Medium sized hypoallergenic dogs are becoming more popular these days among pet lovers due to their non-shedding nature. Spreading allergies and dog shedding are among the most common problems with pet dogs.
To avoid such situation many dog lovers pay even thousands of dollars to get dog from hypoallergenic breeds. Though no dog can be termed as fully hypoallergenic as most of them shed some king of allergens still there are some that can be better choice for the people suffering from allergies. This list of medium sized hypoallergenic dogs will help you to choose one for your home.
1. Maltese Terrier
These dogs are known for their elegant silky white coat but they are liked by most dog lovers for not shedding on their clothes and furniture. These dogs, little in size, are loving, energetic and playful by nature. The exact origin of this breed is not known. They are said to be known as dogs of Roman Ladies who used to have them in ancient medieval times for catching rodents.
2. Tibetan Terrier
These dogs prove misconception, hypoallergenic dogs have no hair, wrong. These bushy dogs are on this list because they shed least amount of hair if groomed properly. Once they were used by nomadic herdsmen and Buddhist monks as companions as guard dogs.
3. Brussels Griffon
The dogs of this breed are known for their friendly nature and watchdog abilities. The reason of their entry on this list is that they rarely shed any hair. They are considered as the best pets for families with kids as they have better bond with humans than other breeds in this category. They are also used in many TV shows and movies because they are very expressive by nature.
4. Shih Tzu
These hypoallergenic dogs are known for their friendly nature and loyalty along with non-shedding nature. They do not shed any hair unless they are brushed as broken hair can fall while brushing them. This dog breed got its name due to their resemblance with lions as shown in the ancient oriental art of China. They were known in Chinese as Shih Tzu that means lion dogs.
5. Soft-coated wheaten terrier
This is the energetic and happy breed of hypoallergenic dogs. They are also known for their agility skills, intelligence, tracking skills, animal therapy skills and obedience. First of all they were bred as farm dogs in Ireland for guarding livestock, hunting vermin and herding. For this reason they were also known as the wolfhound of poor man.
6. Portuguese Water Dog
This is another breed of energetic and loyal hypoallergenic dogs because they shed very small amount of hair from their coat. But you will have to groom them regularly to maintain their coat. This is the rare breed of hypoallergenic dogs. Recently US President Obama had gifted one to his daughter on his inauguration.
7. West Highland white terrier
Due to its friendly nature this active small dog with a double-coat is also nicknamed as Westie. They are also great watchdogs due to their hardy nature and loyalty to their owners. They are considered hypoallergenic breed but they shed very little amount of hair. Originally they were bred from Scottish and Cairn Terriers to be used for hunting. This breed was created to avoid misunderstanding caused by foxes during hunting.
The dogs of this breed are popular all over the world due to their availability in various sizes including toy, miniature and standard. Along with their hypoallergenic nature they are also considered most responsive and intelligent dogs. They are also loved very much by pet lovers due to their virtually odorless nature.
9. Kerry blue terrier
These dogs, also known as Irish Blue Terrier, were bred as all purpose dogs as they can do all types of tasks like guarding, hunting pests and herding. The texture of their hair is as fine as human hair. Initially these dogs are born with black hair coat but turns to blue when they become 2 years old.
10. Bichon Frise
The hypoallergenic dogs of this breed are independent, laid back, easy to train and social by nature. While giving maintenance cut to their coat, their hair are clipped to make it easy. In French the meaning of Bichon Frise is curly lap dog. They love water as they were considered as companions to the sailors.