35 Hypoallergenic Dog Breeds (Temperament, Size, Coat)

No dog is truly hypoallergenic for everyone. You are able to have an allergy towards any one of these dogs but it’s less likely. Allergic reactions towards pets are caused by dander (dead skin cells) that the pet sheds. You can, therefore, develop a reaction to the dog’s hair, saliva and excretion.

It is advisable to make sure that you’re not allergic to the dog breed (and specific dog) that you’re planning on buying to make sure that you can offer them a long term home. Just because a dog is generally considered hypoallergenic it doesn’t mean that you won’t possibly have a reaction. Every dog is different.

I compiled this list because I too am looking into what dogs are suitable for my family to buy in the near future.

The List is split up into:

  • Terriers
  • Poodles and Poodle Hybrids
  • Water Dog Breeds
  • Other Small Breeds
  • Other Larger Breeds

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1. Yorkshire Terrier

Temperament: they are very playful and love to play fetch with you or just run around crazy in your garden or park. They can be outgoing but also stubborn and a mind of their own from time to time but they often seek companionship. When you go from one room to another they will often follow you and want to be near you. At times they can also be protective of their owners and get jealous when their owner pets other dogs.

Backstory: the Yorkshire terriers were initially bred to catch mice and rats in mines. You can still see some of this behavior in them today. They can go around in your garden and try to pick up a scent and follow it.

Size and Weight: 18-23cm in height and weigh 2-5kg

Colour, Coat and Care: they are usually a mixture of black/grey and gold in a silky straight coat. The hair can go till the floor but you can also get it groomed to have shorter hair which is easier to care for. You need to brush the longer hair more and wash it more frequently as well because the hair will get dragged through the dirt.             

Life Expectancy: 11-15 years

Shedding: minimal

2. Tibetan Terrier

Temperament: the Tibetan Terriers can be reserved but also very affectionate, gentle and loving towards their owners. They don’t necessarily like being on their own for a long time because they enjoy the companionship of their humans. They are also good watchdogs for a home.

Backstory: the Tibet Terrier was given the name terrier not because it resembles other terriers in temperament but merely in size. The terrier was originally bred by monks in the mountains of Tibet and thought of as luck bringers as well as being used to guard their tents.

Size and Weight: 35-41cm in height and weigh 8-14kg

Colour, Coat and Care: the colours typical for Tibetan Terriers range from black and white combinations to golden, grey, and even a three colour mixture. They have a double coat consisting of a wool-like undercoat and a top coat of fine hairs, which can be straight or wavy. If you choose to keep the coat long, you should brush it regularly to prevent matting as well as tangling of the hair. You also need to wash your dog more often if it has a long coat that gets dirty quicker. Regardless of the length, the hair needs to be cut regularly (about twice a year).

Life Expectancy: 12-15 years

Shedding: minimal

3. Maltese Terrier

Temperament: Maltese Terriers are a very gentle dog breed but still very playful and affectionate towards their owners. They love running around so a garden and/or daily walks are important. Even though the dogs are small, many think that they don’t need as much exercise which is not true. They have high levels of energy throughout their entire lives. They also don’t like being left at home alone for long time periods because they enjoy being in the companion of their owners (they can suffer from separation anxiety).

Backstory: the Maltese are a breed that was believed to have always been a small dog, whereas other small dogs were sized down over the years.

Size and Weight: 21-25cm (males) and 20-23cm (females) in height and weigh 3-4kg

Colour, Coat and Care: the Maltese Terrier typically only has white hair. They don’t have an undercoat and some can have curly white hair. The hair is typically cut very short (3-5cm) all over the body (probably because the white hair can get dirty very quickly). You need to clean the area around the eyes very regularly to prevent tear-staining, which is easily spotted on the white fur. The Maltese can sometimes develop teeth problems resulting in cavities and loss of teeth as they grow older. Brushing their teeth once a week can prevent this.

Life Expectancy: 12-15 years

Shedding: little to none

4. Biewer Terrier

Temperament: they can bark frequently (at strangers) but are energetic, loyal and quite intelligent. They can take some time to warm up to strangers because they want to make sure that the stranger isn’t a threat. Not teaching them when the right time to defend their household is can make them unwelcoming towards strangers.

Backstory: the Biewer Terrier is recognized entirely as its own breed.

Size and Weight: 18-30cm in height and weigh 2-4kg

Colour, Coat and Care: colours range from black and brown to white in a long and silky coat. They need to be groomed regularly and/or brushed and bathed when they get themselves dirty. You should have a garden for them to run around and play fetch or take them to a park as well as walk them on a daily basis. They need a way to get rid of their energy otherwise they could resort to destructive behavior. Make sure to socialize the dogs with other dogs and strangers so that they won’t be aggressive towards them.           

Life Expectancy: 12-16 years

Shedding: minimal

5. Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier

Temperament: this terrier is very energetic throughout its life and enjoys playing and running around like a puppy. They are athletic and bark at strangers to protect their family yet after a short time of getting to know the strangers they’ll welcome them. They can suffer from separation anxiety and shouldn’t be left alone for too long as they like being busy with exercise. If they aren’t kept busy they can resort to digging holes, barking, jumping around and other destructive behavior. They might not be suited for people with very young children. All of these “flaws” as well as chasing instincts can be avoided by the right training of your dog.

Backstory: it is believed that the Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier originates from Ireland and shares an ancestor with the Irish Terrier. They are believed to have been working dogs on farms, hunting small animals and protecting the property of their owners.

Size and Weight: 43-46cm (female) and 46-48cm (male) in height and weigh 14-16kg (female) and 16-18kg (male)

Colour, Coat and Care: they have wheat coloured hair and require regular brushing and trimming of the coat (every few months). Brushing can be avoided by cutting the hair very short multiple times a year. If you decide to keep the coat longer a bunch of things can stick to the coat that the dog will then bring into your house. Water is absorbed by his coat and can drip all over and other things from the outside can also cling to the coat. If you decide to let your dog sleep in your bed, for example, he’ll bring all this dirt with him.

Life Expectancy: 12-15 years

Shedding: minimal

6. West Highland White Terrier (Westies)

Temperament: they are loyal companions and like a lot of terriers enjoy digging and barking at strangers to protect their family and property (are very attentive). They are not lap dogs but rather very tough and sturdy. They can have a quite strong chasing instinct which means having other small animals or pets may not be a good idea.

Backstory: the Westies are believed to only have white hair because they were used for hunting and the orange colour of the hair was easily mistaken for a fox.

Size and Weight: 23-28cm (female) and 25-30cm (male) in height and weigh 6-7kg (female) and 7-10kg (male)

Colour, Coat and Care: they have white hair which some choose to keep long and others short. The long variety needs regular brushing yet both need grooming about twice a year. Grooming is usually something that these dogs can enjoy. They have a double coat consisting of a soft undercoat and a rougher outer coat.

Life Expectancy: 12-16 years

Shedding: regular grooming reduces the amount that is shed but shedding is still minimal

7. Kerry Blue Terrier

Temperament: the Kerry Blue Terrier can be strong-headed but loving towards their owners and gentle towards children. They may not get along well with other animals as well as dogs. This breed is fast and intelligent as they were also used to assist in hunting activities. They need daily exercise and make great candidates for herding or agility training to keep them busy.

Backstory: this Terrier originates from Ireland.

Size and Weight: 44-48cm (female) and 46-51cm (male) in height and weigh 15-18kg

Colour, Coat and Care: the colour of their coat can be black, blue, silver and grey. They have a wavy or curly coat without an undercoat. It requires regular grooming and clipping.

Life Expectancy: 13-15 years

Shedding: minimal

8. Scottish Terrier

Temperament: because of their backstory they are fearless, alert and fast yet still playful dogs. They are also best kept alone without any other pets as their instincts can make them quite incompatible with others, especially smaller animals. They need a good amount of exercise and are only walked on a leash to prevent them from chasing another animal. Yet they are still smart, loving and gentle dogs.

Backstory: the Scottish Terrier originates from Scotland where they were used for hunting for farmers.

Size and Weight: 25-28cm in height and weigh 8-10kg

Colour, Coat and Care: the Scottish Terrier can mainly be found with a black coat but also in grey to white. They have wire hairs of which they shed a little. Brushing regularly aids the shedding process as well as keeping the hair tangle-free.

Scottish terriers can have a variety of different health problems but obviously, none of them have to occur. Some of these problems could be a flea allergy, skin problems, different conditions affecting movement and epilepsy.

Life Expectancy: 12-15 years

Shedding: small amounts but shedding may increase in certain seasons.

9. Cairn Terrier

Temperament: this dog enjoys daily exercise but is able to adapt to various lifestyles. They love their families but can test the limits of their owners as well so obedience training is important.

Backstory: the Cairn terrier is one of the oldest terrier originating from the Scottish Highlands where they were used for hunting.

Size and Weight: 23-30cm (female) and 25-33cm (male) in height and weigh 6-8kg

Colour, Coat and Care: the Cairn Terrier can have black, beige, grey and mixtures of these colours. They have a weather-resistant outer coat that can change colour as they get older, usually more grey or black. The coat of this dog should be hand stripped, meaning that the dead hairs are pulled out by hand to allow new hairs to form which will protect the dog from rain and dirt. They should not be cut by scissors as this could ruin its outer coat.

Life Expectancy: 12-15 years

Shedding: minimal

10. Border Terrier

Temperament: the Border Terrier is a friendly and calm but also very curious and independent breed. They can love to dig and learn. They thrive in obedience training as they enjoy learning new things which they’ll usually remember for a long time. Chewing is something they like doing so be sure to teach them from a young age what behavior is not acceptable (so that they don’t end up tearing apart your fav pillow). These dogs aren’t aggressive which makes them great with children. They are an active breed and enjoy running, playing and spending time with their owners or and dogs.

Backstory: they were originally used to catch mice and other small animals in barns before they found their way inside people’s houses and hearts. They are very fast runners and are even capable to keep up with a horse.

Size and Weight: 28-36cm (female) and 33-40cm (male) in height and weigh 6-7kg

Colour, Coat and Care: their coat can among others be wheat coloured, reddish and have black patches. They can have double or single coats but both should be brushed regularly to reduce shedding.

Life Expectancy: 12-15 years

Shedding: little

11. Australian Silky Terrier

Temperament: they are also called Silky Terrier and because of their size they belong to the toy dogs. They love running around and playing but can also make good lapdogs. They need to be kept busy as boredom can lead to destructive behavior.

Backstory: the breed was developed in Australia but similar ancestors are from Great Britain. They were used for hunting small rodents and snakes.

Size and Weight: 23-26cm in height and weigh 3-5kg

Colour, Coat and Care: their coat is usually a mixture of black, grey and silver. They need regular grooming and brushing to maintain the silky texture of the coat.

Life Expectancy: 12-15 years

Shedding: the undercoat of dogs is usually the reason why dogs shed and since the Silky Terrier doesn’t have one, they have minimal shedding.


12. Standard Poodle

Temperament: they are easy to train, love their family (and don’t like being excluded from family activities) and are one of the most popular dogs throughout the world. They can be very funny and being the center of attention makes them happy. They are energetic and can be a little calmer than the smaller sizes and enjoy haven given tasks to do. The intelligence of the poodle can show in the form of stubbornness.

Backstory: the country of origin is unknown but it is believed to be a descendent of the Barbet and Hungarian Water Hound. Poodles were used to retrieve waterfowl for hunters and search for truffles. The poodle was later downsized from the standard to the miniature and toy poodle which were especially popular among royalty in the 18th century.

Size and Weight: 45-60cm in height and weigh around 15-30kg

Colour, Coat and Care: grooming needs to be done regularly and since they also enjoy playing in the water and mud washing is an important aspect of keeping your pooch clean and smell-free. Since the coat is very curly they can easily form knots so brushing is important as well.

Life Expectancy: 12-15 years

Shedding: minimal

13. Toy Poodle

Temperament: the toy poodle is the smallest of the three varieties. Since they are so small it is safer not to consider this dog if you have young children. The Toy Poodle is a great companion dog. The smaller poodles need less exercise and can make great TV watching buds and lap warmers but also still need a good amount of exercise.

Size and Weight: 24-28cm in height and weigh 2-4kg

Colour, Coat and Care: they can have all kinds of different colours: black, apricot, white, black/white, silver, brown, grey, red and others. Like the other Poodles, they need to be cut frequently as well as brushed regularly. Especially the Miniature and Toy Poodles need dental care. Brushing their teeth regularly can help prevent future problems. Make sure the toothpaste used is approved by a veterinarian.

Life Expectancy: 10-18 years

Shedding: minimal

14. Miniature Poodle

Temperament: the Miniature Poodle is generally nice to strangers, very intelligent and attentive and quite easy to train. They are a medium size which can make them perfect as apartment dogs. They can also be stress sensitive. Even though they are friendly to strangers they will bark when they hear weird noises which can get frustrating if they do it too often. They are friendly with other dogs and pets if socialized well as puppies. They also enjoy playing in water as well as daily walks. This is the most active of the three poodles. They can follow their owners around and are a better size for small children.

Size and Weight: 28-35cm in height and weigh 10-14kg

Colour, Coat and Care: the miniature poodle comes in a variety of colours and with its short and curly hair it basically doesn’t shed at all. The hair has to be clipped/cut regularly to ensure that your dog can see or isn’t too warm in summer.

Life Expectancy: 15-16 years

Shedding: minimal

15. Goldendoodle (Golden Retriever x Poodle)

Temperament: the temperament of the dog depends largely on the parents. If you have the opportunity to go to a breeder to look at Goldendoodle puppies ask to see the parents and see what they are like.

Backstory: they were first bred in the US with the thought of creating an allergy-friendly dog

Size and Weight: 56-58cm (female) and 61-66cm (male) in height and weigh 14-20kg (also depends on the size of the poodle, if it’s a standard poodle or miniature poodle)

Colour, Coat and Care: the coat is most of the time golden (from the golden retriever) and wavy or curly from the poodle. The care needed for their coat will be very similar to the poodle.

Life Expectancy: 12-15 years

Shedding: little but can vary (not all have to be born with hair but could have the fur from the golden retriever instead of the hair from the poodle)

16. Labradoodle (Labrador x Poodle)

Temperament: as with all hybrid dogs (a mixture of two different breeds) it largely has to do with the temperament of the parents (the genes it gets) but they are friendly dogs if well socialized. They can be easy to train and intelligent and adore being around their people. If you go to a breeder, ask to see the parents to get a good look at what the behavior of the puppies will be like.

Backstory: they were originally bred to create an allergy-friendly guide dog.

Size and Weight: 54-65cm in height and weigh 25-35kg

Colour, Coat and Care: the colour of this dog depends on the parents and the same goes for the coat, it can be anywhere from short retriever hair to curly poodle hair. If your dog has long hair you should be prepared to brush him regularly to prevent matting.

Life Expectancy: 12-15 years

Shedding: little but can vary (not all have to be born with hair but could have the fur from the labrador instead of the hair from the poodle)

17. Aussiedoodle (Australian Shepherd x Poodle)

Temperament: the Aussiedoodle is generally intelligent and needs to be kept occupied as well enough exercise. They are also kind, calm, attentive to their surroundings and love to be surrounded by family. They, therefore, have no problem with children or other animals.

Backstory: they were first created in the United States.

Size and Weight: 50-55cm in height and weigh 10-35kg

Colour, Coat and Care: the colour of their hair largely depends on the parents as well as the genetics but mostly have long wavy hair. Colours that can be possible are black, brown, white and yellow/blonde.

The one thing that I find really interesting about these dogs is that they can have amazing eye colours: blue, black, green and even combinations of different colours.

Life Expectancy: 12-15 years

Shedding: little but can vary (not all Aussiedoodles have to be born with hair but could have the fur from the Australian Shepherd)

18. Maltipoo (Maltese x Miniature Poodle)

Temperament: the dog could have a temperament of a Maltese and be very affectionate or more on the Poodle side and be very smart or anywhere in between really. Their love for their owners can lead to separation anxiety.

Backstory: these hybrid dogs are a recent development to create a dog with the poodle coat and look of the Maltese.

Size and Weight: 20-25cm in height and weigh 2-9kg (depending on the parents)

Colour, Coat and Care: they will often have white coloured hair but depending on the parent a bunch of other combinations is possible. Both the Poodle and Maltese have hair that needs frequent grooming and the same goes for the Maltipoo.

Life Expectancy: 12-13 years

Shedding: little (both parents have minimal shedding)

Water Dog Breeds

19. French Water Dog (Barbet)

Temperament: they are really an allrounder, suitable for families with children, singles, elderly and hunters as they are friendly, intelligent and loving breed. They don’t tend to be headstrong which makes them easier to train. As they were bred for hunting, they need plenty of exercise to avoid them developing behavioral problems.

Backstory: the Barbet was originally bred to retrieve shot birds from swamps and other bodies of water for hunters, which is why they love water and have webbed feet (skin between the toes of the dog to enable it to swim better). They are thought to share a common ancestor with the poodle.

Size and Weight: 52-62cm (female) and 57-66cm (male) in height and weigh 14-23kg (female) and 17-28kg (male)

Colour, Coat and Care: the Barbet can have hair colours in white, black, brown and grey. They naturally have curly hair which you’ll only see if the dog is left to air dry after brushing and bathing him. You might need to bathe this breed more frequently than others because they enjoy playing in the water and mud and you might not want that all over your house.

Life Expectancy: 13-15 years

Shedding: little shedding as the hair tends to rather matt into the rest of the hair rather than falling off meaning that regular brushing is important.

20. Spanish Water Dog

Temperament: the Spanish Waterdog is a loyal, friendly and intelligent breed. They enjoying completing tasks and having something to do as well as loving time around their family. They can get along with other pets and children if they are socialized from a young age.

Backstory: they are theorised to originate from Spanish Iberian Peninsula where they were used for herding and admired for their strength.

Size and Weight: 38-48cm (female) and 42-52cm (male) in height and weigh 14-18kg (female) and 18-22kg (male)

Colour, Coat and Care: their coat can be white, black, brown/white, black/white, brown or beige. The colours are mostly just combinations of one colour with white. The coat of this breed is not usually brushed but rather preffered natural. There is no undercoat but rather a single coat.

Life Expectancy: 10-14 years

Shedding: loses the same amount of hairs as humans do, minimal

21. Portuguese Water Dog

Temperament: the Portuguese Waterdog is very loyal to their owners and is a fit for all ages.
This dog loves to please their owners and is eager to learn. They will protect their family but needs a lot of exercise to avoid destructive behavior (they enjoy chewing). You can take this dog swimming or running to direct the energy towards something productive.

Backstory: this breed originated in Portugal. They helped fishermen with their tasks, for example, catch fish, guard boats or deliver messages from one boat to another because they are great swimmers.

Size and Weight: 43-52cm (female) and 50-57cm (male) in height and weigh 16-23kg (female) and 19-27kg (male)

Colour, Coat and Care: the hair of this breed is black/white, brown/white, black, white or brown. The coat can be wavy or not wavy at all. It has a single coat and regular brushing can prevent the matting of the hair.

Life Expectancy: 12-15 years

Shedding: minimal

22. Romagna Water Dog (Lagotto Romagnolo) from Italy

Temperament: they love spending time with family and don’t like being left alone for too long or living outside by themselves. They need regular exercise and enjoy mental and physical challenges and activity. They enjoy activities in the search and rescue fields as well as general work with their noses which is why they are also called truffle dogs. These dogs are easy to train and get attached to their owners and can also guard your property.

Backstory: like the Portuguese water dog, this breed was used by fishermen to aid in their day to day fishing tasks as well as look for truffles.

Size and Weight: 41-46cm (female) and 43-48cm (male) in height and weigh 11-14kg (female) and 13-16kg (male)

Colour, Coat and Care: colour combinations include brown/white, orange/white, brown and orange. The tight curls of this dog cover the entire body except their head and are waterproof. They have a double coat of hair which needs to be trimmed regularly to prevent matting.

Life Expectancy:15-17 years

Shedding: minimal

Other Small Breeds

23. Miki

Temperament: they are very affectionate towards their owners but are also friendly towards strangers and kids. They have no problem with other dogs, pets or people. Running around and playing is something they really enjoy and they need a daily walk.

Backstory: the Miki is a relatively new breed and cannot be found very often. It looks like a mixture between a Maltese, Japanese Chin and Papillon and combines aspects of different toy breeds.

Size and Weight: around 22cm in height and weigh 2kg

Colour, Coat and Care: the coat is usually a mixture of different colours and hardly ever one solid colour. The Miki cares for its own coat in a similar matter to a cat.

Life Expectancy: 13-15 years

Shedding: minimal

24. Shih Tzu

Temperament: the Shih Tzu can be very cute and affectionate towards their owners but also possessive and stubborn. They are still loyal companions and are suitable for families with children. They also get along well with other pets.

Backstory: this breed was developed in China, hence the name Shih Tzu (“lion dog” in Chinese).

Size and Weight: 20-28cm in height and weigh 4-7kg

Colour, Coat and Care: they can have colours from black and white to different kinds of brown. They have a fast-growing hair meaning that regular grooming is necessary. If you choose to keep the coat long then regular brushing is something that you need to do as well.

Life Expectancy: 10-16 years

Shedding: loses small amounts of hair when bathed and brushed regularly

25. Brussels Griffon

Temperament: they are very attentive and eager to learn. They try to boss around at times but love their families and owners and spending time with them. Without enough attention from its owners, they can resort to destructive behavior to get the attention of their owners. Leaving them alone at home can sometimes also cause them to resort to destructive behavior to “punish” the owner for not giving them attention and leaving them behind. They often don’t like children as they like being the center of attention.

Backstory: the Brussels Griffon originates from Belgium and was popular amongst farmers, living in stables and streets.

Size and Weight: 20-28cm in height and weigh 3-7kg

Colour, Coat and Care: colours can range from black and blue to red and brown and mixtures of those. They have a double coat consisting of a smooth and rough coat. The seasonal shedding takes around 2 weeks and can be encouraged by bathing and brushing. The coat requires trimming regularly, every couple of months.

Life Expectancy: 10-15 years

Shedding: the hair of the soft coat sheds seasonally (in the spring and fall)

26. Bichon Frise

Temperament: the Bichon Frise has a gentle and outgoing personality. They get along well with children and other pets as they are very sociable and affectionate. They can be territorial and protective of their land and because of their history, they enjoy the water.

Backstory: they were originally used in Spain as sailing dogs but then the French developed them into a lap-dog. It is believed that it is a descendant of water dogs and poodles.

Size and Weight: 23-28cm (females) and 23-30cm (male) in height and weigh 3-10kg

Colour, Coat, and Care: the colour of their coat can be white, apricot, cream coloured but usually they are white and the other colours make up the minority. Because of their curly hair dander and loose hairs have a hard time escaping which makes this dog allergy-friendly. Regular brushing and trimming helps reduce allergens further.

Life Expectancy: 12-15 years

Shedding: minimal

27. Havanese

Temperament: the Havanese loves people, sitting on their laps and playing with them which also means that they are very dependent and don’t do well with prolonged times alone without companionship. They will become unhappy when they are alone and try to occupy themselves with what some might describe as destructive behavior. They enjoy learning new things although house training can take a while with this breed. They are good with other pets and can make good (non-aggressive) watchdogs. They can be prone to allergies.

Backstory: they are believed to originate from Tenerife and brought to Cuba with a ship.

Size and Weight: 23-27cm in height and weigh 4-8kg

Colour, Coat and Care: the colour of their hair can be black, white, different shades of brown and mixtures of them.

Life Expectancy: 13-15 years

Shedding: minimal

28. Chinese Crested

Temperament: the Chinese Crested is always in a good mood and energetic. They love people, especially their owner and can even try to hug them around the neck with their paws. They enjoy playing with other pets and children as well as their low need for exercise makes them a good dog for beginners. They try to please their owners and also love being the center of attention meaning that they don’t like being by themselves for long.

Backstory: the origins of this dog seem to be in China.

Size and Weight: 23-30cm (female) and 28-33cm (male) in height and weigh 2-6kg

Colour, Coat, and Care: colours range from black to brown, apricot, blue and combinations of them. This is a hairless dog breed but there is also a coated type which can both appear in the same litter. Each dog is different with the amount of hair it displays on its head, tail and paws. The hairless kind has a single coat and the skin exposed areas are prone to sunburn, dryness and pimples of sorts.

Life Expectancy: 13-15 years

Shedding: little to no shedding

29. Russian Tsvetnaya Bolonka (Bolonka Zwetna)

Temperament: they are friendly to everyone and intelligent. They make good companion dogs and very affectionate. They can become good watchdogs as they were bred to protect their owners and territory. On the other hand, they do not make a good guardian because they lack the necessary aggression.

Backstory: this breed originates in Russia.

Size and Weight: 24-26cm in height and weigh 2-5kg

Colour, Coat and Care: colour variations in black, brown, grey, red and white are possible. They have wavy curls and the male dogs have beards which sets them apart from the females. Brushing them daily helps prevent shedding.

Life Expectancy: 12-16 years

Shedding: minimal

30. The Coton De Tulear

Temperament: the Coton De Tulear is an affectionate and generally quiet breed. When playing and having fun they can bark and growl, like a lot of dogs. They can jump up and stand on their hind legs, often enjoy meeting new people and are generally very curious. They also love swimming.

Backstory: they originate from the island of Madagascar and is its national dog.

Size and Weight: 22-27cm (female) and 25-30cm (male) in height and weigh 3-6kg

Colour, Coat and Care: the colour of their coat is typically white but also black and mixtures of them. Their coat is known to be similar to cotton. Matted hair should be removed daily by brushing. They don’t have a smell if bathed and brushed regularly. They can have darker hair when born which turns lighter as they age. Keeping their hair soft and clean can require a lot of work.

Life Expectancy: 14-16 years

Shedding: minimal although puppies may shed their puppy coat.

Other Larger Breeds

31. Schnauzer (Miniature, Standard and Giant)

Temperament: the Schnauzer can have a mind of their own. They are attentive and loyal to their families and protect them. They can be playful, kind and get along well with children but also be proud.

Backstory: the Schnauzer originates in Germany. The original standard Schnauzer was used to catch mice and guard their owners and properties.

Size and Weight: 30-70cm in height and weigh 5-43kg

Colour, Coat and Care: they can be black, white or brown and have distinctive beards. The beard and legs especially should be brushed to prevent matting. They have a double coat with a rougher outer coat and softer inner one. The undercoat should have its dead hairs removed twice a year.

Life Expectancy: 10-16 years

Shedding: very little

32. Bouvier des Flandres

Temperament: these dogs are very loyal and protective which is why they make good family dogs. They are gentle and calm by nature and are easy to train, learning quickly. For that reason they can get bored by too much repetition. They like children and other dogs.

Backstory: the Bouvier des Flandres originates from Belgium where they were used for herding. Today they are used for police work and guard dogs.

Size and Weight: 59-65cm (female) and 62-68cm (male) in height and weigh 27-35kg (female) and 35-40kg (male)

Colour, Coat and Care: the colour of their coat can be black, brown, grey and the shades in between. The most of the hair that this dog loses are caught in the matting process of the coat. Brushing the coat regularly gets rid of those few hairs.

Life Expectancy: 10-12 years

Shedding: minimal

33. Puli

Temperament: the Puli is a very active dog meaning that they like having a lot of space to run around and get exercise. If they don’t get the exercise they need they can resort to overactive or shy behavior. They often require more than just walking but actual running, like jogging with their owner or even biking. They like children and don’t like being alone.

Backstory: they were originally used as shepherds for sheep in Hungary as well as guarding the sheep. They were good at fighting off wolves because their thick coat prevented them from being bitten.

Size and Weight: 36-42cm (female) and 39-45cm (male) in height and weigh 10-13kg (female) and 13-15kg (male)

Colour, Coat and Care: their coats can be coloured white, (usually) black, beige, silver or brown. The coat is purposely matted to create thin cords. By choice of the owner the coat can also be cut short for easier maintenance. The hair will grow again after cutting it.

Life Expectancy: 12-16 years

Shedding: little to no shedding

34. Basenji

Temperament: they can be reserved with strangers but get very attached to their primary caregiver. They are very alert and energetic but may not get along with other pets. Rain is something they don’t enjoy but instead they really like to climb. They have a strong hunting instinct meaning they can be tricky to train.

Backstory: the Basenji originates from central Africa and used for hunting by tracking its prey and driving them into nets.

Size and Weight:38-41cm (female) and 41-43cm (male) in height and weigh 9-11kg (female) and 10-12kg (male)

Colour, Coat and Care: the colours range from red to black and white and combinations of the colours. The Basenji has very short hair which makes grooming unnecessary. They are very clean and don’t smell. The hair on their tails can be a little longer than the rest of the body.

Life Expectancy: 10-15 years

Shedding: some shed minimally and some have more undercoat and shed more. They generally have seasonal shedding in the spring and autumn.

35. Saluki

Temperament: they are reserved towards strangers and can be tricky to train and don’t do well walking off-leash, yet are quiet and calm. They also don’t like being alone for longer time periods. They have a hunting instinct which will make them chase smaller animals.

Backstory: the dogs seem to originate from Iran where dogs looking similar to Salukis were drawn on walls.

Size and Weight: 58-71cm in height and weigh 18-27kg

Colour, Coat and Care: possible colours are white, red, golden, beige and mixtures of them with white. Grooming isn’t something that needs to be done but brushing is used to prevent matting. Frequently bathing them can help keep up the health of the skin.

Life Expectancy: 10-15 years

Shedding: the Saluki is low shedding but has fur



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I'm Lisa. I grew up with a Yorkshire Terrier, recently got an Aussiedoodle puppy and have learned a lot of things over the many years. I created this website to help you with your puppy and dog-related troubles and share the information I learned about my dogs Fluffy and Teddy.

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