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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 (Italian: [malˈteːze]) 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 ...more
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Jack Russell Terrier is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Dogs for Allergies
The Jack Russell Terrier is a small terrier that has its origins in fox hunting in England. It is principally white-bodied and smooth, rough or broken-coated and can be any colour. The Jack ...more
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Yorkshire Terrier is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Dogs for Allergies
The Yorkshire Terrier is a small dog breed of terrier type, developed during the 19th century in Yorkshire, England. Ideally its maximum size is 7 pounds (3.2 kg). A popular companion dog, the ...more
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Shih Tzu is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Dogs for Allergies
A Shih Tzu (UK: , US: ; Chinese: 西施犬; pinyin: Xī Shī quǎn, literally "Xi Shi dog"), is a toy dog breed, weighing from 4 to 7.25 kilograms (9–16 lbs) when fully grown. The breed ...more
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Poodle is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Dogs for Allergies
Poodles are a group of formal dog breeds, the Standard Poodle, Miniature Poodle and Toy Poodle. The origin of the breed is still discussed, with a prominent dispute over whether the poodle ...more
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Bichon Frisé is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Dogs for Allergies
A Bichon Frise ( or ; from French: bichon à poil frisé, French pronunciation: ​[biʃɔ̃ fʁize], meaning 'curly lap dog') is a small breed of dog of the bichon type. The Bichon Frise ...more
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Cockapoo is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Dogs for Allergies
A Cockapoo is a mixed-breed dog that is the cross between either Cocker Spaniel breeds (American Cocker Spaniel or English Cocker Spaniel) and a poodle (in most cases a miniature poodle or toy ...more
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Labradoodle is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Dogs for Allergies
A Labradoodle () is a planned mating crossbreed dog created by crossing the Labrador retriever and the Standard, Medium, or Miniature poodle. The term first appeared in 1955, but was not ...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 may have been developed from the smallest ...more
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Havanese is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Dogs for Allergies
Havana (; Spanish: La Habana [la aˈβana] (listen)) is the capital city, largest city, province, major port, and leading commercial center of Cuba. The city has a population of 2.1 million ...more
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Samoyed is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Dogs for Allergies
The Samoyed ( SAM-ə-yed or sə-MOY-ed; Russian: Самое́дская соба́ка or Самое́д) is a breed of large herding dog that descended from the Nenets herding laika, a spitz-type dog, with a thick, ...more
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Portuguese Water Dog is listed (or ranked) 12 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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Soft-Coated Wheaten Terr... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Dogs for Allergies
The Soft-coated Wheaten Terrier (Irish: An Brocaire Buí) is a pure breed terrier originating from Ireland. Wheatens typically have one of two coat types: Irish or Heavy (American). The ...more
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Border Terrier is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Dogs for Allergies
The Border Terrier is a small, rough-coated breed of dog in the terrier group. Bred as a fox and vermin hunter, the Border Terrier shares ancestry with the Dandie Dinmont Terrier and the ...more
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West Highland White Terr... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Dogs for Allergies
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The West Highland White Terrier, commonly known as the Westie, is a breed of dog from Scotland with a distinctive white harsh coat with a somewhat soft white undercoat. It is a medium-sized ...more
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Spanish Water Dog is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Dogs for Allergies
The Spanish Water Dog (perro de agua español) breed is used in Spain as a general purpose sheepdog and guard. It is also used sometimes as a gundog, and is skilled at retrieval from ...more
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Schnauzer is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Dogs for Allergies
A Schnauzer (German: [ˈʃnaʊtsɐ], plural Schnauzer, lit. translation "snouter") is a dog breed type that originated in Germany from the 14th to 15th centuries. The term comes from the ...more
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Airedale Terrier is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Dogs for Allergies
The Airedale Terrier (often shortened to "Airedale"), also called Bingley Terrier and Waterside Terrier, is a dog breed of the terrier type that originated in the valley (dale) of the ...more
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Border Collie, Chinese C... is listed (or ranked) 19 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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Australian Silky Terrier... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Dogs for Allergies
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The Australian Silky Terrier or simply Silky Terrier (depending on the breed registry) is a small breed of dog of the terrier dog type. The breed was developed in Australia, although the ...more
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Great Dane is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Dogs for Allergies
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The Great Dane is a German breed of domestic dog known for its giant size.The record holder for the tallest dog ever is a Great Dane called Zeus (died September 2014; aged 5), that measured ...more
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Mexican Hairless Dog is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Dogs for Allergies
The Xoloitzcuintli (), 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 coated and hairless can be born in ...more
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Chinese Crested Dog is listed (or ranked) 23 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 Dog comes in two varieties, with and without fur, which are born in the same litter: the ...more
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Basenji is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Dogs for Allergies
The Basenji is a breed of hunting dog. It was bred from stock that originated in central Africa. Most of the major kennel clubs in the English-speaking world place the breed in the hound ...more
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Irish Water Spaniel is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Dogs for Allergies
The Irish Water Spaniel (Irish: An Spáinnéar Uisce) is a breed of dog that is the largest and one of the oldest of spaniels. It is one of the rarer breeds with the American Kennel ...more