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Most popular dog breeds that don't shed

  • Most popular dog breeds that don't shed

    Dogs are called “man’s best friend” for a reason: They love unconditionally, guard the house, force us outside, and are great additions to an Instagram feed. But even the cutest pups can lead to sneezing fits, runny noses, or worse. Between 10% and 20% of the world's population is allergic to dogs and cats. And for those with asthma, the prevalence of dog allergies is even higher.

    Dog ownership shows no signs of slowing, however. As of 2016, three-quarters of people in their 30s and 71% of men between 18 and 34 owned a pup. So, what can those with dog allergies do?

    While no dog is 100% hypoallergenic, there are breeds with nonshedding coats that produce much less pet dander—one common trigger for allergy sufferers. But, it’s important to note that people with dog allergies are just as allergic to each breed.

    For the sniffler in your family, Stacker compiled a list of the 26 most popular dog breeds that don’t shed based on 2020 data from the American Kennel Club (AKC). The data was compiled from AKC's Hypoallergenic Dogs list; those that don't have a ranking are either not registered with the AKC, or they are newly registered this year.

    These pups have luscious locks and voluminous curls, long beards and dramatic bangs. They do need to be groomed, but they won’t get fur all over your furniture. And they’re woofing cute!

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  • Peruvian Inca orchid

    - AKC breed popularity: data not available
    - Height: 9.75-15.75 inches (small) 15.75-19.75 inches (medium) 19.75-25.75 inches (large)
    - Weight: 8.5-17.5 pounds (small) 17.5-26.5 pounds (medium) 26.5-55 pounds (large)
    - Life expectancy: 12-14 years
    - Group: Miscellaneous Class

    This Peruvian hound is built to hunt, with great agility, intelligence, and eyesight. But what distinguishes the Inca orchid is its coat—or lack thereof. These dogs come in a hairless variety with different skin colors and no more than a mohawk down the center of their heads. They’re definitely different—strange but elegant, like the Sphynx cat.

  • Russian tsvetnaya bolonka

    - AKC breed popularity: data not available
    - Height: 9-10 inches
    - Weight: 4.5-11 pounds
    - Life expectancy: 12-16 years
    - Group: Foundation Stock Service

    Tsvetnaya bolonka (which translates to “colored lap dogs”) are small companions bred to live in a family. They’re smart, easy-going, great with kids, and, of course, hypoallergenic. Though you can trace the breed’s origins to the 18th century, the Russian tsvetnaya bolonka’s popularity really took off in the 1960s when Nikita Khrushchev relaxed restrictions on small dog breeding. They come in a few different colors, and are known for their long, wavy hair.

  • Barbet

    - AKC breed popularity: data not available
    - Height: 19-24.5 inches
    - Weight: 35-65 pounds
    - Life expectancy: 12-14 years
    - Group: Sporting Group

    This French hunting dog is best known for his robust coat of curls. Bred to retrieve water game, these dogs have webbed paws and are great swimmers. Barbets are mentioned as far back as the 14th century but nearly went extinct during World War I and II—it took an active push by some dedicated breeders to bring them back.

  • Bolognese

    - AKC breed popularity: data not available
    - Height: 10-12 inches
    - Weight: 5.5-9 pounds
    - Life expectancy: 12-14 years
    - Group: Foundation Stock Service

    These 5- to 10-pounds dogs sport extra-fluffy white hair. As their name suggests, these little meatballs are Italian through and through, dating as far back as the 11th century. They’re popular today, but they were an especially big deal during the Renaissance: Cosimo de' Medici sent eight Bolognese to influential noblemen in Brussels.

  • Löwchen

    - AKC breed popularity: #168 of 195
    - Height: 11-13 inches
    - Weight: 10-15 pounds
    - Life expectancy: 15+ years
    - Group: Non-Sporting Group

    The löwchen, German for “little lion,” is a toy breed designed for companionship. The dogs are agile, smart, and easily trainable.

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  • Irish water spaniel

    - AKC breed popularity: #159 of 195
    - Height: 22-24 inches (male), 21-23 inches (female)
    - Weight: 55-68 pounds (male), 45-58 pounds (female)
    - Life expectancy: 12-13 years
    - Group: Sporting Group

    These unique-looking water dogs have webbed feet, and are one of the best swimming breeds. The Irish water spaniel is an incredible retriever, originally bred to retrieve waterfowl, and is playful in the home. These dogs are best known for their tight and curly hair, floppy ears, and long, skinny tail.

  • Affenpinscher

    - AKC breed popularity: #148 of 195
    - Height: 9-11.5 inches
    - Weight: 7-10 pounds
    - Life expectancy: 12-15 years
    - Group: Toy Group

    The affenpinscher—German for “monkey dog” or “ape terrier”—is also called diablotin moustachu, or “mustached little devil,” in French. But while they’re loyal, adorable, and hypoallergenic, don’t be fooled into thinking these petite dogs are easy to train.

  • Bedlington terrier

    - AKC breed popularity: #141 of 195
    - Height: 15-17.5 inches
    - Weight: 17-23 pounds
    - Life expectancy: 11-16 years
    - Group: Terrier Group

    These English terriers were bred to work in the mines, chasing down rats and other pests that lurked underground. Today, they are admired for their unique look that's especially pronounced when the dogs are groomed for competitions. Bedlington terriers are energetic family dogs who love to play.

  • Xoloitzcuintli

    - AKC breed popularity: #140 of 195
    - Height: 10-14 inches (toy), 14-18 inches (miniature), 18-23 inches (standard)
    - Weight: 10-15 pounds (toy), 15-30 pounds (miniature), 30-55 pounds (standard)
    - Life expectancy: 13-18 years
    - Group: Non-Sporting Group

    This ancient Mexican dog traces its roots to the Aztecs (it’s named for the Aztec dog-headed god Xolotl). Though there are short-haired variations, this dog is best known as a sturdy, tough and loving hairless breed. Xolos come in three sizes in a variety of colors, and are wonderfully expressive (aided by the wrinkles that form on their forehead).

  • American hairless terrier

    - AKC breed popularity: #136 of 195
    - Height: 12-16 inches
    - Weight: 12-16 pounds
    - Life expectancy: 14-16 years
    - Group: Terrier Group

    Though these dogs do come in a short-haired variety, the American hairless terrier is best known for its lack of fur. The breed weighs between 12 and 16 pounds, and, like its rat terrier ancestry would have you believe, is feisty, energetic, and playful. This breed is relatively new: The first American hairless terrier was born into a litter of rat terriers in 1972. A couple bought the hairless spotted pup and, after a few generations, managed to breed two hairless ancestors and create the new breed in 1983.

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