Everyone loves dogs!
It’s an undeniable fact, they’re the most popular pet in the world
However, there’s a large number of people that would love to have a dog, but can’t because they dislike dealing with the hairy mess dogs leave around the house, the furniture, and on clothing.
Whether you dislike it, or, suffer an allergic reaction to dog hair, it’s hard to control the shedding of some breeds, even if you’re on top of your grooming game.
But, what if you could enjoy the company of a dog that doesn’t shed? What if there were breeds that didn’t leave mountains of hair all over the place?
Luckily, there are MANY dog breeds shed very little (or not at all)!
Let’s take a look at 22 best dog breeds that don’t shed
Let’s start the list with a fantastic dog that quickly rose to popularity thanks to the movie Coco, the Xoloitzcuintli, or Xolo for short, is an amazing companion that is actually hairless, meaning you’ll never find hair in your home or clothes ever again.
They’re very loyal and friendly towards people and are special dogs with a deep history in Mexican culture.
Now for the complete opposite.
If you don’t like hairless dogs, you may want a dog with a large coat. The Komondor is easily recognizable for its “dreads” that feel similar to a mop.
Their long and strong coat doesn’t shed at all, but it does require PLENTY of grooming. You’ll have to bathe them and brush their hair frequently to keep them clean as the strong cords of their hair get dirty very quickly.
Australian Silky Terrier
As the name implies, the silky terrier has a long, soft, and glossy coat that makes them stand out from the rest of the terrier family. They’re brilliant dogs that require LOTS of activity. If you want one, make sure you can give them the exercise they need to stay healthy.
The Basenji is a rare dog breed that’s native to Central Africa, they were originally bred as hunting dogs. They come in several colors, ranging from black and white to red tones, they have a short coat with minimum shed. An important and interesting fact about Basenji’s is that they rarely bark, instead they make a howling-like sound.
The soft, cuddly look of the Bichon Frise coat may suggest they shed a lot, but actually, their coats are pretty sturdy and they experience minimal shedding. However, they do require plenty of grooming to keep their hair from matting and getting dirty.
They’re lovable companions that love to be the center of attention, they’ll follow you everywhere and love being side by side with their owners.
Irish Water Spaniel
This hunting dog was bred to work in the water, they’re very active and playful dogs that love swimming.
Their curly coats rarely shed but they require a lot of grooming to keep the hair from matting, especially if you take them swimming as frequently as they would like to get in the water.
The Lagotto looks like a smaller version of the Water Spaniel, but there are several differences that make them unique. Their wooly coats make them look like messy Poodles and require weekly grooming and an occasional trimming to keep them healthy.
A different personality from the Terrier breed, the Border Terrier has a short, sturdy, coat and lots of energy to jump and play around the house.
Make sure you have a lot of patience and time to invest in their training since they can be demanding dogs.
If you’d like a beautiful, loving, and amiable dog that sheds very little you might want to take a look at the Biewer Terrier. Unlike other Terriers, they’re calm and quiet dogs, who love to play with their owners.
These energetic little guys are loyal and brilliant but may turn too active if they don’t get a healthy dose of exercise and walking outside. Their short, soft coat doesn’t shed and requires little grooming.
The second hairless dog of the list! The Chinese Crested is widely known for its iconic look of long locks of hair on their heads, tail, and feet. They’re a small breed that’s always alert and can be very picky about their environment. Chinese Crested dogs require special care and grooming to keep their skin healthy.
The Schnauzer family comes in all sizes, from the miniature toy Schnauzer to the Giant Schnauzer! Their coats are all very similar and consists of strong, dense hair. Although they require grooming to keep from matting, they rarely shed.
Tiny, little, and completely covered in hair, the Maltese are lovable small dogs that owners admire for their fashionable looks. Their long, soft coats are solid and don’t shed at all but should be brushed daily to prevent matting. They’re very relaxed and calm and prefer spending an evening cuddling with their owners rather than jumping around the house.
The Shih Tzu is a fantastic breed for families as they’re very friendly and loving. Their name means ‘little lion’, but there’s nothing fierce about this dog breed. The Shih Tzu is a lover, not a hunter. Bred solely to be a companion,
Like the Schnauzer, the Poodle comes in a wide range of sizes and colors. In general their coats are strong, curly, very fluffy, and most importantly… they don’t shed!
They require TONS of trimming and grooming by a professional groomer and constant brushing at home. They’re very energetic and athletic dogs that love exercise. Moreover, they’re brilliant dogs that you can train very quickly.
American Hairless Terrier
The third hairless dog in the list is from the Terrier family, and as you might see, they don’t have a lot of hair to shed! However, the lack of hair doesn’t mean you don’t have to care for them and frequently bathe them to keep their skin healthy and free of dirt. Like most Terriers, they’re energetic as heck and love to get into a little trouble (if they don’t get enough exercise).
Portuguese Water Dog
Another dog that was bred for the water! The Portuguese Water Dog is an very athletic breed that loves to play and exercise. This dog suits active families who can keep them moving and happy. Their very thick coats sheds minimal hair and requires very little grooming.
Yet another breed of the Terrier family! The Yorkshires are among the most popular breeds of dogs for people who don’t like or can’t have shedding. They’re very loving dogs, but they still have a little instinct for hunting. They can get slightly noisy and active attempting to chase small critters.
This exotic breed is a high maintenance dog that’s recommended for experienced owners, they can be hard to train and control, but their stunning look and athletic build is something to be admired. Afghan Hounds have long, soft coats that don’t shed at all but do require plenty of maintenance and monthly visits to the groomer to keep their hair trimmed and beautiful.
You might recognize this dog breed for their uniquely thick and shaggy coat. The Tibetan Terrier is not actually from the Terrier family, the Europeans gave them the name long ago, and it stuck.
They’re very active dogs that were used by Tibet monks for work and protection so you’ll need to exercise them quite a lot to keep them happy.
The Havanese is one of the most lovable and friendly lap dogs out there, their short, bear-like coat is very soft and cuddly, and they love being near their owners at all times. So if you’re looking for a companion that will always stick by your side, the Havanese might be the perfect dog for you.
The Irish Terrier is an athletic build of the Terrier family, These guys were bred for something other than hunting, in this case, they were bred to be protective guards!
Like most Terriers, they’re very energetic and require plenty of physical activity to keep them happy. Their short, wiry, and bright coats produce minimum shedding and require little grooming.
Grooming is Essential, Even if Your Dog Doesn’t Shed
Yes, even if your dog never sheds you must always brush your dog’s coat to keep it clean and prevent matting.
If you’re looking for a dog that doesn’t shed so you can forgo grooming, then there’s a chance your dog will have health problems.
Whether you take them to a professional groomer or do it at home, always keep your canine companions healthy and happy by grooming them with plenty of love.
What do you think? Do you know any other dogs that don’t shed? Do you have one of the dogs on the list, then share your experiences in the comments.