Always wanted a dog to snuggle with but can’t help sneezing whenever you are near one. Is that why you are holding off getting a dog? Do you have an allergic reaction to dogs?
Whatever the reason, it shouldn’t be in your way of getting your new best friend. That’s why we are here to give the good news! You don’t have to wait anymore to bring your furry companion. How do you ask?
We have researched and found 22 dog breeds that won’t trigger your allergies and shed all over the house (if you are also worried about that).
Yes! Any living being covered with hair or fur will shed. It is true for humans too. There is no such thing as non-shedding dogs.
You can still get a dog! Because there are a lot of low shedding dog breeds, also known as hypoallergenic dogs. Although no dog breed is completely hypoallergenic, the low shedding dog breeds are suitable for allergy sufferers. Their fur produces less dander which is the cause of allergens.
If getting fur on the furniture and clothes is another one of your concerns, maybe invest in a good quality vacuum and pet hair remover.
What Dogs Shed The Least?
Now you know there are low shedding dogs; you can’t wait to know the breeds. With enthusiasm like yours, your allergies are already losing!
Everyone has a preference when choosing a dog; you do too. Maybe you want a big dog, but you think, “Are there big dogs that don’t shed?” We can assure you many big dog breeds don’t shed much. Just like that, many small or medium dog breeds shed less. There’s no need to worry!
We have chosen some popular dog breeds that won’t cause allergic reactions.
Pick the best fit from the list of 22 dog breeds that don’t shed (that much):
Small Dogs That Don’t Shed
- Shih Tzu
- Lhasa Apso
- Chinese Crested
- Miniature Schnauzer
- Bichon Frise
- Kerry Blue Terrier
- Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier
- Portuguese Water Dog
- Tibetan Terrier
- Lagotto Romagnolo
1. Shih Tzu
Are you looking for royalty? Your search has come to an end. Shih Tzus are considered royalty due to being the favored house pet of the Tang Dynasty. Maybe this is why they are stubborn at times and find opportunities to get their way.
Even fully grown, they can weigh up to 4 pounds only. They have silky-long fur unless you decide to trim them. It won’t matter; they will still look cute! Their long coat, however, doesn’t shed much. Just a slight trim and grooming will help.
Even with their arrogant attitude, their gentle, sweet, and trusting nature make them prized companions widely.
Affenpinschers are curious and funny little dogs weighing only 10 pounds when fully grown. Although they are small, they are pretty fearless. You don’t have to worry about unwanted guests anymore!
They have wiry, dense coats which don’t need much grooming. Twice a week of brushing can keep them looking neat and shaggy. They don’t shed much, but some shedding happens a couple of times a year during season change. It’s common among many dogs as they adjust to their changing temperature.
Fun Fact: Their name means “Monkey Terrier,” which suits them because they are intelligent and goofy. It also means “diablotin moustachu” in French, translating to “mustachioed little devil.” But in the Star Wars universe, they are considered more like Ewoks!
If you are fond of hounds, you will love Basenji. Unlike their family members, they are not that vocal making it easier to keep them in apartments. They have short coats which glisten in the light, and a little combing keeps them neat.
Are you wondering about the smell that hounds usually have? We knew it! Luckily, Basenjis don’t have that. You could say they are like cats but without the shedding of fur. Lastly, they love adventures. So, if you are ever thinking of adventures, don’t forget to take your pup!
4. Lhasa Apso
Are you a laid-back person who likes naps and short walks? Well, you just found yourself a match! Lhasa Apsos are just like you!
They were first bred thousand years ago in Tibet to serve in palaces. They are less than a foot tall and have neatly arranged coats, parting in the center. As beautiful as the coat is, it is also hard to maintain. You could always give them a trim, but giving them baths and regularly brushing them can help too.
Lhasa Apsos will be lying beside you or napping on your lap if you enjoy a lazy Sunday. It sounds like a perfect Sunday!
5. Chinese Crested
As we said before, you can always settle for a cute hairless dog. So, we present to you Chinese Crested dog breeds. Chinese Crested are of 2 types: Powderpuff and Hairless.
Powderpuff Chinese Crested have long-fine hair, while the hairless Chinese Crested only have fur on their head, feet, and tail. Both are very manageable dogs, but the hairless type needs its skin protected from heat and cold.
If you are having a hard time reading this cute pup’s name, they are also called Mexican Hairless. But, its meaning from Aztec words is the god of lightning and dog, which sounds like a superhero name. Isn’t that neat!
They are a rare breed in the U.S.A but are an excellent option for people with allergies. Sometimes they grow a few hairs on their head, but that’s it! So, their skin needs a lot of care. Use sunscreen if you take them out for walks during the day.
7. Miniature Schnauzer
Miniature Schnauzers are a very playful dog breed. They are protective of their humans and won’t allow any unwanted guests.
They have shaggy, wiry coats which need brushing twice a week. They have a playful personality with tons of energy. Make sure you play with them often. You don’t want your Schnauzer to get bored!
8. Bichon Frise
Ever wonder how it would be to see a small teddy bear running around your home? Yes! We said teddy bear because Bichon Frise is one. Their beautiful, big black eyes and soft, white, curly fur-coat make them seem so.
They are not even a foot tall but will steal your heart right away. They are warm-hearted, gentle, and playful, making them one of the best-natured in the dog world. They are also known for their curious personalities. When they are not snuggling you, they are probably exploring the house.
They have double-layered coats, making them easily one of the best non-shed small dogs. If you get one, you got yourself a cheerful ball of fur!
Fun Fact: Bichon Frise is a French name meaning “Curly Lap Dog.”
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Medium-Sized Dogs that Don’t Shed
9. Kerry Blue Terrier
Kerry Blue Terriers are an elegant breed of dogs. Their gray-blue or black-blue fur has earned them their name.
They weigh between 35 to 40 pounds. They are not only good at guarding houses but also being social. They are very athletic and can accompany you on your runs. Their soft, thick fur has little shedding, so regular brushing is needed.
10. Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier
Introducing the most playful breed. You can say that they always have the zoomies. They love the sun, the grass, and mainly the outdoors.
“Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier” is a unique name the dog breed got because of its soft, wheat-colored fur. They are very loving and will become your new best friend in no time. They also greet their owners by jumping on them. Who wouldn’t love that!
They have a single-layer coat that is non-allergic and barely sheds. Just remember to groom to avoid any matting.
11. Portuguese Water Dog
Does this dog breed seem familiar to you? Let’s give you a hint: “Former First Dogs of U.S.A.” I think you guessed it right, great! If you didn’t, it’s ok. Bo and Sunny Obama were the former first dogs were Portuguese Water Dogs! We will tell you anyway.
This breed has high energy levels and won’t stop playing until they get exhausted. They got this name because they love water. But, they adore their humans more. They have extravagant, wavy coats that are waterproof. So, don’t worry about hair fall but make sure to groom them regularly.
Bonus Fact: Bo and Sunny Obama became part of the family because of Malia Obama’s allergies.
Don’t let this adorable furry dog confuse you! They will not trigger your allergies even with all that fur. But they might steal your heart.
Puli’s have thick, corded coats that resemble dreadlocks. They won’t get fur on you, but dirt will quickly get stuck to their coats. You will have to brush the cords and shake the dirt free. Be ready to wait a day for their fur to dry when you bathe them.
13. Tibetan Terrier
From the name, you can guess this breed is from Tibet. But they are not terriers. In their homeland, their name is Tsang Apso meaning Shaggy Dog.
They are an intelligent breed and a very loyal one too. They love their owners a lot but are scared of any strangers. So you might want to inform your friends before they visit.
Barbets are often confused with Labradoodle because of their curly, lush coats and playful behavior.
They are known to be active, athletic, loyal, and social, but they have tons of energy. So, they need a lot of exercises. Otherwise, you may deal with a “bad boy/girl.”
15. Lagotto Romagnolo
Another energetic dog breed is Lagotto Romagnola. They were originally bred to work, so they have a strong will to work and be active even now.
Aside from being adorable, they are loyal, loving, and a pleaser. They will do various things to keep their owners happy. They have thick, wool-like coats that are low maintenance and occasionally need trimming. But, they might need baths often because they are dirt-diggers when bored.
We might have forgotten to tell you that there are 3 sizes of Schnauzer. This breed is the standard size. Other than the size, all the personalities are the same. They are still the breed with a playful mind.
Big Dogs that Don’t Shed
- Afghan Hound
- Giant Schnauzer
- Standard Poodle
- Airdale Terrier
17. Afghan Hound
With luscious, silky-long hair, Afghan Hounds are a pretty sophisticated breed. But their coats don’t cause any shedding.
They are high maintenance. You must brush and bathe them twice a week to keep their fur silky
They are a very playful, energetic, and loyal dog breed. But family is not on their priority list. They love to sprint around and are very fast. You won’t be able to get hold of them! Surprisingly, they are very sensitive to scolding. You have to be patient with them. You will need a lot of backyard space.
18. Giant Schnauzer
Just like their other sizes, Giant Schnauzers are happy puppers. They are just 60 to 80 pounds heavier than the Miniature and Standard Schnauzers. They are still the same dogs from the heart: full of energy and love.
Komondors are known for their signature mop-like look. With all those dreads, you might think they shed a lot. But they are on this list, right.
Their fur coat is thick and heavy, and it takes a lot of time to groom them properly. Otherwise, their fur could get matted.
Komondors are calm and gentle, but they do get zoomies often. Even with their heavy coats, they are fast and can be fearsome. They love daytime naps. Their top priority is family, and they will stand like a hero to protect you.
20. Standard Poodle
You think of Poodles, and the image that comes to your mind is the fluffy, show-cut fur. With soft curly hair like that, who wouldn’t want an excellent cut!
Standard Poodles are sophisticated, athletic, and clever. They are easy to teach tricks and can be feisty at times. They are a lot of fun! But, Poodle fun is expensive. Although they have short fur, they need a lot of grooming. You have to prepare yourself to visit the groomer 5 to 7 times a month.
Get to know the oldest breed. Salukis have existed for over 6,000 years. Unbelievable right! They still hold the title for the fastest runners.
Besides, they are very calm and gentle and love soft surfaces. Just like you, they love warm blankets and warmth in general. Don’t forget to give them the love for all the warmth if you get one.
22. Airdale Terrier
Terriers are great non-shedders, as you have found out by now. The same is for Airdale Terriers. They were bred to work just like other terriers, but they are unique for their agility and swimming. So if you love swimming, you found your buddy!
Airdale Terriers can get up to 2 feet tall and weigh about 45 to 65 pounds. Despite their size, they are fast. They are also brilliant, strong-willed, and independent. So, they might sometimes choose not to obey your commands. But, the plus point is they have manageable coats which need twice a week brushing.
We are also listing a few more popular dog breeds in case you want to check them out:
- Irish Water Spaniel Dog
- American Water Spaniel Dog
- Coton De Tulear
- Bedlington Terrier
- Yorkshire Terrier
- Scottish Terrier
- Cairn Terrier
- West Highland Terrier
- American Hairless Terrier
We have listed 22 dogs that don’t shed and won’t make you sneeze whenever you want to cuddle them. Now, are you ready to welcome a new furry companion in your life? If you are, we are delighted to get you onboard the pupper train!
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I am Dana McQueen, a Veterinary Doctor who studied Veterinary Medicine at the University of Florida. For years, I have got common questions from friends and family about their pets. So, I decided to open up this website and answer all those frequently asked questions. Alongside, here I share my expert knowledge about pet care, pet health and the animal environment.