While there is in actual fact no such thing as true non-shedding dogs, as all dogs lose hair to some degree, several dogs can be considered hypoallergenic because they produce less of the substances that cause allergies. Many people believe that hair is what causes the allergies, but it’s actually a certain protein found in the dog’s dander (dried skin and hair) or saliva that makes people allergic.

Hypoallergenic dogs are termed as such because they produce little to none of this dander that causes allergies, though many of them also shed a small amount of hair. It’s not surprising then that the majority of non-shedding dogs are smaller breeds, as they by a function of their size produce less of these allergy-causing materials. These following hypoallergenic dog breeds are the 10 most popular choices around the world for people with dog allergies.

Not only is the Yorkshire Terrier the most popular of these non-shedding dogs, but it’s also the third most popular of all breeds behind only the Labrador and German Shepherd. Its coat requires brushing every other day to keep them happy and healthy, as well as special attention for their teeth. It has a high level of energy and is best-suited to an active owner with time for daily walks or play sessions. The Yorkshire Terrier was originally designed to hunt rats, but now it is better known for its popularity around the dog show circuit.

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