guard dog or a loving family companion. As with all types of Schnauzers, the Standard is an athlete who will thrive if given an outlet for their working minds and bodies.


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