Dog Breeds That Don't Shed
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.
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.
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.
Questions & Answers
What is a good dog for a retiree who is looking for one that doesn’t shed a lot, is good with an existing cat in the home, has low energy and will average 25-30 lbs?
I'm not aware of many breeds that are low energy and are also low shedding. I know Maltese and Miniature Schnauzer's fit into this criteria, however they will be smaller than 25lbs. Havanese and Bichon Frise would also fit into your criteria, however they require regular brushing/grooming to keep their coats well maintained. Most terrier breeds will be low shedding, but they require moderate exercise as most breeds of terrier tend to be higher energy.
Popular low shedding breeds that tend to be medium-low energy include Basenji and these Terriers (Westies, Yorkies, Boston, & Sealyham).
I cannot speak to whether a dog will be good with an existing cat or not. Every dog is different and dogs of the same breed can and will have different tolerance levels to other animals whether that be dogs, cats, or any other animal. If you are getting a dog from a shelter or rescue I would recommend asking about the dog's behavior. If the shelter or rescue is a good one, they will be able to tell you if the dog you are considering will be okay with cats and other dogs.Helpful 4
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