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29 Non Shedding Dog Breeds

Want Love, without the Floating Hair?

Non shedding dog breeds, or more accurately, low shedding dogs are perfect people that have better things to do with their time than vacuum pet hairs off carpet and upholstery.

Need I mention dog hair on your best outfit?   

They can be good for those with allergies.

However, most dog allergies are caused by the dander and not hair. 

Dander vs. Dog Hair

Dander consists of the dead skin cells that fall off the pet and accumulate in the air and settle on surfaces that the dog touches. 

These dead cells are produced by all dogs, but some breeds, especially those that do not shed as profusely will create less dander making them a decent choice for allergy sufferers. 

Less shedding also means that less hair can intermingle with dust, making the home seem cleaner.

Even if you don’t suffer from allergies, a dog that doesn’t shed is going to create less mess.  The only caveat is that those that don’t shed will still lose some hairs. 

This loose hair ends up getting tangled in the coat if not brushed frequently. 

Characteristics of Low Shedding Dogs

While not all low shedding or non shedding dog breeds have long coats, many of them do, so what time you save slaving over vacuum duties and lint removal from clothes, you’ll make up for it with brushing. 

Some low shedding / non shedding dog breeds have wire coats--these are those thick, harsh hairs, often waterproof that you see on many of the terrier breeds.

Still other low-shedders have little or no hair at all. 

Keep in mind that there is no such thing as a completely non shedding dog, but the list below includes all those breeds that are low-shedders. 

They are listed in alphabetical order. 

Non Shedding Dog Breeds


That scruffy look is part of his charm, but he still needs brushing and professional grooming about every three months. 

Australian Terrier

This energetic breed has a harsh double coat and needs brushing at least 2 to 3 times a week.  To keep them in a show coat condition, they will need monthly trimming and stripping.

Australian TerrierAustralian Terrier


Here’s an easy low shedding dog – brush once a week and let the dog do the rest:  Many say they’re more like a cat grooming themselves than a dog.

Bedlington Terrier

To keep this dog looking like a lamb, a daily brushing is needed and professional grooming is required at least every couple of months.

Bichon Frise

These silky, fine, fluffy coats will challenge your grooming skills. Plan on brushing daily and having a professional groomer trim every couple of months.

Biewer Terrier

They look like Yorkshire Terriers with a twist--they have unique colors, however, they are a distinct breed.  Their long silky hair requires the same amount of care as the Yorkie and may need professional grooming if a puppy cut is desired.

Biewer TerrierBiewer Terrier


Fluffy-Scruffy, but Just Too Cute.  These dogs will need daily if not every other day brushings and frequent visits to the groomer to keep that scruffy look, well, scruffy.


Border Terrier

Weekly brushings with these dogs and a twice-year professional stripping will be necessary to keep them looking their best.  Their dense undercoat keeps them warm and their harsh outer coat keeps them dry, but without the maintenance, their warm raincoat might not work.

Brussels Griffon

These dogs come in two different varieties, smooth and rough and both coat types are easy to maintain and shedding is not much of a problem.  A quick comb out once a week may be all that is necessary for non-show coats.  Dogs that are shown need more work.

Cairn Terrier

Harsh and Shaggy, these dogs require twice a week brushing or combing and a twice yearly professional grooming that includes stripping.

Cairn TerrierCairn Terrier

Chinese Crested

The Powderpuff variety needs brushing, but the Hairless needs more skin care than hair care.  Both shed very little.

Coton de Tulear

With the texture of cotton, these dogs don’t shed much but a daily brushing might be needed to prevent mats and tangles.  Professional grooming is recommended because like their cousins the  Maltese, Bolognese, and Bichon, hair continues to grow.

Coton de TulearCoton de Tulear


These dogs could have one of three different coat types:  smooth (little grooming required) long (brushing needed) and wire (twice yearly stripping).

Dandie Dinmont Terrier

These dogs will necessitate regular brushing and professional periodical grooming, even for the pet dog.  They have a rough coat with a silky topknot giving them a unique appearance.


Dandie Dinmont Terrier (Small)Dandie Dinmont Terrier


These dogs have thick wavy or curly coats that will mat if not brushed.  Brushing two to four times a week is recommended and professional grooming is also an option. 

Havanese (Small)Havanese

Italian Greyhound

Short, soft and glossy describes the coats of these dogs.  Very little grooming is require and they shed little too!

Italian GreyhoundItalian Greyhound

Lakeland Terrier

Short and wiry, these dogs need to be brushed about three times a week and professionally groomed as needed to either clip or strip the coat. 

Lakeland TerrierLakeland Terrier

Lhasa Apso

Here is a breed whose hair will grow to the floor if you let it.  They have a straight, thick coat that needs almost daily brushing.  Most pet owners will keep the Lhasa in a short puppy clip which cuts down on the amount of time needed.

Lhasa ApsoLhasa Apso


These very low shedders need daily or every other day brushing to prevent mats from forming.  Their fine silky hair has a single layer and will mat quickly if not brushed and combed.  Many pet owners prefer a puppy cut to the long hair that you would see in the show dog.


Miniature Schnauzer

They have a harsh, wiry coat that needs brushing three times a week and professional grooming is recommended to keep them looking neat. You can't classify them as non shedding dog breeds, but they come really close!

Miniature SchnauzerMiniature Schnauzer

Scottish Terrier

Like other terriers, these dogs have a harsh, wiry, weatherproof coat that requires brushing at least 3 times a week.  Professional grooming is also recommended.

Scottish TerrierScottish Terrier

Shih Tzu

These dogs will continue to grow their coat throughout their life time and show dog coats usually reach the floor by about two years of age or sooner.  They need daily brushing and professional clipping.  Most pet owners prefer to keep their dogs in a puppy coat to make grooming easier.

Toy Manchester Terrier

These dogs are easy to maintain and tend to keep themselves clean.  There is a low seasonal shed, but you won’t see much hair in the house if you own one of these dogs.

Toy Poodle

All sizes of the Poodle have a thick, curly coat that needs daily attention.  Most pet owners opt for a short clip that is easy to maintain.  There is virtually no shedding on these dogs if brushed daily.

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Welsh Terrier

A good brushing once or twice a week is needed to keep this wiry, short coat tangle free.  These dogs benefit from professional grooming and show dogs must be stripped about three times a year.

West Highland White Terrier

There isn’t much loose hair associated with these dogs if groomed properly.  They should be brushed twice a week and professional grooming is recommended.  Most pet owners will opt for a clipped look, but show dogs need to be stripped.

West highland White TerrierWest Highland White Terrier

Wirehair Fox Terrier

Just as the name implies, these dogs have wiry (terrier type) hair.  Brushing, clipping or stripping is needed to keep them looking good, but they are minimal shedders which is also good.

Wirehair Fox TerrierWire Hair Fox Terrier


There is the hairless variety that requires no brushing and a coated version needs brushing.  No professional grooming is desirable.

Xolitzcuintli (Small)Xolitzcuintli

Yorkshire Terrier

Daily brushing and combing is necessary with these dogs who have long silky straight hair.  Professional grooming is recommended and a puppy clip will reduce the amount of time required to brush and comb. 

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