A " hypoallergenic dog " has a lowered or reduced tendency to cause allergies or reactions to allergy suffers. No dog is 100% hypoallergenic! People with allergies react to different breeds of dogs differently. Each person has a unique allergic threshold.

The dander is the problem to people with allergies not the hair. Hypoallergenic dogs still produce allergens but certain coat types will produce less than others. Dogs with two coats produce less amounts of allergens for instance. The hairless varieties can even produce enough dander to effect highly allergic people.

If there is a dog you want and wonder if it will affect you although its a hypoallergenic dog ask a breeder if you can visit one of his dogs. Go directly the breeder's from home and stay 20-30 minutes then go directly home. See what happens. (Of course, the breeder should only have that one breed you are interested in at the kennel.)

Here is a list of some of the hypoallergenic dogs to consider. Some of these dogs listed here are not in the small dog breeds (which this site is about) so I have noted what size they are.
American Hairless Terrier-medium size


Bichon Frise

Border Terrier-small

Cairn-medium size

Chinese Crested (hairless)-medium size


Kerry Blue Terrier-medium size


Miniature Schnauzer

Portuguese Water Dog-medium size

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Shih Tzu

Spanish Water Dog-medium size

Standard Schnauzer-medium size

Tibetan Terrier-medium size


West Highland White Terrier-medium size

Wirehaired Fox Terrier-medium size

Yorkshire Terrier

Their are "hybrid" dogs that are also are good pets for people with allergies. These dogs have less or no dander. Here are some to consider.




Using an air purifier and a good vacuum may help keep the allergies down. Of course, bathing and grooming your dog frequently will help but some dogs can't be bathed to frequently because it causes dry skin problems.

Do research on different breeds of dogs, talk to breeders and a veterinarian to get all the information you need to help you find the perfect dog for you.

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