Last Updated: 27th March 2016.
Shedding is a completely natural process for dogs and other mammals. It’s how they get rid of damaged or older hair. Some breeds shed excessively in the spring as they lose their heavy winter coat. Dogs that stay indoors all year may shed at a uniform rate regardless of the season. If you brush your dog regularly or take him to the groomer, chances are good that he will shed less because old, damaged hairs will be proactively removed. Understanding how to minimize shedding helps many pet parents deal more effectively with the problem. Still, other people are left wondering whether or not there are dogs that don’t shed.
Unfortunately, you are unlikely to come across any dogs that don’t shed at all. However, there are dogs that shed so little that their parents are shocked to find the occasional, errant hair on their sleeve or the sofa. These breeds come in all shapes and sizes, so whether you prefer a small, medium or large dog, you’re bound to find one that will fit in with your family.
Dogs That Don't Shed
Big Dog Breeds That Don't Shed
Large dogs typically weigh more than 60 pounds when fully grown. They also stand at greater than 23 inches at the shoulder. It's a good idea to have plenty of room so that these dogs and your family are comfortable living together.
Daily brushing keeps this protective dog looking his best and shedding as little as possible. Known for being both sweet and dignified, these terriers are extremely loyal and intelligent. They are highly trainable and have lots of energy. Make sure you've got plenty of room for this energetic dog to run and play.
This fantastic breed typically lives for between 10 and 13 years. Good natured and intelligent, the Standard Poodle makes a wonderful companion for any family. Its coat looks best when it receives daily brushing and clipping for each season. Poodles are also a good choice for people who have sensitive noses as the breed is known to be all but odorless.
This incredibly distinctive-looking dog resembles a dust mop on four legs. Their entire bodies are covered with cords that are varying in length. This coat requires special grooming care, yet it rarely sheds. The breed needs plenty of exercise and daily walks. It's known for being independent, so this may not be the right dog for pet parents who expect total obedience.
This large hybrid of two low-shed dogs is a great mix. Part poodle, part Schnauzer, this dog is always alert and upbeat. It's sporty and intelligent and thrives on frequent attention. If you want an animal companion who is happy to spend time with you even if you're just running errands, then the Schnoodle may be for you!
Honorable Mentions: Bouvier Des Flandres, Saluki, Wirehaired Pointing Griffon
Medium Dogs That Don't Shed
Medium-sized dogs are typically between 18 and 22 inches at the shoulder and weigh less than 60 pounds. Some apartments and condos do not allow dogs of this size, so it's important to keep this in mind.
A loving, adventurous dog that lives for between 12 and 15 years, the Irish Terrier lives up to its "Daredevil" nickname. Nonetheless, these dogs love their families and are known for their unending loyalty. As they are easy to train, you won't have to anticipate many disciplinary issues. A little regular brushing keeps the Irish Terrier looking great and keeps shedding to an absolute minimum.
Portuguese Water Dog
Made famous when President Barrack Obama's family adopted one, the Portuguese Water Dog genuinely embraces its name with its love of swimming and diving. Accordingly, it needs quite a bit of outdoor exercise and room to run. These brave and obedient dogs make wonderful companions for families. As long as they are combed frequently, there should be little trouble with shedding.
Known for its endearing and distinctive whiskered snout, this dog is most at home in the country or the suburbs where there is room to run and play. This breed typically lives for between 13 and 15 years and does well with children and adults. A little once a week combing is the main grooming task, though some owners like to take their Schnauzer to the groomer two or three times a year for a trim.
Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen
Its long name is often shortened to just PBGV, and lovers of this breed wouldn't have it any other way. Living for approximately 11 to 14 years and standing at about 14 inches high, this wonderful dog is intelligent and quick to learn. It's also a bit independent and stubborn, but just enough to give it plenty of personality. With weekly brushing and lots of outdoor exercise, this dog is the perfect addition to any family.
Honorable Mentions: Irish Water Spaniel, Puli, Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier, Xoloitzcuintli
Small Dogs That Don't Shed
This toy-sized dog typically lives for about 12 to 14 years and needs only occasional grooming. Agile and spunky, the Affenpinscher makes for a great companion. These intelligent dogs are frequently good with children, and they are happy to spend all of their time indoors as they have minimal need for exercise.
Another small dog that lives about 12 to 14 years, the Basenji doesn't require a lot of grooming. These dogs are intensely intelligent. Although they do not have a traditional bark, this doesn't mean that they are without a voice. Aficionados of the breed call the Basenji's unique crow a "yodel." Basenjis need plenty of outdoor exercise, and they are also adept watchdogs.
An adorable toy breed that lives between 14 and 16 years, this dog has a long coat that tends not to shed. They are a delight to groom, and a trip to the groomer is a highlight for both dog and owner. Havenese tend to be easygoing but vivacious with plenty of personality. They are also a clever dog that loves to have company.
Honorable Mentions: Lakeland Terrier, Lowchen, Tibetan Terrier, Yorkshire Terrier, West Highland White Terrier
Irish Water Spaniel
An Irish Water Spaniel is a large, shed-less dog that is similar to a poodle. This ancient breed lives from 10 to 12 years, on average, and their coat is made up of tightly wound curls. What really stands out about the dog is the face and tail, which through have hair, does not have curls. These dogs are funny, and they enjoy clowning around with their families. They are very trainable and easy to care for, and make a great addition to most households.
Bouvier des Flandres
The Bouvier des Flandres is a large herding and guard dog that has a lifespan of 10 to 12 years. These dogs were used during World War II as messengers, and they are extremely loyal to their families. Since they are herding dogs, they love to herd children and other animals, and need adequate exercise. Their coats are long, come in a variety of colours, and it requires regular brushing, but they do not shed.
The Saluki is an elegant, thin, tall sight hound that has a silky, smooth and soft coat that does not shed. The Saluki is one of the oldest breeds in the world, and is a devoted pet. Since the dog is graceful and catlike, it is not a dog that appreciates roughhousing, so homes with older children or only adults are best. The lifespan of the Saluki ranges from 12 to 14 years, and the dog’s coat is available in several colours including white, black, red, tan and multi-coloured.
Wirehaired Pointing Griffon
This is a large, wirehaired dog that was developed in France to find and retrieve birds. The dog has a double coat, and it is just as much at home in the water as it is on land. The coat on the dog feels like bristles, but it does not shed and helps to protect the undercoat, which keeps the dog warm. This dog is very intelligent, it is easy to train, and it is perfect for families with young kids, as the dog requires a lot of exercise. These dogs live for approximately 12 to 14 years, and they require a lot of running room to stay happy.
The Labradoodle is a hybrid breed made of a Labrador Retriever and a Poodle. These dogs are big in size and big in love, and they are ideal for a family with children, as they are active animals that love to play. The coat of a labradoodle is typically curly and soft, and shedding is not a problem with these dogs. They typically have a life span of 12 to 14 years, and make a great companion to their owners.
The Lakeland Terrier is a tough dog that was bred to work in the fields of Britain to keep rats and foxes at bay. These dogs have a lifespan of 12 to 16 years, and their dense double coats do not shed away. Because of the texture of the coat, as well as the standard cut that these dogs often have, regular grooming is required. Behaviourally, these sweet dogs have a short attention span, so they require brief, but frequent training sessions.
Kerry Blue Terrier
The Kerry Blue Terrier is the love of Irish, and this dog lives, on average, from 12 to 15 years. The coat of the dog is wavy and soft, and when the dog is born, the coat is black in colour. By the time the dog is 18 months old, however, the coat fades to a beautiful blue-grey. This dog loves its playtime, and it is good with children, but like most terriers, they require a firm hand from their owners.
The Puli is a herding dog with a very unique coat. Not only does this coat not shed, the coat hangs in long cords, similar to a mop. This is a herding dog that lives, on average, 10 to 15 years, and they come in a variety of colours including black, grey, white or red. These are very agile dogs, and they require moderate exercise. They are fairly easy to train, however, and many learn to do agility tricks. They are watchdogs, loyal to their families, and good with children.
A Whippet is a sight hound that was bred to find, and chase, rabbits, and even as a companion, you will still find this chasing spirit. Whippets are extraordinarily speedy, and they will be gone in a flash if they see something fun to safe, but they are also extremely affectionate to their owners. They have very short hair that does not shed, and it comes in a number of colours and colour combinations. These dogs have an average life span of 14 to 16 years.
A Cockapoo is a so-called ‘designer breed’ that is a mix of a cocker spaniel and a poodle. These dogs are very sweet and lovable, and their coats are wavy and curly. They do not require a lot of coat care, short of a bath every once in awhile, and they have a stable, friendly temperament that is perfect for families with children. The lifespan of a Cockapoo ranges from 12 to 15 years, and though they require some exercise, they love cuddling with their owners.
The Australian Terrier is a happy little dog, and the life span ranges from 12 to 14 years. This breed was created by combining a number of other breeds, such as the Dandie Dinmont Terrier, which gives the Australian Terrier traits such as being a good ratter, a high acrobatic ability and the aptitude to be a great watch dog. You also won’t have to worry about shedding.
The Bedlington Terrier looks like a little lamb, and it’s soft, curly fur is lovely to pet. These dogs live from 15 to 17 years, and their coats come in colours from sandy or liver to blue, and they may or may not have tan-coloured markings. Though this pup will not shed, you do have to keep up on the trimming if you want to keep up the lamb-like appearance. They are great family dogs, but require training early on thanks to their independent nature.
A Chinese Crested is a breed that doesn’t shed, but they don’t have a lot of hair, either. These small dogs have a lifespan of 13 to 15 years, and the only hair they have tends to grow around their head, feet and tails. There are also Chinese Crested dogs known as ‘Powerpuffs,’ which do have hair on their body, but this hair does not shed, either. The hair must be brushed, and if the dog does not have hair, they must be protected from sunburn.
The Italian Greyhound is the smallest of the sight hounds, and these days is a popular companion dog. These graceful pets live an average of 13 to 18 years, and their coats need very little care. These dogs love to play, but also enjoy the most luxurious accommodations, such as soft beds and blankets where they can curl up and stay warm. They are shy, so socializing when young is important, and since they are small, they are delicate, so jumping from him spaces, such as a sofa or bed, can be dangerous.
Silky, tiny and dainty, the Yorkshire Terrier is another dog that doesn’t shed, and this is the perfect choice for anyone who has a small space, such as a flat or small house. The life span of this breed is 13 to 16 years, and they need daily brushing or regular cutting to keep their coat healthy. These dogs are good watchdogs, but they have the stubbornness that terriers are known for, so they require a stern trainer from puppyhood.