Non Shedding Dogs
Hypoallergenic Dog Breeds

A very relaxed Basenji
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Non shedding dogs are said to be hypoallergenic breeds because they are low dander dogs and lose less or no hair which tends to carry the dander in the air and onto clothing. Non shedding dog breeds distribute less dander in the room. What?

“Hypo” means “fewer” or “less” of something. Thus, “hypo-allergenic” means something that causes less or fewer allergic reactions.

Most dogs have an undercoat. Dander is a tiny flaking of dry skin produced by the dog. It is released into the air along with hair (shedding) from most dog breeds and triggers the allergic reaction in people. Non shedding (hypoallergenic dog breeds) don't do this, or do it very little and not enough to bother a human nose.

Below is a list of low and non-shedding dogs that seem to produce less dander. These are hypoallergenic dog breeds, or, low dander dogs. While all dogs produce some dander, these are more likely to be safe for dog dander allergy sufferers.

Before adopting one, it’s a good practice to enter the facility housing the dog in question and spend a little time around the dog to see if you feel any aggravation from the exposure to the area or the dog present there. It’s a good test to spend time around presumed non-shedding dogs before adopting one.

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Sometimes called the “monkey terrier,” this little fellow is a bit of a clown, full of life and active. He likes to dig and yap like all terriers but is pretty goods with other dogs and people. He’s quite friendly, playful and outgoing, weighing in at around 8 pounds and a good choice for the dog allergy sufferer who likes very small dogs.

This is a very primitive breed from Africa. The breed is know for it’s inability to bark or bay. Instead, it makes a low gurgling sound, and not often. It is a fairly high energy dog that needs exercise but settles down for play and family matters. This is a non-shedding dog, little dog dander and considered one of the hypoallergenic dog breeds.

The Bedlington Terrier
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Bedlington Terrier
Bedlington's are quiet companion dogs that live a sensible “moderate” life. They enjoy moderate exercise, moderate play and affection, and do moderately well with other pets and especially people. The Bedlington is one of the great non shedding dogs. She is a gentle house pet and good watchdog.

Bichon Frise
Energetic, active, frisky, and full of fun, the little 16 pound Bichon loves to play, cuddle and generally enjoys life and family. This is a bouncy dog that will get out and jog with you if you go her pace.

The Border Terrier
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Border Terrier
Border Terrier’s are great all around house dogs and family pets. They get along well with children, other pets and people, catch rats, love to dig holes and are low dander dogs, low to non shedding dogs. The breed is fairly easy to manage, easy to train and deal with in general.

Bouvieer des Flandres
The Bouvier comes from Belgium and is, aside from a herding dog, a natural watch and guard dog. This is a relatively calm outdoor, indoor dog loyal to family. Not one of the non shedding dogs, his dog dander and saliva are considered low enough that he is one of the hypoallergenic dog breeds.

Cairn Terrier
The Cairn is a terrific house pet. She’s intelligent, playful, inquisitive, feisty and a tad rugged. She gets along with children and is fairly tolerant with them as well as other dogs. These are non-shedding dogs with low dog dander and a favorite among the hypoallergenic dog breeds.

A Chinese Crested playing in the grass.
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Chinese Crested
The Crested is a playful little 10 pound lapdog and companion that is friendly with other dogs, cats, people and children. She needs very little exercise such as a short walk on leash or a game in the yard and her primary job is to keep your lap warm. Be sure to get the HAIRLESS Crested, as they are the non-shedding dogs.

German Wirehaired Pointer
The Wirehaired Pointer can run for hours and is a good bird dog and household companion. He generally gets along pretty well with children, especially older ones, but is wary of strangers and other dogs. He has a vastly different personality than the Shorthaired Pointer. Good for active outdoor hunters, campers and dog allergy sufferers. This is one of the Non shedding dogs.

This is one of the favorite little hypoallergenic dog breeds in the non-shedding dogs group that is a real family dog. She is a friend to just about everyone. She is a bit of a clown, silly in her own way and likes to be the center of attention. She is friendly with other dogs, pets, children and strangers.

Irish Water Spaniel
The breed loves to do everything with great enthusiasm whenever it runs, hunts, swims or plays. Irish Water Spaniels get along pretty well with older children but can become overly boisterous. This dog is a tad of a clown at times. It can be stubborn. This is one of the Non shedding dogs.

Italian Greyhound
The Italian Greyhound is a quiet, gentle and affectionate breed that loves to run and race but has relatively low exercise needs. The dog is good with children but she can easily break her legs around bigger kids and dogs. She is fragile. No shedding.

Fast moving Italian Greyhound!
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Kerry Blue Terrier
Among the terrier breeds, the Kerry’s are best at watch dogging and guarding property and family. They don’t care much for other dogs, pets or strangers unless introduced by their masters, such as occasions like relatives coming to visit. He is a polite, house pet, one of the non shedding dogs and is good for dog allergy sufferers.

Komondor’s come from Hungary and look like the working end of an old fashioned floor mop. They are one of the most independent and strong-willed of the working breeds. The breed will dominate if given the chance so a dominating owner is needed. The Komondor is a family dog and gets along well with responsible children, protecting them to the end. The Komondor is one of the non shedding dog breeds with no or low dog dander.

A Lhasa Apso taking a stroll through green grass.
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Lhasa Apso
Fairly energetic, playful and moderately affectionate, the Lhasa Apso is a common house pet in America and a member of the non shedding dogs group. They have a low dog dander and saliva reading and score well with dog allergy sufferers. They do make a pretty good companion, especially for senior citizens.

A great little devoted family dog from Germany with plenty of energy but low exercise needs, well suited for a quiet life in the suburbs. The Löwchen is among the non shedding dogs.

Maltese with an inquisitive look.
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The Maltese is an energetic little dog that loves to run and romp but needs little exercise to keep her satisfied. She weighs around 5 pounds. She is somewhat affectionate, a definite lapdog, and gets along with most other dogs and pets. She shed a little, has minimal dander and has proven good with dog allergy sufferers.This is one of the Non shedding dogs.

Manchester Terrier-TOY
Terrier breeds include a very sleek, slim, neat looking dog from England called the “Manchester.” This is a great family dog with a strong watchdog instinct. She’s very playful and loves to curl up beside her master and nap. This dog sheds none to almost none IF you get the TOY version, which is hypoallergenic.

Two Miniature Schnauzers
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Miniature Schnauzer
The Mini Schnauzer is one of the most adorable and adaptable of the terrier breeds and is very much a family dog. She gets along very well with children, is more tolerant than many dogs, is a terrific watchdog, is affectionate and playful beyond description, a lapdog, and devoted companion. She is one of the non-shedding dogs and hypoallergenic dog breeds that is ideal for dog allergy sufferers.This is one of the Non shedding dogs.

Norfolk Terrier
This is a true terrier in every sense and needs good training from day one. The breed is energetic, active, and not so friendly with strange dogs, cats or other animals. The Norfolk is a fine family dog and gets along with children.

Poodle - Standard
Poodle - Toy
This highly popular breed comes in three sizes so take your pick. For now, we’ll settle on the Standard and Toy Poodles. They are playful, affectionate, easy to train and need lots of exercise. The Standard is an excellent watch and guard dog. These are non-shedding dogs, low dander dogs and excellent for dog allergy sufferers.

Portuguese Water Dog
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Portuguese Water Dog
Water Dogs originally worked as fishing aids. Their job was to scare fish into nets. This breed likes anything as long as it involves water. This dog loves to have fun and is a good family dog. She’s affectionate, playful and likes children and usually other pets and dogs.This is one of the Non shedding dogs.

Puli (Hungarian Water Dog)
The little Hungarian Puli is a mass of bouncy string at only about 17 inches tall at the shoulders. Yes, this mop on four legs is a herding dog full of vigor and energy as well as being a family dog. The Puli is not friendly toward other dogs or strangers and is not overly affectionate. The Puli is one of the non-shedding dogs.

Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier
Of all the terrier breeds, this is one of the most gentle of all. The Wheaten needs lots of exercise but calms down and is a sweet, gentle house pet. She is sooo affectionate she would be the ideal lapdog if she didn’t weigh 35 pounds! This girl is very playful, loving life and even gets along fine with children, dogs and other pets in the house as well as strangers coming to the door. A well balanced dog.

Welsh Terrier
This is a good family dog, getting along with and tolerating children pretty well. Her energy and exercise needs are fairly high so jogging is in the mix of activities. A bit stubborn, she can be hard to train so be patient. She’s a good watchdog and wary of strangers and other dogs. This dog needs a firm owner with strict training.

Wirehaired Pointing Griffon
The dog is independent but will still take orders from his master in the field. He is an unsurpassed family dog and is generally friendly with strangers, pets and other dogs. This is a larger breed, 50-60 pounds, and one of the non-shedding dogs, and great for the dog allergy sufferer.

Yorkshire Terrier - non shedding dogs.
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Yorkshire Terrier
The energetic little Yorkie requires a lot of combing and brushing if you keep her in the show-ring hairdo. She’s a feisty, barky, playful lapdog that is moderately affectionate but at times more concerned about herself than anything else. She’s a sweet dog but you have to understand her. This little sample of the hypoallergenic dog breeds is one of the low dander dogs and is a must for the Toy Dog lover! This is one of the Non shedding dogs. No allergy here!10/25/09

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