Low energy hypoallergenic dogs sound like a dream, don’t they? Imagine a low-maintenance companion that even allergy sufferers can live with! Well, if this sounds perfect to you, please read on!
Low Energy Hypoallergenic Dogs
Typically, low energy hypoallergenic dogs that don’t shed are smaller in size. Most will do just fine in an apartment or other small space.
However, keep in mind that “low energy” doesn’t mean your pup won’t need exercise! Talk to your vet about the appropriate amount of activity your unique dog needs. In addition, your pup will still need grooming, brushing, and washing to prevent mattes in their fur or hair. However, regular grooming (every 8 to 12 weeks) is preferable to a carpet of dog fur in your home!
Without further ado, let’s check out some of the dog breeds allergy sufferers choose most frequently, and low-energy breeds that those with less active lifestyles can enjoy.
We also made a video if you prefer to see these dog breeds via video. View the video below:
Maltipoo AKA Maltese-Poodle Mix
A Maltese-Poodle mix AKA “Maltipoo”, is an intelligent, affectionate, and social dog! Maltipoos range from 5 to 20 pounds and make excellent small-home or apartment dogs. Maltipoos are low energy hypoallergenic dogs and they love to cuddle with their owners and seek affection. It’s the breed’s Poodle qualities that makes them so allergy-friendly, so talk to your breeder about your pup’s pedigree.
Maltese are fluffy white dogs that love to cuddle and play with their owners. Maltese shed little hair due to their hypoallergenic features which means you won’t have to vacuum every other day just to keep your house looking clean. In general, the Terrier dog breeds are good for pet owners with dog allergies because they contain a “wiry” type of coat which keeps dander off their fur.
Shih Tzu are small, loyal, friendly, and relatively low energy hypoallergenic dogs. They make great family pets and get along with smaller children. They have hair, not fur, which is less likely to bother allergy sufferers. When you brush your Shih Tzu, too, you’ll notice he doesn’t lose a lot of it!
If you’re looking for a super chill lap dog, you can’t go wrong with a Shih Tzu.
Brussels Griffon dogs are small, low energy, and nonshedding dogs that you’ve likely seen on various TV shows or movies. This dog breed is highly trainable and is extremely loyal. Brussels Griffon dogs seek lots of attention and cuddling time, but they don’t require heavy daily exercise. In addition, the Brussels Griffon is non-shedding and hypoallergenic which is great for pet owners who suffer from various allergies.
Bichon-Frises are the definition of low energy hypoallergenic dogs. They are extremely friendly, easily trained, and can remain independent if you are gone at work during the day. The Bichon Frise has a signature curly white coat that consists of two layers, doesn’t shed, and is hypoallergenic. However, you will need to regularly groom a Bichon Frise every 6-12 weeks due to their dense undercoat. They also have relatively short legs and don’t need a lot of exercise outside of regular walks. That aside, Bichon Frises are wonderful low energy hypoallergenic dogs.
Our top choice for low-energy hypoallergenic dogs that don’t shed is a teacup Goldendoodle which is a hypoallergenic Golden Retriever. The Goldendoodle is a Golden Retriever mixed with a Poodle, and the teacup Goldendoodle is the smallest version of the petite or toy Goldendoodle because they are introduced with the dwarfism gene. Often times these dogs are less than 15 pounds; they are extremely loving, intelligent, and fun. There are also a lot of different Goldendoodle coat colors, so you can choose a cute looking dog.
Since the Goldendoodle is mixed with a Poodle, they are considered hypoallergenic. Some Goldendoodle Generations are more hypoallergenic than other dog generations so make sure you do your research ahead of time. Goldendoodles are often prone to different types of dog allergies: Top 3 Labradoodle Allergies.
Yorkshire Terrier AKA Yorkies
Last but not least, the Yorkshire Terrier, or “Yorkie” dog breed is a great low energy hypoallergenic dog. The Yorkie is considered a “toy” type terrier and is less than 15 pounds. This breed does enjoy regular walks outside. In addition to their compact size, Yorkies are hypoallergenic and nonshedding dogs that carry little dog allergy dander. Yorkies are also great companion dogs that like to sit on your lap and love to play! Their signature coat is multiple colors of steel blue and tan.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I live with a dog if I’m allergic?
Well, in some cases you can! Many mildly allergic pet owners have lived alongside dogs quite happily! The breed and your specific health concerns are the determining factors, however, so it’s best to speak with a doctor about allergy treatments.
Can you build immunity to dog dander?
Yep! Talk to your doctor about allergy shots for your specific triggers. In many cases, allergy sufferers have been able to build up immunity to dog dander over time.
What’s the best breed of dog for allergy sufferers?
Most vets and doctors would tell you that the Poodle is the best breed for those who suffer allergies. A Poodle has hair instead of fur, and sheds less fur and dander than some other breeds. However, there are quite a few breeds of dogs with a single coat that may be perfectly appropriate to your situation.
Conclusion for Low Energy and Hypoallergenic Dogs
Two of the biggest factors that prevent people from adopting dogs are allergies and activity level! If you want a canine companion but worry about your sedentary lifestyle or your allergies, there’s hope! The low energy hypoallergenic dogs on our list are worth exploring!
Even if you don’t have allergies and are quite active, we think you’ll find that the puppies we’ve mentioned are ideal companions. They’re “chill,” low-key dogs that just want to join a loving family, so look for a reputable breeder near you today!
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Dr. Sabrina Kong graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in England in 2016 and has been working at a small animal clinic in Northern California since then. She grew up in the Bay Area and got her bachelor’s degree from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. She also became a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner through a program at the University of Tennessee.
When she isn’t in the clinic taking care of her four-legged patients, she enjoys traveling and trying new foods with her friends and her three-legged dog, Apollo. She adopted Apollo from her clinic when he was a puppy with numerous health issues. Dr. Kong truly cares about taking care of animals.