Best Hypoallergenic Dogs For Kids – Our Top 10 Dog Breeds

By Roxi & Huck •  Updated: 02/09/21 •  5 min read

Let’s look at the top 10 best hypoallergenic dogs for kids. People with allergies, love dogs too. Thankfully there are some dog breeds out there that kids with allergies and parents who are averse to pet shedding can own and love.

Whether you’re allergic to dog hair or just don’t want to deal with a pet that sheds here are the best hypoallergenic dogs for kids you can own.

Top 10 Best Hypoallergenic Dogs For Kids

# 10. Havanese

Havanese dog sitting in the grass

Havanese dogs have earned the nickname Velcro dog because they tend to stick pretty close to their owners.

They make extremely loyal lovable companions. They are on the smaller size. They only weigh up to about 13 pounds. These dogs are easy to groom, minimally shed, and are extremely easy to train.

#9. Scottish Terrier

Scottish Terrier sitting outside in the grass

For little dogs, Scottish terriers are filled with personality.

They’re, independent, stubborn funny animals and they make great pets for owners who can handle a dog with a mind of their own. Due to their stubborn nature, they aren’t the easiest dogs to train. But, they hardly shed and are easy to groom

#8 Shih Tzu

Shih Tzu sitting on the grass outside

The name Shih Tzu literally translates to a little lion. These little hypoallergenic cuties are lovable happy companions. Not very lion-like if you ask us.

They can live anywhere. Whether a big sprawling house or apartment they just like to be by their owners.

Though extremely friendly and easy to care for Shih Tzus do have a royal background.

They were kept by royal Chinese families during the Ming Dynasty and sometimes that princess attitude comes out.

# 7 Portuguese Water Dog

Portuguese water dog laying on deck

You may be familiar with Portuguese water dogs, thanks to Sonny and Beau Obama. Though Sonny had a few behavioral issues, one thing the Obamas didn’t have to worry about, was shedding.

These dogs are easy to train, very easy to groom, and very playful. But, their favorite place to play – you might have guessed it, the water of course,

# 6 Yorkshire Terrier

young girl holding a yorkshire terrier by a tree

Yorkshire Terriers though they have long beautiful silky hair are considered hypoallergenic, and don’t shed too much.  That doesn’t mean they don’t require frequent grooming to keep their long hair looking nice, though.

Yorkshire Terriers or Yorkies have been on quite a journey to get where they are today. They started as rodent hunters in clothing mills in the 19th century and eventually became companion animals for European high society families.

The Top 5 Best Hypoallergenic Dogs For Kids

# 5 Schnauzers

Schnauzer sitting on grass with a pink scarf

Schnauzers come in different sizes. They all tend to make intelligent watchdogs who are full of energy.

They were originally bred to be vermin hunters, but today they make great hypoallergenic companion pets.

Over the years giant schnauzers have been stock dogs, police dogs, search-and-rescue dogs, detection dogs, drug dogs, and more.

#4 Poodle

brown poodle puppy smiling

According to AKC, the poodle is one of the most popular dog breeds to own.

This could partially be attributed to the fact that they come in three distinctly different sizes so there’s a poodle for everyone.

It also doesn’t hurt that they are hypoallergenic. Who doesn’t want a cuddly dog who doesn’t shed?

#3 Chinese Crested

Chinese Crested dog lying on a blue blanket

Chinese Crested dogs are funny little creatures. They are really happy playful little dogs. They are very affectionate and sweet-tempered

They’re small, mostly hairless, and love to lie around. Due to their lack of hair, they make great pets for people who want a pet but don’t want to deal with shedding.

You do, however, need to take special care of their skin because it’s not protected by fur.

They need to be protected from the Sun and extreme cold just like we do.

#2 Labradoodle

black labradoodle standing

You can’t have a list of the best hypoallergenic dogs for kids without including the Labradoodle. Labradoodles are a cross between a Labrador Retriever and a Standard or Miniature Poodle.

What do you get when you cross a Labrador with a poodle? A friendly, active, loyal dog who doesn’t shed. However, choose a dog that is a second-generation mix where its mother and father are both Labradoodles, if at all possible. If you’re looking for a specific trait such as low shedding make sure you inquire as to whether the parents have it. That way your pup will be more likely to also exhibit that trait.

#1 Basenji

brown and white Basenji looking down is the best hypoallergenic dogs for kids

Basenji aren’t your average dog breed. They hail from Central Africa and were originally bred as hunting dogs.

If you’re looking for an extremely clean dog, this could be the breed for you. They don’t, shed much, are hypoallergenic, and require minimal grooming.

They even clean themselves, just like cats do.

That concludes our reveal of the best hypoallergenic dogs for kids. These also are the cutest hypoallergenic dog breeds.

Obviously, there are so many dog breeds out there that are good with kids that we can’t talk about them all. And bear in mind that some of these breeds’ behavior with kids does depend on how you bring them up.

Which of these best hypoallergenic dogs for kids did you like the most?

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Roxi & Huck

Hello, we're Roxi and Huck. Our passion lies in researching and understanding the compatibility between various dog breeds, both purebred and mixed, and the lifestyles and housing situations of potential owners. We work alongside Mom and Dad to uncover insights that facilitate ideal matches between dogs and their human companions.