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Listen, if you suffer from allergies, I empathize with you. No person should be made to go without man’s best friend! Luckily for you, there are many small hypoallergenic dogs perfect for someone with allergies. Today, we’re going to be talking about some of the most popular dogs for allergy sufferers.
What are hypoallergenic dogs?
First things first, a hypoallergenic dog is one who has either:
- Low-levels of shedding
- Low-levels of pet dander
Some hypoallergenic dogs shed and some are non-shedding. For those who suffer from allergies, it’s not the fur that causes the allergies, it’s the dander; the fur is just the transmitter. So, when searching for a hypoallergenic dog, it’s essential to find one who has low-to-no shedding or has minimal dander.
Small hypoallergenic dogs
Let’s jump right into our 12 cute (and small) hypoallergenic dogs!
1. Bichon Frise
The Bichon Frise is one of the top choices for choosing a small hypoallergenic dog as a pet since they do not shed. The Bichon Frise is well known for its curly locks as well as its cute outlook. If you groom the Bichon Frise well, it may actually rival some of the cutest dogs you can find on Instagram!
We love the Bichon Frise due to their cheerful yet sensitive nature, making it perfect for families with small children. The Bichon Frise stands between 9 to 11 inches tall, and they typically weigh between 3 to 5 kg.
2. Toy Poodle
The Toy Poodle is one of the three size variants of Poodles. Being the smallest variant of them all, Toy Poodles are generally well-loved due to their goofiness and small stature.
Note that Toy Poodles can be pretty playful, too, so you might want to keep an eye on them whenever they play with your kids. They can be lively and intelligent also! Toy Poodles are easy to train, so that makes it a plus point.
Being hypoallergenic, the Toy Poodle is perfect for homes whose occupants might have allergies.
3. Miniature Schnauzer
The Miniature Schnauzer is a another small non-shedding dog. Miniature Schnauzers are well known for their high intelligence level, so training them will be a breeze.
They can be pretty extroverted and fearless too, and might have the propensity to bark at strangers. However, this can be corrected through the right training.
Typically, the Miniature Schnauzer can reach heights of up to 36 cm while weighing up to 9.1kg.
4. Coton de Tulear
One might be mistaken the Coton de Tulear for a Bichon Frise since they both have the same color for their coat. However, both dogs share a similarity in the sense that both of them are small hypoallergenic dogs.
Owners love the Coton de Tulear due to their playful and cute outlook, which warms many hearts. Their sweet yet clownish personality means that there will not be a lack of entertainment in your house if you get them as a pet.
The Coton de Tulear can reach heights of 27 cm while weighing up to 6kg.
5. Chinese Crested
The Chinese Crested can be born with or without hair. Both are remarkably unique, and as a bonus, both breeds are hypoallergenic!
Chinese Crested is well known for their ability to be the perfect couch partner. Still, they love the occasional trip outdoors. If you are not in the know, you might mistake the Chihuahua for a Chinese Crested since they share a similar stature.
They can weight up to 5.4kg while reaching heights of 33 cm.
6. Shih Tzu
If you’re looking for a lazy hypoallergenic dog, let me introduce you to the Shihtzu.
Shih Tzus are well known for their homeliness as they generally do not like exercising. They can be perfectly lazy at home, and yet they still do not care for anything else in the world except for their sleep. I think we can all relate…
If you are looking for a small and quiet dog who enjoys lazing around, then the Shih Tzu will be perfect for you.
7. Cairn Terrier
Originating from Scotland’s Highlands, the Cairn Terrier is one of the world’s oldest dog breeds. The Cairn Terrier is well-loved by their owners due to their high level of independency, so they do not seek your attention all the time.
Being a small hypoallergenic dog, the Cairn Terrier is perfect for apartments. Their low energy-levels mean they don’t need much space to run and make great dogs for smaller living spaces.
This hypoallergenic dog weighs at 8kg, and it can reach heights of up to 33 cm.
Although the Basenji is technically a medium-sized dog, we’ve included him on our list of small hypoallergnic dogs because he isn’t that much larger than some of the others on the list!
The Basenji is predominately a hunting dog. They have a bottomless pit of energy; you’ll be busy if you choose to get a Basenji!
Grooming a Basenji can be easy since their shedding is minimal. Basenji’s are immaculate at self-cleaning (much like a cat) and they take care of most of their grooming needs!
This hypoallergenic dog is good for families as this dog breed is known for its fierce sense of loyalty. The Basenji can reach up to 43cm while weighing up to 12kg.
9. West Highland Terrier
Another non-shedding dog that originates from Scotland is the West Highland Terrier. The Westies have a high prey drive and love to chase squirrels and other small animals. With their high-energy levels, you’ll need to make sure they are well-exercised!
The West Highland Terrier can weigh up to 10kg while measuring 30cm in height.
10. Small Doodles
A Doodle is a cross between a Poodle and another dog. While Doodles can come in standard sizes, you can also find mini Doodles, resulting from a miniature Poodle bred with another breed. Mini Doodles are hypoallergenic and non-shedding. Some well-known examples of small hypoallergenic Doodles are:
- Mini Sheepadoodles
- Mini Goldendoodles and Teacup Goldendoodles
- Mini Bernedoodles
- Mini Labradoodles
- Mini Aussiedoodles
You can search through our list of Doodle rescues if you’d like to adopt a Doodle dog.
The national dog of Cuba, this petite pooch is non-shedding and hypoallergenic. Havanese dogs have long, silky hair.
The Havanese dog has a moderate level of energy and is gentle and calm around children, adults and seniors. They make the perfect small companion for those who don’t want a high-energy dog but would still like a playful pup.
They usually only reach 11.5 inches tall and 13 pounds and live to be around 14 years old.
12. Yorkshire Terrier
Last but not least on the list of small hypoallergenic dogs is the Yorkshire Terrier, otherwise known as the Yorkie. Though they are small in size, the Yorkshire Terrier’s bark can pack quite a punch.
Yorkies are also incredibly intelligent and will pick up training quickly. Owners love the Yorkie because they do not shed much, making them perfect for families who want to keep their furniture fur-free.
Yorkies can be affectionate towards your children, but you will still need to be mindful when putting the dog near the children without supervision as Yorkies can be domineering at times!
The Yorkshire Terrier can reach heights up to 23cm while weighing up to 3.2kg.
Finding a hypoallergenic dog
With so many small dogs to choose from, you’re bound to find a loving pooch who won’t give you hives. ? There are also many large hypoallergenic dogs if you’d prefer to get a larger companion!
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About the Author:
Mira is a dog-lover and writer. She and her two dogs (Bren and Nala) can be found hiking during all four seasons, camping and exploring new places together.