Keep your vacuum in the closet and adopt one of these low-maintenance, hypoallergenic dogs.
If you are wanting to cuddle up on the couch with an adorable and furry friend but have a difficult time with allergies, then a hypoallergenic dog might just be the perfect answer for all your snuggles. So what makes hypoallergenic dogs great for people with allergies? One main plus to hypoallergenic dogs is that they don’t shed, meaning there's little dander coming off their coats. Plus, since they don’t shed, you don’t have to constantly be picking up or vacuuming stubborn hair around the house.
If you have been dreaming about adopting a dog but don’t do so well with dog allergies, don’t count out dog ownership just yet. The experts at the American Kennel Club have pointed us toward these adorable dogs who will give you all of their love, without leaving all of their fur everywhere. From tiny dogs like Bichons and Yorkies to medium-sized dogs like Poodles and Portuguese Water Dogs, you’ll definitely be able to find your new best friend among these hypoallergenic dogs that don’t shed. And when you welcome you dog home, be sure to surprise them with these fun dog toys.
Bred to be hypoallergenic, bichons are one of the American Kennel Club's top picks for allergy sufferers. Their name is French for "fluffy white dog," and it's the perfect descriptor for the cuddly little cotton balls. Their small size also makes them great for cozy living spaces.
The most popular Schnauzer breed on the market, these astute watchdogs are like a pocket option for Schnauzer fans. They have the same serious expression as their larger counterparts, but in a smaller package. These fearless companions shed minimally and love lots of playtime, so get ready for plenty of games of fetch and dog toys.
Unlike the more versatile schnauzers, all poodles fall under one hypoallergenic breed. That includes the larger standard, toy, and miniature version so you can choose your own dog adventure. Super smart poodles are also extremely easy to train, making them one of the most popular dogs in the U.S. As for that fancy "poodle clip," the traditional cut protects the water-loving dogs' joints and vital organs while swimming, in addition to looking heckin' adorable.
Sweet-faced little Yorkies fit in purses and laps, but their small size packs a ton of attitude. Their fine hair has a texture that's more similar to humans' than other kinds of fur, so it won't make you sneeze. But groom-averse, beware: Yorkies do require regular brushing and maintenance to stay tangle-free and silky soft.
The almighty "lion dogs" known as Shih Tzu's date back to the Tang Dynasty. One look, and you'll understand why the breed once won over royalty with their regal (but low-shedding!) looks and charming, friendly personas. Because their hair naturally grows long, they do require a fair amount of upkeep. Get to know a good groomer, and get your pup used to regular brushing.
Averaging a teeny-tiny seven pounds, the ancient Greek breed basically defines the concept of "lap dog." Even marathon cuddle sessions won't leave you sneezing, since their all-white coats are hypoallergenic. You can choose between cutting their soft fur into a sporty trim or letting it grow long, depending on how much maintenance you prefer.
If you recognize these medium-sized furballs, here's why. "First Dogs" Sunny and Bo Obama helped put the curly-haired Portugese water dogs in the spotlight. Don't worry, their playful and laid-back personalities make great additions to any household. They even adapt well to apartment living for those in small spaces.
You may know the adorable and personality-filled Scottie dog from Disney classic dog movie, Lady and the Tramp, but the independent and sometimes stubborn Scotties make great pets IRL, too. The were originally bred as fierce hunters, and their wiry, weather-resistant coats kept them protected in all climates. Today, their dignified beard will probably spend most of its time gracing your couch.
The Chinese Crested is an easily recognizable breed that has a feathery tail and feet. For those that have a hard time with pet hair, these hairless dogs make a great housemate and won’t cause the sniffles since the only place they have hair is on their feet, tail and head.
Known for being the dog of the ancient Aztecs, the Xoloitzcuintli is a loyal and alert watchdog. These dogs come in two varieties — hairless and coated. Since you will probably want a hairless companion for pet allergies, it’s important to protect the Xoloitzcuintli’s skin from harsh temperatures.
We already fell in love with the giant Schnauzers' iconic shaggy eyebrows, but all that fur doesn't mean they'll make you sniffle. They do require a moderate amount of grooming, so get a good dog brush. The largest of the three Schnauzer types, they can grow to 75 pounds and have an intelligent, task-focused temperament.
Just like other terriers, Westies possess the same curious and lively temperament — with the added bonus of minimal shedding. These hardy dogs have a cheerful attitude that will keep you giggling with their playful antics. Their portable size and friendly disposition make them some of the most popular terriers.
Happy and curious, Havanese dogs sport silky, long coats in a variety of colors. They can look positively royal if you let their non-shedding coats grow long and carry them around like the kings and queens they think they are. Many owners prefer to give them a shorter clip for easier maintenance, and more playtime with less brushing.
These sweet hounds don't shed, but their long coats do require some attentive grooming. Because they were originally bred for the mountains in Afghanistan, they have long, shiny hair that can turn into a tangle without routine maintenance. Make grooming time part of your bonding ritual, and you'll discover what "man's best friend" really means.
Basenjis originated as African hunting dogs, but they don't howl and yap like a lot of hounds have earned a reputation for doing. They have short, fine hair that sheds minimally, so you'll barely know they live with you. Basenjis also have a catlike demeanor, and these fastidious little creatures will even groom themselves.
Lots of coarse-haired terriers shed less than other groups, making the wiry-coated breeds a smart choice for allergy sufferers. Owners especially love Cairn terriers for their fearless personalities — you may recognize the breed as Toto in The Wizard of Oz!
Bedlington terriers grow distinctive poofs of fur at the top of their heads, giving the sweet-looking breed a lamb-like look. These gentle, cuddly terriers make great watchdogs and downtime partners. Professionals spend a lot of time styling the curly, wooly coat for dog shows to get them that picture perfect. If you just want a snuggly pet, you can opt for a lower-maintenance short clip instead.
Pronounced "coTAWN day two-LEE-are," this charming companion breed will follow you around the house like a cheerful little shadow. The "royal dog of Madagascar" is allegedly descended from dogs who survived an ancient shipwreck near Madagascar and they resemble bichons with their soft, white hair. Unlike traditional fur, it won't aggravate your allergies.
If you're looking for a hypoallergenic breed, don't limit yourself to terriers and toy dogs. Irish water spaniels belong to the sporting group, and (surprise!) they love water. These natural-born swimmers even have coats that repel it, so not only will they keep your allergies at bay, they can hop in and out of the pool all day.
Don't let the fancy name fool you. These wooly, small- to medium-sized pups aren't pretentious in the least. They check off everything on dog lovers' wish lists: Hypoallergenic, active but not too hyper, easygoing and affectionate. They even have a hidden talent: Lagotti are especially excellent at truffle-hunting. While they may spend more time hunting down toys in your backyard,
Originally, the Lhasa Apso was bred to serve as guard dogs at monasteries and palaces in the heights of the Himalayas. This small breed loves brisk walks and clowning around, so lots of Lhasa owners keep their full-grown pets in the shorter, trimmer "puppy cut" to keep trimming minimal. It reduces grooming time on the otherwise fluffy furballs, but they look beautiful if you leave their luxurious fur longer, too.
Adorable Wheaten terriers hardly need an introduction. It's all in the name: These hypoallergenic dogs grow soft coats the color of, well, wheat. The incredibly friendly Wheatens are so friendly that they give a signature welcome called the "Wheaten greetin'," in which they jump up to meet their owners. Their unique coats don't shed much, but keep them well-groomed to avoid matting.