Which Dogs Don’t Shed?

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A question that pops up all the time with prospective dog owners is “which dogs do not shed?”

With lots of people suffering from various allergies, the search for non-shedding and hypoallergenic breeds is on the rise, and it is a fair question to ask.

Unfortunately, all dogs shed allergens, some less than others, and as an owner, you are going to have to maintain the dog’s coat by washing, brushing, and giving it a haircut to reduce shedding.

So, for the person/s looking at which breeds of dog shed the least, there are many small, medium, and large breeds of dogs that don’t shed or are light shedders. The following is a list of the dogs you may wish to investigate.



The Affenpinscher, also called the“Monkey Dog,” is descended from Terriers that populated stables and shops in 17th– and 18th-century Europe.

Australian Terrier

The Australian Terrier is a small terrier breed. The breed was developed in Australia, although the ancestral line of dogs from which the breed descends was from Great Britain.


The Basenji, or “Soundless Dog,” is a breed of hunting dog originating in central Africa.

Bedlington Terrier

The Bedlington Terrier is a small breed dog which derived its name from a small mining town in Bedlington, Northumberland, in northeast England.

Bichon Frise

The Bichon Frise derived from the French word meaning curly lap dog.


The Bolognese is a small dog of the Bichon type, originating in Italy.

Brussels Griffon

The Brussels Griffon is a dog named after its city of origin, Brussels.

Cairn Terrier

The Cairn Terrier is one of the oldest terrier breeds. They were first discovered in the Scottish Highlands.

Chinese Crested Hairless

The Chinese Crested dog is a hairless breed.

Coton de Tuléar

The Coton de Tuléar is a small dog named for the city of Tuléar in Madagascar.


The Dachshund is a short-legged, long-bodied, hound.

Dandie Dinmont Terrier

A Dandie Dinmont Terrier is a Scottish breed of dog which is rather small in size.


The Havanese is the national dog of Cuba.

Italian Greyhound

The Italian Greyhound is a small breed of dog of the sight hound type.

Lhasa Apso

The Lhasa Apso is a dog breed originating in Tibet.


The Maltese is a small breed of dog. It descends from dogs in the Central Mediterranean Area.

Manchester Terrier

The Manchester Terrier is a smooth-haired terrier.

Miniature Schnauzer

The Miniature Schnauzer is a small breed that came from Germany and was first discovered in the 19th century.

Scottish Terrier

The Scottish Terrier (also known as the Aberdeen Terrier) is one of five breeds of terrier that originated in Scotland.

Sealyham Terrier

The Sealyham Terrier is a small- to medium-sized terrier that is quite rare and was first discovered in Wales.

Shih Tzu

A Shih Tzu is also known as the Chrysanthemum Dog. The origins of the breed are unknown, but it is thought to have originated in Tibet.

Silky Terrier

The Australian Silky Terrier is a small dog developed in Australia.

West Highland White Terrier

The West Highland White Terrier is a dog from Scotland.


The Xoloitzcuintli, or Xolo for short, is a hairless breed of dog, found in toy, miniature, and standard sizes.

Yorkshire Terrier

The Yorkshire Terrier is a small terrier developed during the 19th century in Yorkshire, England.



Irish Terrier

The Irish Terrier is a dog from Ireland and is considered one of the oldest terrier breeds.

Lakeland Terrier

The Lakeland Terrier is a dog that takes its name from its place of origin, the Lake District in England.

Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen

The Petit Basset Griffon is a breed of dog from the Vendée district of France.

Portuguese Water Dog

The Portuguese Water Dog is a dog originally from the Portuguese region of the Algarve.


The Puli is a small- to medium-sized breed of Hungarian dog.

Standard Schnauzer

The Standard Schnauzer is a dog breed that originated in Germany in the 15th and 16th centuries.

Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier

The Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier is a terrier originating from Ireland.


The Whippet is a dog of medium size. It originated in England.



Airedale Terrier

The Airedale Terrier is a breed of terrier that originated in the valley of the River Aire, in the West Riding of Yorkshire, England.

Bouvier Des Flandres

The Bouvier des Flandres is a dog originating in Flanders.

Giant Schnauzer

The Giant Schnauzer is a breed of dog developed in the 17th century in Germany.

Irish Water Spaniel

The Irish Water Spaniel is a dog that is the largest and one of the oldest spaniels.


The Komondor is a large, white-colored Hungarian dog.

Wirehaired Pointing Griffon

The Wirehaired Pointing Griffon is considered Dutch in ancestry because of the nationality of the breed’s founder, Eduard Karel Korthals.


Depending on your preference, there are even more breeds of dog available to choose from than those found on this list. Once you have chosen your desired pooch, a few tips to reduce shedding should be routinely followed to ensure you and your family remain allergy-free.

With regular brushing of your dog, the shed hair will be controlled rather than distributed throughout the house.

Vacuum the floors and furniture on a regular basis, preferably with a machine with a high-efficiency particle arresting filter.

As difficult as it may be, try to keep your dog’s off your bed. If you can’t resist, then remember to wash the bedding frequently. This goes for the dog bedding as well.

Bath your dog often and brush its coat outside. After playing with your dog or giving it a scratch or hug, it is advisable to wash your hands and avoid rubbing your eyes or touching your face.

Most of the allergies from dogs are not caused by their hair but rather dander, the dead skin that falls off a dog. The dogs listed above fall into the category of low-shedding breeds that do not produce as many allergens through dander as other breeds of dog.

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