Interestingly, it is not dog hair that causes allergies, but danger, the flakes of skin produced. While no dog is 100% hypoallergenic, there are numerous breeds that shed infrequently and produce less dander than other dogs. The top 10 hypoallergenic dog breeds are listed here.
The Tibetan Terrier – not to be confused with the Tibetan Spaniel – is considered a hypoallergenic dog breed. Like many of the hypoallergenic dogs on this list, the Tibetan Terrier grows hair, not fur, and sheds minimally.
American Hairless Terrier
For people that are severely allergic to pet hair or dander, hairless dogs can be a great alternative to dogs with hair or fur. The American Hairless Terrier is a rare dog breed that is similar to the Rat Terrier but is completely hairless.
This ancient dog breed is one of the oldest in the world, approximately 3,000 years old. Native to Mexico, the Xoloitzcuintli has three sizes: toy, miniature, and standard. Each size distinction is hairless, and therefore hypoallergenic.
Portuguese Water Dog
The Portuguese Water Dog is a curly-haired dog that was originally bred to help fishermen. A rare breed, the Portuguese Water Dog has gained recent notoriety due to Barack Obama owning two during his time as president. This breed sheds very minimally and has hair instead of fur, which has been shown to be better for allergy sufferers.
The Brussels Griffon is a toy-sized breed native to Belgium. Like other hypoallergenic dogs, the Brussels Griffon has hair that requires regular grooming but does not shed heavily.
The toy, miniature, and standard poodles are all considered to be hypoallergenic breeds due to their coats. What makes hair less allergenic than fur? In short, pet dander is attracted to dog hair, and when breeds shed minimally their dander is not distributed as freely around the house.
The Bichon Frise is a popular dog for allergy sufferers because of its velvety soft coat. This breed has a soft and dense undercoat and a coarse and curly outer coat – neither of which shed – which makes the Bichon Frise hypoallergenic.
The Chinese Crested is great for people with allergies because of its lack of hair or fur. Like the Xolo and Hairless Terrier, the Chinese Crested is completely bald.
Peruvian Inca Orchid
The Peruvian Inca Orchid is a rare dog breed originating from Peru. This gorgeous dog is completely hairless, making it perfect for anyone with a dog fur or dander allergy.
The Basenji looks unlike other hypoallergenic dogs on this list because it has short, coarse fur. However, Basenjis are considered safe for allergy sufferers because of their impeccable grooming habits and low-shedding coats. As a bonus, Basenjis don’t bark! If you also search for a barkless dog, learn more about Basenji in this additional article.
Be warned that while some of these breeds shed very little, this may change due to improper nutrition. It is important to keep your dog healthy. The Actijoy smart dog food & water bowl can help you do so!