Hypoallergenic dogs: do they affect allergies?

30th August 2023

Everyone loves man’s best friend - but what if you’re allergic to your furry companion? Accepting that you or another member of your household is allergic to dogs can be a big disappointment, especially if you’re an animal lover.

When getting a dog, you want to feel tip-top and equipped to take care of this new member of the family, rather than being struck down with a sniffly nose and itchy eyes. If you’re prone to allergies but can’t picture your life without a pet pooch, you may want to consider opting for a hypoallergenic dog. 

Though they may not be suitable for every household, hypoallergenic breeds tend to be less problematic than other dogs and can be a viable solution to your allergy-laden troubles. 

Keen to learn more? Look no further! We’ve answered some commonly asked questions and compiled everything you need to know about hypoallergenic dogs.

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Are hypoallergenic dogs real?

Yes - and no. Though a completely hypoallergenic dog doesn’t exist, it is absolutely possible to find less allergy-inducing dog breeds that are a much better match for those who suffer. 

Hypoallegenic dog breeds have a non-shedding, predictable coat, which is naturally much easier for an allergy sufferer to navigate. They also produce less dander - which is what clings to pet hair and causes reactions.

Do hypoallergenic dogs shed?

The short answer is, yes. Like any other dog breed, hypoallergenic dogs do shed - but they do so a lot less, resulting in a smaller chance of you being exposed to it. Hypoallergenic breeds tend to have either thick, curly coats or not a lot of hair - which, in most cases, produce less dander and hair moulting. 

Do hypoallergenic dogs have hair or fur?

Hypoallergenic dogs have hair rather than fur, which is why they shed a lot less. Though dogs with fur do tend to moult a lot, it isn’t actually the fur itself that you’re allergic to, but rather the dander that’s carried in the coat. Dogs with hair can still cause allergic reactions, as they also have dander, but the symptoms they cause are usually less extreme due to their lack of shedding.

Can hypoallergenic dogs get fleas or lice?

Sure, hypoallergenic dogs are certainly less prone to shedding, but they can still get fleas. They’re just less likely to. Reason being that there are few places for fleas to set up camp. Not as much hair means not as many places to hide! If your dog is suffering, why not read our guide on how to deal with ticks and fleas on dogs?

What dog breeds are hypoallergenic?

We’d recommend several breeds as the most hypoallergenic - starting with the Labradoodle, the Bichon Frise, and the Schnauzer, due to their easy-to-maintain coats. 

The Bichon Frise, with its curly hair and dense coats, produces very little dander and therefore doesn’t stir up severe allergic reactions. Similarly, Labradoodles don’t pick up as many allergens from going outside as other dogs, due to their woolly coats. The Schnauzer is another low-dander, low-shedding breed that could also be a good fit for allergy-prone pet owners.

Discover more examples of hypoallergenic pet breeds to consider.

Are all poodles hypoallergenic?

Yes - though no dog is 100% hypoallergenic, Poodles are certainly up there as a popular choice for allergy sufferers. Whether it’s a toy, miniature or standard size, Poodles have low-shedding coats and - as a result - are less likely to cause allergic reactions. 

Are hypoallergenic dogs expensive?

Though perceived as pricey, hypoallergenic dog costs tend to vary from breed to breed, meaning that you should be able to find a reasonably priced furry friend that can help you avoid regular allergic reactions. 


It’s a fact of life that countless people, pooch lovers or not, are allergic to dogs. However, a hypoallergenic dog could be the solution you’re looking for. 

Whilst no dog is truly hypoallergenic, being savvy with which breed you choose could really help you get the best friend you’ve always wanted, whilst also avoiding the sniffles. 

For more information on how to provide the best care for your dog, visit our dog advice section

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