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Hypoallergenic Breeds

We tell you all you need to know about hypoallergenic breeds including what exactly makes a person allergic to a dog.

Hypoallergenic dog breeds are the dogs people with mild allergies can usually manage to live with comfortably. For someone with this allergy it is the best solution for enjoying the comfort and love they bring to our lives.

What Does Hypoallergenic mean exactly?

The definition of hypoallergenic according to is “relatively unlikely to cause an allergic reaction”.

Hypoallergenic Breeds

Since what we are allergic to about dogs is their saliva and the dander on their fur, some breeds are therefore less likely to cause reactions. This is because some breeds don’t shed or only very lightly. This results in less pet hair and dander floating around the home, thus being less likely to cause a reaction. However no dog is truly allergen free for someone who reacts. Always take caution when introducing a new pet to someone with this allergy.

Pet owners can take other steps to reduce the likelihood of a reaction. Frequent bathing and brushing by a non-allergic family member or groomer helps. It is also advised that those with an allergy to dogs should avoid allowing them to lick their face, hands, and skin. Even if a breed is described as hypoallergenic it is still possible for someone allergic to react as well as vice versa. A breed which is not described as hypoallergenic could cause little to no reaction.

Hypoallergenic Breeds List

Afghan Hound

Airedale Terrier

Australian Terrier

Australian Silky Terrier



Bedlington Terrier


Bichon Frise

Border Terrier

Bouvier des Flanders

Brussels Griffon

Cairn Terrier

Cesky Terrier

Chinese Crested

Coton De Tulear

Dandle Dinmont Terrier

Giant Schnauzer


Irish Terrier

Irish Water Spaniel

Italian Greyhound

Kerry Blue Terrier

Lagotto Romagnolo

Lakeland Terrier



Miniature Bull Terrier

Miniature Schnauzer

Norfolk Terrier

Norwich Terrier

Peruvian Inca Orchid

Polish Lowland Sheepdog


Poodle (Toy, Miniature, and Standard)

Portuguese Water Dog

Puli, Pulik


Sealyham Terrier

Scottish Terrier

Shih Tzu

Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier

Spanish Water Dog

Standard Schnauzer

Tibetan Terrier

Welsh Terrier

West Highland White Terrier

Wire Fox Terrier

Wirehaired Pointing Griffon


Yorkshire Terrier

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