Top 10 Hypoallergenic Small Dog Breeds

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Allergy to dog hair is a serious problem, particularly if the sufferers are children. However, this does not mean that dogs should forever be barred from the household. There are a dog breeds that are, for one reason or another, hypoallergenic. Once you read up on these dogs, you should choose one whose temperament is right for your household.

Here are some hypoallergenic dog breeds in the small size range:

Yorkshire terrier


Yorkshire terriers are small and elegant pets, with a happy and lively character that seems almost out of place with its looks. They make excellent in-house watchdogs, and are comfortable with family groups. They were originally bred to hunt and chase rats.



Poodles, despite all the stereotypical images of them, are very intelligent. They also are actually hunting dogs with an affinity for water. Poodles come in three variant sizes, so for smaller living areas, the small variant should be a good fit.

Irish terrier

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This beautiful dog breed comes in many color variants. It naturally looks graceful, with an elegant aesthetic to the way it looks, even though it is meant to be a small-size hunter. Even if the dog were hypoallergenic, it would be a good idea to trim it now and then at the vet, or dog stylist.

Miniature Bull Terrier


Though small, these dogs are muscular and built well. They are known for being determined and intelligent. Surprisingly, they have a certain sweetness and sensitivity to discipline that is at odds with how they look.

Miniature Schnauzer Terrier


Schnauzers are a lively, active, and alert breed. They are a small version of their standard-size originating breed, but are mostly the same in temperament as their larger antecedents. If they have any weakness, it is that there is a definite air of a toy dog in them, even though they are properly small terriers.

Shih Tzu


This dog breed has a proud and dignified air, and can be by turns lively and alert, or passive and relaxed. The sizes of shih tzus are wildly different, but it’s agree upon that the basic body frame should be compact and solid in terms of body structure.

Bichon Frise

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These dogs are known for their dense white coat, and have the same dignified air as a Shih Tzu. They are very gentle dogs, and can work well with both children and other animal family members in the house, if properly introduced.

Scottish terrier

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Scottish Terriers is very strong dogs for their size, and are known to be stubborn, determined dogs that are also very affectionate. With the proper training, they can also be good in-house guard dogs. They were originally meant to hunt small animal targets.

Airedale Terrier


Although Airedale terriers are among the larger terrier types, they are not only considered hunting dogs, they are also known as working dogs, used even by the police. They have herding characteristics, and can be a handful if not properly trained. If they are raised with kittens or cats around, they will have no problems with felines when they grow up.



These toy dogs are bred specifically to be companions, and they require love and attention, and can be very lively and playful. The long hair will require regular grooming. They prefer to live in enclosed spaces. Some Maltese dogs can be irritated by children, and should be trained to prevent untoward incidents from happening.


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