10 Dogs that Don’t Shed

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Sadly, a lot of people who wish to own a dog are hypersensitive to canine allergens. Fortunately, there are numerous hypo-allergenic dog breeds that tend to shed little to no hair, causing far fewer allergic reactions.

Top Non-shedding Breeds

1. Yorkshire Terrier. Yorkies are small dogs that are generally sociable and outgoing. They are alert and they make reliable watchdogs. The breed often sports a long elegant coat that, although may require constant brushing and grooming, tends to shed very little.

2. Dachshund. This breed has three types of coats: short-haired, wire-haired, and long-haired. While long-haired dachshunds are minimal shedders that usually require regular grooming, the wire-haired and short-haired types do not shed as much. The breed loves people, is intelligent, and can make a good watchdog.

3. Poodle. Because of the breed’s distinctively shiny dense coat that hardly ever sheds, Poodles are also ideal for allergic owners.  Their curly or corded heavy coat, however, needs to be groomed on a regular basis. Poodles are loving, affectionate, and alert which makes them excellent watchdogs as well.

4. Shih Tzu. Although this small dog has a long glossy coat, Shih Tzus are usually regarded as a non-shedding breed. They, nevertheless, require daily brushing and grooming. The breed is highly energetic, and can make an excellent watchdog.

5. Miniature Schnauzer. This double-coated breed dons a wiry overcoat and a soft undercoat that rarely shed. Miniature Schnauzers require regular grooming, and because they tend to be very affectionate, the breed makes a wonderful household companion.

6. Boston Terrier. The breed sports a smooth, short coat that can be groomed easily. Boston Terriers are minimal shedders, and because they are generally quiet, they are good for apartment-dwellers. The breed loves people, but can be rather rambunctious at times.

7. Maltese. Maltese dogs have very long silky coats that shed little to no hair. They need to be brushed and groomed regularly which can become costly and time-consuming. However, Maltese are very intelligent, fearless, and highly excitable.

8. Havanese. This double-coated breed sports a shiny wavy coat that does not shed. They usually require daily grooming, and because Havanese dogs have a strong need to interact with people, they always yearn for human company. They are highly intelligent, friendly, and capable of bonding well with children.

9. West Highland Terrier. Westies are a double-coated breed that shed very little hair. While their straight overcoat is smooth and weather-resistant, their undercoat is short and soft. To prevent matting, their dense coat needs to be brushed every day. West Highland Terriers are highly energetic and can make good hunting companion dogs.

10. Bichon Frise. The breed has dense wavy hair that does not shed. Their thick fluffy coat requires daily brushing and regular grooming. Bichon Frise dogs are generally friendly, affectionate, and capable of relating with other household pets.

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  1. We have a 3 1/2 year old Havanese. He absolutely does not shed! In fact it almost impossible to pull hair out of him. The down side is that he needs frequent combing to prevent matting and grooming and trimming is necessary every five to six weeks. The Havanese hair is very fine, soft and silky. We had a Bichon previously who didn’t shed very much, but the Havanese beats all dogs when it comes to hypo allergenic characteristics!

  2. Irish Terriers don’t shed. They are also a bit bigger than most dog listed here. Most Irish Terriers are approximately 30-40 pounds. They are the best natured and intelligent dogs. Check it out, They are great!

  3. Afghan Hounds are considered a non-shedding, hypo-allergenic breed. They do require considerable brushing to maintain a healthy coat. If allowed to get matted, they will molt and “shed” clumps of hair as opposed to individual hairs. And puppies will drop their puppy coats anywhere from 12 mths – 18 mths. old during which time daily brushing is highly recommended. But a healthy adult will shed very little and does not have a doggy odor.

  4. Where or where is the Cockapoo. We have a 13 year-old and she does not shed. The smartest dog we have owned and that has been a lot.

    Also, the cockapoo is the first “designer dog.”

  5. I have 2 Havanese. They are both females. I have allergies and was never able to tolerate any dog as a pet. I have not had any problems with this breed. They do not shed. I keep them groomed regularly, about every 5 weeks. They love children, as my 2 youngest grandchildren, 7 & 9 live with me and they just love each other.

  6. I can only assume that someone need to get one more article in to win that trip to Biloxi because this one is nearly a waste of time…

    NO mentione of the Chinese Crested? (or other nearly hairless breeds?)

    Try to find a do that sheds LESS than one with NO HAIR.


  7. DID ANYONE READ THE DESCRIPTION UNDER THE TITLE? It said “Sadly, a lot of people who wish to own a dog are hypersensitive to canine allergens. Fortunately, there are numerous hypo-allergenic dog breeds that tend to shed little to no hair, causing far fewer allergic reactions.” The author understands that they do shed a bit. And the author is also right about them being hypo-allergenic.

  8. Doesn’t anyone know about Bouvier des Flanders? ‘Related’ to poodles & water dogs…they don’t shed, per say, but fluffy ‘dust bunnies’ in the corners and under furniture…but not that bristly fur shedding. No dander, hair not fur.

  9. Where is the Lhasa Apso? Mine doesn’t shed, which is great, because I have an Aussie who sheds enough for 3 dogs.

  10. I have a Coton De Tulear and she does not shed she does have to be groomed as most dogs with hair have to be..I have her hair cut short to prevent matting but matting is not shedding..she has very fine hair that mats easily if not groomed every day. This breed loves people and is a wonderful family pet.They are not yappy…

  11. To the know-it-all posters who claim all dogs shed…YOU’RE WRONG!I have two Goldendoodles and neither one of them sheds. At all. Not one bit. You could take a swiffer through my floors on any day of the week and you will come up no dog hair. Do all Goldendoodles not shed? No. Do mine not shed? Yes. So your statement is simply incorrect by your usage of the word “all”. And btw, matting is not shedding…fyi.

  12. All dogs shed and I am allergic to every breed but two. Whippets and Greyhounds.

    No other breed can lick me but them even on my arm. Their saliva must be biologically different. As it is a protein in a dogs saliva that causes the allergy.

    They are also without an undercoat which means less hair to shed. Plus their coats are short and smooth which means the amount they shed is less and easier to clean up and groom.

  13. My HAVANESE does not shed. I do comb him every day but get less HAIR on the comb than I do on my own brush. He’s the best!!! He’s seven years old.

    • I have a havanese and he doesn’t shed at all. He is a great dog. I also had a bichon frise and he didn’t he didn’t shed either.

  14. I have a Maltipoo and he does not shed. I brush him every other day and he gets a professional grooming every two months. Once in a while I will find a small curl on his blanket but that is it.