Low Energy Hypoallergenic Dogs That Don’t Shed

Reviewed By Tom •  Updated: 11/13/21 •  5 min read
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Low Energy Hypoallergenic Dogs That Don't Shed

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So you want a low energy dog that is also hypoallergenic? The good news is that you don’t have to search too much. Several dogs are not overly energetic, and they have fluffy and non-shedding fur type (sounds like you are going to get your dream dog).

Dogs are lovely companions that are cherished for their smartness, looks, loyalty, and of course, their exuberance. But when the energy is too much, this may raise concerns. A dog owner may fear that it will be unsafe to leave such a dog at home alone, and such a fear is well-founded. Why? This is because a highly energetic dog can destroy properties in the house, chewing anything and everything. An excellent way to avoid this kind of ugly situation is to get a low energy dog.

As mentioned at the onset of this article, there are many low energy hypoallergenic dogs. Let’s look at 10 of them.

Maltese Terrier

The all-white Maltese Terrier is a dog known for its ever curly and white fur. It grows long curly fur yet remains hypoallergenic. The Maltese Terrier is very playful, friendly, and perfect to have as a pet. The dog has an origin dating back to medieval times somewhere in south-central Europe when it was used by people for different purposes.

Despite not growing into a big size, the Maltese Terrier can live up to 12-15 years. In terms of weight, a female can weigh up to 7 pounds while a male can be about 11 pounds or more. A Maltese Terrier is very handy and easy to carry.

Teacup Goldendoodle

The Teacup Goldendoodle is a miniature and beautiful looking dog. If you are looking for a hypoallergenic and low energy dog, then this type of Goldendoodle is an ideal choice. The dog weighs about 12 pounds and small enough to sit comfortably on one’s arm. This dog is one of the most miniature breeds and the smallest in the Goldenpoodle family.

The Teacup doodle is a mixed breed of a poodle and Labrador retriever. However, not a direct breed; this breed of low energy yet friendly dog, comes from a sub generation of mixed labrador and poodle.

Bichon Frise

Bichon Frises look just like a soft doll except that they breathe and can move on their own. Bichon Frises are hypoallergenic with full curly fur. Despite the frequent need to groom them due to their fast hair growth, they do not shed. Bichon Frises have small legs and do not move a lot, making them low energy dogs that can be left at home without the fear of them messing everywhere up.

Added to their gentle demeanor, Bichons are known to yield easily to training. And hey! They love water.


Havanese is known to be friendly and very social. Also, a Havanese is a loyal dog known for springy movement. The beauty of this breed is the overflowing long and silky type of fur. They come in different colors with dropping curly hair. However, no matter how long their fur grows, the hair will not shed. They are highly hypoallergenic and very gentle.

Although lively and friendly, they are not hyperactive; they are low energy dogs that can be trusted to stay gentle.

Cairn Terrier

Cairn Terrier is a beautiful and adorable breed with good intelligence. They are quite bold, playful, and very handy. Their coat is full, and it comes in a variety of colors like cream, black, red, and brindle. They are a low energy breed of dog that is not hard to control and do not behave recklessly. Cairn Terriers are hypoallergenic, and pet lovers with dog allergies can keep them as companions despite their full-body hair. Cairn Terriers can live up to 12-16 years and weigh up to 7-8 pounds.

Note: A Cairn Terrier can change coat color as time goes by.

Brussels Griffon

A Brussels Griffon is the opposite of vibrant. Brussels Griffons like to cuddle and are very clingy.  They are low energy dogs with a lovely sense of loyalty. Unlike other dog types, they do not have overflowing long curly hair. Their moderate body hair makes them hypoallergenic and a common breed among pet lovers with allergies.

Shih Tzu

An affectionate and clever breed of non-hypoallergenic yet fluffy and longhaired dogs commonly categorized under the toy dog breed. When fully grown, their weight can get to 5 to 8 kg. There are several colors of this breed: Brown, white, black, brindle, and more colors. As you choose this breed, be rest assured of their gentle and low energy nature. Still, they are lively and outgoing. A Shih Tzu can live up to 16 years!

 Portuguese Water Dog

What’s a list of hypoallergenic and low energy dogs without the mention of the Portuguese Water Dog? (incomplete really). The Portuguese Water Dog has a smart hairy body that grows long but doesn’t flow in a silky way. A Portuguese Water Dog looks similar to a sheep. The breed is hypoallergenic, quite playful, and active. Some even call them the “working dog.” Regardless of their active nature, they are not restless and destructive.

Yorkshire Terrier

Commonly called the Yorkies, this breed of dog loves to play but not excessively. Cuddle them, give them soft rubs, and of course, walk them around a few blocks, and you will make them just happy! A Yorkshire Terrier is hypoallergenic and still has curly hair. This active breed is also known to be obedient and loyal.

From the well-selected list above, you can have your pick of a low energy hypoallergenic dog that doesn’t shed. Each of these dogs has a small body and legs. Due to their short legs, they do not need to exercise too much, and as such, a little walk around will be sufficient. Given this, they are low energy dogs that are not hyperactive. Additionally, they have long coats that do not shed- they are hypoallergenic.

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Tom has always loved to write since he was little - he wanted to be either a writer or a veterinary doctor, but he ended up being a professional writer while most of his works are based on animals. He was born in San Francisco but later moved to Texas to continue his job as a writer. He graduated from the University of San Francisco where he studied biotechnology. He is happily married and a soon to be father!