For many of us, excessive pet shedding is a nuisance that demands extra time spent cleaning and an endless supply of lint rollers. But for those who are allergic to dog dander, fur is more than just an annoyance — it’s a health hazard. Not all dogs are alike, though. There are some dog breeds that hardly shed their fur, while others shed less than the average pup. If fur is not your friend, but you still want the joy of a dog in your life, consider one of the following hypoallergenic dogs that don’t shed too much.
Poodles come in three sizes — toy, miniature, and standard — so you’ve got a choice as to what size you’d prefer (but toys are best for apartment dwellers). Not only are poodles hypoallergenic; they’re also almost completely odorless, so you’ll have the luxury of enjoying a fur-free, odor-free home. Poodles are also extremely intelligent, and they learn quickly, making them fantastic companions.
Yorkshire Terriers, or “Yorkies” for short, are miniature dogs with big personalities. As one of the most popular dog breed choices in the United States, they’re known for their rambunctious behavior and adorable looks. Yorkies are tiny pups — on average, they weigh around seven pounds and usually grow to be only six to nine inches tall. Though they don’t shed much, their beautiful fur requires more grooming than the average dog’s, so be prepared to spend some time pampering your pup.
Maltese Terriers have silky white, hypoallergenic fur. These dogs have a reputation for being fairly mild-mannered and well-behaved, especially for terriers. They are fiercely loyal to their owners and are considered to be lapdogs. They’re also very intelligent, and they don’t require too much exercise, making them a good choice for city dwellers. Maltese terriers do bark often, so it’s important to train them when they’re young.
Similarly to poodles, Schnauzers can be one of three sizes: Miniature, standard or giant. No matter the size, all Schnauzers boast a coat of hypoallergenic fur with a wiry texture. They have expressive faces that reflect their high levels of intelligence, and they’re loved for their outgoing, upbeat personalities.
For an almost hairless dog, consider a Chinese Crested. These pooches only have hair on their heads, tails and feet. You’ll need to take some preventative measures to help protect your dog’s skin from harsh weather. During the summer months, Chinese Cresteds need to wear sunscreen. In the wintertime, sweaters can help protect their skin from getting chapped.
Shih-Tzus have been beloved for over a thousand years. They’re known for their playful personalities and affectionate demeanors, which match their adorable looks. These dogs were bred to spend their days lounging with royalty, so they make excellent apartment dogs. Shih-Tzus don’t shed, so they will need to be groomed often to keep their coats looking top-notch.
Last on our list of dogs that don’t shed too much is the Bichon Frise, an adorable fluffy white dog (literally — their name translates to “fluffy white dog” in French) that’s bred to be hypoallergenic. These pups are known to be great apartment pets thanks to their tiny size and sweet dispositions. Be aware, they are another breed that will need consistent grooming, as their hair grows nonstop but does not shed.
Already a dog owner of a pup that sheds? Check out this post on the best pet hair removal tools that can help you achieve a fur-free home.