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13 Shedding Dogs

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As someone who has several pets, I know how irritating it is to see their fur everywhere! If you are looking for a dog breed that does not shed, then this article is for you.

Shedding dogs require less grooming, but they are not completely maintenance-free. Most require regular visits to the groomer for haircuts, they can still trigger dog allergies, and many of the breeds on this list are clingy and cannot be left alone for long periods of time.

It's important to remember that every dog requires a great deal of commitment, and this is taken seriously at the time of adoption. In this article, we'll discuss thirteen dog breeds that don't shed.

Facts About Shedding Dogs

They May Trigger Your Dog Allergies

Dog allergies are not caused by fur, so if you are allergic to dogs, these non-shedding dogs will do little to relieve your symptoms.

Dander in the skin and saliva is what causes allergies in people, and of course all dogs have skin and will groom themselves – and maybe kiss! – Regularly.

Instead of looking for "hypoallergenic" breeds, I recommend meeting a variety of dogs and spending quality time with them. This can tell you how you personally react to their dander.

Be sure to pet them a lot, rubbing down on the skin with your hands to release dander. Before bringing your dog home, test for allergies by touching the face, especially around the eyes and nose. This will save you and your new dog heartache if you end up having an allergic reaction.

They still require high maintenance

Some people want to adopt a dog that doesn't shed, thinking they don't need to spend as much time caring for their dog. Remember that all dogs need maintenance, even if their coats are easy to maintain.

In the case of these dogs, their fur doesn't shed because it keeps growing. Therefore, it needs to be combed daily and trimmed once a month.

Many of the dogs on this list also need a lot of daily exercise, are clingy and prone to separation anxiety, or are otherwise high maintenance! So, be sure to do thorough research before adopting a new dog. Each breed requires time and effort.

mixed breeds may shed

Unfortunately, there is a lot of dishonest marketing in the breeding world. Unscrupulous breeders will try to convince buyers that mixed breeds don't shed even though one of the parents is a double-coated, shedding breed. This is a common lie about poodle mixes or "doodles," but it applies to other "designer" mix breeds as well.

Remember that when you mix two breeds with very different genetics, the results will be random in terms of health, coat, personality, etc. Unless both parent breeds have non-shedding coats, you may end up with a puppy that sheds heavily. You're also likely to end up with a coat that is harder to maintain than either parent breed because it's a mix of the two coat types.

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The best solution is not to buy mixed breed dogs as they are almost always immoral. If you want a great mutt, there are millions of shelters and rescues waiting to bring it home right now!

1. Afghan Hound

Entering the good stuff, the Afghan Hound is the first breed on our list that doesn't shed. These large dogs stand 25-27 inches tall and weigh 50-60 lbs. They have a long, silky coat and require several hours of brushing and regular baths each week.

Afghan Hounds have a high energy and aloof personality, which makes them harder to train than other eager-to-please breeds. However, use patience and an effortless training method and you will succeed! Be sure to offer high-value training treats to keep their attention.

Afghan hounds are popular show dogs
Afghan hounds do not shed, but have long, silky coats that require several hours of brushing each week.

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2. Bichon Frize

Bichon Frizes are small, weighing only 12-18 pounds and standing 9.5-11.5 inches at the shoulder.

These light-colored dogs are usually white, but may also have various shades of tan markings. Their long, curly coat requires daily brushing, trimming and monthly bathing, either at the groomer or at home.

As pugs, they are known for being very affectionate, even with children and other dogs. Of course, be sure to introduce new pets slowly and with supervision, and never leave children and dogs together unsupervised!

Bichon Frizes are also playful, energetic, and easy to train. Because they can be clingy, they're best for families where at least one person is home most of the day.

bichon frize puppies
This soft breed, Bichon Frise, is a great choice for allergy sufferers.

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3. Chinese crested head

I guess you either love or hate the Chinese Crested. I? I think they are cute! (But then again, I've never met a dog that wasn't in my eyes!)

If you've never met a dog with bangs, I recommend running — not walking! — to the American Kennel Club's page for this breed! The pups were either mostly hairless with long hairs on their faces, legs and tails, or had hairs almost everywhere.

Hairless versions have to take care of their exposed skin, including applying sunscreen before letting them outside! Brush where the hairs have grown daily and trim as needed. "Hairy" Chinese cockatoos, also known as powder puffs, must be brushed daily because they tend to tangle and mat together.

Chinese Cresteds have moderate energy levels and require daily activity to stay healthy. Since they're small (only 8-12 lbs and 11-13 inches), you can play them indoors in bad weather.

Chinese crested prancing like a pony
The Chinese Crested is a small toy dog with smooth, hairless skin, a flowing mane, and large, shaggy ears.

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4. Maltese

Maltese stand only 7-9 inches tall and weigh less than 9 pounds. Their long coat is always white, sometimes with black spots. They should be brushed daily, trimmed and bathed regularly. The AKC also recommends conditioning the coat in the bath to keep it healthy and soft.

Another pug breed, the Maltese should not be left alone for long periods of time. If someone is home most of the day, one of these puppies might be a good fit for your family!

With a medium energy level and moderate trainability, the Maltese is somewhere between an eager-to-please breed and an utterly apathetic breed.

Because these dogs may be brachycephalic or short-nosed, I recommend that you take extra care in finding a reputable breeder. Make sure they prioritize the dog's health, including breeding for the right nose length and health testing the bitch's genetic status.

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Long-haired Maltese dog.
Maltese don't shed, but should be brushed daily, trimmed and bathed regularly.


5. Shih Tzu

Shih Tzu stands 9-10.5 inches tall and weighs 9-16 lbs. Their beautiful long coats come in a variety of colors, but they also require a lot of maintenance. They should be brushed daily and bathed regularly by yourself or a groomer. Most people choose to trim their Shih Tzu's coat once a month to keep it more manageable.

Shih Tzus tend to get along well with other dogs and children, but you should always supervise dog and child interactions! Both can hurt each other even when they're not trying, such as in rough play.

Like the other pug breeds on this list, the Shih Tzu is clingy, affectionate and prone to separation anxiety. They can only be away for short periods of time throughout the day, not ideal for singles who work full time outside the house!

If you want a Shih Tzu, I recommend avoiding the breeder at all costs. This is because these dogs were not bred responsibly. Their short noses make it difficult to even breathe, among many other health problems. The best way to find a Shih Tzu to adopt is to call your local shelter or find a Shih Tzu-specific rescue in your area.

Shih Tzu (Canis familiaris) - Portrait
The Shih Tzu was originally bred by Chinese royalty! They have long coats and come in a variety of colors.

© Angel LeBlanc/Shutterstock.com

6. Poodle

Poodles come in three sizes: Toy, Miniature and Standard. Toy measures less than 10 inches and weighs 4-6 lbs. Miniature poodles are 10-15 inches tall and weigh 10-15 pounds, while standard poodles are 15+ inches tall and weigh 40-70 pounds.

They all have long, curly coats and come in a variety of colors naturally. Their coats require daily maintenance and regular trimming and bathing. Most people choose to visit a groomer once a month to maintain their poodle's coat, as this can be difficult to do at home.

Poodles are affectionate, protective and playful. They are full of energy and need a lot of daily exercise. Because they are so intelligent, they also need a lot of mental stimulation. They can be clingy and should not be left alone for long periods of time.

miniature poodle
Miniature Poodles are hypoallergenic dogs.

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7. Schnauzer

Like the Poodle, the Schnauzer comes in three varieties. The Standard Schnauzer stands 17.5-19.5 inches tall and weighs 30-50 pounds, while the Miniature Schnauzer stands 12-14 inches tall and weighs 11-20 pounds. Giant Schnauzers stand 23.5-27.5 inches tall and weigh 55-85 lbs.

The Schnauzer has a distinctive coat with a strong texture. They need daily brushing and regular hand-shaving, which is the process of plucking dead undercoat by hand. Some schnauzers have their coat clipped, but this will shed more. When hand-stripped, the Schnauzer sheds very little.

Beyond that, these dogs should be bathed once a month and their whiskers and legs washed weekly to keep them clean.

Schnauzers are also more prone to drooling than the other dogs on this list. While it's not excessive, it may be worth avoiding the breed if your saliva triggers dog allergies.

Both sizes of Schnauzers are affectionate, playful, protective and eager to please. As playful as they are, their energy levels are moderate so you don't have to walk long distances to exhaust them, but they still need routines to stay healthy.

Some schnauzers have their fur clipped, but this way they shed more. Peeled by hand, they shed very little.


8. Portuguese Water Dog

Portuguese Water Dogs are large dogs, 17-23 inches tall and 35-60 pounds. Their long, wavy coat needs daily brushing unless they've been cropped, in which case they'll need regular trips to the groomer for trimming and bathing.

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They are very sociable, eager to please, and full of energy. They also need a lot of mental stimulation to keep them happy and away from their troubles!

Due to their high energy and potential for clinging, Portuguese Water Dogs are not recommended for adoption unless someone can be home with them for most of the day.

type of hound
The Portuguese Water Dog has a long, wavy coat and can dive as deep as 12 feet when chasing fish!

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9. Spanish Water Dog

The Spanish Water Dog has a curly Jomon coat and stands 15.75-19.75 inches tall. They weigh between 31-49 lbs.

Their coats should never be brushed, but cut short or grown out and tied with string. It is important to have experience with leashing your Spanish Water Dog so that it is done properly and keeps the coat healthy.

These pups are affectionate, playful, and eager to please. They also have high energy levels and a higher need for mental stimulation.

A spanish water dog sits on the lawn
The Spanish Water Dog is a medium-sized breed with a lovely long corded coat.

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10. West Highland White Terrier

West Highland White Terriers, or Westies, are 10-11 inches tall and weigh 15-20 pounds. As the name suggests, these dogs have long white fur.

Their coats should be brushed, clipped or hand-stripped daily. The AKC recommends against too many baths, but your dog may still need a bath now and then!

Westies are affectionate and protective of their families, playful and full of energy. They're not particularly eager to please, but they're also not as difficult to train as other, more aloof breeds. Make sure the meeting is short and sweet so they stay engaged!

West Highland Terrier with new haircut lying on pavers
The West Highland Terrier is also known as the Westie.


11. Lhasa Apso

The Lhasa Apsos is a small dog weighing 12-18 lbs. Males are 10-11 inches tall and females are "slightly smaller" according to the AKC. The pups have long, silky hair that must be groomed daily or clipped every 4-6 weeks. They should be bathed regularly.

Lhasa Apsos are affectionate and can be clingy, prone to separation anxiety. They should not be left alone for long periods of time. They also have moderate energy and trainable levels, so it may take some extra effort to get them engaged in learning new things!

I would not recommend buying a Lhasa Apso from a breeder due to their poor breeding quality, short muzzle, trouble breathing, and other health issues. Check with your local rescue organization instead!

Lhasa Apso dog on a white background.
Lhasa Apsos have long silky coats that must be groomed daily or trimmed every 4-6 weeks.


12. Havanese

The Havanese, weighing 7-13 pounds and 8.5-11.5 inches, has a non-shedding coat. They need daily brushing, trimming and bathing every four to six weeks.

These beautiful puppies are adaptable, friendly and playful. They can be clingy and should not be left alone for long periods of time. Havanese require moderate exercise and can be a little challenging to train, but nothing a positive attitude, patience, and high-value rewards can't fix!

Cheerful chocolate sable havanese dog lying on the grass - show winner
The Havanese has a long coat that does not shed. They need daily brushing, trimming and bathing every four to six weeks.

©Dorottya Mathe/Shutterstock.com

13. Yorkshire Terrier

Yorkshire Terriers or Yorkies are very small, standing only 7-8 inches tall and weighing 7 pounds. They have long, silky bi-colored fur and require daily brushing, trimming and bathing every 4-6 weeks.

Yorkies are friendly, playful and adaptable. They are very eager to please, so training should be a breeze! While they need a lot of exercise, playing in the living room can drain them a lot.

Like some of the other dogs on our list, Yorkies have short noses, which can lead to various health problems. These dogs are not ethical and buying them promotes bad breeding. Therefore, I recommend adopting a Yorkie from a rescue or shelter instead.

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Yorkshire terriers, or Yorkies, have long, silky coats and are playful.


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