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Dabl At Home Dec 2020
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Meet The Top 10 Hypoallergenic Dog Breeds!

These 10 popular dog breeds may be less likely to trigger an allergic reaction or asthma attacks!

Allergy sufferers rejoice! If you’ve always wanted to own a dog but are worried your new pet might trigger your allergies, you’ll be glad to know there are many hypoallergenic dog breeds out there that could be right for you! Hypoallergenic dogs are a great choice for people with allergies because these dogs are significantly less likely to trigger an allergic reaction and typically don’t shed as much. If you are someone who suffers from chronic allergies or asthma, hypoallergenic dogs could open the door to pet parenthood. 

However, it’s important to note that no dog is 100% hypoallergenic or allergy-safe. While many people have no issues adopting a hypoallergenic dog, there are always exceptions. Therefore, it’s best to spend some time with your prospective dog or a similar pet before you bring them home to make sure they don’t trigger an allergic reaction. 

With that said, let’s meet America’s 10 most popular hypoallergenic dog breeds!

1.) Poodles 


No matter if your poodle is toy-sized, miniature, or standard, it is hypoallergenic! Poodles come in a variety of shapes, colors, and sizes, and are known for both their stylish looks and their high levels of intelligence. These dogs have a soft, single coat of curly hair and won’t shed much, but do require their owners to stay on top of their grooming. 

Poodles are also instrumental in creating doodles! Doodle breeds like golden doodles, bernedoodles, and labradoodles inherit the hypoallergenic traits of their poodle parents. Doodles can make it possible for people with allergies to own dogs that have the traits of popular non-hypoallergenic dog breeds, such as golden retrievers or labs, by mixing these dogs with hypoallergenic poodles. 

2.) Schnauzers 


Schnauzers are another dog breed that can range in size from miniature to giant, and are generally very popular and well-liked dogs. Miniature schnauzers are known for being smart, cheerful, and protective and have a reputation for being good watchdogs. Standard schnauzers are also very affectionate and are known for their fondness toward children. Giant schnauzers are affectionate toward their families, but can be territorial if they don’t get enough exercise or don’t have a job to do. 

3.) Maltese 

Happy Maltese

We can’t decide if we are looking at a happy little dog or a little cloud! These lively dogs are recognized by their long, silky white hair. Although their hair is quite long, five minutes of daily brushing is all these pups really need to look their best and prevent any shedding! Despite being rather small, these little dogs are typically quite fearless and brave. They are also known for being happy-go-lucky, playful, easygoing, and gentle, and can make great family dogs! 

4.) Portuguese Water Dogs 

Portuguese Water Dogs

Not only are Portuguese Water Dogs hypoallergenic, but their coats are actually waterproof! As you can likely guess by their name, these dogs love to swim and were basically built for the water. They even have wide, webbed feet that make them excellent doggy paddlers! 

That said, these athletic dogs are very energetic and love to have fun on dry land, too! They do best in homes with active pet parents. If a pool or beach isn’t available, these dogs will happily accompany you on a jog or bike ride. The key is to make sure your Portuguese Water Dog gets at least 30-60 minutes of vigorous exercise every day!

5.) Bichons Frises 

Bichons Frise

The Bichon Frise is more akin to a cuddly teddy bear than many other dog breeds! These sweet, happy, and gentle dogs are wonderful cuddlers. These naturally affectionate little dogs love to be social and are happiest when they get to be with their favorite people. If you are prone to allergies, these little lap dogs are a great choice because their long, curly coats produce very little dander and they don’t shed nearly as much as other breeds. 

6.) Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers

Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers

The Soft-coated Wheaten Terrier originally hails from Ireland, but this affectionate and faithful breed can be happy living pretty much anywhere. Wheaton terriers can do well living in the city, country, or suburbs, and tend to get along very well with young children. These merry and extroverted dogs are recognized by their wheat coloring and their soft, silky coats. 

7.) Chinese Crested  

Chinese Crested

Chinese crested dogs are not something you see every day. Although these dogs are described as hairless, they can come with hair, without hair, or a combination of the two! Since these dogs have very little hair to begin with, there is not much for them to shed even if they were prone to shedding. From a personality perspective, these small dogs are alert and playful, and thrive on human companionship. 

​​8.) Xoloitzcuintli 


If you have ever watched the movie “Coco,” which was released by Pixar in 2017, you might recognize the Xoloitzcuintli. A dog in the movie who acts as a spirit guide, named Dante, is a member of this rare breed. Also known as the Mexican hairless dog, these dogs are known for being calm and tranquil. They can be completely hairless with smooth and tough skin, or they may have a short, flat coat for extra protection from the elements. 

9.) Bedlington Terriers  

Bedlington Terriers

Adopting a Bedlington Terrier is like adopting a little lamb — or at least it feels that way! Their soft coats are wooly and curly just like a little lamb! These small dogs are naturally affectionate, and are a good choice for owners who want essentially constant companionship. These sweet-natured dogs don’t need a ton of exercise, but do enjoy some daily playtime. If you happen to find one of these dogs, make sure to act on the opportunity because they are extremely rare! 

10.) Kerry Blue Terriers 

Kerry Blue Terrier

There is nothing about the Kerry Blue Terrier that isn’t cute! Even the name “Kerry Blue” is adorable! The breed actually got this name because it first originated in the mountains of Kerry in Ireland. These happy dogs are energetic and fun-loving, and do best with active families where they can receive daily exercise. 

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