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Large Non-Shedding Dogs

Large non-shedding dogs are often considered hypoallergenic and easier to live with than their heavy-shedding cousins. 

Actually, dog shedding occurs in all dogs, and is the process of getting rid of dead hair so that new growth can occur.  With the so-called "non-shedding dog breeds", the process of shedding actually occurs so slowly that it goes unnoticed. 

Usually, these dogs will shed hairs that remain in the coat rather than on your furniture.  Without regular brushing, these dead hairs will begin to mat and cause tangles and pain to the dog.

Myth:  Non-Shedding Dogs are good for people with allergies:

Truth:  There is some truth to this statement, but people are usually allergic to the dog’s dander, not their hair.  Dander is the dead skin flakes that fall off the dog, travel through the air,  and land on surfaces in the home and you. 

All dogs produce dander and those that shake a lot distribute more dander! Dogs that shed the least produce less of the allergen causing dander so they may be a better match for those with allergies.

While there is no such thing as an entirely non-shedding dog, there are dogs like humans that shed a little hair over time. 

The following list of large non-shedding dogs represent those breeds that shed little to no visible hair.  They may make a good choice for those who prefer not to see dog hair all over themselves and their homes. Be prepared to spend a little more time with grooming these dogs. 

One more note:  You will notice that some of the dogs on this page are considered to be medium sized instead of large.  We've added them here.  If you are interested in a smaller non shedding dog, there are many to choose from.

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Large Non-Shedding Dogs

Airedale Terrier

Belgian Shepherd Laekenois

Belgian Shepherd LaekenoisBelgian Shepherd Laekenois


Bouvier de Flanders

Bouvier des FlandersBouvier des Flanders

Giant Schnauzer

Giant SchnauzerGiant Schnauzer

Irish Terrier

Irish TerrierIrish Terrier

Irish Water Spaniel

Irish Water Spaniel

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Lagotto Romagnolo

Lagotto RomagnoloLagotto Romagnolo

Manchester Terrier

Peruvian Inca Orchid

Peruvian Inca OrchidPeruvian Inca Orchid

Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen

Petit Basset Griffon VendeenPetit Basset Griffon Vendeen

Portuguese Water Dog

Russian Black Terrier

Russian Black TerrierRussian Black Terrier

Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier

Soft Coated Wheaten TerrierSoft Coated Wheaten Terrier

Spanish Water Dog

Spanish Water DogSpanish Water Dog

Standard Mexican Hairless

Standard Mexican HairlessStandard Mexican Hairless

Standard Poodle

Standard Schnauzer

Standard SchnauzerStandard Schnauzer

Welsh Terrier

Wirehaired Pointing Griffon

Wirehaired Pointing GriffonWirehaired Pointing Griffon

Most of the "doodle" type hybrids


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