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List Rules Top hypoallergenic dog breeds

This list has all the best dogs for people with allergies. These hypoallergenic dogs shed less (or not at all) and have less irritating dander; and while there's a great deal of disagreement over whether any dog can truly by fully hypoallergenic, many believe these dogs are better for those with allergies than other breeds. So if you're not a fan of those sneezes and itchy eyes when you're around pets, consider getting one of these top hypoallergenic dogs so you can still enjoy the love of a furry friend without the irritation.

To understand why some people are allergic to dogs, you have to look at the cause of the irritation. While allergies differ from person to person, most people are allergic to the dander of the dog, something given off by the dog's hair, skin, urine, and slobber. While it's impossible to eliminate a dog's skin, urine, and never-ending drool, the hair of these hypoallergenic dog breeds is what sets them apart as better for allergy sufferers. To eliminate the hair completely, many people with dog allergies might select hairless dog breeds, like the Chinese Crested, Xoloitzcuintli (Mexican hairless dog), and the Peruvian Hairless Dog.

But for those who aren't interested in a hairless dog, there are plenty of other options on this list of hypoallergenic dogs. If you're looking for large breed hypoallergenic dogs, poodles are especially praised for being one of the best dogs for allergies, as are poodle hybrids and some designer dog breeds, such as the labradoodle and cockapoo. Other large dog breeds allergy sufferers include the Samoyed, airedale terrier, Portuguese water dog or Irish water spaniel. For the best small hypoallergenic dogs, many flock to the shih tzu, Yorkshire terrier, Maltese, and Havanese.

While the jury may be out on whether or not any dog breeds are truly hypoallergenic, the dogs on this list are the best breeds for people with allergies and are the least likely to cause any irritation. They might not be the most popular dog breeds, but these shed less, have less dander, and are pretty dang adorable.

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Maltese Dog is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Dogs for Allergies
The Maltese is a small breed of dog in the Toy Group. It descends from dogs originating in the Central Mediterranean Area. The breed name and origins are generally understood to derive from the ...more
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Yorkshire Terrier is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Dogs for Allergies
The Yorkshire Terrier is a small dog breed of terrier type, developed in the 19th century in the county of Yorkshire, England, to catch rats in clothing mills, also used for rat-baiting. The ...more
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Shih Tzu is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Dogs for Allergies
A shih tzu is a toy dog breed weighing 5–7.25 kilograms with long silky hair. The exact origins of the breed are unknown, but it is thought to have originated in Tibet and then been developed in ...more
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Poodle is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Dogs for Allergies
The Poodle comes in three varieties: toy, miniature, and standard. It has a profuse, but well groomed and clipped, wiry curly coat. The head and muzzle are long and the ears are wide and hanging ...more
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Jack Russell Terrier is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Dogs for Allergies
The Jack Russell Terrier is a small terrier that has its origins in fox hunting; it is principally white-bodied and smooth, rough or broken-coated. It is commonly confused with the Parson ...more
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Cockapoo is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Dogs for Allergies
A Cockapoo is a designer dog. It is the cross of an American Cocker Spaniel or English Cocker Spaniel and a poodle.
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Bichon Frisé is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Dogs for Allergies
A Bichon Frisé, is a small breed of dog of the Bichon type. The Bichon Frise is a member of the Non-Sporting Group of dog breeds in the US, and a member of the Toy Dog group in the UK.
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Labradoodle is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Dogs for Allergies
A Labradoodle is a crossbred dog created by crossing the Labrador Retriever and the Standard, Miniature or Toy Poodle. The term first appeared in 1955, but was not popularized until 1988, when ...more
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Miniature Schnauzer is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Dogs for Allergies
The Miniature Schnauzer is a breed of small dog of the Schnauzer type that originated in Germany in the mid-to-late 19th century. Miniature Schnauzers developed from crosses between the Standard ...more
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Havanese is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Dogs for Allergies
The Havanese, a breed of Bichon type, is the national dog of Cuba, developed from the now extinct Blanquito de la Habana. The Blanquito descended from the also now extinct Bichon Tenerife. It is ...more
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Portuguese Water Dog is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Dogs for Allergies
The Portuguese Water Dog is a breed of working dog as classified by the American Kennel Club. Portuguese Water Dogs are originally from the Portuguese region of the Algarve, from where the breed ...more
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Samoyed is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Dogs for Allergies
The Samoyed is a breed of dog that takes its name from the Samoyedic peoples of Siberia. These nomadic reindeer herders bred the fluffy white dogs to help with the herding, and to pull sleds ...more
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West Highland White Terrier is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Dogs for Allergies
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The West Highland White Terrier, commonly known as the Westie or Westy, is a Scottish breed of dog with a distinctive white coat. The modern breed is descended from a number of breeding programs ...more
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Spanish Water Dog is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Dogs for Allergies
The Spanish Water Dog breed dates back several hundred years and has its origins most likely in Turkey from where it was imported into Spain as a general purpose sheepdog and guard. It is also ...more
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Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Dogs for Allergies
The Soft-coated Wheaten Terrier is a pure bred dog originating from Ireland. The four coat varieties are: Traditional Irish, Heavy Irish, English, and American. These dogs have a single coat ...more
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Border Terrier is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Dogs for Allergies
The Border Terrier is small terrier with a coarse, wiry double coat and small ears, which fold forward into a "V" shape. The coat comes in red, blue and tan, tan, and grizzle and tan. ...more
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Border Collie, Chinese Crested... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Dogs for Allergies
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Bernese Mountain Dog, Afghan, Portuguese Water Dog, Cairn Terrier, Alaskan Malamute
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Airedale Terrier is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Dogs for Allergies
The Airedale Terrier, also called Bingley Terrier and Waterside Terrier, is a dog breed of the terrier type that originated in the valley of the river Aire, in the West Riding of Yorkshire, ...more
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Schnauzer is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Dogs for Allergies
A schnauzer is a dog breed that originated in Germany in the 15th and 16th centuries. The term comes from the German word for "snout", because of the dog's distinctively bearded snout. ...more
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Great Dane is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Dogs for Allergies
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The Great Dane is a large German breed of domestic dog known for its giant size. The name of the breed in Germany is Deutsche Dogge. They are known for their enormous bodies and great height. ...more
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Australian Silky Terrier is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Dogs for Allergies
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The Australian Silky Terrier is a small breed of dog of the terrier dog type. The breed was developed in Australia, although the ancestral types and breeds were from Great Britain. It is closely ...more
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Basenji is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Dogs for Allergies
The Basenji is a small, elegant, athletic dog about the size of a fox terrier, with a smooth shiny coat of red/white, black/white, brindle/white, tri-colored, and tri-colored with brindle points ...more
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Golden Retriever is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Dogs for Allergies
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Mexican Hairless Dog is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Dogs for Allergies
The Xoloitzcuintle, or Xolo for short, is a hairless breed of dog, found in toy, miniature and standard sizes.The Xolo also comes in a coated variety and all three sizes can be born to a single ...more
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Chinese Crested Dog is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Dogs for Allergies
The Chinese crested dog is a hairless breed of dog. Like most hairless dog breeds, the Chinese crested comes in two varieties, with and without fur, which are born in the same litter: the Powder ...more