11 Small Hypoallergenic Dog Breeds

Affenpinscher The Affenpinscher is small and bold. This is not surprising when you consider that the breed was originally created to hunt and kill rats. The Affenpincher's cute "monkey face" will charm you, but you won't be completely enchanted by its humorous personality. This low-shedding, wiry coat requires twice-weekly brushing and trimming.

Bedlington Terrier Bedlington Terriers are sweet little lambs. The appearance of the Bedlington Terrier should not be mistaken for a timid or overly affectionate pet. They were originally designed to kill rats and other vermin on farms, as well as deep underground in coal mines. Their persistence and drive for prey have been preserved. They are loving and gentle companions at home.

Bichon Frise The adorable Bichon Frise is outgoing and playful. It looks and feels just like a fluffy, soft cloud. They were originally bred in France as companion dogs. Bichons are gentle, affectionate and friendly. Although the fluffy white coat is not prone to shedping, it does require regular professional grooming. 

Coton de Tulear The Coton de Tulear has a thick, luxurious coat made of cotton. The Royal Dog of Madagascar, also known as the Coton de Tulear, is an ideal companion dog. It will do anything to be with you every day. 

Havanese  Because of its long, silky coat, the Havanese is a standout in crowds. They were beloved lapdogs for the wealthy in Havana, Cuba more than 300 years before their invention. The Havanese is smart, energetic, outgoing, and loves to explore and make new friends. 

Löwchen Lowchens thick, soft, and dense coat are often kept in a lion trim, with shaved hindquarters, a longer mane at the neck and head. This breed is known as the Little Lion Dog. Lowchen make great family dogs. They are happy to play with children and enjoy all aspects of family life. It sheds very little, especially if it is brushed regularly. 

Maltese The Maltese, a silky-coated breed of dog with Mediterranean roots that date back over 2,000 years, is one of the oldest. The Maltese are a great lap dog for people who love to be surrounded by them. Lively and playful, they are small enough to easily accompany you everywhere--something they would much rather do than stay at home alone. 

Miniature Schnauzer The Miniature Schnauzer, which is smaller than the Standard Schnauzer or Giant Schnauzer, is one of three Schnauzer breeds.  Although they are small, Miniature Schnauzers can be very energetic and have a lot of spirit. They are very active and love to play. 

Poodle (Miniature and Toy) There are three sizes of the Poodle: one is the standard size, and two are smaller (miniature or toy). The Standard Poodle was originally bred in Germany to be a water retriever. The miniature and the toy versions were smaller and were used mainly as companion dogs. Poodles are intelligent and energetic, but they tend to be quiet in the house. 

Shih Tzu The Shih Tzu, a sweet and affectionate dog, was born in China centuries ago. It was beloved lapdog by Chinese nobility. The Shih Tzu is charming and charismatic. He loves to play and can get along with everyone, even children. Due to its long, flowing double hair, the Shih Tzu is compatible with mild allergy sufferers. 

Yorkshire Terrier Yorkshire Terriers were originally used to ratter, but today they are more comfortable cuddling up on a human's lap or making funny faces at their family members with their cute antics. Yorkies are small and lively, but they can still get exercise. They will need to go for at least two walks a day, indoor fetch or even a few sessions.