Dog Breeds That Don't Shed

Updated on July 26, 2017
My Chocolate Lab/Catahoula Leopard Mix...Rilee is non-shedding until just after winter when she sheds her winter coat.
My Chocolate Lab/Catahoula Leopard Mix...Rilee is non-shedding until just after winter when she sheds her winter coat. | Source

It's important to note that no dog breed is completely non-shed. However there are many breeds that shed less and are known as hypoallergenic dogs. These dogs will usually leave little to no hair around your house. However most dogs will go through a shedding season, meaning that during certain months of the year they will shed and the rest of the year will seem shed free. Whether you are looking for a small or large breed dog, there are a few breeds that will seem more non-shedding than most of the popular dog breeds.

*Note: Just because a dog breed has short hair does not mean that it will be non-shed. Short haired dogs can be some of the highest shedding dog breeds. For example Labradors are one of the highest shedding short breed dogs.

By no means is this list all inclusive. Within a non-shedding breed there is still a chance you may get a dog that sheds more than others. Just as with shedding dog breeds, you may get lucky and have a dog that doesn't shed as much.

Depending on what you are looking for in a breed this list will help you decide which non-shedding or low shedding dog breed, along with it's characteristics are best for you and your family.

Non-Shedding Small Breeds:

Most terrier breeds are non-shedding. Other small breeds include the Maltese, and Shih Tzu, among others.

Cairn Terrier: Best known as "Toto" from the Wizard of Oz the Cairn Terrier is a small active hardy breed. They are strong, although they are not heavily built. Cairn's are known for being loyal and loving with their families, however they may test your limits and obedience training is highly recommended. Regular exercise and training is necessary to keep this breed happy, fit, and healthy.

Scottish Terrier: This breed is best recognized for it's wiry, hard, and weather-resistant black outer coat. However they can come in brindle and wheaten color. Like many other terriers the Scottish Terrier is known as small, strong, fast, and alert. They thrive as house pets as they are gentle, caring, and love their family. Just as the Cairn, the Scottish Terrier requires active obedience training to keep it's spirited nature at bay. Exercise on a leash is a must, as they have a strong desire to chase and dig. Unless prepared to deal and correct these behaviors another breed may be a better choice for your family.

Maltese: This is a toy dog breed covered from head to foot with silky white long hair. This breed is gentle-mannered and loving towards people. They are highly energetic, playful, and fearless despite their small size. Being an extremely intelligent dog the Maltese make great family dogs. However, because they have such long hair they require daily grooming and should be brushed often to prevent mats from forming.

Minature Schnauzer: The Minature Schnauzer is a very adapatable little dog, making them ideal for any living situation. They will thrieve in small apartments just as easily as in a large farmhouse. Minature Schnauzer's are highly intelligent and happy dogs who love to be with owners. These qualities make them very family oriented. This terrier sheds very little but does require weekly brushings to keep looking their very best and to keep shedding to a minimum.

Shih Tzu: Another breed with long flowing hair, this breed requires daily brushing and maintenance to keep their fur from mating. Shih Tzu's are sturdy, lively and alert, but need little exercise. Shih Tzu's make great house companions as they are friendly, sweet, playful, and trusting towards all.

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Non-Shedding Large Breeds:

Large non-shedding dog breeds are harder to find, however there are a few breeds that are generally low shedding. This list is not meant to be all inclusive by any means and you may end up with a breed on this list that may shed more than you expected.

Poodle: The Poodle is exceptional smart, active, and excels in obedience training. They are known for coming in a variety of solid colors, and are one of the most popular breeds today. Poodles are virtually non-shed and are known to have a hypoallergenic coat which may reduce allergic reactions. Poodle's do require regular professional grooming to keep their coats maintained and healthy. Being an active dog this breed needs regular exercise daily.

Greyhound: The Greyhound is a tall and lean dog, with a short, smooth, and firm coat. Their short coat is easy to maintain and does not require much care. The Greyhound is the fastest breed of dog and is used for hunting and tracking. They also make good house companion dogs as they are loving and personable. However because they are highly athletic they require daily exercise on a leash or in a fenced in yard, as they have a tendency to runaway.

Basenji: Although elegant looking this breed is playful and active, often used for hunting. The Basenji is smoothly muscular and has a short coat that lacks the typical "doggy" smell. Grooming is minimal due to the short coat. Commonly referred to as the "barkless dog" the Basenji will make a noise that sounds like a yodel when excited. An intelligent and affectionate breed they tend to be independent and unfriendly towards strangers.

Boston Terrier: Truly an "All-American" dog this breed was a creation from an English Bulldog and a white English Terrier being named for the city where they originated. This breed is highly energetic, intelligent, and strong. They make great house pets as they are gentle and loyal, preferring to stay by the master's side. Boston Terrier's are easy to train and require minimum grooming.

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When looking for a non-shed dog breed it's important to remember that no dog is entirely non-shed and that most dogs will shed at least a little. Most dogs however, have a shedding season and will only shed for a few months out of the year and remain low shedding the rest of the year. Grooming your dog on a regular basis will help eliminate major shedding and keep shedding to a minimum. Do some research on different dog breeds, their characteristics, and temperaments before purchasing any dog. Finding the right dog for you can be easy with a little thought, planning, and research.

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        RCK 3 months ago

        I totally agree with you! I have a miniature poodle and he doesn,the shed at all!

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        Cholee Clay 16 months ago from Wisconsin

        JLB I stated above most breeds of dogs are not completely non-shed. Same goes for each individual dog regardless of breed. I have met many Greyhounds that are non shedding however, go through a shedding season. Despite this season (usually during warmer months) they still are fairly non shedding as their fur is so fine and thin it can be managed without much work.

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        Robie Rich 18 months ago

        Which breeds are hypoallergenic?

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        JLB 21 months ago

        Since when is a Greyhound NON SHEDDING???? I would never tell someone that, they shed a lot! Spoken as I am an owner...Sorry.

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        Cholee Clay 5 years ago from Wisconsin

        Mine did not the first year I had her, but after her first winter she started shedding quite a bit...We will see what happens this summer. I'm hoping she will stop shedding soon, but I don't know if she will. My dog is a short hair and doesn't shed as much as most long haired breeds, however she does shed.

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        carol 5 years ago

        May be getting a lab/catahoula...does this breed shed a lot??

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        Cholee Clay 5 years ago from Wisconsin

        Very good point plussizepixie:) Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

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        plussizepixie 5 years ago

        Don't forget the hairless varieties either! I have a chinese crested cross who only has hair on his head so no hoovering up hair loss

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        Cholee Clay 5 years ago from Wisconsin

        Thanks for stopping by and commenting afriqnet.

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        Joe Njenga 5 years ago from Nairobi Kenya

        Thanks for sharing great information on the dogs that don't shed. I must admit I am very familiar with this kind of dogs both in writing and daily work as a Veterinarian. Your hub is a great resource about non shedding dog breeds.

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        Cholee Clay 6 years ago from Wisconsin

        I very much appreciated your hub, any new information is great information in my book. If there is anything that needs to be added or changed I'm more than open to any ideas.

        I love hearing about new breeds that I don't know much about, and I think the comments section is a great way for others to inform those who read this hub about other breeds I may not have posted:)

        Sorry if I offended you. I was just trying to point out that even if a certain breed is typically a certain way, that is not always the case. Your Shih-tzu being a prime example of that:)

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        Mazzy Bolero 6 years ago from the U.K.

        Shesabutterfly, I didn't mean to sound critical - in fact I've bookmarked this hub so that when I'm ready to get another dog I can re-read it and consider. But my little Shih-tzu really did live his entire life under the delusion that he was a German Shepherd :)

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        Cholee Clay 6 years ago from Wisconsin

        My lab mix just started shedding like crazy, I hope come summer she is back to her low shedding self. Thanks rebeccamealey! Hope the furminator helps you out!

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        Rebecca Mealey 6 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

        My lab sheds like crazy, and I am going to order the furminator via your hub! Great job! Love the way you did the pictures with the thumbnails.

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        Cholee Clay 6 years ago from Wisconsin

        I love English Sheepdogs. Happy to see they are non shed, maybe I can now convince my fiancé we should get one.

        My aunt has a German Shepherd and is always vacuuming too. Every time we go over there we leave with dog hair on us. Thanks for stopping by and commenting Charles Hilton and Robin!

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        Robin Edmondson 6 years ago from San Francisco

        My husband wants a poodle mix, like a labradoodle or a goldendoodle because they aren't supposed to shed either. We have a German Shepherd and she sheds a lot! I feel like I'm always vacuuming! Great information! ;)

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        Charles Hilton 6 years ago

        Many years ago, my Psychology 101 professor brought her Old English Sheepdog to class and we all fell instantly in love with it. She informed us that because they have actual hair instead of fur, they don't shed; which was a surprise, and I'm sure a relief for those who consider purchasing one.

        Excellent hub---voted up, useful and interesting.

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        Cholee Clay 6 years ago from Wisconsin

        Mazzy Bolero, it's interesting how each breed has typical characteristics and temperaments yet within the breed each dog has it's own unique character. Most Shih-tzu's I've met have been sweet, but I don't doubt that your's was feisty. The joy's of owning a dog. You never truly know what your dog will be like until you get them.

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        Mazzy Bolero 6 years ago from the U.K.

        All that information about different breeds is really interesting and helpful, but I have to say that I had a Shih-tzu and "sweet and friendly" wouldn't really have described him! He was a self-willed feisty little character who wanted to be boss of the house. Still, I loved him to bits.

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        Cholee Clay 6 years ago from Wisconsin

        Additional breeds are definitely welcome. Thanks Zakmoonbeam, I've never heard of the Lagotto Romagnolo. I may be doing some research sometime soon:) Thanks for the extra new information!

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        Michael Murchie 6 years ago from Parts Unknown

        I enjoyed reading this, some really good information here.

        I would like to take the liberty of adding one more to your list if I may, the Lagotto Romagnolo. They are still quite a rare dog, but are cute as a button, non shedding, and hyper intelligent :)

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        Cholee Clay 6 years ago from Wisconsin

        I don't know much about miniature Schnauzer's but like I said this list is definitely not all inclusive, there are more non shed dogs out there. Thanks for the extra information JayneWisdom!

        Thanks for the votes Turtlewoman!

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        Kim Lam 6 years ago from California

        You're right, even dogs with short hair still shed. My pit bull leaves his tiny hairs all over the place. Vote up and useful

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        Jaye Denman 6 years ago from Deep South, USA

        How could you leave out the miniature Schnauzer? My mini Schnauzer doesn't shed, doesn't have that "funky" doggy smell even after going out in the wet yard, and even when I brush her, the only thing left in the hairbrush is "fluff" about the size of an English pea! Nothing on the floor or furniture. I wouldn't let her sleep with me if she shed at all. Schnauzers are also smart, love their humans and are exceptionally good-looking dogs. Need I say more? Ha-ha. I may be a bit biased about the last bit, but they don't shed.