Dr. Joe Njenga is a practicing veterinarian passionate for writing about dogs.
Dog Shedding: The Basics and Non-Shedding Breeds
This list is not conclusive, but these are the dog breeds that are least likely to shed.
Regular grooming also helps solve the menace of excessive overgrown hair.
There are both large and miniature dog breeds that don't shed and are good with the children. The dogs below make lovely family pets and are some of the most common breeds for first-time pet owners.
This article will tell you the best breeds that don't shed and then go over the shedding basics. Hopefully, by the end, you'll be able to decide if you want a shedding or non-shedding dog!
The Best Dog Breeds That Don't Shed
- Portuguese Water Dog
- Yorkshire Terrier
- Welsh Terrier
- Polish Lowland Sheepdog
- Toy Poodle
- Shih Tzu
- Miniature Schnauzer
- Dandie Dinmont Terrier
Why Would You Want a Dog That Does Not Shed?
The first reason several dog owners or "would be" dog owners prefer dogs that do not shed is not out of imagination but for the apparent rationale: many people are allergic to dog dander. According to WebMD, "People are usually allergic to the dander, flakes of dead skin, as well as the saliva and urine." So having a dog that sheds less than others is beneficial to those with allergies.
Secondly, the discarded hair tends to make the house untidy. Having a larger dog that sheds often might mean vacuuming or sweeping daily. While this isn't a huge deal, a dog that doesn't shed can save you time cleaning.
Is Shedding Normal?
Yes! The majority of dog breeds shed fur during the year. Shedding is normal and shouldn't panic any dog owner. However, if you notice your dog is shedding excessively, it might be time to visit a veterinarian.
What Types of Dogs Shed the Most?
Whether a dog sheds more than once a year depends on the type of hair coat. The double hair coated breeds will shed twice a year. If your dog has a thicker double-coat, which makes it more likely to shed year-round.
Also, there is a close relationship between dogs that shed and breeds with curly coats. Breeds with curly coats tend to shed more than those with regular coats. These curly-coated dogs require more concern when it comes to grooming. So be careful if you go for such a pet and you don’t have time or someone to take care of them.
When Do Dogs Shed Most?
Typically dogs shed their fur in the spring and fall. According to the AKC, "For dogs that shed seasonally, you’ll notice that most shedding occurs in the spring and fall. In the spring, your dog’s coat will become lighter in preparation for the warm weather. Similarly, in the fall, in preparation for winter, you will see a change in your dog’s coat and a higher incidence of shedding."
How to Manage Shedding
You'll know your dog is shedding by seeing little clumps of hair that resemble cotton candy all over their skin coat.
An excellent way to remove these clumps is to brush them out or use a pair of scissors or a shedding blade to expose the undercoat. A shedding blade resembles something you'd use on a horse and is a strong tool for a challenging task. It's a bendy piece of steel with tiny jagged teeth that grasp the hairs. You can control a blade in a one-handed U-shape configuration or hold the blade straight and use two hands. Make sure you expose the underlying coat of hair to make your dog happy!
If you aren't comfortable clipping or brushing your dog yourself, you can always take them to get professionally groomed! It might cost more money, but leaving it in the hands of a professional is always a solid option.
- 21 Best Hypoallergenic Dogs
Are you allergic and looking for a pet? Here's a list of non-shedding or hypoallergenic dogs that would make for a great family dog.
- 24 Hypoallergenic Dogs That Don't Shed
These hypoallergenic dogs are compatible with people who have allergies and are low-shedding or non-shedding. They produce less saliva and less dander—the source of allergy-causing proteins in dogs.
- 6 Large Dog Breeds That Don't Shed (Much)
Tired of getting out the vacuum every time your dog is around? Here are pictures, videos, and descriptions of some great alternatives if you still want a big dog.
Judy on April 13, 2020:
I have a German Shepherd dog and she sheds twice a year. It’s not bad and can be kept under control with just a little brushing every two-three days She only requires a bath four to six months depending on your environment. German Shepherd Dogs are a perfect guard dog, family pet and loving companion especially for the blind or hard of hearing.
Abby on March 27, 2019:
My dog doesn't shed that much
Cherie1 on January 12, 2014:
I'm curious... What kind of dog is in the picture under the title?
Dubuquedogtrainer from Dubuque, Iowa on May 09, 2012:
Good information, doc - thanks for writing! Voted up!