As I have mentioned in other posts, I like to encourage adoption instead of breed shopping when it comes to dogs. However, it’s a fact that many people want a specific breed. After all, there are some very cute breed dogs out there with wonderful attributes. But, some people who are searching for a breed dog can’t have just any breed dog. Why? Allergies. As a matter of fact, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America says that as many as 30% of people suffer from pet allergies. So, here are 30 of the top hypoallergenic dog breeds and a little information about each one.
By the way, if you can find a rescue organization that is specific to any of the following breeds, please contact them before going to a breeder.
They are called “monkey dogs” and “ape Terriers due to their somewhat simian look. This is a sturdy terrier-like dog who stands 9 to 11.5 inches and weighs 7 to 10 pounds. The Affenpinscher has a lifespan of 12 to 15 years.
They feature a dense, wiry coat that needs brushing only occasionally. They are sometimes willful and domineering. However, they are mostly loyal, affectionate and entertaining.
The Afghan coat is fine and silky and they should be bathed and brushed twice a week. This fairly large dog stands 25 -27 inches and weighs 50 to 60 pounds. They can be relatively long-lived with a span of 12 to 18 years. Although some are dignified, others are clownish. They are extremely fast and athletic. Also, they tend to be standoffish by nature.
American Hairless Terrier
The American Hairless Terrier stands 12 to 16 inches and weighs between 12 and 16 pounds. They have a life expectancy of 14 to 16 years. Their skin is warm and smooth to the touch. They are also as hypoallergenic as a dog can get. Because of their short coat, you must be careful of sunburn and cold weather.
This little guy stands 10 -11 inches and weighs 15 – 20 pounds. They live 11 to 15 years. Although they have a top knot of fine silky hair, the rest of their coat is coarse. They are upbeat and lively and they love to dig and chase animals. However, they may not be the best dog for multi-dog households.
The Barbet features a covering of dense, curly hair. They stand between 19 and 24.5 inches and weigh between 35 and 65 pounds. The life span of this breed is 12 to 14 years. This water dog of France appears in art pieces as early as the 16th century. They are highly rectangular with a substantial head. This dog is agile and athletic with a cheerful disposition. They are very social and loyal. Also, they are strong and solidly built.
This dog stands 16 to17 inches and weighs between 22 and 24 pounds. Their lifespan is 13 to 14 years. This is the “barkless” hound from Africa although they make a sound described as something between a yodel and chortle. They sport a glistening, short coat and tightly curled tail. They also have a wrinkled forehead and expressive almond-shaped eyes. These dogs convey a variety of human-like emotions. Furthermore, they have a fast trot with the smooth, long strides of a mini race horse. They also groom themselves like cats.
Is that a sheep or a dog? This very interesting terrier stands between 15 and 17 inches and weighs 17 to 23 pounds. The life expectancy is 11 to 16 years. They are lithe and energetic with a crisp, curly coat, arched back, tasseled ears and a pear-shaped head. These dogs are charming and full of fun. Furthermore, they like to be their family’s center of attention and are protective of loved ones. Not only are they hypoallergenic, they also don’t shed.
This herding dog stands 22 to 23.5 inches and weighs 57 to 84 pounds. They have a life expectancy of 13 -15 years. The hair has three different textures that form naturally occurring strands that are woven together. These provide protection from the fierce cold of the Italian Alps. They are bright, loyal, loving and are wary of strangers until properly introduced.
This is an absolutely adorable dog who stands 9.5 – 11.5 inches and weighs between 12 and 18 pounds. They live between 14 and 15 years. Their coat is white and velvety to the touch. They feature a rounded head and large, dark eyes. They are also very adaptable and get along well with other dogs and children. Their confidence and size makes them the ideal city dog. Their happy-go-lucky personality draws hugs and smiles where ever they go.
This little guy stands between 10 and 12 inches and weighs 5 to 6 pounds. They live 12 – 14 years. This is an old breed that was given as a precious gift in Roman times. These dogs tend to be rather serene, inactive and very devoted to people. They show shyness toward strangers but warm up quickly. This dog will make a great companion. However, you must keep in mind that they have a tendency to have separation anxiety and cannot be left alone for even a day.
Yes, a Carin Terrier was Dorothy’s constant companion in the Wizard of Oz. The movie would not have been as lovable without Toto! They stand 9.5 to 10 inches and weigh 13 to 14 pounds. They live 13 to 15 years. Carins like to explore and dig. This dog has a wide head and a short-legged body. They feature a double-coat that is wiry on top and downy beneath. Some say that Carins are the “best little pal in the world.” So, if you cherish independent thinking and loyalty, this is the dog for you.
Coton de Tulear
People consider this dog immensely charming and one who provides amusement, comfort and companionship. They stand 9 to 11 inches and weigh 8 to 16.5 pounds. This dog has a fairly long life-expectancy of 15 – 19 years. They sport a profuse white coat that is soft as cotton. These dogs form very close relationships with their humans who describe them as witty and sometimes boisterous but never demanding. Other traits of these funny little dogs include unique vocalizations and a knack for walking on their hind legs.
Dandie Dinmont Terrier
A very unique looking terrier is the Dandie Dinmont. They stand 8 to 11 inches and weigh 18 to 24 pounds and live 12 to 15 years. They are sturdily built for the rigors of farm life and will also adapt to city life. These dogs feature a large head covered with silky white hair, short legs and big round eyes that are full of brightness and expression. They are alert and intelligent watchdogs with a big, baritone bark. They like to romp although they aren’t as hyper as some small dogs.
The Havanese is the only dog breed native to Cuba. They are in the toy group and stand 8.5 to 11.5 inches with a weight of 7 to 13 pounds. They live from 14 to 16 years. People consider them vivacious, sociable companions and they are becoming very popular with American city-dwellers. They feature a gorgeous, silky coat that comes in a variety of colors. Their bodies are sturdy and their nature adaptable. They are smart, trainable with comic instincts and also good at doing tricks.
These are a true Greyhound in the miniature form and equal to the Greyhound’s grace and elegance. They stand 13 to 15 inches and have quite a weight variance of 7 to 14 pounds. Their life-expectancy is 14 to 15 years. They are alert, playful and highly affectionate. They can run like the wind because they were bred as prey pursuers but also like to be with you on the couch or bed. Remember that this breed needs extra protection in the cold weather.
Kerry Blue Terrier
This show-stopping dog with the blue coat is among the largest of the terriers. And, the dense coat is pleasing to the touch! They stand at 17.5 to 19.5 inches with a weight between 30 and 40 pounds. Life expectancy is 12 to 15 years. This dog is named for the Irish county of their birth. This farm dog is alert, adaptable, animated and makes a great family companion. They’re also great watchdogs.
This one is a member of the “working group” of dogs and was bred to be the Hungarian flock guardian. They stand 25.5 to 27.5 inches and weigh 80 to 100 pounds or more. The Komondor lives 10 to12 years. They are large and powerful and have a coat of profuse white cords. These dogs require an experienced trainer. Despite their large size, the Komondor is agile, light-footed and can move with long strides.
The Lagotto Romagnolo is Italy’s “truffle dog” who, with their excellent nose, can root out the expensive and prized subterranean fungus. They stand 17 to 19 inches and weigh 24 to 35 pounds. Their lifespan is 15 to 17 years. The breed is known for the woolly curls that cover their entire body and their beard and eyebrows. However, the curls feel and behave more like human hair than fur. They are also rugged workers who posses strength and endurance.
This low-sheeding dog belongs to the toy category and has a height of 7 to 9 inches and weighs under 7 pounds. They live 12 to 15 years. They are called “Ye Ancient Dogge of Malta” and have been a human companion since biblical times. These dogs are famous for their floor-length coat. They are charming, adaptable, playful and affectionate. Their gait is smooth and effortless. Their adorable face is characterized by big dark eyes and a black gumdrop nose. They also respond well to award-based training.
These little guys are the among the smallest working terriers with a height of 9 to 10 inches and weigh 11 to 12 pounds. The coat is hard, wiry and straight. Even though they are small they are feisty, confident, sturdy and love adventure. Their lifespan is 12 to 16 years. They are bred to work in packs and are more gregarious than the typical terrier. Norfolk Terriers bond closely with their humans and make good watchdogs. They also have a reputation as a good traveler.
Peruvian Inca Orchid
The smart and swift Peruvian Inca Orchid developed in Peru. This breed is hairless or coated and comes in three different heights – size small, 9.75 to 15.75 inches, medium,15.75 to 19.75 inches and large, 19.75 – 25.75 inches. Weight is from 8.5 pounds to 55 pounds. Their life expectancy is 12 to 14 years. The hairless of the breed can be any color and with the coated variety there are a variety of colors. These are sight hounds (like Greyhounds and Whippets). This dog is elegant and slim as well as loyal and affectionate. They are also good watch dogs.
Portuguese Water Dog
This bright dog belongs to the working group and stands 17 to 23 inches and weighs 35 to 60 pounds. The life expectancy is 11 to 13 years. They are covered with tight, low-shedding curls. They are eager, athletic and built for the water. Furthermore, they are very easy to train. One thing to be aware of with this breed is that their hair will keep growing indefinitely if not cut. Although they tend to be quiet dogs they have a loud, distinctive bark and multi-octave voice.
Russian Tsvetnaya Bolonka
This little dog’s name translates to “Russian Colored Lapdog” and they were originally bred to be the ultimate pet for apartment living. Their height is 9 to 10 inches and weigh 4.5 to 11 pounds. They live 12 to 16 years. People consider them sweet, loving, intelligent, clever beyond words and willing to please. They are friendly and show no aggression. They are fairly independent for a toy breed and require early socialization. Some are excellent mimics and will sit by the door and monitor who is allowed to come in.
Samoyeds are the smiling dog from the coldest regions of the planet. And that smile serves a practical purpose. The upturned corners of the mouth keep them from drooling and that prevents icicles from forming on the face. They stand from 19 to 23.5 inches and weigh between 35 and 65 pounds. Their lifespan is 12 to 14 years. They are part of the working group and are a substantial but graceful dog. The thick, white coat that is so characteristic is impervious to cold. These are smart, social dogs who need lots of love and attention.
Spanish Water Dog
The hallmark of this dog is a coat of woolly curls. They stand between 15.75 and 19.75 inches and weigh between 31 and 49 pounds. Their life expectancy is 12 to 14 years. They are a lively, sturdy family companion and vigilant watchdog. They feature a unique look with expressive brown eyes and come in several colors. This dog was originally imported from Turkey to Spain as a general purpose sheepdog and guard.
This beauty is known as the “Holy Dog of Tibet” and is an ancient watchdog long associated with Buddhist monasteries. They stand 14 to 17 inches with a weight of 18 to 30 pounds and have a life expectancy of 15 to 16 years. They have a beautiful, profuse double coat that is woolly underneath but with a fine topcoat. Also featured are their snowshoe feet which help them negotiate the snowy mountainous terrain of their homeland. This is an affectionate, loyal and sensitive breed.
West Highland White Terrier
They stand 10 to 11 inches and weigh 15 to 20 pounds with a life expectancy of 13 to 15 years. The Westie is loyal, happy, smart and entertaining. He is one of the most popular of the small terriers and has charmed owners for over 300 years. A Westie will chase anything that moves so their independence can make training a challenge. However, because of their faithfulness and keen intelligence, they train well.
Wire Fox Terrier
This is a confident, alert and gregarious dog with a predominantly white coat that is rough, wiry and low-shedding. Standing at 15.5 inches and with a weight of 15 to 18 pounds this terrier has a life expectancy of 12 to 15 years. This is a delightful pet for families who are looking for an upbeat, friendly companion overflowing with personality and an irresistible face. Just like most terriers, they have loads of energy and a prey drive. Thus, training can be a challenge but it’s still very doable
Wirehaired Pointing Griffon
This dog is a member of the sporting group with a height of 20 to 24 inches and a weight between 35 and 70 pounds. Life expectancy is 12 to 15 years. They are known for a harsh, low-shedding coat that gives them a rather unkempt appearance. They feature large, rounded eyes that gleam with intelligence. Also, they are eager, quick-witted and friendly.
If you can even come close to pronouncing the name you win the grand prize! However, here’s some help – show-low-eats-QUEENT – lee. At 3,000 years, this is a very old breed and the Aztec Dog of the Gods. They come in three sizes. The toy is 10 to 14 inches and 10 to 15 pounds. The miniature is 14 to 18 inches and 15 to 30 pounds and the standard is 18 to 23 inches and 30 to 55 pounds. They come in either hairless or coated varieties. These dogs are relatively long-lived at 13 to 18 years. This is a loving companion and a vigilant watchdog. The Xolo’s forehead will actually wrinkle when they’re in deep thought!
I hope you have enjoyed learning about and looking at these top hypoallergenic dog breeds. I certainly have enjoyed writing about them! It’s so hard to choose a favorite. However, I gotta say that my fave might be the Wirehaired Pointing Griffon. Just look at that friendly and endearing face!
These are some of the best dog breeds for people with allergies. For more information, visit the American Kennel Club website at https://www.akc.org/dog-breeds/.
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