If you’re looking for a canine companion that won’t coat your sofa keep watching. From dogs that don’t shed at all, to those that shed minimally, here are 10 Best Dog Breeds That Dont Shed.
I’m gonna save myself a lot of “you forgots” by starting off with a cheat. The Bichon breeds share much in common and one of those shared traits is not shedding.
It’s difficult to go wrong with any of these small, playful, affectionate companion breeds, no matter which island nation it hails from. They’re all adorable, intelligent, friendly companions whether you choose the Coton de Telear, Maltese, Havanese, Bolognese, Bichon Frise or any of the various designer mixes created by crossing two of these dogs or one of them with a poodle.
So, you make the choice of whether you want a Havanese or a Maltipoo, and let’s get on with the show.
Saluki – Best Dog Breeds That Dont Shed
The coat of the dignified Saluki is short, soft, and silky and can be either feathered or smooth.
The feathered variety has feathering, or longer hair, on the ears, tail, and on the thighs and backs of the legs, whereas the smooth does not.
Both have “hare feet” – pads between their toes that allow them to run in deep sand.
Their coat sheds very little and only requires weekly brushing, twice weekly for the feathering.
Due to their lack of natural padding, they appreciate soft surfaces to lie on, such as the couch or your bed. But don’t forget that they are athletes that require a variety of physically challenging activities. This is not a couch potatoes dog.
Chinese Crested Hairless/Powder Puff
Kinda hard to shed hair you don’t have. The Chinese Crested, a lively and alert toy breed standing between 11 and 13 inches high, can be hairless or coated.
The hairless variety has smooth, soft skin and tufts of hair on the head, tail, and ankles. The coated variety, called the “powderpuff,” is covered by a soft, silky coat. Besides the coat, there’s very little difference between the powderpuff and his undressed brother. Both varieties are characterized by fine-boned elegance and graceful movement.
Cresteds are as fun as they look: playful, loving, and devoted to their humans. The hairless has its advantages: there is no doggy odor, and for obvious reasons shedding isn’t much of a problem. Both varieties are attentive housemates, totally in tune with their families.
Portuguese Water Dog – Best Dog Breeds That Dont Shed
You might remember Bo, the First Dog of the Obama administration. Bo was a Portuguese Water Dog. And luckily for White House cleaning staff, Portuguese Water Dogs don’t shed much and are often considered hypoallergenic.
Porties are usually quiet around the house, even the big white one, only barking when perceived threats approach the home.
Unlike much of Washington though the PWD is very loyal. It makes a wonderful watchdog and is essentially tireless, which means yours will need plenty of exercise to stimulate its mind and burn off some of its exuberance for life.
I chose miniature schnauzer here because they are popular and well, YouTube likes the keyword. Gotta get those bills paid somehow. But the non-shedding nature is not unique to only the miniature schnauzer. It also applies to the larger Standard and even larger Giant Schnauzer.
Miniature Schnauzers shed a very low amount of hair. This is definitely one of the lowest shedding breeds you will come across. Which is good for those of you who can’t stand loose hair floating around or if you suffer from allergies.
The Miniature Schnauzer is a bright, friendly, trainable companion, small enough to adapt to apartment life but tireless enough to patrol acres of farmland. They get along well with other animals and kids. Minis are sturdy little guys and enjoy vigorous play. Home and family-oriented, they make great watchdogs.
All dogs lose some hair/ There is no dog that is 100% non-shedding, nor is a dog considered 100% hypoallergenic. These breeds and others listed in the other videos I’ve included in the description are a good start, but the only way to know for sure if a dog will not affect your allergies is to spend time with the dog or at least the breed before adopting.
The ancient Aztec Dog of the Gods, the Xoloitzcuintli is today a loving companion and vigilant watchdog. The alert and loyal Xolo comes in three sizes to fit almost any household and in either hairless or coated varieties.
The Aztecs considered the Xolo sacred, and invested them with mystical healing abilities. The breed’s full name, Xoloitzcuintli, derives from Xolo, the name of the Aztec god of fire and lightning, and itzcuintli, the Aztec word for dog. See Dog of the Gods.
Often called the Mexican Hairless or simply Xolo, is loyal and loving with family and even other household dogs. They are rarely aggressive toward strangers, but they are typically reserved toward those they have not met.
In particular, the Xolo has a strong prey drive, which can be tempered by sufficient exercise. That being said, Xolos don’t need to run for miles every day like some more active breeds.
Man, we’ve got several multisized breeds in this list. Like the Xolo, the Poodle comes in three sizes: toy, miniature, and standard, so you can find a poodle to fit your home.
Most people think of Poodles when they hear about small dogs that don’t shed, but forget about them when thinking about larger dogs.
No matter the size, all Poodles are highly intelligent, making them easy to train, and they are an active, proud breed. Their hair does require regular grooming though. Lots of it. Keep that in mind when selecting the Poodle or many of the Doodle breeds.
If you want a low shed dog you can Whippet. Whippets do shed, but it’s not excessively and weekly brushing will keep loose hair off your clothes and furniture.
Unlike the poodle and Bichon Breeds and a few other dogs on this list, the Whippet is not considered hypoallergenic.
Whippets enjoy cuddling and playing with their family, but this affection is only reserved for family members. They are not social butterflies.
Whippets love to run and are incredible sprinters, but after brief periods of activity, they’re ready to kick back. If you get a whippet, be prepared to share some space on the couch.
Italian Greyhound – Best Dog Breeds That Dont Shed
I once did a video comparing the Whippet and the Italian Greyhound
Needless to say, these two sighthounds share a lot in common. Two of those shared traits are being low shedders and affectionate family pets. The Iggy just happens to be a bit smaller.
Italian Greyhounds are alert, playful, and highly affectionate toy companions. IGs make decorative couch dogs, but at heart, they are flash-and-dash coursing hounds with an instinct for pursuit. They are after all Greyhounds.
Yorkshire Terrier– Best Dog Breeds That Dont Shed
Sprightly and affectionate, the Yorkshire Terrier, often called the Yorkie, is a Toy breed full of personality. These spunky lapdogs are the seventh most popular dog breed in America and for good reason. Yorkshire Terriers don’t shed, and their silky coats are beautiful when brushed out daily, which is made easy by their small size.
Don’t be fooled by their regal carriage – Yorkies have working-class roots. These fearless terriers hunted rats in English clothing mills, although today they are just as happy to sit on their owner’s lap as they are running down a rodent.
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