15 Hypoallergenic Dog Breeds

Getting the sniffles and sneezes when you're near animals shouldn't stop you from getting a pet. According to the American Kennel Club, there are plenty of hypoallergenic dogs who would make the perfect sneeze-free companion.

Being hypo-allergenic means these breeds contain fewer allergy-producing substances, known as allergens, which can cause symptoms such as runny eyes, itching and even swelling.

However, it's important to establish that no dog breed is 100% hypoallergenic or allergen-free, but some breeds are less likely to stimulate allergies in people.

If you're looking for a pet who is less likely to trigger your allergies, here are 15 hypoallergenic dog breeds:

Miniature Schnauzer

These small watchdogs shed minimally and are very alert, making them good guard dogs as well as pets. They may look very serious, but they're extremely playful and love playing fetch. Mini schnauzers are also very trainable.

Miniature Schnauzer
A Miniature Schnauzer at the Japan International Dog Show 2018 Tomohiro Ohsumi/Getty

Poodle

All poodles, including the standard, toy and miniature, are hypoallergenic. Poodles may look a little standoffish, but they are smart, easy to train and very friendly, making them one of the most popular dogs in the U.S.

Despite their looks Poodles are not divas
A white Standard Poodle poses for a photo in New York City Cindy Ord / Staff/Getty

Yorkshire Terrier

Tiny but mighty, Yorkies pack a lot of personality into their tiny bodies. Their fur is very fine and silky, making them ideal for people with allergies. However, they also require regular grooming to keep their hair in good condition.

Yorkshire Terrier
Yorkshire Terriers pack an energetic punch in a small package prohor08/Getty Images

Shih Tzu

Shih Tzus date back to the Tang Dynasty and were originally bred as royal companions. Happy to curl up on a lap after a walk, these dogs are affectionate yet lively, cheerful—and low-shedding.

Shih Tzu
The Shih Tzu was reportedly bred from Tibetan breeds to become pets for Chinese emperors Kurt Pas/Getty Images

Maltese

Maltese dogs might be small, weighing an average of just seven pounds, but they are smart, agile and love to play. Their all-white coats are hypoallergenic but require regular brushing and professional grooming.

Maltese toy dog
The Maltese toy dog has been a popular pet in Mediterranean countries for centuries kimrawicz/Getty Images

Portuguese Water Dog

The Portuguese Water Dog was originally bred to help fishermen to drive fish into nets and to collect equipment from the water. If you recognise the breed, it might be because the Obama family had two called Sunny and Bo.

Portuguese Water Dog
Portuguese Water Dogs love being with their family. Christopher Furlong/Getty

Scottish Terrier

The stubborn but loveable Scottie was originally bred as a hunter of vermin and their wiry, thick coats helped to keep them warm in freezing conditions.

Scottish terrier NYC dog show 2010
A Scottish terrier seen at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in 2010. Chris Hondros/Getty Images

Giant Schnauzer

Good news for big dog lovers, Giant Schnauzers are also hypoallergenic like their smaller counterparts. The largest of the three Schnauzer types, they can grow to 75 pounds and have an intelligent, task-focused temperament, but are friendly and playful too.

West Highland Terrier

The Westie is often described as a big dog in a small dog's body and for good reason. These friendly, lively dogs shed minimally and are always cheerful and up for playtime.

West Highland White Terriers
The West Highland White Terrier small dog breed make for intelligent and confident companions iagodina/Getty Images

Afghan Hound

These beautiful dogs don't shed but their long fur requires intensive grooming to keep it in good condition. Afghans are sighthounds require a lot of exercise but love being around their families.

Afghan Hound
An Afghan hound at the NEC Arena in Birmingham, England Leon Neal/Getty

Basenji

Basenjis originated as African hunting dogs, but surprisingly, they rarely yap or bark. These dogs have very short, fine hair that does not shed, so are easy to look after in terms of grooming.

Cairn Terrier

A relative of the Westie, Cairn terriers are similar in personality and looks and were made famous by Toto in The Wizard of Oz. These playful, entertaining pups make great pets and won't make you sneeze either.

Cairn Terrier
Cairn Terriers are affectionate dogs. Matthew Eisman/Getty

Bedlington Terriers

The American Kennel Club described these dogs as "terriers in sheep's clothing" because of their lamb-like looks. Bedlingtons are known for their curly hair and the unusual tuft of hair on their heads.

Bedlington Terrier
A Bedlington Terrier at the Cruft's dog show at the NEC Arena in Birmingham, England Leon Neal/Getty

Lhasa Apso

These dogs originate from Tibet and are tiny but majestic. Lhasa Apsos are less than a foot high at the shoulder but are hardy and recognisable by their long, floor-length coat that hangs either side of the body. Many owners choose to give their dogs a "puppy cut" to save on the grooming.

Lhasa Apso
Lhasa Apsos have an average life span of 14 Richard Stabler/Getty

Bichon Frise

Bichons are actually bred to be hypo-allergenic. Their soft, fluffy fur and compact size makes them the perfect cuddly pet for small spaces.

Bichon Frise
The Bichon Frise is a little white dog originating from the Mediterranean with soft corkscrew curls ultramarinfoto/Getty Images

Havanese

The Havanese is the national dog of Cuba. Friendly and cheerful, these dogs have long coats but are hypo-allergenic and non-shedding, making them ideal for allergy sufferers. These dogs are very people-oriented and enjoy spending time with their owners, but can be a little clingy sometimes.

Havanese
Havanese dogs love staying close to their owners. Justin Tallis/Getty