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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.

So, regular brushing and care is very important.

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

large non shedding dogsBelgian Shepherd Laekenois


Bouvier de Flanders

large non shedding dogsBouvier des Flanders

Giant Schnauzer

large non shedding dogsGiant Schnauzer

Irish Terrier

large non shedding dogsIrish Terrier

Irish Water Spaniel

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Lagotto Romagnolo

large non shedding dogsLagotto Romagnolo

Manchester Terrier

Peruvian Inca Orchid

large non shedding dogsPeruvian Inca Orchid

Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen

large non shedding dogsPetit Basset Griffon Vendeen

Portuguese Water Dog

Russian Black Terrier

large non shedding dogsRussian Black Terrier

Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier

Spanish Water Dog

large non shedding dogsSpanish Water Dog

Standard Mexican Hairless

large non shedding dogsStandard Mexican Hairless

Standard Poodle

Standard Schnauzer

large non shedding dogsStandard Schnauzer

Welsh Terrier

Wirehaired Pointing Griffon

large non shedding dogsWirehaired Pointing Griffon

Most of the "doodle" type hybrids

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