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12 Hypoallergenic Dog Breeds that don’t Shed

Having a pet is a wonderful thing, but sometimes it can be complicated if you live in a small apartment.

Dog or cat hair allergy is quite common, so dogs whose hair does not cause allergic reactions are becoming popular in recent years. Many experts say that there is no hypoallergenic animal because the allergen is not a hair, but a protein that is excreted in dog skin. Thus, some dogs excrete it less and are therefore excellent breeds of dog for housing if you struggle with allergies.

Before you purchase only a dog that is considered hyper-allergenic, consider that the allergens are on the hair as well as in other airborne particles such as dust and cigarette smoke. Whatever pet you choose, keep the air in the house and apartment clean.

We have found several breeds that are small, hairless, and have no specific odor, so as such they will be ideal breeds of dog for housing.

The Yorkshire Terrier

This is a small dog but with a big character. These dogs are quite territorial, which means they will bark and respond to unfamiliar sounds and people. They are sociable, playful, and do not need much space. A daily walk for them will be quite enough movement in the day.

The Yorkshire Terrier is categorized as a non-shedding dog due to having hair opposed to fur. Although this breed as a non-shedding dog, this does not mean that hair does not fall out.

The Yorkshire terrier’s hair is fine, silky, and longer than average dog fur. This hair grows at the same rate all year long (kind of like human hair), so Yorkies don’t have the same growth and shedding cycles as other dogs. This does not mean that hair does not fall out at all. The Yorkshire terrier’s coat requires just regular cleaning and brushing.


Big and long ears and short and long body are the main characteristics of this dog. They are intelligent and fancy. These dogs are not the best with children, so be careful.

Dachshund dogs do shed, but when it comes to the amount of shedding, they are generally considered moderate shedders. However, there is some variation in the amount of shedding among the breed based on the type of coat. Dachshunds come in three different coat varieties: smooth, longhaired and wirehaired. The longer a dachshund’s coat is, the more he will need to be brushed to keep his coat healthy and to help with shedding.


Poodles are known for being beautiful, intelligent, active dogs that fit into a variety of lifestyles. Poodles are one of the closest breeds you can get to a dog that will not ignite your allergies. Although Poodles are known as hypoallergenic dogs just like any other dog or animal, Poodles lose hair and do shed, but instead of the fur coming off the dog, it becomes tangled in the surrounding hair.

So, they need to be maintained constantly and daily brushing is essential. Many owners opt for a haircut because it makes it easier for themselves and the dog.

Maltese Shih Tzu

These cute dogs come from Tibet and are known for their silk hair. Although it is long and thin, it almost doesn’t turn out at all. Their fur is made up of hair and undercoat, so daily care and brushing of this breed is a must. Otherwise, their hair could become tangled. Many owners also opt for a haircut with these dogs to make their job easier, but keep in mind that their hair grows very fast. These dogs are like Pekingese in character, which means they are often territorial, jealous, and like to be dominant. If you pay a lot of attention to them in dressage, this kind of behavior should not occur. These dogs are also quite playful and energetic but also gentle.


Schnauzers actually come in three types. Miniature schnauzers, standard schnauzers, and giant schnauzers, as the name implies, are the largest.

Miniature Schnauzer

The miniature schnauzer has a double coat. The outer coat is coarse and wiry with a shorter, softer undercoat. Minis shed very little and have very little odor, but they do require regular maintenance and grooming. You will need to brush your mini at least twice a week to prevent matting and have him trimmed with clippers typically every six to eight weeks by a professional groomer. Your mini’s coat will become softer and sometimes lighter in color with regular clipping.

Standard Schnauzer

Standard schnauzers have a coat similar to miniature schnauzers. They shed minimally and require the same maintenance and grooming as the minis.
Giant Schnauzer

Giant schnauzers have the same type of coat as the minis and standards. However, simply because they are larger, giant schnauzers have more noticeable shedding of their undercoat than miniature and standard schnauzers. You won’t see as much fallen hair as you would with heavy shedding breeds like shepherds and collies, but you will see some hair coming out. With frequent brushing and grooming, you can keep a giant’s shedding to a minimum, but you’ll still probably notice hair on lighter colored floors, carpet, clothing, etc.

Boston Terrier

The nature of this dog is very gentle, affectionate and friendly. These dogs are becoming an increasingly popular breed of dog for housing. Their hair is very short, easy to maintain, and they shed minimally. He only needs a bath every now and then. However you need to take care of his face to wipe it every day because he is prone to eye problems. Like Dwarf schnauzers, they do not have a distinct odor, so they are great for keeping in the apartment. They like to be with people, especially children. They are quiet and rarely bark.


Maltese have a long and silky coat but they almost never shed. Most often the owners opt for a haircut. In the case of carelessness, their hair can become very tangled, which is difficult to wash, comb and brush. They are very intelligent but also stubborn. They are quite dominant if you do not bring them up well. They are wary of other dogs, even those larger than them, so it is necessary to socialize them well while still puppies.

West Dam White Terrier

If you are looking for a low-shedding, little dog, a Westie might be a good choice for you. Westies, are generally low maintenance dogs that are friendly and easy-to-train. They are adorable and make easy, on-the-go travel companions.

Westies have a double coat: the rough, straight, outer coat and a much softer but denser undercoat. Because they do not shed much, cleaning fur off your furniture, clothes, and around the house should be minimal.

Though Westies don’t shed much, they still require frequent brushing. Brushing your Westie will help remove dead fur and keep his coat clean and mat-free. A typical outer coat is about 2 inches long and requires routine grooming, including clipping about every four months and stripping a couple times a year. If you brush several times a week with a bristle brush, your Westie will remain clean and only need a bath infrequently

These dogs are cheerful, energetic and true hunters. No matter how small they are, they will be very grateful if you bring them out into the wild to run freely.

Bichon Frize

The Bichon sheds little to no hair, especially when groomed frequently. Bichon Frises do not have fur as most dog breeds do. They actually have hair. These breeds need to be brushed daily with special brushes, which will be recommended to you by a canine groomer. Bichons are cheerful, pleasant house dogs and peaceful with other pets. They are easy to train and like to do tricks, but they need tenderness while learning.


This dog is often said to be similar to cats because it cleans itself. Few lines and does not require too much care about fur. These dogs don’t stink, but they don’t bark either! They usually grow up to 43 cm in height.

They need to be performed outside regularly as they are energetic and must move. Ideal for people looking for a quiet dog with short fur. They are devoted to families and do not like strangers very much.

Little English Greyhound (Whippet)

These medium sized dogs (47-57 cm in height) have no odor and rarely breed. They look similar to greyhounds and can run very fast. They have short fur that can be of different colors.

They are calm in nature and do not bark much, but they need regular exercise. They are extremely intelligent and easy to train.


Not only are they hypoallergenic and low-shedding but they are also incredibly friendly, affectionate, and smart, making them ideal for people who have kids or who like to entertain.

The hair of the Havanese grows very quickly and if not combed regularly it becomes very easy to get tangled or knotty. Also, although havanese hair is hypoallergenic, if it is not combed regularly, more frequent hair loss can occur

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