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The 10 best dog breeds for people with allergies

Published on 4 May 2021

Cute furry Bichon Frise pet feeling cosy in owner arms.

Truth be known, there is no such thing as a hypoallergenic breed of dog, although some dogs may be less allergenic than others.

A dog’s hair, skin and saliva can trigger an allergy in susceptible people and the trigger varies from person to person. It is thought that dogs who have a continuously growing coat requiring regular clipping, are less allergenic to people than breeds who shed hair.

We’ve compiled a list of 10 of the top breeds to investigate for people with allergies:

  1. Airedale Terrier
  2. Bedlington Terrier
  3. Bichon Frise
  4. Chinese Crested
  5. Maltese
  6. Poodles*- all sizes- Toy, miniature and Standard
  7. Portuguese water dogs
  8. Miniature Schnauzer (also Standard)
  9. Shih Tzu
  10. Yorkshire Terriers

When you’re looking for a particular dog or breed it's best to spend some quality time with them to ensure allergies are not triggered, so that you know up front before you take them to their forever home.

Of course, when choosing your breed you need to consider more than just your allergies – where they are to be housed, how much time you have to spend brushing daily, time available for exercising and your budget for food, Veterinary expenses and grooming all comes into it. This will ensure you will find your best match and friend for life.

*Just a note re oodles (Poodle crosses) – being crossed with a Poodle is no guarantee they will retain the coat characteristics of the Poodles.


Dr. Claire Jenkins VetChat founder & CEO

Dr. Claire Jenkins

VetChat founder & CEO, BVSc (Hons), MANZCVS (SAM)

Claire has spent the past 15 years caring for animals as a Small Animal Veterinarian in the UK, Melbourne and is now based in Sydney. She is passionate about early intervention and how easy access to the right advice drives better health outcomes for pets. Claire’s a life-long animal lover, passionate problem solver and adorer of her gorgeous Kelpie ‘Red’.

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