6 Hypoallergenic Dogs for Your Household

By Amanda Roland

Who said allergies have to stop you from finding your furry friend? About 10% of the U.S. population is allergic to dogs, according to the American Kennel Club. And the cause isn’t what you think. The dander attached to pet hair tends to trigger pet allergies in people. Although there aren’t dogs that are 100% hypoallergenic, there are quite a few precious pups to choose from that will pair well with allergies. The American Kennel Club published their 2020 list of hypoallergenic dogs perfect for any household. Take your pick!

Yorkshire Terrier

This classic pup is known to carry itself with an affectionate and tomboyish nature. The little terrier packs a lot of bite in its compact body. Its glossy, rich golden hair closely resembles that of human hair. And as such, you should brush their hair frequently if kept at a long length. No more sneezing or sniffles!


These elegant sport dogs are known for their athletic builds and smart personalities. The breed’s relatively non-shedding coat makes it a good choice for people with allergies. Depending on the haircut you choose, you
need to learn the proper brushing techniques to prevent their curly-haired coats from matting. Most pet owners opt to keep the poodle in a shorter trim for the best maintenance.


The Maltese is the face of elegance. They are easy to train, affectionate and playful. Their small, cuddly frame makes them the perfect lapdog. Their long, silky white coat requires regular brushing to keep it tangle free. Like a Yorkie, they need regular baths to keep their hair silky smooth.

Portuguese Water Dog

Known as the fisherman’s helper, the Portuguese water dog is an eager-to-please, laid-back companion. These dogs are easy to train and live up to their name as athletic dogs built for water work. Their medium build is covered with tight, low-shedding curls. Groom the Portie in two styles: “The retriever clip,” the entire coat is trimmed to one inch in length, with the tail tip at full length, or the “lion clip,” where the fur hindquarters and muzzle is clipped close to the skin. An occasional bath will help upkeep the Portie’s hair health.

Bichon Frise

This small, energetic ball of white fluff is a lover not a fighter. It’s the happy-go- lucky watchdog that’s perfect
for families. The Bichon Frise is recognized as one of the world’s great “personality dogs.” And they don’t shed! Their hair gets caught in its undercoat, so take the little guy to the groomers every four-to-six weeks for a trim.


Deemed the “grandpa” of dog breeds, schnauzers have a bushy beard and eyebrows that give them serious, humanlike expressions. They’re tough dogs that enjoy a lot of playtime. The breed varies in size. A Miniature Schnauzer has a double coat – a wiry topcoat, with a soft undercoat. The breed sheds very little and only needs a bath and trim about once a month.

by Jacqueline Saguin