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One downside to having a dog is the shedding that comes with it. While some dogs hardly shed at all, like Poodles, many dog breeds shed A LOT.
Some dog owners don’t mind the fact that they always have dog hair on their clothes, while others prefer to stick with dog breeds that don’t shed as much.
If you’re looking to add a new fur child to your household, you may be wondering how much they shed. Alternatively, you may be wondering if it’s normal for your dog to shed as much as they do.
That’s why we’ve created this list of the most shedding dog breeds. At the end of the article, we’ll give you tips to help you manage your dog’s shedding along with a groomer’s secret tool for reducing shedding.
15 Dogs That Shed the Most
There are more than 15 dog breeds that shed, but we chose some of the most popular breeds that may shed more than you expect for this list.
#1 – Labrador Retriever
At the top of the list of dogs that shed the most is America’s favorite canine since 1991, the Labrador Retriever. Many new Lab owners are shocked by how much their dog sheds. They mistakenly assume that short-haired dogs like Labs don’t shed that much.
The shocking truth is that short-haired dogs can shed as much as any other coat type, but short hair sheds all year round and isn’t limited to changing seasons.
The stiff hairs of a Labrador Retriever have a way of weaving themselves into fabrics, so make sure you read to the end for tips on how to reduce how much hair your Lab leaves around your home.
#2 – German Shepherd
The second-most-popular dog in the United States is also a major shedder. The one benefit to the German Shepherd is that most of their shedding happens two to four times a year when the seasons change. While they do shed a little bit all year and need regular brushing, it’s usually manageable.
When your German Shepherd blows their coat during seasonal changes, you will see the hair start coming out in tufts. Luckily, those tufts are easy to brush out, so there’s no need to let those tufts become tumbleweeds floating around your home.
#3 – Bernese Mountain Dog
Bernese Mountain Dogs have a beautiful, fluffy tricolor coat that people admire. Unfortunately, all that fluff tends to fall out around your home. While the shedding is worse seasonally, Berners will leave their mostly black hair all around your home.
Without plenty of brushing, much of the undercoat can get stuck in your Berner’s fur and create painful matting, which means that brushing is about more than just reducing how much black hair blows around your home.
#4 – Great Pyrenees
The snow-white hair of the Great Pyrenees looks beautiful when it’s on your dog, but it looks less beautiful covering your furniture. Like the Bernese Mountain Dog, the Great Pyrenees sheds worse when the seasons change but will shed all year round.
They are also prone to matting if they aren’t brushed enough. Drooly Pyrs, especially, can develop tight mats on their chest that may need to be shaved out, so regular brushing is a crucial part of owning a Great Pyrenees.
#5 – Shiba Inu
For as small as they are, it can be shocking how much the Shiba Inu sheds. Anecdotally among dog groomers, the Shiba seems to shed more hair per square inch of their body than just about any other dog breed.
Shiba Inus can be stubborn and often hate brushing or baths, especially if you don’t introduce them to those things at a young age. The sooner you can introduce those things to your Shiba, the better.
#6 – Siberian Husky
Bred to weather freezing Arctic temperatures, Siberian Huskies grow a thick undercoat for the winter that then “blows” out in the spring. They typically grow undercoat again in the summer and blow that coat in the fall. In fact, Huskies in warmer climates can blow their coat as often as four times a year, with regular shedding around the year.
Huskies often have sensitive skin and may require more than an hour of traditional brushing to remove all the hair when they blow their coat.
SEE ALSO: 9 Husky Grooming and Coat Care Tips
#7 – Alaskan Malamute
Like the Husky, the Alaskan Malamute was bred to withstand temperatures far below 0. Since Malamutes are even larger than Huskies, they can leave even more hair around your home. Malamutes can also have longer hair than Huskies that may get matted without enough brushing.
#8 – Australian Shepherd
This energetic ball of fluff will leave their fur everywhere they go without regular brushing. They can also overheat in the summertime if their winter undercoat isn’t brushed out. The hair behind their ears and around their butt and back legs is prone to matting, so brush your Aussie at least once a week to keep them comfortable.
#9 – Border Collie
Border Collie undercoat clings to your clothing more than you would believe. While their shedding does get worse when the seasons change, they tend to leave fur clinging to every surface they touch all around the year. Brushing them at least once a week helps take out that clingy fur.
#10 – Shetland Sheepdog
Like their Rough Collie cousins, the Shetland Sheepdog has a thick undercoat that can get stuck in their rough topcoat without regular brushing. While this may result in less hair blowing around your home, the built-up undercoat can cause your Sheltie to overheat, and in rare cases, the entire dog can become so matted with undercoat that they can no longer be brushed out and must be shaved for their own comfort.
#11 – Newfoundland
Newfoundlands have amazing personalities, but if you own one of these gentle giants, you had better be OK with two things: drool and shedding. This is an especially bad combination since their shedding hair will stick in their drool and make your home look like a black furry bomb exploded.
#12 – Golden Retriever
The Golden Retriever is America’s third favorite dog and sheds anywhere from a little to a lot. In my 12 years of experience as a dog groomer, the redder the coat of a Golden Retriever, the less they shed. The lighter the coat, the thicker the coat and the more the dog would shed, with cream or white Goldens having nearly as much undercoat as a Newfie.
To keep your Golden comfortable, be prepared to brush them at least once a week.
READ MORE: 7 Tips to Manage Golden Retriever Shedding
#13 – Rottweiler
Like Labs, the short-haired Rottweiler can shed a lot more than you would expect, and they have coarse hair that can weave its way into fabrics. You’ll want to brush your Rottie at least every week or two to keep down the amount of shedding.
#14 – Welsh Corgi (Pembroke and Cardigan)
While Pembroke Welsh Corgis are more popular in the United States than their Cardigan cousins, both breeds have a thick undercoat that blows out when the seasons change and sheds a little bit all around the year.
#15 – Pomeranian
These tiny dogs can pack a powerful shedding punch. The tricky thing about Pomeranians is that their undercoat can get stuck in their topcoat. Combined with their relatively short muzzles, this can cause Poms to become dangerously overheated.
Unless you keep your Pomeranian shaved (which we don’t recommend), you should brush them at least once or twice a week.
Tips to Help Reduce and Manage Dog Shedding
There is no way to stop a dog from shedding, but there are some things you can do to help reduce and manage it.
Dry skin can make shedding worse, so managing your dog’s dry skin can reduce shedding. To improve the quality of your dog’s skin, try these tips:
- Feed them premium food – more nutritious food leads to better skin
- Don’t wash them more than once a month if possible – too much bathing can dry out your dog’s skin
- Use a gentle shampoo made for dogs – human skin has a different pH than dog skin and is too drying
- Make sure your dog gets plenty of omega-3 – a fish oil supplement can be a great way to do this
Brush your dog at least once a week. It stands to reason that the more fur comes out in a brush, the less hair will be left around your home.
Want more information on the best brush to use on your dog? Check out the 13 Best Dog Brushes and De-shedding Tools for LARGE Dogs.
Wrapping Up Our List of the Worst Shedding Dog Breeds
While shedding is just a part of life when you have a dog, especially if you have one of the breeds on our list, regular brushing and a healthy diet can help reduce how much fur you’ll be battling inside your home.
Additionally, a professional groomer can do a bath and a deep brushing on your dog to help reduce shedding if you don’t want to do it yourself. Apart from that, wear your fur-covered clothes without shame – it just shows that you’re a proud pet parent.