The 10 Best Small Hypoallergenic Dog Breeds

The 10 Best Small Hypoallergenic Dog Breeds

Small dog breeds are often thought of as the perfect pet for people who have allergies to other dogs. The truth is that small breeds can be anything from great to mediocre. It all depends on the dog’s genetics and whether the parents were hypoallergenic. If you’re looking to get a small dog that’s hypoallergenic, this list is for you. I love reading lists like this because it’s the perfect opportunity to see what’s new and trendy with small dogs.

Bedlington Terrier

The Bedlington Terrier is an extremely friendly breed of dog, and that’s a great thing. The Bedlington Terrier is known for being the perfect little lap dog. The small size makes them great for children and seniors. My two dogs, Bailey and Patches, are Bedlingtons. They are still young, but they make me so happy. We had an amazing experience with Bedlingtons, but there’s a few things you should know before getting one. Shelter dogs can have pretty serious health problems. The same goes for dogs with a history of disease, in my experience. I would not take a dog that might have serious health problems to an adoption event. Check the dog’s ears and mouth and ask if they’ve been vaccinated. Many shelters have long waiting lists for dogs that have been spayed or neutered.

Bichon Frise

This is one of the most common small dog breeds, yet it’s probably one of the most hypoallergenic. That’s because they’re hypoallergenic through and through. They don’t shed. They don’t chew on their feet or get carpet burns. They don’t have skin problems like some dogs. The only downside is that the Bichons get a bit dirty. So if you have hardwood floors, Bichons can be a little problematic. Yet despite their tendency for getting dirty, Bichons are often the most popular small dog in the United States. French Bulldog If the Bichon Frise is the most popular small dog, then the French Bulldog is second. I love both dogs and have one myself. And as you can see from the list above, there’s really not a whole lot to pick between them. They’re both small.

Coton de Tulear

The Coton de Tulear, which comes from Mauritius in the Indian Ocean, is the smallest dog breed in the world. Not only is the breed small in size, but they also have a shorter height than their parents. This small breed was first imported from Mauritius to Europe in the 1950s, so their breeding isn’t unique to the breed. Coton de Tulear puppies can weigh from two to nine pounds and are as short as 22 inches. Puppies from the Coton de Tulear breed are hypoallergenic and only grow about one to two pounds at 12 months of age. The breed is sometimes called the “lollipop dog” because of the fact that they have a big, round face and a round, oval nose. The breed is known for their intelligence, good with other dogs and toddlers, and for being very playful.


This breed has often been called the most hypoallergenic dog breed, and I think that it’s pretty close. These little fur balls are no dainty little dog, but they are relatively small. Havanese are everywhere. It’s just a matter of looking hard enough. Their flat faces have large and expressive eyes. They are also known for their long noses and droopy lips. They are actually related to Bichon Frise, which makes sense because they are friendly and always loving. How much hypoallergenic can a dog be? According to The History and Discovery of Breeds, they’re often hypoallergenic, but I don’t know about you. This breed of dog is hypoallergenic, but I wouldn’t suggest getting one if you have a very sensitive or allergic heart. They are just too big to be as easily held as smaller dogs.


The Maltese is a small breed of Maltese and Maltipoo breeds. They originated in Italy and were popularized in America during World War II, when working dogs and war supplies were needed. However, many people who are allergic to cats don’t need a small dog. Maltese have a very sweet, fawn-colored coat and a slightly smaller size than your standard Chihuahua. The Maltese should not grow larger than a 60-pound dog. They love to cuddle with their humans and will even “sit” on command, so they aren’t totally obnoxious. Maltese are among the most hypoallergenic small dogs. Miniature Pinscher The miniature pinscher is a medium-sized dog that’s similar to the Bichon Frise in shape. They get their name from the fact that they can grow up to be just 3 feet in length!

Miniature Schnauzer

My first small dog I ever owned was a tiny female mini schnauzer named Katie. She was beautiful and smart and sweet, but she was VERY hypoallergenic. I’ve had several small dog allergies in the years since, but I’m no longer allergic to Katie! Miniature Pinscher The mini pin is also a good option for people who are allergic to some breeds of small dogs. Miniature Schnauzer and Pinscher look the same, but the miniature pin tends to be a bit taller and have more of a shaped face. Miniature Pinscher Owners Will Love This Small Dog Breed Guide! Do you know the difference between the two? They look the same, but the miniature pinscher is a bit taller and has more of a shaped face.

Poodle (Miniature and Toy)

This is one of the oldest small breeds in the world. They’re still popular today, especially the toy variety. Many poodles today have thicker coats than their ancestors, which makes them great for folks who have allergies. Toy Poodles are also more comfortable to train because they don’t have fur like Poodles. My preference would be the Miniature variety. These dogs are less than half the size of standard size poodles. This makes them easy to handle and train. If you like bigger dogs, the Toy variety might be better for you.

Shih Tzu

Shih Tzus are small pooches, and are available in a wide range of sizes. The breed came from China, and are named after a character in the film Lei Feng. Small breed expert Dr. Sears describes them as “gentle-natured”, and that they’re “inferior to larger dogs”. The Shih Tzu’s average height is between 8-10 pounds. 2. Maltese A Maltese is a small dog from a famous breed of Maltese. They’re sometimes mistaken for a miniature poodle. Maltese are said to be one of the more hypoallergenic dog breeds, and this may be true to an extent. An author and breeder wrote about the Maltese, saying that they’re a great choice if your allergies are bad. He also said that the Maltese don’t shed, so there’s less shedding for people with allergies. 3.

Yorkshire Terrier

This breed is great because it’s small enough to not get into trouble, but large enough to look like a dog. Despite their short stature, they still have the ability to jump really high and are also great at keeping their balance. I also really like the fact that these dogs have an under bite and are pretty goofy when they run around. On top of that, they’re also very smart, which makes them great companions. Pet lovers may be horrified to learn that this breed is also a very aggressive breed, which is usually bred for hunting. If that’s something you aren’t comfortable with, it might be best to look elsewhere. This is just one of the many different breeds of Yorkshire Terriers, but I’m pretty fond of it.

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