There’s no such thing as dogs that shed no hair at all, but there are dog breeds that shed significantly less hair than other breeds, and that’s what this list is all about. Read on to find out what dog breeds don’t shed a lot!
Dogs That Don’t Shed Are Hypoallergenic, Right?
Allergic reactions to dogs are most probably not caused by dog hair, but by dog dander, saliva and urine. Dander is dead skin particles that are naturally shed into the environment, and is one of the most common causes of allergic reactions in humans.
Dander can be reduced by regular bathing and brushing of your dog’s coat. This is because dander and saliva can accumulate on a dog’s hair, then be released into the environment when a dog sheds. The good news is that dogs that don’t shed will release less allergens, too.
Below is a list of dogs that don’t shed hair, or rather, shed significantly less hair. We’ve organized the list into small, medium and large breeds. Alright, let’s start!
14 Small Dog Breeds That Don’t Shed
The Affenpinscher is of German origin, the name coming from the German Affe, meaning ape or monkey. They are often mistaken for terriers, but are actually part of the pinscher-schnauzer group of dogs. Affenpinschers are active, curious, intelligent and playful dogs, with rough, wiry coats are most commonly black, being long around the head & shoulders and shorter on their body and legs. Their coats should be brushed a few times every week and groomed once every 2 months for proper maintenance.
The Basenji is a hound that was originally found in the Congo, the name coming from the local language to mean dog of the villagers. They are short-haired, pointy-eared dogs that are alert, energetic, and, despite their small size, quite athletic & powerful. They require plenty of exercise and “yell” instead of bark, due to the unique shape of their larynx.
3. Bichon Frise
The Bichon Frise is a bichon-type dog of French origin, their name meaning curly lap dog. They have round skulls, long, curly tails, black noses and round eyes. The Bichon Frise is cheerful, gentle, affectionate & playful, and they have curly, dense coats that shed little, but need daily brushing and regular grooming.
The Bolognese is a bichon-type dog of Italian origin, the name referring to the Italian city Bologna. They are small, well-muscled with large muzzles and low-hanging ears. They are described as loyal, easy-going, playful and intelligent. Bolognese have a single coat (no undercoat) in ringlets that are shorter on the face, requiring daily brushing and monthly grooming.
5. Border Terrier
The Border terrier was bred as a fox hunter and was first recognized in Great Britain. They have broad skulls, strong muzzles and moderately short tails. They are friendly, rarely aggressive, intelligent, eager to please, and sometimes strong-willed. Border terriers have a double coat, with a short & soft undercoat and a wiry outer coat, requiring weekly brushing and twice a year grooming, usually by hand-stripping.
6. Chinese Crested
The Chinese Crested is a “hairless” breed of dog that has soft skin and tufts of hair on its head, paws and tail, which can be a single or a double coat, and will require weekly baths & brushing. This unique-looking is sensitive and intelligent, enjoying daily exercise but not being a high-energy breed.
The Havanese is a bichon-type dog that is the national dog of Cuba. They have brown eyes, strong muzzles, long, low-hanging ears. They are smart, loyal dogs that are easy to train, but somewhat difficult to housebreak. The Havanese has a double coat that is long, silky and fast-growing, and while their hair doesn’t shed much, they do require frequent brushing and monthly grooming.
8. Italian GreyhoundThe Italian Greyhound is sighthound type of dog, originating from Italy. They have long, slender legs and necks, with small heads. They are quiet, athletic and quite the quick runners, making them somewhat prone to injury, but good companion dogs for adults and older children. The Italian Greyhound has an extremely short, odorless coat, requiring bath only once a month, but perhaps a wipe-down after each walk to prevent skin irritation.
9. Lhasa Apso
The Lhasa Apso is a non-sporting dog breed originating from Tibet, their name coming from the capital city of Tibet (Lhasa) and the local word Apso meaning bearded. They have dark brown eyes, black noses and long, dense hair requiring monthly grooming. The Lhasa Apso is known to be alert, eager to please their owners and wary of strangers.
The Maltese is a toy dog originating from the Central Mediterranean Area, their name coming from the Mediterranean island of Malta. They have long ears, curly tails, sensitive paws and their usually black nose may turn pink or light brown in the winter. They are extremely lively & playful, and get very attached to their owners. The Maltese has a pure-white single coat that does not shed, but does need baths once a week and grooming once every 1-1.5 months.
11. Miniature Schnauzer
The Miniature Schnauzer originates from Germany, having a rectangular head with bushy beards, moustaches & eyebrows and a short, thin tail. They are friendly, obedient, eager to please and very playful. The Miniature Schnauzer has a double coat with a wiry outer coat and a soft undercoat, needing grooming once every 2 months.
12. Shih Tzu
The Shih Tzu is a toy dog breed, though to originate from China. They have short muzzles, large eyes, drop ears and an underbite. They are loyal and affectionate dogs, needing training from a young age. The Shih Tzu has a long, soft double coat often reaching the floor, and their hair grown quickly, requiring daily brushing and regular grooming.
13. Toy Poodle
The Toy Poodle is that national dog breed of France, their name originating from the French word caniche, meaning female duck. They are active, intelligent, elegant dogs, considered the second most intelligent dog, and are agile and obedient. The Toy Poodle has a single coat of dense, curly fur, which does shed minimally but their hair doesn’t fall off, instead becoming tangled in the surrounding fur. Understandably, they require frequent brushing daily and monthly grooming to avoid matting.
14. Yorkshire Terrier
The Yorkshire Terrier is a toy-terrier type of dog that originated from England. They are active, overprotective and need attention, better suited to families with older children. The Yorkshire Terrier has a straight & silky coat, which does not shed but instead comes off with the recommended daily brushing and should be kept short with regular grooming.
8 Medium Dog Breeds That Don’t Shed
1. Irish TerrierThe Irish Terrier originates from Ireland, considered one of the oldest terrier-type breeds. They have long, rectangular muzzles and deep chests. They are active, agile and loyal dogs, doing well with children but not with other dogs. The Irish Terrier has a double coat, with a woolly red inner coat and a straight & wiry outer coat, needing monthly grooming.
2. Labradoodle (not all hypoallergenic)
The Labradoodle is a crossbreed between a Labrador Retriever and a Poodle (standard, miniature or toy), intended to be hypoallergenic guide dogs. As is typical of crossbreeds, they don’t have predictable physical characteristics, but are energetic, friendly and good with families and children. The Labradoodle can have straight, wavy or woolly coat, some shedding more than others, depending on the coat characteristics, requiring grooming once every 2-3 months.
3. Lagotto RomagnoloThe Lagotto Romagnolo is a working dog breed that originates from Italy, their name from the combination of the Italian region Romagna and the Italian word lago meaning lake. They have floppy ears and large, round eyes, being very loyal, loving and suited to families and other dogs. The Lagotto Romagnolo has a very thick, curly coat, which becomes matted easily and requires daily brushing and regular grooming (including plucking hair from the ears and trimming around the eyes).
4. Lakeland Terrier
The Lakeland Terrier originates from England, named after the Lakeland District. They are sturdy, long-legged, quick dogs that are friendly, confident and interact well with families. The Lakeland Terrier has a double coat, with a soft undercoat and a wiry outer coat, which will not shed with regular grooming.
The Puli is of Hungarian origin, known for the long corded, usually black coats resembling dreadlocks. They are active intelligent dogs that need space and obedience training from a young age. The Puli’s coat is the result of natural matting and requires considerable grooming to be kept clean.
The Schnauzer is a terrier-type dog originating from Germany, their name meaning snout or moustache in German. They have distinctive beards and long, bushy eyebrows.They are energetic, protective and watchful, making them prone to excessive barking if not trained from a young age. The Schnauzer has a double coat, a wiry outercoat and a soft undercoat that should be “stripped” at least twice a year.
7. Tibetan Terrier
The Tibetan Terrier is not a terrier-type dog, despite its name. They have strong muzzles, large eyes, long ears and compact bodies. They are very affectionate, sensitive dogs that get along with families with older children. As puppies they shed their entire coat at approximately 9 months of age, then they develop their long, adult double coats that shed minimally and require regular grooming to avoid tangle.
The Whippet is a sighthound breed originating from England. They were bred to be racing dogs and are the fastest-running medium-sized breeds. They are quiet, cuddly dogs but need regular exercise. The Whippet’s coat is fine, dense, short and easy to groom.
9 Large Dog Breeds That Don’t Shed
1. Airedale Terrier
The Airedale Terrier is the largest terrier-type dog and originates from England. They are alert, energetic, fearless dogs, having been bred to be war dogs, guide dogs or police dogs. The Airedale Terrier has a double coat, a soft undercoat and a harsh overcoat, requiring daily brushing and grooming once every 2 months.
2. Bouvier des Flandres
The Bouvier des Flandres is a herding dog originating from Belgium, their name meaning “the cow herder of Flanders,” a reference to the Flemish region. They are strong, compact dogs with heavy beards and moustaches. They are gentle, loyal and protective, making them good family pets. The Bouvier des Flandres has a double coat that needs weekly brushing and grooming once every 1-2 months.
3. Giant Schnauzer
The Giant Schnauzer is a working dog with origins in Germany. They have distinct bushy beards and eyebrows, and are quiet, territorial breeds that get along with children and make good guard dogs. The Giant Schnauzer have dense, coarse coats that require weekly brushing and regular grooming.
4. Black Russian Terrier
The Black Russian Terrier (also known as the Tchiorny Terrier) is a working dog (not a true terrier-type) originating from Russia. They have bushy beards and eyebrows, described to be calm, courageous, intelligent & easy to train, having been bred for military use. The Black Russian Terrier has a double coat, a soft undercoat and a hard, coarse outer coat, requiring regular grooming as all dogs with double coats do.
5. Goldendoodle (not all hypoallergenic)
The Goldendoodle is a crossbreed dog, coming from the mix of Golden Retriever and Poodle and bred to be hypoallergenic guide dogs. As with all crossbred dogs, their physical characteristics are not consistently predictable, and the Goldendoodle’s coat can by straight, wavy or curly, but generally most low-shedding than other dog breeds. They require regular brushing and trimming.
6. Irish Water Spaniel
The Irish Water Spaniel is one of the largest and oldest types of Spaniels. They have long, loose curls which cover their eyes, along with beards and “sideburns.” Notably their tails are free of long curl except the first few inches at the base. They are active and eager to please dogs that love swimming and, given proper training, get along well with families with children and other pets. The Irish Water Spaniel has a dense coat that sheds little and will require grooming once every 2 months.
The Komondor is guard dog with origins in Hungary. They are calm, fearless dogs that are affectionate with families with children and other pets. They have long legs and short bodies covered with heavy, matted, corded coat, resembling dreadlocks or a mop, needing regular grooming so the matting remains clean and properly corded. They don’t shed much, except once as puppies when they shed their entire coat.
The Saluki is a sighthound originating from Persia. They have long legs, narrow heads and large eyes. They are reserved and need patience in their training, as is typical of hunting dogs. The Saluki can have a smooth or a feathered coat, both types low-shedding when compared to other dogs.
9. Standard Poodle
The Standard Poodle is that national dog breed of France, their name originating from the French word caniche, meaning female duck. They are active, intelligent, elegant dogs, considered the second most intelligent dog, and are agile and obedient. The Standard Poodle has a single coat of dense, curly fur, which does shed minimally but their hair doesn’t fall off, instead becoming tangled in the surrounding fur. Understandably, they require frequent brushing daily and monthly grooming to avoid matting.
Tell Us About Your Dogs!
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