Are Toy Poodles Hypoallergenic?

No dog is 100% hypoallergenic, and toy poodles are no exception. 

Up to 10% of the US population has dog allergies. So it is natural to wonder, do toy poodles shed or what are the pros and cons of having a toy poodle, especially if you are prone to allergies.

However, the American Kennel Club recommends toy poodles as one of the best hypoallergenic dogs. And indeed, toys have several features that make them suitable for people with pet allergies. 

Let’s find out why.

Why isn’t a toy poodle hypoallergenic?

Toy poodles, like all dogs, shed:

  • Hair: Toy poodles are a dog breed that shed very minimally, but they do shed a certain amount of their single coat. Most of the toy’s shedding is trapped in its tight curls, but some of them are released. 
  • Dander: Essentially dead skin and hair of pets, dander is what causes allergy in humans. Unlike shed-fur that can be vacuumed, dander is not visible to the naked human eye and needs specialized air purifiers to trap it. Without the air purifiers, dander can pollute the indoor air and trigger an allergic reaction when you inhale it. 
  • Saliva: Drooling is also minimal in toy poodles but, nevertheless, happens. In toy poodles, saliva is also trapped in the curly hair but can get released into the air to cause allergies. 

What makes toy poodles suitable for people with allergies?

Despite the natural canine trait that toy poodles exhibit, they are still a better companion for people with allergies and here’s why – 

Toy poodles have a single coat that undergoes minimal shedding even during seasonal peaks. In addition, the tight texture of a toy’s coat also traps dander, debris, and shedding hair. 

If you regularly groom your toy, as you should, the shedding is predictable as you can further limit the amount of dander and saliva from releasing into the air. 

However, keeping the toy’s hair in top condition is paramount not just to reduce the allergy triggers but also to maintain the pet’s overall health. 


Top tips to reduce allergies with a toy poodle in the house.

Just because you have dog allergies does not mean that you should be deprived of the pleasure of a toy poodle companionship. 

Toy poodles are generally allergy-prone people friendly, but you can also reduce the level of allergens and prep your home in the following ways:

Don’t compromise on grooming.

The AKC recommends regular grooming for toy poodles, including full-body brushing, ideally every day. In addition, trimming and bathing your toy is one of the most effective ways to minimize dander and keep him in the best of health. 

Regular cleaning 

Washing the toy’s bed and bedding will also considerably reduce dander. In this regard, not sharing a bed with your toy poodle is also recommended. If you do allow them to be in your bed for any amount of time, washing your beddings regularly will keep dander at bay.

Vacuuming and deep cleaning sofas and upholstery often will also keep you up to date with dander management. 

Remove heavy furnishing 

Heavy carpets and curtains may look cozy, but these are also dander magnets. So try to keep these heavy furnishing minimal. If possible, remove them completely or deep clean the items regularly.

Invest in purifiers

Heavy-duty air purifies that trap up to 99% of dander and allergens are widely available, so investing in them is worth it. You might also consider getting a specialized vacuum cleaner for pet hair that can clean the dander right off the toy’s body. But exercise caution while using such an appliance on a toy poodle as it can cause injury.