Humans and dogs have shared a unique bond for over 15.000 years. Their relationship is much more intense, pure and stronger than one between any other species. Starting as hunters and herders, dogs went above and beyond to earn the man’s best friends title. There are slightly under a billion dogs in the world and yet none of them is the same as the other. Big or small; fluffy or hairless; shy or bossy; cute or even cuter it is awfully hard to resist them.
Over the years, dogs have been adored by pharaohs, monks and royalties; praised by poets and painters; cherished by common folks. Keeping dogs as pets is a bliss and a privilege, as they are the epitome of unconditional love. Human-canine bond is a field of study that examines the benefits of pet therapy. Studies have shown that owning a dog reduces stress, alleviates anxiety, helps speed up recovery time, improves the immune system and enables better coping. Whereas in terms of social support, dogs give a sense of cohesion and emotional wellbeing.
Although most of the people are familiar with these facts, people suffering from allergies tend to think twice before getting a puppy. It is completely understandable given the fact that allergies to animals are common, especially if one already suffers from other allergies or has asthma. Allergies are caused by typically harmless substances in the environment, and people who are said to be allergic to dogs are actually allergic to proteins found in the dog’s saliva and dander. Considering these findings, breeders became more responsible and since adapted their breeding programs in attempt to create hypoallergenic dogs. Even though there is no dog that is completely hypoallergenic, there has been a major improvement. Below is a list of 30 hypoallergenic dogs that don’t shed and are best fit for allergy sufferers.
1. Australian Silky Terrier
Basic Facts: These tail-waggers are often mistaken for Yorkies and it is no wonder since the Yorkshire Terriers along with Australian Terriers are direct ancestors to this breed. First bred in the 19th century, Australian Silky Terrier caught the interest of breeders and by the beginning of the 20th
Temperament: Size may be placing them into the Toy group, but these little “silkies” are true terriers. They have
Cool Fact: The Australian
2. Afghan Hound
Basic Facts: “The Aristocrat” of the canine world, is one of the oldest breeds with evidence to suggest it has existed for thousands of years. Bred in the cold mountains of Afghanistan, these hypoallergenic dogs were isolated for centuries, because locals were unwilling to sell them to foreigners. In the 20th century the breed was finally brought to England, and later America where its beauty and elegance made it one of the most prestigious breeds of domestic dog. Although historically bred as hunters, today they are kept as house pets and highly desirable show dogs.
Temperament: True to its origins as a hunter, typical Afghan Hound can be aloof, strong-willed and self-confident. However, “the Aristocrats” are loving and deeply attached to their people and have a clownish, happy side. As puppies they are playful, but as they mature, they become very independent. Not aggressive but will let you know when they prefer to be left alone, which adds to their reputation as dogs with cat-like tendencies.
Cool Fact: Because of the unique appearance, these hypoallergenic dogs have been very present in popular culture, from Picasso’s paintings to books, fashion magazines and cinemas. However, the most notable fact is that the first ever cloned dog was an Afghan Hound. Snuppy was the first successful clone of his species and has been named TIME’s “Invention of the Year”.
3. West Highland White Terrier
Basic Facts: The Westie, as commonly known, comes from Scotland and is descended from a number of breeding programs of white terriers before the 20th century. It is close on the family tree to Cairns, Skye terriers, Dandies and other Scottish breeds of terrier. Originally bred for hunting vermin, these hypoallergenic dogs have interesting history. Their fluffy, double-layered white coat was developed by Malcom, Laird of Poltalloch, after a tragic accident. It is believed that while hunting, his reddish-brown terrier was mistaken for a fox and shot. Following this, he soon developed the first generation of terriers with sandy-coloured coats which became known as the “Poltalloch Terriers”.
Temperament: These small-sized, cute and cuddly belly-rub-lovers have the boldest personality. Full of self-esteem, independent and assertive, they will not tolerate rough handling. These hypoallergenic dogs are loyal, affectionate and entertaining. Having a typical terrier prey drive, Westies may chase smaller animals and love interactive play sessions. Quick, loud and alert, they make great watchdogs. However, their friendly side often prevails when met with strangers.
Cool Fact: The adorable appearance and undeniable charm of the Westies have made them popular among many brands. Westies are the “faces” of Black and White Whiskey company as well as of the “Cesar” brand of dog food.
4. Kerry Blue Terrier
Basic Facts: Named after Irish county where they have lived for hundreds of years, their origin is a mystery. Myths and romantic folk tales involving leprechauns and shipwrecks have always been among the
Temperament: The most distinguishing characteristic of this breed is the coat. The soft, wavy and dense coat is blue of color, although puppies are born black. The “texture” of the coat is often perceived as a combination of wool and human hair. Despite their history as canines bred to control vermin, herding cattle and hunting, these hypoallergenic dogs are not aggressive but can fiercely protect their family and property. If properly socialized and well-introduced to, the Kerry Blue will always be friendly with pets and strangers.
Cool Fact: Also known as the Irish Blue Terriers, these hypoallergenic dogs have a rather interesting part in the Irish history. Enchanted by them, Michael Collins, a leading figure in the Irish struggle for independence, tried to push an act to promote the Kerry Blue Terrier to a national symbol but without success. Nevertheless, his love for this breed inspired many and increased its popularity throughout the world.
5. Standard Schnauzer
Basic Facts: Predecessor of the Miniature and the Giant, the Standard Schnauzer originated in Germany. For centuries, it was bred to meet the farmers’ needs – from guarding the livestock to hunting vermin – eventually making it ideal farm dog. It was finally in the 19th century that German breeders began to standardize its appearance and was recognized as a distinct purebred dog by 1850. From barn-and-stable breed to show dog stars, these hypoallergenic dogs found glory after the WWI, where the German army used them as dispatch carriers and Red Cross aides.
Temperament: The bristly mustache and whiskers and the arched eyebrows are the hallmark of this breed. The proportion of body length to height makes the Standard Schnauzer’s square-built and together with the strong muscles and bones gives its robust, sturdy appearance. Clever, dignified and sometimes mischievous, the Standard Schnauzers have highly developed senses, courage and stamina. Just as importantly, they are known for their love and devotion to the family and reliability to the children.
Cool Fact: These hypoallergenic dogs came a long way to earn a world-class status and today are praised for their abilities and loveable personality traits. A famous one is George, the cancer-sniffing dog. George has received large media coverage and has been much appraised for his accuracy in finding melanoma samples. He had also won about 400 obedience awards and was ranked first in the country in his breed in 1994.
6. Lagotto Romagnolo
Basic Facts: Although rare, these hypoallergenic dogs are very famous in their native Italy. This “lake dog from Romagna”, as its name literally translates, is an ancient breed of water retriever and a working dog. In the 19th century, farmers and landowners began to train Lagotto Romagnolo (plural: Lagotti Romagnoli) for truffle hunting and for the past few hundred years their job title changed to a truffle dog. However, they still have the original instincts for water and are very powerful and strong swimmers.
Temperament: Small to medium in size, with curly, wooly coat, these hypoallergenic dogs have a teddy-bear look but are ones of true strength and endurance. As pets, they are loyal, affectionate and very attached. Lagotti Romagnoli generally like to play and make friends easily and as they get older, they maintain their playfulness. Energetic, goofy and curious, they love digging and exploring everything around them.
Cool Fact: Lagotto Romagnolo’s origin goes deep into the Italian history, predating even the Romans. It has been depicted in centuries old Italian paintings by artists such as Pittore Lombardo and Guercino. In addition to the written evidence dating from 1600s, it is believed that this breed has been around since the 7th century BC.
7. Scottish Terrier
Basic Facts: This diehard was originally bred to hunt rodents on farms and badgers and foxes in the Scottish Highlands. Its origin has always been a subject of controversy and disagreement as the breed’s history is obscure and undocumented. However, it is believed to be the oldest of the Highland terriers. After the first dog show in England in 1860, there was a heated argument about the breed’s purity and it wasn’t until 20 years later that J.B. Morrison wrote an official standard.
Temperament: Scotties, as often called, are small dogs with big personalities. Fearless and feisty, these hypoallergenic dogs are nicknamed “Diehards” in reference to their braveness and endless determination. The nickname was originally given to them in the 19th century by the fourth Earl of Dumbarton, George. It is believed that Scotties inspired the name of his Regiment “Dumbarton’s Diehards”. Apart from their brave character which makes them great watchdogs, Scotties are gentle, sensitive and loving companions.
Cool Fact: One of the greatest admirers of these hypoallergenic dogs is Franklin D. Roosevelt. He loved his Scottie Fala so much that brought her almost everywhere with him. Fala was one of the most famous presidential pets and received more fan mail than many presidents did. There is even a statue of a Scottie at F.D. Roosevelt Memorial in Washington DC.
8. Peruvian Inca Orchid
Basic Facts: This national dog of Peru has mystical and controversial history. It is one of the rarest breeds in the world and was near to extinction caused by the Spanish conquest of Peru. Because of their historic significance it’s impossible to know how the breed first made it to Peru, but they appear depicted in ancient ceramics from thousands of years ago. Highly valued by Chimú,Chancay and Inca cultures, these hypoallergenic dogs were believed to possess certain healing abilities and were often used for treating arthritis and respiratory conditions.
Temperament: Coated or hairless, small, medium or large, one thing is for sure – their look is unmistakable. The hairless Peruvian Inca Orchids have vestiges of hair only on the head, feet and tail and often come with a spotted skin. The coated come in a variety of colors and their coat can vary from short and smooth to long and flowing. Able to run fast and traverse great distances, they were used for hunting and delivering messages from one tribe to another.
Cool Fact: Other names for this loyal, intelligent and protective breed include PIO, Perro sin
Basic Facts: Originated whether from France or Germany, descended from a German type of water dog or the French Barbet, Poodles’ ancestry is an everlasting dispute. It is the National dog of France,
Temperament: Portrayed as luxurious and elegant, the Poodle enjoys a reputation of an aristocratic companion with a life of leisure. However, they are proud, dignified and very intelligent dogs – in fact, ranked as the second most intelligent breed. They come in three varieties: standard, miniature and toy, but only differ in size; all other characteristics are the same. Poodles are the ultimate family companions. Empathetic, patient and playful, they will bond with every single member of the family.
Cool Fact: Royalties adored them, famous artists painted them, Elvis Presley owned three of them. Since poodles are hypoallergenic dogs and very popular ones, a trend of crossing them with other breeds to develop even less-allergenic hybrids emerged. Thus, the world welcomed adorable new dogs – Cockapoo, Maltipoo, Labradoodle, Goldendoodle, Schnoodle, Peekapoo and many more.
Basic Facts: This tail-wagger originates from Bologna, a city in Northern Italy, but its exact ancestry is unknown. The Bolognese is a member of the Bichon family and its closest relative is the Maltese,
Temperament: Small size, friendly temperament and a fluffy white coat are the Bolognese’s trademarks. Incredibly people-oriented breed and highly affectionate – they form some of the most intense bonds with their family. Most comfortable in the presence of those they know well and reserved and shy with strangers. Kids, seniors and even allergy-ridden pet lovers can find perfect companion in them as they are trustworthy, friendly and hypoallergenic dogs. Bred as an entertainer for its masters, the Bolognese today is an intelligent and responsive breed – an expert in reading body language and expressions.
Cool Fact: Prior to the 20th century, Bolognese was one of the most depicted breeds in artworks. Titian, Goya, Gosse, Watteau are a few among the many to have shown the Bolognese in their works. These hypoallergenic dogs were so charming that the most prominent royal and aristocratic figures of Europe had to own them. Some of those include the Medicis, the Gonzagas, Catherine the Great of Russia and Maria Theresa of Austria.
11. Tibetan Terrier
Basic Facts: This breed’s history is a remarkable one. For over 2000 years, this dog was kept purebred, raised and treasured by Buddhist monks. Originally, the it was used as a herder and a monastery guardian, but because of the gentle demeanor, charm and unconditional love for people, it became precious companion. This “Holy dog of Tibet” was considered a good luck charm. Tibetan Terriers were never sold but given as gifts, for it was believed that selling one causes bad luck. They were so highly thought of that mistreating them was a frowned upon activity.
Temperament: Despite their name, they are not terriers at all. They were labeled terriers due to their similarity in size and appearance to some dogs in the Terrier family. These shaggy canines thrive on human companionship, enjoy life and love to be involved in everything that goes around them. Energetic, strong and hypoallergenic dogs. By nature, these tail-waggers are cheerful, lively and intelligent companions.
Cool Fact: These hypoallergenic dogs were unknown to the Western world until less than a century ago when in 1992 a Tibetan man gave a female Tibetan Terrier to Dr. Greig as a token of gratitude for saving his wife. Greig brought the puppy in England and soon after acquiring a male Tibetan Terrier she began a breeding program, the first ever outside of Tibet.
12. Bichon Frisé
Basic Facts: Despite being often depicted as a French dog, the Bichon Frise (French for “curly lap dog”) is Spanish. It is believed that the Bichon type descended from the water dogs and poodle type dogs. Modern bichons, however, are members of the Barbichon group which also includes the Bolognese, Havanese and Maltese. Spanish seamen thought highly of and used the little white dogs as barters. They introduced them to the Tenerife where their modern development began and soon became known as “Bichon Tenerife”. In the 14th century, the Italian seamen brought them back to continental Europe and ever since, these powder-puffs were regular companions in the royal courts of the Spanish, Italian and French elite.
Temperament: The white fluffy coat is this breed’s glory, but they may come in a pale yellow or cream. Eager to cuddle as to play, these hypoallergenic dogs make adorable companions. Willing to make friends with everyone – kids, other dogs and even strangers. Naturally, Bichons are affectionate, lively and happy. They have an independent spirit but are very sociable and love to be around their people. Easy to live with as their temperament is wonderful.
Cool Fact: With the emergence of
13. Yorkshire Terrier
Basic Facts: The details about this breed’s history are scarce. The origin is traced back to the mid-1800s, when Scottish workers came to Yorkshire, England, and brought a few different varieties of Scotch terriers (meaning terriers of Scotland, not the Scottish Terrier breed) with them. These hypoallergenic dogs were bred mostly by mill operatives for exterminating rodent-infested clothing mills and coal mines. Regardless of their humble origins as work dogs, the Yorkies, became fashionable and very desirable pets in the Victorian era.
Temperament: They are perfect companions – intelligent and very affectionate. Brave, bold and confident, it is often said the Yorkie has no idea how small it is. Loyal to the bone, a Yorkie would never let its tiny stature hold him back. Their coat color combinations include black and tan, black and gold, blue and gold and blue and tan. Kept long for show or casual with “puppy cut”, Yorkies are considered hypoallergenic dogs as they have human-like hair instead of fur.
Fun Fact: Yorkies have a several stars under their name. Huddersfield Ben, the forefather of the breed, was a champion in conformation shows and ratting contests; Sylvia, a tiny Yorkie, was the smallest dog in recorded history; and Smoky, the first therapy dog, was a World War II hero.
Basic Facts: This highly skilled hunter is inherently different from other breeds. Basenji has been mighty human companion for thousands of years. It bears very close resemblance to the Tesem (ancient Egyptian hunting dog), and has been depicted in ancient Egyptian, Babylonian and Mesopotamian artworks. Originated in Africa, this creation of nature is one of the oldest in the world and considered basal breed. It had been called “The jumping up and down Dog” and “Wild Dog” but is known as Basenji, meaning “Little Thing of the Bush”.
Temperament: Basenjis are unique. They have an extremely independent nature and a feline personality. Known for the incredible speed, sharp vision and keen sense of smell, these hypoallergenic dogs stand proud and dignified. Their
Cool Fact: Among the many unique traits of these hypoallergenic dogs, there is one particularly interesting. Basenjis’ larynx is unusually shaped so instead of barking it makes a chortle or yodel-like sound, commonly known as “baroo”. This yodel is unique to the breed and because of its incapacity to produce a bar, this sighthound is known as the “barkless dog”.
15. Russian Tsvetnaya Bolonka
Basic Facts: This rare toy breed’s origin dates to the early 18th century. Their ancestry includes smaller dogs such as Bichon, Toy Poodle, Shih Tzu, Pekingese and French Bolognese. The Russian Tsvetnaya Bolonka was developed in Russia but in the beginning, it wasn’t popular in the country. Due to the harsh conditions in the country, people were in need of working dogs, and the Tsvetnaya Bolonka was seen as unnecessary. They began to be taken seriously in the 1950s and the standard for the breed was confirmed in
Temperament: The “Russian Colored Lapdog” is an absolute joy to be around and fit into almost every household. It has sweet, affectionate and gentle nature. This fuzzy coated dog is calm and quiet yet playful. Their affection knows no bounds. Bred to be hypoallergenic dogs, these adorable companions are suitable for people who suffer from allergies.
Cool Fact: These exquisite little charmers are also called Bolonka Zwetna and Frazuskaya Bolonka. As they are recently introduced to the world outside their native country, they have just started winning hearts. Continuing their legacy as noble companions, these hypoallergenic dogs won the heart of the British Royal Family in 2016 and became a precious addition to their family.
16. Giant Schnauzer
Basic Facts: This working dog breed is of German origin. Its name comes from the German word “Riesenschnauzer” (“riesen” meaning giant, and “schnauzer” meaning “walrus mustache”). In the 17th century breeders attempted to improve on the Standard Schnauzer and the Giant Schnauzer was developed. These larger in size hypoallergenic dogs, with the qualities of the Standard Schnauzer, were believed to be better cattle dogs and sheep drovers. In the outburst of the World War I, this breed gained the attention of the German police and military and they hired him as a guard dog.
Temperament: This exceptionally intelligent canine known as the Munchener Dog, can weigh up to 90 pounds and reach height of 23.5 to 27.5 inches. They are powerful, well-muscled and square in proportion. As pets, these hypoallergenic dogs are calm, loyal, reliable and especially good with children. Due to its long heritage as a guard dog, with the help of an experienced trainer, it is a protective and territorial animal which makes it an utterly devoted keeper of the house.
Cool Fact: Being the dog that loves to work and practically lives for its job, this lovable robust “giant” has also begun to be used for Search and Rescue, as well as for detection of contraband substances at airports.
17. Shih Tzu
Basic Facts: Shih Tzu (Sheed-Zoo) is an old breed, originated from Tibet. Their presence in art gives the indication that these hypoallergenic dogs existed in the 7th century. It was by mixing the Pekingese with the Lhasa Apso that the Shih Tzu was created. Developed to resemble a lion, an important religious symbol, the Shih Tzu was considered sacred to the Chinese. Thus, Buddhist monks named this breed Shih Tzu, meaning “lion dog”.
Temperament: Their beautiful, long and flowing coat makes them look elegant and suited for a luxurious life. They are sturdy and fierce, yet loyal, playful, people-oriented and loving companions. Shih Tzus have a tendency to lie for hours at a time, therefore, it is a good idea to keep them fit by playing various dog games. Underneath their silky coat there is a muscular and agile body. Being hypoallergenic dogs, they fit the margins of canines perfectly safe to be owned by an allergic person.
Cool Fact: Surprisingly, despite their cute looks, the Shih Tzu are closely related to wolves. They are genetically similar even though they are small dogs. A lion, a wolf or simply a royal little fluff, the Shih Tzu is truly irresistible. Popular among celebrities, they were owned by Beyonce, Bill Gates, Queen Elizabeth II and many others.
18. Portuguese Water Dog
Basic Facts: This rare breed is native to Algarve, Portugal. It is believed that the Portuguese Water Dog
Temperament: These “Cao de Agua” (Dogs of Water) are famous for their distinctive “lion cut”; fishermen and sailors used to shave the dogs in order to reduce the shock from getting into cold water and insulate their vital organs. Today their curly or wavy coat is usually clipped into the “retriever cut” for practical reasons. The Portuguese Water Dogs are lively, spirited companions with
Cool Fact: Once almost extinct, they throve in a large scale, capturing the interest and liking of people around the world. One of these hypoallergenic dogs became the “First Dog” of the USA when joined the Obamas in 2009. Soon after Bo joined the family, the popularity of this breed increased to a great extent and in 2013 the Obamas welcomed their second Portuguese Water Dog, Sunny.
19. Irish Water Spaniel
Basic Facts: The largest and the oldest of Spaniels. The ancestry of these hypoallergenic dogs is unknown, and many breeds are suggested to be their antecedents. However, what is familiar is that the breed was developed in its native Ireland in the 1830s. Today the Irish Water Spaniel is listed as one of the rarest breeds in the world.
Temperament: The Irish Water Spaniel has several peculiar features: a curly topknot; dark, slightly purple-colored coat and hairless “rat tail”. Because of the appearance, this breed earned a lot of nicknames – Whiptail, Shannon Spaniel, Rat Tail Spaniel and Bog Dog. Legend says Saint Patrick mystically decided to put the dog’s tail on its head. Their coat is virtually waterproof, and their immense stamina makes them very healthy breed. This canine is gentle, faithful and attentive companion. Fun to live with, curious and loving.
Cool Fact: This breed, the most idiosyncratic of all spaniels, is the survivor of the three varieties of water spaniel that once inhabited Ireland. In the 17th century, these hypoallergenic dogs played a part in the English politics. During this period, the relations between England and France were strained and in hopes of improving the diplomatic ties King James I of England presented the Irish Water Spaniel to Louis XIII of France. It was the first ever Irish Water Spaniel in France.
20. Chinese Crested
Basic Facts: Chinese crested are not Chinese at all. Their origin has long been disputed but these dogs have shared genetic history with breeds from Central America and Africa. They are linked to the Aztecs, who supposedly used the Chinese Crested as a bed warmer. Chinese sea merchants loved these dogs and used them as ratters on ships and exotic trading items.
Temperament: There are two kinds of Chinese Crested – Hairless and Powderpuff, both born in the same litter. The Hairless has a soft, smooth skin, similar to that of a human. However, it has spots of hair on its head, tail and feet called crest (thus the name), plume and socks. The Powderpuff has double, soft and silky coat. Both are hypoallergenic dogs. Chinese Crested is a very healthy breed with no major health concerns. These sweet little canines are very friendly, bright and affectionate. They are perfect combination of playful tricksters and tender lap dogs.
Cool Fact: It is surprising how these adorable little dogs are famous for being ugly. They have dominated the contests for world’s ugliest dog for years. But being as they are, these hypoallergenic dogs help raise awareness about rescue and adoption of canines that are less physically appealing. And that is truly admiring.
21. Brussels Griffon
Basic Facts: Originated in Belgium, the Brussels Griffon’s story begins in the 1800s with crossing the Pug with a King Charles Spaniel. They rose to popularity among both workers and noblemen, whether as ratters in stables or companions in family homes. These hypoallergenic dogs gained international fame thanks to the Belgium’s Queen Marie Henriette whose royal patronage helped them thrive as a breed.
Temperament: Ones of a petite size but
Cool Fact: These once nearly extinct doggies have their fair share of popularity in the art world. From paintings and poems in the past, to famous movies in the present, Brussels Griffons have come a long way to today’s star status. These hypoallergenic dogs have starred in many movies, with “As Good as It Gets” being their stepping stone. And not obvious to many, the part of Verdell was played by six Brussels Griffons.
Basic Facts: These hybrids were designed as hypoallergenic dogs for guide and therapy purposes and are a cross between the Labrador retriever and the Standard or Miniature poodle. The cross was a success, and in 1988 the world welcomed the Labradoodle. Although initially intended for doing assistance and therapy work, this “teddy bear” gained huge popularity as
Temperament: These fuzzy companions come in a variety of sizes and
Cool Fact: Notwithstanding the successfulness of his venture, Wally Conron, the creator of the Labradoodle in 2014 stated that he regrets his creation. The Labradoodle became so popular that it caused massive crossbreeding craze with no criteria being followed. He believed his example initiated what is popularly called designer dog fever and today people are requesting crossbreeds that meet their personal desires.
23. Border Terrier
Basic Facts: Originated from the borderland between England and Scotland, this breed has common descent with the Bedlington Terrier and the Dinmont Terrier. Before the 19th century, it was commonly known as Coquetdale or Reedwater Terrier. The Border Terrier was an extremely skilled hunter. The long legs kept pace with the fast and agile foxhounds, the narrow body perfectly fitted in underground passages and the coat provided protection as it is weatherproof. Famous among the farmers and villagers, these hypoallergenic dogs were used for hunting foxes, badgers, otters and rodents.
Temperament: True to their nature, the Border Terriers’ prey drive may kick in around smaller animals, but they are not aggressive and have an even temperament. They play hard but love harder. Very good with children, fond of their owners, incredibly loyal and devoted. Easy to train, the Border Terriers make great therapy and guide dogs.
Cool Fact: The Border Terriers excel at all sorts of canine sporting activities. Champions in Earthdog trials. This comes at no surprise as stamina is their most distinguishable trait. When they are not engaged in physical activities, these hypoallergenic dogs entertain in cinemas. “Baxter” from “Anchorman” and “Toots” from “Lassie” are among the many.
24. American Hairless Terrier
Basic Facts: Descendant of the Rat Terrier, which was brought from Europe to North America in the 19th century. These hypoallergenic dogs’ story begins with an oddly looking Rat Terrier offspring. One in the litter of normally coated parents was born hairless. The owners of the dogs were pleasantly surprised and decided to mate the odd puppy and create a new breed. Thus, in 1983 the world welcomed the American Hairless Terrier.
Temperament: As a true terrier, the American Hairless Terrier is
Cool Fact: It’s not just the hairless skin which makes the American Hairless Terrier unique. A gene which causes the appearance of this characteristic is completely different in comparison with other types of hairless dogs. It was autosomal recessive in nature and therefore these hypoallergenic dogs are the singular hairless breed with recessive genetic feature. This means that it’s guaranteed that a litter will have bald puppies only if both parents are notable by total absence of fur.
25. Bedlington Terrier
Basic Facts: Named after the mining shire of Bedlington, England these feisty little dogs were
Temperament: This fast-paced little canine is bighearted, affectionate companion. Bedlington Terriers are cheerful playmates for kids, loyal fellows to their owners and friends to all. True to their spirits, they love to play and work. Mostly, they are mild-mannered and can be unwelcoming towards cats and other pets but are not aggressive. The lamblike appearance makes them look all cuddly and calm. Their coat is soft, curly and crisp to the touch, easy to groom and maintain.
Cool Fact: These miners’ companions were originally known as “gypsy dogs” because Gypsies used them for poaching. Later, when an eminent landowner, Lord Rothbury, took liking of these dogs they became known as “Rothbury Terriers” or “Rothbury’s Lambs”. The first of these hypoallergenic dogs to be called a “Bedlington Terrier” was a puppy named Piper – a dog famous for its intelligence and courage in the 19th century.
26. Coton de Tulear
Basic Facts: This “National dog of Madagascar” was the most precious companion to pirates. Many legends surround the origin. The prevalent fable is that Coton de Tulear derived from dogs that survived a shipwreck near Madagascar. Following their settlement on the
Temperament: Their name means “Cotton from Tulear” (Tulear being a port city of Madagascar). Considered hair rather than fur, grooming the coat is a breeze and adds to the benefit of no doggy odor. Colors come in white, black and white and tri-color. Along with the irresistible cotton-like coat, comes their adorable personality. They are bouncy, merry and charming people-pleasers that can fit in any kind of a family. These “cotton balls” are peaceful and gentle with everyone and make great cuddle buddies.
Cool Fact: Appearance and personality – Coton de Tulear have the whole package. They have been adored by royals to the degree that it was forbidden for common people or outsiders to own them. The Malagasy and Merina nobles were very jealous guardians and kept the breed in isolation for centuries. These hypoallergenic dogs even have their own postal stamp. In 1974, Madagascar released the stamp in the honor of its beloved “royal dog”.
27. Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier
Basic Facts: These Ireland natives were bred to be versatile farm dogs. Through their 200-year history, these hypoallergenic dogs were used for herding, guarding and hunting. Despite its adorable appearance and excellent skills, the Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier was never owned by nobles or royals – it was considered a “Poor Man’s Wolfhound”. As a breed, even with its long history, this busy little worker was not officially recognized until 1937.
Temperament: Hardworking, intelligent and deeply devoted, this Irish farm dog can easily find its place into a modern family home. The Wheaten loves kids, gets along with other furry friends and is very people oriented. It is not a one-person dog: for the Wheaten “the more the merrier” is
Cool Fact: This happy greeter is affectionately called Softie, Wheaten, Soft Coated and Sweetie Wheatie. In their native Ireland, these hypoallergenic dogs are known as An Brocaire Bui. Wheaties are born in variety of colors: red, brown, mahogany, typically dark tones and as they get older their coat lightens to a wheat color. This process ends once they reach adulthood.
Basic Facts: This ancient toy dog originates from the Mediterranean island of Malta. It is believed the Maltese derived from a Spitz or a Tibetan Terrier, but its exact ancestral history is unknown. The oldest record of this breed dates from 500 BC with portrayals on ceramics from ancient Greek artists. Its glamorous coat and elegant demeanor put the Maltese in the royal courts of European nobles and remained their prized companion for centuries.
Temperament: Throughout the years, these sweet “compact” hypoallergenic dogs could be found in various
Cool Fact: These royal puffs have received a number of monikers – “Ye Ancient Dogge of Malta”, “The Comforter”, “Maltese Lion Dog”, “Roman Ladies’ Dog” and counting. It has been cherished companion to aristocrats and nobles for more than 28 centuries. Among those who had the love and affection of these hypoallergenic dogs are the Queens Elizabeth and Victoria, Henry VIII, Josephine Bonaparte and Mary Queen of Scots.
Basic Facts: This French water dog is a rare breed. The Barbet’s actual origin is unknown, but it has an extensive historical lineage. The Barbets have versatile nature and were used as hunters, retrievers and working dogs. The name Barbet comes from “
Temperament: Barbets are very intelligent hypoallergenic dogs with prominent pedigree. Their appearance is rustic, with dense, double coat and are a great option with people who endure from allergies. These gentle companions are very friendly, very family oriented and have a natural affinity
Cool Fact: These hypoallergenic dogs will leap into cold water despite the temperature since they are protected by the thick skin and coat. Being a rare breed, the Barbets are registered with the ARBA and UKC. However, since they are less than 150 in the USA, AKC still hasn’t recognized them.
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