Whether it’s due to allergies or to avoid hair piles in the house, there are plenty of reasons people turn to dogs that don’t shed hair. The obvious choice is hairless dogs, but there are also many dog ââbreeds that have hair but do not shed hair.
While some non-shedding breeds are classified as “hypoallergenic,” studies have shown that these dogs may exhibit higher levels of the allergen found in dog dander than other dogs. For those who have an allergic reaction to dander (the material found in the skin of animals), no dog is truly non-allergenic.
Ready to add a dog to your family but want to avoid excess hair? Here are 16 dog breeds that don’t shed.
Millions of pets (including many purebred animals) are available for adoption from shelters. We always recommend adoption as the first choice. If you have decided to buy a pet from a breeder, be sure to choose a responsible breeder and always avoid puppy mills.
This charming dog’s silky, flowing coat rarely falls off, but that doesn’t mean he’s carefree. It takes a lot of work to make the Afghan look this good and that means lots of bathing and frequent grooming and brushing to avoid tangles and matting.
These dogs are intelligent and have a gentle temperament. Afghan Hounds are also very energetic and require daily exercise.
American hairless terrier
It’s hard to lose when you don’t really have hair. This fiery terrier only needs an occasional bath and regular grooming with a soft bristle brush. As with other hairless breeds, American Hairless Terriers require protection from the cold and the sun as they can easily get sunburned.
These dogs are affectionate with their owners and extremely protective. They have a friendly demeanor and show great joy in daily walks.
Resembling a darling little lamb, this graceful terrier has a tough coat that requires regular trimming and grooming to keep it in shape.
Bedlingtons are quite active and are known for their adorable gait. Originally bred for hunting, Bedlingtons can move quickly when they spot something to hunt. They are also protective and loving family members who enjoy lots of attention and play time.
This fluffy little dog has a lot of white hair that grows constantly, so it requires regular trimming and grooming. While not shedding, the bichon also needs regular brushing to avoid matting.
The Bichon is a friendly breed that gets along well with children and other dogs. They are also easy to train, making them a great choice for new dog owners.
This distinctive toy breed comes in two varieties: hairless and powdery. The hairless needs very little grooming as it only has hair on the tail, head and feet. However, as a hairless dog, the breed requires protection from sunburn and cold. The powdery variety requires daily brushing, but due to its short undercoat and hazy overcoat, grooming is generally very easy.
Fun and affectionate, Chinese Crested Dogs are loyal and loving members of the family.
Named for their cottony appearance, this breed has a luxurious coat that doesn’t shed. Although the dog’s coat does not fall out – it is long – regular brushing and grooming is therefore essential.
Cotton excels at being a great companion – it is lively, loves to play, and loves to learn new tricks. A small but sturdy dog, the cotton is known for its distinctive vocalizations.
Irish Water Spaniel
The largest of all Spaniels, this playful puppy has a curly, waterproof, liver-colored coat. Irish Water Spaniels only require weekly brushing and trimming every few months.
As the name suggests, Irish Water Spaniels are excellent swimmers. They are just as playful on earth and require daily exercise to channel their energy. These dogs aim to please, are affectionate, and train well.
Kerry Blue Terrier
The distinctive soft, wavy coat of this vivid terrier can range from deep slate gray blue to light blue gray, by AKC standards. Their coats need to be brushed and combed weekly and trimmed every month or so.
These intelligent dogs enjoy spending quality time with their owners. Whether it’s playing fetch outside or sitting down together after a run around the block, Kerry is most at peace next to his human companions.
With a dense, curly coat that resembles wool, this Italian breed is low-maintenance. It doesn’t shed and just requires regular trimming and bathing.
In their home country of Italy, the Lagotto Romagnolo is known as a “truffle dog” because of its ability to root out subterranean delicacy. With a loving and affectionate temperament, they are also excellent companion dogs who enjoy spending time with their human family.
Peruvian Inca Orchid
This hairless breed, also known simply as a Peruvian hairless dog, does not shed hair, but requires regular sunscreen and baths. This breed is intelligent, has a lot of energy, and requires entertainment with frequent walks or indoor games of hide and seek.
In the family, the dog is affectionate and protective. Since it can also be a good hunter, owners should be careful when the breed is surrounded by smaller pets that could be perceived as prey.
A favorite for allergy sufferers, this popular and intelligent breed comes in several sizes and colors. The poodle’s soft, curly coat does not fall out, but requires regular brushing and professional grooming to give it a sleek look.
These agile dogs aim to please and are easy to train. Active dogs, Poodles need regular daily exercise in the form of walks, ball games or swimming.
Portuguese water dog
With curly or wavy waterproof coats, this puppy doesn’t shed, but requires regular grooming.
An energetic breed, the Portuguese Water Dog was bred to help anglers. They are very smart and easy to train. Porties require a lot of exercise and attention from their humans. They particularly enjoy activities that include water games with their owners.
This friendly dog ââcomes in standard, giant and miniature varieties. The schnauzer’s stiff coat should be groomed or stripped and brushed regularly.
The miniature schnauzer, the smallest of the three, is friendly and eager to please. They get along with all family members and protect those they love. The standard schnauzer is intelligent and affectionate. They are especially good with children. The largest, the giant schnauzer, is the most energetic of the three.
In general, schnauzers seek the company of their human family and do not appreciate being left alone.
Soft-haired Wheaten Terrier
This friendly terrier has a soft, wavy, low-shedding coat that requires daily grooming to avoid mats.
An enthusiastic and energetic dog, the Soft Coated Wheat Terrier needs a healthy dose of daily exercise. These faithful companions are good with children. Their independent streak makes them more difficult to train, but with proper training from an early age, they can grow into happy, well-adjusted dogs.
Spanish water dog
This hardworking herding breed has a distinctive curly coat that does not require brushing or combing. The Spanish Water Dog’s coat can be trimmed or left to stretch out with tapered ropes.
A loyal member of the family, the Spanish Water Dog is also an excellent watchdog. The breed enjoys vigorous exercise and does its best when taken daily. They are also generally good in the water, and some of their exuberant energy can be spent on water games.
One of the oldest and rarest breeds in the world, the “Xolo” or hairless Mexican comes in two varieties: furry and hairless. There are three sizes of Xolos: toy, miniature, and standard. Hairless Xolos need regular baths, sun protection, and warm clothing in the winter.
Xolos can be energetic, but with proper training and socialization they can be calm, well-behaved dogs. These cheerful and affectionate pets are also passionate guard dogs.