Whether a dog is a shedder or not is one of the top questions a prospective pet parent asks. This is most especially true for allergy sufferers or for those who are clean freaks! Luckily, there are a number of small dog breeds that don’t shed which will perfectly fit these people.
People who suffer from allergy would sometimes hesitate to make dogs as pets in fear of having allergy attacks. However, there are a variety of small dog breeds that sheds lightly and will definitely do well with allergy sufferers. These non-shedding dogs produce less dander — the allergen attached to a dog’s hair which causes dog allergies.
17 Small Dog Breeds Best for Allergy Sufferers
So, you’re an allergy sufferer. But why keep yourself lonely and without a furry friend if you can scroll on and get to know seventeen of the small dog breeds that don’t shed?! My life’s been the greatest with the company of my dogs. Wouldn’t you want to join in the fun of being a pet parent and make your life a whole lot happier? Let me introduce you to these hypoallergenic small dog breeds:
1. The Bolognese
Bolognese got its name from the Italian city, Bologna, where he originated. This non-shedding dog is very devoted to his master and loves companionship. The Bolognese normally wants to spend quality time with his humans — be it walking around the park or playing with children. Though this breed might be hard to housetrain, you just need to be very patient. I also recommend to crate train this breed for easier housebreaking.
2. The Maltese
Considered as one of the ancient toy dog breeds, the Maltese is friendly and gentle. They are popular for their silky white hair and sheds very little because they do not have an undercoat. In addition, Maltese produce less dander which means allergy sufferers can be able to tolerate being around this breed.
3. The Scottish Terrier
Scotties are intelligent and independent. They are bred to be hunters and love to dig! While they shed very little, they need significant grooming and clipping of coat done several times a year. This breed has an overcoat and an undercoat that needs brushing daily so you better stock up on dog grooming tools if you’re planning to get a Scottish Terrier.
4. The Brussels Griffon
Possessing excellent hunting skills, Griffons are originally bred to hunt rats. They can either be soft-coated or rough-coated, both types shed very little. Though, a rough-coated BG will need a lot more grooming than a soft-coated one.
Rough-coated Griffons need their wiry coat to be stripped — a grooming technique where you pluck out loose hair by hand. Generally, rough-coated BGs are more suitable for allergy sufferers so you better learn the art of stripping if you want to get this breed.
5. The Toy Poodle
Regarded as one of the most trainable breeds, the Toy Poodle is highly intelligent. In fact, Poodles are considered as one of the smartest dog breeds existing. They shed little to no hair and its coat needs to be clipped every 6 to 8 weeks.
If your pooch is used for shows, the popular clip used are the English saddle and the Continental clip. This breed is a little high maintenance when it comes to grooming so be sure to be ready with this dog expense.
6. The West Highland White Terrier
Westies are generally happy and highly trainable. They have a double coat consisting of a short undercoat and a topcoat that has a length of 2 inches. Regular brushing is needed to maintain his sparkly white coat. Why is this dog breed perfect for allergic people, you ask? Because they have low to almost zero shedding tendencies.
7. The Bichon Frise
Bichons are independent and intelligent that love human company. Having low shedding tendencies, their coats must be cut with scissors. Just like Poodles, Bichons are also high maintenance when it comes to grooming. If you don’t have enough time to brush their coat, this may not be the dog breed for you. Also, since Bichons are always white in color, to maintain their neat appearance, you need to bathe him once he gets dirty.
8. The Australian Silky Terrier
The Silky may be small in size but they are very alert and courageous. A long, silky hair requires daily brushing to prevent tangles and mats as they are prone to these. Although it may look like Silkies are high maintenance breed grooming-wise, all you really need to do is to brush their coat for about two to three times every week.
9. The Chinese Crested
The Chinese Crested comes in two varieties: hairless and powderpuff. The hairless variety does not have hair on its body except for its head, feet, and tail. Powderpuffs, however, have long soft coats that need more grooming. This breed sheds very little, making them good with allergic people.
10. The Shih Tzu
Shih Tzus are companion dogs who are very affectionate. Their long locks need frequent brushing and combing because they mat easily. The Shih Tzu is one of the small dog breeds considered as hypoallergenic since it has hair coat rather than a fur coat. When a breed has a hair coat, it sheds very little and also produces less dander.
Guava, my tri-colored Shih Tzu, has been with my family for six years now. She’s really a sweet pooch! She loves it when her hair gets brushed, it sort of calms her, sometimes she even falls asleep while her hair is brushed.
11. The Cairn Terrier
Loyal and friendly, the Cairn Terrier makes a good family pet. If you do not pay attention to his shaggy coat, it may get matted. Brushing is needed for several times a week to keep it from tangles and mats. I would not recommend frequent bathing as it can soften the Cairn Terrier’s coarse coat. Periodic bathing is what this breed needs, around every three months or when needed.
12. The Coton de Tulear
Cotons originated in Tulear City, located on African island nation of Madagascar. Having a cotton-like coat, they need frequent brushing to keep their coats untangled and mat-free. They are of the same family as Maltese and Bichons.
This dog breed sheds very little, normally during spring. While most of the time Cotons are recommended for allergic people, it’s still advisable to spend time first with a Coton de Tulear for a day or two to see if there are no allergic reactions.
13. The Yorkshire Terrier
Yorkies are sweet and affectionate dogs who are ready to defend their masters when faced with a threat. They have a silky straight hair that needs daily gentle brushing. Weekly bathing is required to keep his coat shiny.
Just like Shih Tzus, Yorkies also have a hair coat instead of a fur coat. Compared with other dog breeds having fur coats, Yorkies shed a lot less. In addition, they produce less dander which is good news for people with allergies.
14. The Havanese
These gentle and affectionate companion dogs do well with children. Their coats may be clipped short, kept long or corded. If you decide to give him a corded coat, it will require a special care. Shedding very little, the Havanese is a perfect match for allergy sufferers. Though, just like any other hypoallergenic dog breeds, it’s still best to be exposed first with this breed to ensure it’s safe to bring one home.
15. The Affenpinscher
Also called as the “Monkey Dog,” the Affenpinscher is smart, alert and full of energy. With his thick and rough coat longer and shaggier on the head (contributing to the monkey-like appearance), Affens need to be brushed with a small slicker brush every week.
16. The Lhasa Apso
For hundreds of years, Lhasa Apsos are bred to be royal watchdogs. Nowadays, instead of being a palace guard, they are bred as family companions. Daily brushing and combing of the coat are needed as well as frequent bathing in order to maintain a gorgeous tangle-free coat.
17. The Miniature Schnauzer
Intelligent and affectionate, the Mini Schnauzer is well-known to be a “people person”. Having a double coat, his undercoat catches any loose hair that is why he sheds very little.
Though this breed is low-shedding, the Mini Schnauzer is still considered high maintenance when it comes to grooming as it needs clipping every six to eight weeks. Nonetheless, this is one of the small dog breeds best for allergy sufferers, especially those who suffer from asthma.
TIP: Learn how to trim and clip your furry friend’s coat to get away from spending extra cash paying for professional groomers.