Whether you or someone in your family is allergic to dogs, or if you just don’t like constantly picking up dog hair, you might be interested in getting a hypoallergenic dog. Hypoallergenic dogs have little to no shedding, and they are typically more compatible with people who have allergies rather than a dog who is not hypoallergenic. Here are 5 cute hypoallergenic dogs you should consider making a part of your family.

1. Poodle

Not only are poodles absolutely adorable, but they don’t shed! Whether you opt for a standard, toy, or miniature poodle, poodles are a great option for a hypoallergenic dog. They are a highly intelligent breed and have also been known to make wonderful family pets. They do require frequent grooming, as their fur never stops growing!

2. Maltese

Maltese dogs are small in size and they make perfect lap dogs. They love attention and like being close to their humans. They are typically easy to train as they like to please their humans. While these dogs don’t shed, their coats can easily become matted so it’s important they are brushed regularly.

3. Shih Tzu

Like the Maltese, the Shih Tzu is a small breed and they make great lap dogs. They are known to have a spunky personality, and they typically get along well with other dogs and people. They do require regular grooming as their hair could reach the ground if it is not cut.

4. Portuguese Water Dog

Yes that is the White House, and yes that is our former President’s dog! Bo, Barack Obama’s dog, is a Portuguese Water Dog. They are a fairly rare breed, but they gained fame during Obama’s presidency. Portuguese Water Dogs are medium-sized dogs who shed very little. They are known to be great swimmers and are a highly intelligent breed.

5. Samoyed

Samoyeds do shed – but are considered hypoallergenic due to their low dander levels. People with dog allergies are triggered by dander, and since samoyeds do not produce it, they are great for people with allergies. They are great family pets. They are a large breed with a beautiful, thick white coat. If you’re allergic to dogs but can stand a little shedding, this is an amazing dog for you!

Things to Remember about Hypoallergenic Dogs

While all of these cute hypoallergenic dogs listed here would make for great pets, keep in mind there is actually no such thing as a 100% hypoallergenic dog. Just because a dog is considered hypoallergenic does not mean you will be completely immune to all of your allergy symptoms around them, as hyopallergenic dogs are just considered better suited for people with dog allergies due to their low shedding/dander levels. However, to keep the allergies and pet hair away as best you can, remember that most of these dogs require frequent grooming. Many hyopallergenic dogs will still need to be brushed, bathed, and have their coats trimmed on a regular basis. With proper care, any of these dogs would make a wonderful family pet!