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Finding a large dog when you have allergies can be challenging.
But luckily, it’s not impossible to find big hypoallergenic dogs with the right temperament to add to your family.
In today’s article, we’re diving into some of the largest hypoallergenic dogs you can find while also diving into their personalities and temperaments so you can choose which one is best for you.
What makes a dog hypoallergenic?
Here’s how it works:
Imagine being allergic to flowers. When you’re inside your home, you probably wouldn’t feel your allergies as strongly as being in a garden surrounded by flowers.
Now let’s imagine someone brings the flowers inside, but not only that, they sprinkle the petals around your house…
You’ll probably start to feel your pesky allergies flair up…despite not being in a garden.
It’s the same idea for dog allergies.
All dogs have dander, but when a dog sheds, the dander on their fur becomes spread throughout your home, and since dog fur can hide in cracks and crevasses, it’s hard to fully clean up. Thus, your allergies will go wild.
Hypoallergenic dogs are either:
- low shedders due to having hair instead of fur (preventing the spread of dander around your home)
- have low levels of dander that usually won’t trigger allergies (unless you have severe allergies)
- or are both 1 and 2
While no dog can be 100% hypoallergenic, allergy sufferers can get major relief from hypoallergenic dogs!
Now that we understand a bit of how dog allergies work, let’s talk pups.
There are plenty of small hypoallergenic dog breeds but what about big dogs?
Here are the top 10 big hypoallergenic dog breeds that you can consider getting as a pet!
15 of the Best Large Hypoallergenic Dogs
1. Portuguese Water Dog
Height: 17-23 inches
Weight: 35-65 pounds
Portuguese Water Dogs are big dogs that don’t shed. They were initially bred to assist fishermen by herding fish into nets.
The Portuguese Water Dog is an active dog that requires lots of daily exercise.
They make an excellent guard dogs due to their size and high intellect, making them an excellent addition to active families.
2. Irish Water Spaniel
Height: 21-24 inches
Weight: 45-65 pounds
Irish Water Spaniels are big dogs that don’t shed a lot. They’re well known for their high adaptability level and the ability to be an excellent companion.
However, they are not suitable for laidback owners. This large dog needs constant socialization and daily walks.
3. Standard Poodle
Height: 18-24 inches
Weight: 45 to 70 pounds
The Standard Poodle is everyone’s favorite large hypoallergenic dog that can weigh up to 60 pounds.
Poodles make exceptional pets due to their friendly and fun-loving character. They can be lively and intelligent, too!
Poodles are highly intelligent and trainable. However, Poodles are known for their ability to jump high, making a high-fence a must for your backyard.
The Standard Poodle is also active and won’t be suitable for laid back owners.
Note: the Poodle comes in all sizes, from miniature to standard. All have the same temperament, though the larger ones might need more upkeep than the rest!
4. Giant Schnauzer
Height: 23-27 inches
Weight: 55-90 pounds
Another popular big hypoallergenic dog breed, the Giant Schnauzer, is usually bred as a herding or guard dog due to their intimidating size. The Giant Schnauzer’s weight ranges from 55 to 90 pounds, and they can grow up to 27 inches in height.
Giant Schnauzers don’t shed a lot, but they still shed a little fur.
While they make a good guard dog, they can often be stubborn and difficult to train. Also, if you have young children in the house, you might want to conduct training to the dog before you introduce the kids to the dog. Fun fact: Giant Schnauzers were used during WW1 and WW2 as messenger dogs!
Height: 19-23.5 inches
Weight: 50-60 pounds
We love Samoyed for the straight, white-colored double coat that gives it an angelic appearance.
The Samoyed is a hypoallergenic dog breed easy to keep at home, but with a caveat. You see, Samoyed love being around humans, and they do not react very well if there is a lack of human companionship.
As such, we will encourage you to provide the Samoyed with intelligent dog toys so that the dog can be kept busy while you can’t tend to them.
It’s important to note that Samoyed shed—a lot! However, they have low levels of dander which is why Samoyeds are hypoallergenic dogs.
6. Afghan Hound
Height: 25-29 inches
Weight: 50-60 pounds
Afghan Hounds are low-shedding dogs with long and silky hair.
Although beautiful and unique, the Afghan Hound is not for everybody. Busy people will struggle to find the time to exercise and groom an Afghan Hound. They can grow up to 27 inches while weighing at 65 pounds.
This hypoallergenic dog has a majestic appearance, but don’t be fooled. They are incredibly goofy! Nonetheless, their strong deposition and notoriously stubborn character make them challenging to train for beginner dog owners.
7. Airedale Terrier
Height: 22-24 inches
Weight: 50-70 pounds
Airedale Terriers are another large hypoallergenic dog with minimal shedding. Their shedding is mostly limited to the change in seasons.
This friendly dog can be a bit goofy at times! Airedale Terriers are highly intelligent but can be stubborn at times, making it essential you stick to a training schedule.
Airedale Terriers are a high-energy breed and would do best in homes with large yards to play in or active owners who can take them out often.
8. Lagotto Romagnolo
Height: 16-19 inches
Weight: 24-35 pounds
Also known as “Italian Waterdogs”, the Lagotto Ramognolo was originally bred to hunt waterfowl in Italy. And now, this Italian pooch is putting its keen sense of smell to good use by sniffing for truffles. Lagotta Romagnolo’s are on the smaller side and usually weigh no more than 35 pounds according to the AKC.
The Lagotta Romagnolo has medium energy levels and enjoys spending time with their families. Lagotto Ramognolos are large dogs that don’t shed. They also require lots of brushing and grooming.
9. Bergamasco Shepherd
Height: 22-24 inches
Weight: 55-85 pounds
The Bergamasco Shepherd is a large hypoallergenic dog weighing between 55 and 85 pounds. Most people are drawn in by their unique coats, which is actually three different textures of hair that naturally form flocks–flat layers of felted hair.
While their coats look tedious, Bergamasco Shepherd’s are non-shedding dogs that don’t require any combing or brushing!
Bergamasco Shepherds are usually calm and only need a moderate amount of exercise each day.
10. Bouvier Des Flandres
Height: 23-27 inches
Weight: 70-110 pounds
Bouvier Des Flandres roughly translates to “cow herders of Flanders”. These dogs were bred to herd and work.
They’re calm and docile and can get along with other people and animals when socialized properly. However, due to their working nature, they need households that will provide them with training and mental enrichment.
They’re quick learners, love to learn, and make great guard dogs.
11. Wirehaired Pointing Griffon
Height: 20-24 inches
Weight: 35-70 pounds
Wirehaired Pointing Griffons are a highly intelligent and affectionate breed of dog.
They are known for their high energy levels and love for the outdoors, making them great companions for active families or individuals.
These dogs have a strong desire to please their owners and are highly trainable, which makes them excellent dogs for hunting or other activities that require obedience and focus.
Height: 22-24 inches
Weight: 40-75 pounds
The Labradoodle is a cross between the Labrador Retriever and a Poodle. They are highly intelligent and easily trained.
They are also very friendly and good with children. Labradoodles are low-shedding and hypoallergenic, making them a good choice for people with allergies. They come in many different colors, including black, brown, white, cream, red, apricot, and silver.
Labradoodles need their curly coats brushed and combed often.
Height: 15-29 inches
Weight: 50-90 pounds
When you cross a Bernese Mountain Dog with a Poodle you get a Bernedoodle—a dog that is loyal, loves to be around its family, and is intelligent as well!
They need moderate exercise and are great for active families who want to spend time going on walks, playing fetch, and doing training.
Bernedoodles requires plenty of brushing and trips to the groomers.
Height: 16-26 inches
Weight: 30-75 pounds
Goldendoodles are adorable crosses between Golden Retrievers and Poodles. They have a calm disposition but need plenty of walks and enrichment.
They are the best of both worlds. They have the intelligence and obedience of a Poodle with the friendly, outgoing personality of a Golden Retriever. They are highly trainable and love to please their owners.
These affectionate dogs make great family pets. They are gentle with children and get along well with other animals. Goldendoodles are active dogs who enjoy playing fetch and going for walks. They need plenty of exercise and mental stimulation to stay happy and healthy.
Despite their teddy bear-like appearance, Goldendoodles can be strong-willed dogs. They require firm, consistent training from a young age to prevent them from becoming stubborn or unruly. With the right owner, a Goldendoodle can be a loving, loyal companion for life.
Just like the other Doodles on our list, Goldendoodles require a fair amount of brushing and at-home grooming. Owning a Doodle is not for the faint of heart, as you’ll need to put in a lot of effort to keep their curly coats mat-free.
Height: 13-28 inches
Weight: 45 to 80 pounds
The Sheepadoodle is a cross between an Old English Sheepdog and a Poodle. Sheepadoodles are known for their big and loveable personalities. Not only are they affectionate and sweet, but they can also be stubborn and have a mind of their own.
Sheepadoodles love being the center of attention and need lots of exercise and mental stimulation.
You will need to spend lots of time brushing and grooming your Sheepadoodle to keep their coats free of tangles and knots!
The biggest hypoallergenic dog is the Bouvier Des Flandres. Bouvier Des Flandres can weigh up to 110 pounds.
Hypoallergenic does not mean “non-shedding.” Some hypoallergenic dogs still shed.
The Poodle is one of the smartest dogs and is hypoallergenic as well!
The price of a hypoallergenic dog varies depending on what breed you are getting. You can find many hypoallergenic dogs in shelters for an adoption fee. In general, hypoallergenic puppies can cost between $500 and $2,500.
Which Big Hypoallergenic Dog is Right For You?
There are many large hypoallergenic dogs to choose from. However, no dog is truly hypoallergenic but the above dogs can help lessen your allergies.
What big hypoallergenic dog breed do you wish to adopt? Leave a comment below and let us know!
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About the Author:
Dana owns a Sheepadoodle and a rescue merle Labradoodle. Her first dog growing up was a white Toy Poodle and she’s loved dogs ever since. She has years of experience fostering dogs and has helped find homes for a variety of different breeds, both large and small! After seeing so many dogs end up unwanted and in shelters, she began blogging about different dog breeds (specifically Doodle dogs, since that’s what she knows best) to help people make informed choices when adding a new member to their family.
When Dana’s not brushing her Doodles’ hair (it takes a lot of time for two!) you can find her playing nose work games and fetch with her two amazing pups.
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5 thoughts on “15 Big Hypoallergenic Dogs: Non-Shedding or Low Dander Dogs for Your Family”
Thank you for sharing your post regarding big hypoallergenic dogs for people with allergies. Very interesting article. As a child I inherited many allergies and could not own a dog for a long time. This information is very useful for me. Nice photos also. I will definitely bookmark this site.
We would love to adopt a hypoallergenic dog. Our adult son is allergic so it would make his visits home a little easier. Given a choice, I would say Portuguese Water Dog, Bernedoodle, Golden doodle but would consider any!
I am interested in a standard poodle or a poodle breed. Looking to buy adopt one in the next year that can be a companion for me and good with my small grandchildren, but that is suitable for a farm.
Your article was very informative. thank you very much.
We are a family of dog lovers! We have raised them, whelped them, rescued them and owned them but then my daughter and husband’s allergies got out of control. We removed all carpets and replaced with hardwood flooring and ensured the house was vacuumed everyday (ps my house is always impeccably clean) but atlas we had to give up our Aussie to our inlaws. This of course broke everyones heart. 10 years later, empty nesters and living on a lake we are aching for the companion of a dog but fear having to give it up again due to allergies. We want to try a hypo dog but what if we can’t keep it and have to give it up again??!!! What do you suggest?
We’ve had many different breeds, the best overall breed is the Black Russian Terrier. She was very protective of the family but not aggressive, did not have an odor, did not shed much, was not super active. Bad side is that because of her size, she took up a lot of real estate. Being such a rare breed, they’re hard to find. We’d love to have another.