Non-Shedding Dogs: A List of Small, Mid-Sized, and Large Dogs That Don't Shed
Looking for Dogs That Don't Shed?
Looking for dog breeds that don't shed? We have both good and bad news for you:
- The good news is that there are dogs breeds that shed very little. These are commonly known as hypoallergenic dogs. They are going to leave very little hair around your house, and usually not set off your allergies (at least not too badly).
- The bad news? The dogs that don't shed outwardly will shed inwardly. Dogs that don't shed outwardly actually shed into their undercoat. More on that later.
A recent trend for some dog breeders in marketing their dogs is to advertise them as non-shedding. We have seen countless ads for "Goldendoodles" (a designer dog "breed") and other breeds that are being labeled as hypoallergenic. The problem with this label is that actually, all dogs will leave varying degrees of dander around your house—dander is the cause of dog allergies, not the hair itself. Now, many of these designer breeds do not leave a lot of dander, but there is still enough that your allergies could be affected.
So, in this article, you'll find a list of dogs of all sizes that shed very little (as well as some bonus information and media, including a list of dogs that are prone to shedding a lot). But, keep in mind: an actual non-shedding dog doesn't really exist.
Non-Shedding Small Dog Breeds
Here is a list of small dogs that don't shed, or shed very little:
- Chinese Crested
- Silky Terriers
- Border Terriers
- Boston Terriers
- Miniature Schnauzers
- Miniature Poodles
- Australian Terriers
- American Hairless Terriers
- Scottish Terriers (Scotties)
- Welsh Terriers
- Norfolk Terriers
- West Highland Terriers (Westies)
- Yorkshire Terriers (Yorkies)
- Cairn Terriers
- Bichon Frises
- Italian Greyhounds
- Miniature Goldendoodles
Non-Shedding Medium and Large Dog Breeds
Here is a list of mid-sized to large dog breeds that don't shed or shed very little:
- Kerry Blue Terriers
- Bedlington Terriers
- Wire Fox Terriers
- Airedale Terriers
- Soft-Coated Wheaten Terriers
- Irish Water Spaniels
- Standard Poodles
- Bergamasco Shepherds
- Standard Schnauzers
- Bouvier des Flandres
What Are Designer or Hybrid Dogs?
You may have noticed that our list(s) include some designer or hybrid dogs, such as the Cavachon or Miniature Goldendoodle. So, exactly what are designer dogs or hybrid dogs?.
"Designer" dogs were created in the latter part of the last century in an attempt to breed out undesirable hereditary traits and to create hypoallergenic dogs. Up until recently, the Poodle was involved as one of the parents. Now, all different kinds of breeds are used, like Beagles and Pugs that make a "Puggle," or Cavaliers and Bichons that make "Cavachons." These new breeds, or "hybrid dogs," are not recognized by the AKC or any other major canine governing body. However, they could make a great dog for you if your main concern is owning a hypoallergenic dog.
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The Final Word on Non-Shedding Dogs
You are probably asking yourself: "what will I have to do if I get one these 'non-shedding' dogs?" That's a good question. The answer is, you will have to brush it. Ideally, you will brush it every day, or every other day.
- Matting: If you don't brush it a lot, the hair that the dog sheds goes into the undercoat. The undercoat builds up. Very soon, your dog will turn into a matted mess. Matted hair can be painful for a dog, as it sticks to the dog's skin and can pull the skin when the dog moves. Soon, the dog will be so matted you can't do anything with it. So, you take it to your local grooming shop if this happens. Unfortunately, getting matted hair off a dog isn't easy, and it can be painful for the dog. Sometimes, the dog is so matted that all its hair has to be shaved off, which sometimes leaves you with an ugly dog!
So, fellow dog owners and seekers of non-shedding dogs, remember this: When you get that new puppy, look into purchasing a new vacuum or brush immediately.
A List of Dog Breeds That Do Shed a Lot
If you don't care about shedding, the dog breeds listed below will make great pets. However, if you are allergic to dog hair (or to a vacuum cleaner), you might want to steer clear of these dogs:
- German Shorthaired Pointers
- Labrador Retrievers
- Golden Retrievers
- German Shepherds
If you choose one of these, good luck!
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Consider Rescuing a Homeless Dog!
If you are considering a new pet for your home, then consider the fact that there are literally millions of homeless dogs and cats that need a good home. If you are looking for a certain breed or a designer dog, they are available too. Yes, adopting a pet can be a serious pain in the patootie, and the process you have to go through might make you think you are applying for a job at the CIA, but the good folks at your local dog rescue are just trying to assure that once adopted, the dog will stay adopted and in a loving home. No, you can't just walk in and pay your money like the pet store at the mall, but then again, you won't be supporting your local puppy mill.
Adopt a pet!