Hypoallergenic Dog breeds that don’t shed

dog breeds that dont shed

Dog breeds that don’t shed can be a little misunderstood as all dog breeds shed at one point or another. The term ‘non-shedding dog’ is a bit of a misnomer as in reality all dogs shed to some degree. On the bright side, there are some breeds that shed only very little hair and may, therefore, be better suited to allergy sufferers and people who like it neat.

We have managed to combine a  list of dogs that don’t shed putting them each in a subcategory for better understanding.


Tibetan terrier

Tibetan Terriers are proof that hypoallergenic doesn’t mean any hair. They make our list because they shed minimally, but this bushy breed still requires a lot of grooming.

The double coat doesn’t shed too much, but they do require regular grooming. They make excellent loyal pets and are quite reliable watchdogs.

Maltese terrier

Maltese Terriers are known for their gorgeous white silky coats, but you won’t find them shedding on your furniture or clothes. These little dogs are sprightly, playful, and very loving.

They are fun to cuddle, play with and to watch as they walk as if they are floating on a puffy white little cloud. You should be careful with the tiny Maltese puppies, especially if you have small kids because there is a risk of hurting them during rough play.

As a whole, the Maltese terriers are among the gentlest dog breeds. Then again, they do enjoy playtime and walks, so they are suitable for people with all types of lifestyles.

Bichon Frise

Equally adorable and equally hypoallergenic, the Bichon Frise has a wooly coat that produces little dander. Couple that with a playful and peppy personality and you’ve got a perfect pup.

Shih Tzu

The Shih-Tzu breed is known for its loyalty and friendliness. It too is a non-shedding dog breed suitable for families with members suffering from dog allergies.

shi tzu

Brussels Griffon

Brussels Griffon dogs are known for their watchdog abilities and their friendly disposition. But Brussels Griffons are also hypoallergenic dogs as they shed hardly any hair at all. While they tend to bond with one person more than others, Brussels Griffon dogs make excellent pets for families with children.

Brussels Giffo


The Schnauzer is a safe bet for allergy sufferers. Why? It sheds less frequently and produces much less dander than other breeds. Boom!


The Portuguese Water Dog

One of the most famous dogs from this breed is Bo – President Obama’s dog. The Portuguese Water Dog is a relatively rare breed, but because these dogs shed very little, they are becoming increasingly popular among people looking for hypoallergenic pets.

The Portugese water dog

They are robust, medium-sized dogs that are very energetic and can work both on the ground and in the water for hours.

Apart from the fact that they are strong swimmers which were used to gather fishnets and to send messages from one boat to another, these dogs are incredibly intelligent and very easy and prone to training.


Poodles are a godsend for anyone who suffers from allergies or asthma. Unlike most dogs, the poodle doesn’t actually have fur. Whaaaaat? Nope, that curly craziness is actually hair. And it doesn’t shed.


Chinese Crested

It’s believed that the Chinese Crested descended from the “African Hairless Terrier” when Chinese explorers discovered this breed and bred it to be smaller. As the name and the photo say this is almost a hairless breed and as expected the shedding is virtually non-existing.

Chinese Crested

This interesting breed is very polite and gentle and it loves cuddling and snuggling. It needs to be around its family but can be suspicious toward strangers even if it’s well-mannered and sensible in general.

The Chinese Crested loves children, as long as they remember it doesn’t have hair and that they have to be gentle with it. Because of its lack of hair, it will need a sweater during winter and a t-shirt during summer to avoid sunburn.


Spirited and friendly, Havanese dogs make fitting pets for families with children. They are incredibly social and are known for their lively gait.


Italian Greyhound

The Italian Greyhound differs from all the fluffy little dogs on this list. Alert, playful and athletic, the breed is blessed with a thin coat that barely sheds. Side note: How could anyone resist that adorable face?

Italian Greyhound

Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier

The Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier is a family friendly breed that sheds very little. They’re named for their soft coats that seem more like hair than fur.

Soft coated wheaten terrier

Cairn terrier

If this dog seems anyhow familiar to you, it might be because you have seen the movie The Wizard of Oz. Toto dog that appears in the legendary movie is a Cairn Terrier!

Cairn terrier

These small and sturdy dogs are very intelligent and independent. Cairn Terriers are always alert and ready for action! Their curious nature makes them constant explorers that learn quickly.

Like all terriers, they can be stubborn so early training and socialization are crucial. Cairns also has a double coat, a wiry, shaggy top coat, and a soft undercoat. Grooming the coat of a Cairn is very easy as they do not shed a lot. A weekly brushing might be more than enough.

Yorkshire Terrier

Yorkshire terrier

The spunky and adventurous Yorkshire Terrier should not be judged by its size! Yorkies often don’t perceive themselves as small dogs and can be quite willful. Originally bred to hunt rodents, Yorkies can make loyal and devoted companion pets. Their hypoallergenic coat also sheds little.


Since Labrador retrievers are not hypoallergenic, if you are a fan of this breed but suffer from allergies, you can get a cute Labradoodle instead. It is a perfect combination between the Labrador retriever and the hypoallergenic Poodle.


It is an active, friendly and exceptionally cute dog, which is perfect for a family pet.

In order to make sure that your Labradoodle pup is truly hypoallergenic and won’t shed, ask the breeders whether the parents were low -shedding, and opt for a second generation Labradoodle which has Labradoodles as parents.

Once you add a Labradoodle to your household be ready for a lot of fun, games, and affection from your new cute family member!

Australian Silky Terrier

Like its close relative the Yorkie, the Australian Silky Terrier is bold despite its small size. The Silky Terrier is prized for its coat’s lovely smooth sheen, but it also happens to be hypoallergenic and low-shedding. 

Australian silky terrier


The Basenji is well known for two specific traits – the fact that it doesn’t bark, and also that it likes to thoroughly groom itself like a cat.

What you may not know about Basenjis is that they shed very little, require very little grooming, and can make perfect hypoallergenic pets.

They are small elegant hunting hound dogs that are quite energetic and intelligent.  They can charm just about anyone with their shiny short coats, the curled tails, and the very expressive eyes combined with their cute wrinkled foreheads.

If you can deal with the strange howling noise which they make instead of barking, and the fact that they will spend hours grooming themselves like felines, as well as with their need for everyday long walks and exercise, the Basenjis are perfect for people who have dog allergies.

Lhasa Apso

Lhasa Apso is great dogs for apartment living. They can do just fine without a yard and will enjoy being active inside their home. They shed slightly more than other hypoallergenic dog breeds, which is why some even doubt their hypoallergenic trait. However, they should not cause allergic reactions.

Lhasa Apso

Lhasa Apsos are a friendly dog breed that will be loyal to their owner throughout their entire lifespan. They are also very alert and will make a good apartment watchdog.

His lively nature will make him a great company for all those lazy nights, as he will entertain you with his intelligent games. Although they are a steady dog, they are easily trained.

The Samoyed

The Samoyed is another large dog breed that is suitable for people with allergies. It can thrive well in an apartment but you will need to provide it with sufficient exercise. Its amazing sparkling white, long and thick coat will draw attention wherever you go.

dogs that dont shed

The most typical feature of Sammies is their ever-smiling face. Actually, the fact that the corners of their mouths are permanently curved up is due to the fact that they were bred in freezing temperatures in Siberia and is a feature that prevents them from drooling and thus from icicles forming around their mouths.

Whatever the reason for this amazing smile is, there is no doubt that your Samoyed will always bring a smile to the face of anybody who sees them.

Bouvier des Flandres

A dog bred for herding and general farm duties, the Bouvier des Flandres has taken on many roles including guard dog, police dog, and, of course, loving pet. Bouviers are tireless workers as well as gentle and loyal companions. Their coat is known to be good for people with allergies, but it requires a lot of maintenance.

dogs that dont shed

Peruvian Inca Orchid

The Peruvian Inca Orchid is a dog breed that in a lot of their traits resembles a whippet. They make excellent companions and are very easy to live with. Peruvian Inca Orchids, also called PIOs, have an athlete, agile body and require enough of active time.

Peruvian inca orchid

They are born hairless, and usually, have pink or black skin with some freckles at birth. With time, their freckles will get bigger and more numerous. Although you won’t have to worry about grooming when choosing a PIO, their skin requires regular care.

A sunscreen that is suited for dogs will be required on sunny days, as well as cleaning their skin with a warm, damp cloth every few days. Sometimes PIOs can also have some sparse hair on their body, but they will most likely have a fuzzy tuft of hair in between their ears.

Afghan hound

This is one of the most eye-catching dog breeds. It is aristocratic, but as regal, it apparently can be, the Afghan Hound can be quite a comedian as well.

Afghan hound

Afghan hounds are very loyal, elegant dogs that have silky, thick floating coats. Thankfully to people with allergies, they shed very little, and thus as one of the preferred hypoallergenic dog breeds.

These are quite tall dogs, which can reach a height of 27 inches at the shoulder. They are bred for hunting in the harsh Afghan terrains, which is the reason for the huge paw pads which act as shock absorbents.

They are not suitable for people who prefer spending most of their time indoors. If you have a yard or have the will and time to take long walks and spend time outdoors, the Afghan Hound could become your best furry friend.                                                                                                       << Previuos

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