The Top 27 Dog Breeds That Don’t Shed
Poodle's are the second smartest dogs in the world (Photo: Adobe Stock)
helloBARK! staff
By helloBARK! staff
Updated on April 25, 2019

Spending hours a week hoovering up dog hair isn’t for everyone.

If you’re thinking about bringing a dog home, you’ll to be prepared to face some challenging situations.

These could range from teaching your new dog basic obedience, embarking on the dreaded potty training or cleaning up after your pup.

Shedding is one of the most testing aspects of owning a dog, especially if you like to keep a very clean house.

For those with an allergy to dogs, a breed that malts a lot probably isn’t the best fit.

While there is no such thing as a 100 per cent hypoallergenic dog, some pups are better suited to those with an allergy.

You can find dog breeds that shed a lot less (and some barely at all), so you won’t have to hoover the house multiple times a day.

In this article, we’ll take a look at 27 dog breeds that don’t shed.

27) Poodle

The Poodle comes in three sizes: standard, miniature and toy. All three are low shedding dogs, as well as being the second most intelligent breed. The Poodle has a lot of going of pros!

26) Tibetan Terrier

Tibetan Terriers are medium-sized dogs that don’t shed a lot. They’re a good option if you’re looking for little or no dog hair. However, these dogs that hail from Tibet do require grooming.

25) Irish Water Spaniel

Considered one of the largest and older spaniel breeds in the world, the Irish Water Spaniel doesn’t produce as much dander as some other dogs. They’re coat does require quite a bit of maintaining. Fellow gundogs Spanish Water Dog and Lagotto Romagnolo are also considered to be good options for those seeking a low-shedding dog.

24) Havanese

Havanese (Photo: Adobe Stock)
Havanese (Photo: Adobe Stock)

Hailing from Cuba, the Havanese are ideal pets for families with young children or first-time owners. They don’t shed a lot and make great companion pets.

23) Maltese Terrier

Known for their beautiful, silk-like white fur, Maltese Terriers aren’t big shedders. This makes the ideal for those with an allergy dogs. The toy breed are sociable dogs that like to meet new people.

22) Schnauzer

Schnauzer (Photo: Adobe Stock)
Schnauzer (Photo: Adobe Stock)

The Schnauzer comes in three different sizes: standard, miniature and toy. They’re much loved for their stoic appearance, but equally for their low-shedding coat.

21) Chinese Crested

A hairless dog, the Chinese Crested doesn’t shed at all. Oils secreted by the skin trap any dander, which can be washed off during a bath.

20) Shih Tzu

Nicknamed the Lion Dog, Shih Tzu doesn’t usually shed much hair. Owners will need to regularly groom to take out dead hair with a brush.

19) Russian Black Terrier

A relatively unknown breed, the Russian Black Terrier is considered to be a low-shedding dog. However, they do have a double coat, which can result in a small amount of shedding.

18) Border Terrier

With a short, wiry coat, the Border Terrier doesn’t require a lot of grooming. While they don’t emit a lot of hair, it is recommended that their coat is hand stripped twice a year.

17) Brussels Griffon

Hailing from Belgium, Brussels Griffon aren’t big shedders, so they could do better than most in a home with a person who suffers an allergy to dogs. These little dogs have caricature faces.

16) Hungarian Puli

The Hungarian Puli was used to guard and protect livestock in Hungary. Their appearance is striking, with what to the uneducated eye would appear to be a coat of dreadlocks. It is, in fact, tight curls.

15) Bichon Frise

Bichon Frise (Photo: Adobe Stock)
Bichon Frise (Photo: Adobe Stock)

A charming and friendly dog, the Bichon Frise is a firm favourite with those looking to adopt a pooch for the first time. This breed hardly shed at all, which makes them easier to maintain.

14) Portugese Water Dog

Portuguese Water Dogs are a low-shedding breed thanks to their unique coat. While they may be good for those who’re hoping to find a hypoallergenic dog, a Portuguese Water Dog can require a lot of patience due to their immature nature.

13) Bolognese

Hailing from Italy, the Bolognese doesn’t shed as much as other dog breeds. They’re coat doesn’t seasonally malt, which makes it easier to maintain. However, monthly grooming is required.

12) Komondor

Not a very common breed, the Komondor have what look like frizzy white dreadlocks. Despite their unkept appearance, the Komondor’s coat doesn’t require a lot of maintenance and is low shedding.

11) Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier

This Irish breed could be a good option for dog allergy sufferers. Used as farm dogs in the Republic of Ireland, they don’t malt a lot.

10) Mexican Hairless

Mexican Hairless dogs have little to no fur. Therefore they don’t shed a lot. You will need to protect their skin against the sun, though.

9) Yorkshire Terrier

Yorkshire Terrier (Photo: Adobe Stock)
Yorkshire Terrier (Photo: Adobe Stock)

A firm favourite with senior dog owners, their coat grows at a steady rate throughout the year, making it easier to maintain. A trip to the groomers a few times a year should help to keep these little dogs keep a good appearance.

8) West Highland White Terrier

Hailing from Scotland, this beautiful little white dog has a double coat. Often called Westies, these Scottish pups don’t shed as much as other breeds.

7) Bedlington Terrier

Often likened to a lamb, the Bedlington Terrier has tight curls for their coat. They don’t shed a lot but their unique coat does require a lot of care to maintain its healthy state.

6) Airedale Terrier

Back to Scotland, next up we have the Airedale Terrier. Known for being mischievous and stubborn, they’re the largest member of the Terrier group. They do shed throughout the year, but if you regularly brush these dogs, it should be easy to stay on top of the malting.

5) Kerry Blue Terrier

Another Irish breed, the Kerry Blue Terrier have fine hair that doesn’t shed. Therefore, they’re a good choice for anyone looking to find a low-malting dog.

4) Bouvier des Flandres

Their names translates to “cow-herder of Flandres”, but odds are you haven’t encountered these dogs before. Used to herd cattle or as police dogs, Bouvier des Flandres don’t malt a lot but their long hair does require a lot of maintenance.

3) Basenji

Growing in popularity thanks to their low-shedding coat, the Basenji is an impressive looking specimen. Their short, tight coat doesn’t malt a lot. However, they can be challenging dogs to train.

2) Cairn Terrier

Proving that Scotland has a lot of choice when it comes to low-malting dogs, the Cairn Terrier is one of the nation’s earliest working dogs. They’re the ancestors of Westies, which explains why both don’t shed much.

1) Australian Silky Terrier

Like the Yorkshire Terrier, the Australian Silky Terrier has a relatively long coat. However, regular brushing and trips to the groomer can help to keep it in check.