Those who are allergic to fur can often feel left out from the furry-friend-toting contingent of the world. But there are hundreds of dog breeds that are hypoallergenic, meaning they have hair instead of fur. This means you can join in on the dog-loving fun without needing to be rushed to the hospital.
Using our dog breeds data, PetBreeds, a pets research site that's part of the Graphiq network, found 10 hypoallergenic dog breeds and arranged them by their 2015 American Kennel Club popularity ratings.
#10. Airedale Terrier
American Kennel Club Ranking: 53
Airdales are quick learners and have served in both the White House and the military. They can grow to weigh over 60 pounds and their double-layered coat doesn’t shed (though owners need to hand strip the fur twice a year).
#9. Portuguese Water Dog
American Kennel Club Ranking: 52
The Portuguese water dog has a thick, weatherproof coat that is perfect for swimming, so it would be well-suited for an active family. It is known to weigh from 40 to 60 pounds and has a maximum adult height of 23 inches.
#8. Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier
American Kennel Club Ranking: 47
As its name suggests, this terrier has a soft, wavy coat that doesn’t shed much but still requires regular grooming in order to stay mat-free. It has an average lifespan of 13 years, during which it is known to be very active and energetic.
#7. Bichon Frise
American Kennel Club Ranking: 44
This powder puff has a unique coat that is a mix of a soft layer below coarser fur on top. The combination give the bichon frise a fluffy coat without a lot of shedding.
#6. West Highland White Terrier
American Kennel Club Ranking: 41
The West Highland white terrier, or “Westie” usually has a bold personality and is a good family dog. Westies also have double-layered coats that need regular care.
American Kennel Club Ranking: 31
The Maltese is one of the oldest lap dog breeds and has a long, silky coat that requires constant grooming. Malteses are also very small, and are an average of 9 inches tall.
#4. Shih Tzu
American Kennel Club Ranking: 19
Shih Tzus are crosses between Pekingese and Lhasa apso breeds. Their coats are made of two layers: the top is long and silky, while the bottom is fleecy. They can live up to 20 years and were the 19th most popular dogs in 2015.
#3. Miniature Schnauzer
American Kennel Club Ranking: 16
The miniature schnauzer scored the spot as the 16th most popular dog in the U.S. in 2015. They’re bold and highly alert, as they have extremely sharp hearing. They also have a thick, double-layered coat that needs daily grooming if you plan to keep it long.
American Kennel Club Ranking: 8
The poodle was the eighth most popular dog in America in 2015. Though they have the reputation of being divas, they are actually a water-retrieving breed. They are highly intelligent and need to be bathed every 2 to 3 weeks.
#1. Yorkshire Terrier
American Kennel Club Ranking: 7
The Yorkshire terrier has been a very popular hypoallergenic dog for years. It is known to have a big personality despite its small size (6-7 inches). They have an average life expectancy of 13 years, but can live for up to 16 years.