Are dog breeds that don’t shed a real thing? Is there such a thing as hypoallergenic dogs?
Well, that’s a tough question to answer, I tell you that. First off, let’s state a fact: All Dogs Shed.
This is the reality we’re all living in. As much as we dream of dog breeds that don’t shed or bark, these are much like unicorns; not real.
But Wait! The title clearly states that there are dog breeds that don’t shed, right? Well, you see, not all shedding is created equal. Some dogs shed more than the others, some shed heavily, and all-year-round while others shed so little that it’s barely noticeable.
This second type is the one often referred to as “Hypo-allergenic dogs” or “dogs that don’t shed. These are the dog breeds that are suitable for people with allergies and neat people who keep their homes clean all the time and don’t want to spend most of their time removing hairs from their furniture and clothes.
We are going to separate them into small, medium-size, and large dog breeds so you can find the dog breed that suits you the best.
Small Dog Breeds that Don’t Shed (or shed very little)
Basenjis are unique dogs indeed. If you are looking for dog breeds that don’t shed or bark, the Basenji should be at the top of your list. They are originally from Central Africa and are hunting dogs. They are intelligent creatures which makes them tricky to train, but they respond to consistency.
Their short coats require very little grooming, which is partly due to their cat-like behavior of cleaning themselves, something that’s not common in dogs.
- The Bichon Frise
By the looks of it, you might not think this even belongs in a list of dog breeds that don’t shed much, but they do. The Bichon Frise is a social dog with a hypoallergenic coat that doesn’t shed much if taken care of. Keep their coats clipped (a puppy cut) and you will have no problems with shedding.
One thing to know is that this is a water-loving pooch, and it even used to be a favorite companion of sailors in the past.
- Border Terrier
The Border Terrier is an intelligent and hardy dog that was originally bred for hunting foxes and rodents. They have a wiry coat that sheds a little and doesn’t cause allergic reactions. Their coats need little maintenance; a brief weekly brushing should do the trick.
One thing to note here is that Border Terriers have strong hunting instincts, so if you have something like a hamster in the house, you might want to look for another breed. If you don’t, however, these make great family pets.
- Brussels Griffon
Brussels Griffon is a hypoallergenic dog breed that rarely shed if they do at all. They make for excellent watchdogs and are great kid-friendly dogs even though they have a tendency to bond with one person more than the others.
The Brussels Griffon is also an easier dog to understand thanks to their facial expressions, which is why you could see them in so many TV shows and movies.
Friendly and adorable; Havanese dogs are at the top of any list of cute dog breeds that don’t shed much and for good reason.
Havanese are incredibly social animals that love kids and make for awesome family pets, and it just helps that they don’t shed much, either.
Medium Dog Breeds that Don’t Shed (or shed very little)
- Lakeland Terrier
The Lakeland Terrier are confident if a bit cocky, dogs with a hardy attitude. They are also active dogs because they descend from working terriers that were bred to defend farming lands from foxes.
The Lakeland terriers have hard, double-layered, thick coats that don’t shed much and require minimum grooming.
- Irish Terrier
The Irish Terriers are easy-to-train dogs that were bred and used for small game hunting. Their coats are hard and wiry with a soft undercoat, and they don’t shed often.
The Irish terriers are great with children, but they have a lot of energy to spare, so if you are planning to get one, make sure to give them 2 daily walks at least.
Pulis are special dogs with very unique coats. They are a healthy dog breed that doesn’t shed much, but their grooming is not easy.
Once a Puli matures into adulthood, their coat needs to be pulled apart and then made into cords. After that, your only challenge is to keep their coats free from dirt and debris, because as you can see, their coats resemble giant mobs, so they could collect dirt quickly if they are not kept in clean space.
- Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen
These are alert and happy dogs with a rough top coat and a dense undercoat. They rarely shed, but their coats can understandably get shaggy.
They are independent dogs and pretty powerful, and contrary to what the name might suggest, they are not petite. While they are low to the ground, they weigh about 33 to 44 lbs. Training them can be tricky because they can get stubborn.
- Tibetan Terrier
The Tibetan Terrier is an ancient breed that is associated with Buddhist monasteries. They have long, wavy coats that are fine and very profuse. They don’t shed much but they need frequent brushing to prevent their wavy hair from getting tangled.
Due to their long history, they are better suited for cold climates and they love the snow. If you live somewhere cold and snowy and are looking for a cute dog that doesn’t shed much, these should definitely be at the top of your list.
Large Dog Breeds that Don’t Shed (or shed very little)
- Airedale Terrier
The Airedale Terrier is one of the largest terriers and they very lightly shed. However, even their light shedding can be reduced to zero with frequent brushing. It needs to be brushed a couple of times a week, and it will make a huge difference.
They also need daily exercise to remain happy, and in general, they are happy, friendly, and sweet dogs that make for great companions.
Salukis are majestic-looking dogs with short coats that rarely require grooming. Fun fact: The Saluki is believed to have been the royal dog of ancient Egypt.
They are incredibly fast dogs, which is not at all surprising given their resemblance to greyhounds, and they have a lot of energy, so they need lots of exercise and training. Salukis are gentle, independent dogs that have a royal vibe and a unique look that make their owners fall in love with them instantly.
- Irish Water Spaniel
The Irish Water Spaniel is a playful and hardworking dog with a crisply curled coat and tapering rail (often referred to as “rat tail”). They are considered the best swimmers in the dog world and are very agile dogs.
The Irish Water Spaniel is a great dog breed for people with allergies. Their coats don’t shed much but they need to be brushed and combed regularly to avoid mats. If you are thinking of getting one, make sure they either get frequent baths or get access to water.
These are also active dogs that need plenty of exercise on a regular basis to keep them happy and content.
Poodles are low-shedding dogs with a bit of entitled attitude. They do make excellent family pets with some training and effort. Poodles were originally bred as water retrievers.
They are elegant and clever dogs that have a loving nature despite their attitude, and they can grow up to 75 pounds of weight.
A Side Note: Poodles make excellent companions for fashionable people who want to get their creative juices flowing and give them great haircuts themselves, which is something you can do a with a bit of practice and a good tool like this excellent ProHomeGroomer tool.
The Goldendoodle is a designer dog breed that doesn’t shed. They are a hybrid breed of the Poodle and the Golden retriever, which is a match made in heaven for some people. They have some of the personality characteristics of the golden retriever which makes them great as service dogs, therapy dogs, guide dogs, etc.
Their coats have taken their characteristics from the Poodles and not the Golden Retrievers, which is why they don’t shed often. Their coats need clipping every two months or so to keep them healthy and clean.
The Goldendoodle is getting more popular every day thanks to their adorable looks and gentle, and affectionate nature that makes them excellent family pets.
As you could see, many of these dogs still need grooming. Just because a dog doesn’t shed much doesn’t mean their coats doesn’t need to be taken care of. Grooming your dog is an essential part of raising a dog or any pet for that matter.