Dogs without skin and hypoallergenic dogs seem to be more popular than ever. Because dog allergies are so widespread, many pet lovers are looking for hypoallergenic dog breeds - and sometimes pay thousands of dollars for them. And yet others become hypoallergenic for their hair or lack of it. Hair loss is a big problem for many pet owners, but for owners of hypoallergenic dog breeds it is another delisting. If you are looking for a hypoallergenic breed, here is a list that you should explore before you start buying your dog. 

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While no dog is really hypoallergenic, as all dogs lose some allergens, it is known that some breeds are more suitable for allergy sufferers. And the same dogs that do not depilate can make you put away the lint roll forever.

1st Tibetan Terrier

Tibetan terriers are the proof that hypoallergenic is not synonymous with hairless. They are on our list because they lose little hair, but this bushy breed still needs a lot of grooming.
Fun fact: These fluffy dogs were once the companions of Buddhist monks and the guard dogs of nomadic herders.

2. Maltese Terrier

Maltese Terriers are known for their beautiful, silky, white fur, but you will not see them molt on your furniture or clothes. These little dogs are lively, playful and very affectionate.

Fun fact: Maltese Terriers are thought to be related to the Tibetan Terrier (above), but their exact origin is unknown. They were known as Roman Mary dogs and are suspected to have been used to catch rodents in ancient and medieval cities.

3. Shih Tzu

Shih Tzu dogs are both loyal and friendly, and they also happen to be hypoallergenic. The coat of the Shih Tzu does not molt, the hair only falls out when brushed or broken. 

Fun fact: The name Shih Tzu comes from the Chinese word for lion dog. This old dog breed was bred to resemble lions as they are depicted in ancient oriental art.

4. Brussels Griffin

The Brussels Griffins are known for their watchdog skills and friendly character. But the Brussels Griffins are also hypoallergenic dogs because they lose almost no hair. Although they tend to get more attached to one person than another, the Brussels Griffins are excellent pets for families with children.

Fun fact: the Brussels Griffin is a very expressive dog, which is why it is preferred in movies and on TV. Probably the most popular appearance of the Brussels Griffins was next to Jack Nicholson and Helen Hunt in As Good As It Gets.

This unique breed is also on our list of the strangest dog breeds we love.

5th Portuguese Water Dog

Portuguese water dogs are muscular, loyal and energetic. Their coat loses very little of its sheen and they are considered a hypoallergenic breed, but Portuguese Water Dogs still need regular grooming.

Fun fact: Portuguese Water Dogs are rare, but you may have heard of Bo, the first dog. Bo was a gift from American President Obama to his daughters when he was inaugurated.

6. Soft-haired Wheat Terrier

The soft-haired wheat terrier is a cheerful and energetic breed. These intelligent dogs are known for their abilities in agility, obedience, tracking and even pet therapy.

Fun fact: Soft-haired Wheaten Terriers were first bred in Ireland as farm dogs. Known as the "poor man's wolfhound", the Wheaten were used as herders, cattle keepers and for hunting vermin. 

7. Poodle (toy, miniature and standard)

Poodles, which come in three different sizes (toy, miniature and standard), are one of the most popular dogs in the world. These intelligent and sensitive dogs are also considered hypoallergenic.

Funny fact: Apart from the fact that they don't shed much, poodles are also known to be virtually odorless. Here, no dog smell!

8. Western Highland White Terrier

The West Highland White Terrier, affectionately called Westie, is an active and friendly little dog with double coat. Loyal to their owners, Westies are also tough, are excellent herd protection dogs and are hypoallergenic. The Westies have lost some hair, but not much.

Fun fact: The West Highland White Terrier was originally bred from Cairns and Scottish Terriers to create a breed that should not be confused with a hunting fox.

9th Bichon Frise

Bichon Frise is social, independent and easy to train. Her hypoallergenic coat is generally kept trimmed in an easy-care puppy cut.

Fun fact: Bichon Frise means curly house dog in French. Bichon Frise was once the house dog of sailors, and by chance he loves the water.

10th Kerry Blue Terrier

Also known as Irish Blue, the Kerry Blue Terrier was bred as a versatile working dog, taking on tasks such as herding, guarding and pest control. Kerry dogs have a coat texture that resembles fine human hair and do not moult. 

Fun fact: Blue Kerry Terriers are born with a black coat. The blue appears around the time when the dog is about two years old.

11th Havanese

Spiritual and friendly, the Havanese is an ideal pet for families with children. They are incredibly sociable and known for their lively demeanour.

Fun fact: The Havanese was originally bred for Cuban artists. They took the nickname "Velcro dog" because of their closeness to their masters.

12th Chinese Crested Dog

Both variants of Chinese Crested, Hairless and Powderpuff (with soft hair all over the body) are hypoallergenic. Vigilant and agile, Chinese Crested loses little hair. Because of their "au naturel" appearance, the tops are sensitive to extreme temperatures. In our cool Canadian climate, coats and boots are a must for this cute breed. 

Funny fact: Chinese Cresteds are actually native to Africa. After Chinese traders let the dogs on board their ships to hunt vermin, they were renamed "Chinese Crested".

13th Scottish Terrier

Independent and territorial, the Scot is a faithful companion. Add to this a hypoallergenic coat and minimal grooming and you have an exceptional pet. 

Fun fact: Scotsmen have had many appearances in popular culture and in the arms of celebrities. One of the most iconic Scottish Terriers is celebrated as a sign of monopoly, and the Scots have occupied the White House at least twice (Franklin D. Roosevelt and George W. Bush). 

14th Irish Water Spaniel

The breed Irish Water Spaniel has existed for centuries. As a hunting and companion dog, the Irish Water Spaniel is friendly, active and affectionate towards its owners. 

Fun fact: The coat needs regular grooming, but the breed is considered hypoallergenic because it loses less hair than many other dogs. 

15th Cairn Terrier

The Cairn Terrier is a hardy and cheerful breed, which has its origin in Scotland. Originally used to search for vermin in cairns, the Cairn Terrier is now a popular pet. Its stringy coat is hypoallergenic and also water repellent. 

Fun fact: The coat of a Cairn Terrier can change colour several times over the years. 

16th Labradoodle

What began as a crossbreed in the late 1980s is now a very popular hypoallergenic pet - the Labrador Retriever. It is a cross between two of Canada's most popular dog breeds, a Labrador Retriever and a standard or miniature poodle. Technically, the Labrador is not a breed in itself, but it could become one in the future. Well-behaved Labradors are naturally friendly and active and make good pets.

Although Labrador dogs can be hypoallergenic, not very stupid and good-humoured, there are many variations between them as this is a new crossbreed. No particular characteristic is common to all Labradors. But in any case, look for a serious breeder who is familiar with the crossbreeding, and if possible choose a dog that is a mixture of the second generation (mother and father are Labradoodles). If you're looking for a particular trait, such as poor performance, be sure to ask if the parents had that trait, and it's more likely that your puppy has that trait. As with any dog, there may be exceptions to the standard, but this is especially true for new crosses. If you're not prepared to be flexible, you can choose a more predictable breed.

Fun fact: In the new version of Monopoly "Here and Now" the Labrador replaces the classic Scotty dog.

18th Border Terrier

The Border Terrier was bred to hunt foxes and rodents, but this intelligent and resilient breed is also a lively companion or pet. Its stiff coat is hypoallergenic, does not lose much hair and needs to be lightly brushed weekly.

Fun fact: Border Terriers have highly developed instincts. If you have hamsters, guinea pigs, rabbits or other rodents as pets, you might want to consider another breed. The hunting instinct may be too strong for a Border Terrier!

19th Schnauzer (miniature or standard)

The Schnauzer is an intelligent and very energetic breed, whether miniature or standard. The Schnauzer is an excellent guard dog, guard dog and vermin hunter, but it is also popular as a pet because of its loyal nature and hypoallergenic coat.

Fun fact: The giant schnauzer has performed many useful tasks for humans over the years. Over the years, Giant Schnauzers have bred dogs, police dogs, search and rescue dogs, drug detection dogs and many others! 

20th Yorkshire Terrier

The brave and adventurous Yorkshire Terrier should not be judged by his size! Yorkshire Terriers often do not see themselves as little dogs and can be very willing. Originally bred to hunt rodents, Yorkshire Terriers can become loyal and affectionate pets. Their hypoallergenic fur does not lose much either. 

Fun fact: Although the exact origins of the Yorkshire Terrier breed are unknown, it is believed that they were bred by workers in the north of England to catch rats in clothes and mills. These early Yorkshire Terriers were much larger, but over time the selective breeding of smaller individuals created the breed standard of today.

21st Australian Silk Terrier

Like his close relative, the Yorkie, the Australian Silky Terrier is courageous despite his small size. Silky Terriers are valued for the softness and sheen of their fur, but they are also hypoallergenic and not very cute. 

Funny fact: The Silky Terrier is the only dog breed that is considered to be really Australian. The breed was formerly known as the Sydney Terrier because of its popularity in the city. 

22nd Bouvier des Flandres

The Bouvier des Flandres is a dog bred to guard herds and for agricultural work in general. It has taken on many functions, including guard dog, police dog and of course as a loving pet. Cattle herders are tireless workers and gentle and loyal companions. Their coat is known to be good for allergy sufferers, but it requires a lot of grooming.

Fun fact: the name of the shepherd means "cowherd of Flanders". What we now know as Bouvier des Flandres were originally three different breeds of dogs, but they were dissolved into one after almost all three disappeared during the First World War.

23. Basenji

The alert and energetic Basenji is native to Central Africa and was bred as a hunting dog. Although they can be difficult to train, Basenji are intelligent and respond well to persistence. Their coat sheds very little, is hypoallergenic and requires minimal grooming.

Fun fact: Basenjis are unique in that they do not bark, but emit a faint howling sound. Basenjis also clean themselves in the same way as cats.

Not all pet allergies are limited to skin scales and fur. Just because a dog doesn't bark much doesn't mean that you can't be allergic to it. Pet allergies can include saliva and urine. Talk to your doctor before you get involved with a dog that you may have a reaction to. 

These are just a few of the large breeds of dogs that do not get hair, but there are many others. Share your favorite breed in the comments below!

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