Dogs are great. Dog hair? Not so great, especially when itâs, yâknow, all over everything you own. But hey, guess what? There do exist a number of friendly dog breeds that donât shed â or at least, that shed very minimally. Whatâs more, a lot of these breeds are also considered hypoallergenic, so theyâre less likely to cause problems for people with pet allergies. If youâve been thinking about becoming a pupper parent, you could do worse than check out these options; not only are they cute and companionable, but also, your wardrobe and furniture will probably thank you for it.
First, though, a fundamental truth: All dogs with hair shed at least a little bit, and hypoallergenic dogs are not allergy-proof. Indeed, one study from 2011 explicitly found that so-called âhypoallergenicâ dogs produce just as many allergens as non-hypoallergenic dogs do. However, some breeds do shed less than others â substantially less, in some cases â so if the idea of getting dog hair everywhere kind of freaks you out, but you still love dogs, thereâs still likely to be a furry pal out there just for you.
Besides, having a dog around has proven health benefits for humans: They can help with depression, reduce your stress levels, and even aid heart health. If youâre thinking about adopting, these 13 breeds are both known for their sunny dispositions and their relatively low shedding habits. Could one of them be just the right companion for you? Maybe!
Both Portuguese and Spanish Water Dogs are low-shedding breeds with soft, curly coats. Theyâre also very similar in temperament, according to the website Dogvills; they are âintelligent and independent,â but also have âa strong loyalty and affectation at the same time.â These qualities make them very easy to train.
They were, however, bred for different purposes, despite the fact that both have a connection to the water: The Spanish Water Dog was bred to herd livestock and retrieve waterfowl, while the Portuguese Water Dog was meant to be a fisherâs helper, retrieving broken nets and the like. (Fun fact: Sunny and Bo Obama are both Portuguese Water Dogs.)
Malteses are small and quite playful; theyâre also pretty fearless despite their size, so donât expect a shrinking violet of a pupper. They often have long, silky white coats â but if the classic Maltese cut doesnât do it for you (and honestly, I do not blame in the slightest if that is the case), you definitely donât need to style your pupper in that fashion. My family had a teacup Maltese, and we just kept him with whatâs called the âpuppy cutâ for his entire life.
Also, we named him Swiffer, which, in retrospect, is kind of perfect for a low-shedding dog.
Again, itâs not true that terriers simply donât shed; all dogs shed in some capacity, and terriers are no exception. Thatâs especially true if you have a terrier mix â the non-terrier part of your dogâs makeup could indeed be of a shedding variety.
But generally speaking, many terriers are low-shedding, including Cairn Terriers (like Toto from The Wizard Of Oz), Border Terriers, Boston Terriers, Welsh Terriers, and Yorkshire Terriers. Terriers were generally bred as hunting dogs, though, so before you get one, make sure your situation is such that your new friend will have lots of places to explore, dig, and play.
All three varieties of Schnauzer â miniature, standard, and giant â have wiry hair that does require some maintenance; regular brushing will stop mats from forming. They donât, however, shed a lot, so hoorah for that.
According to Play Bar Run, all three Schnauzers are smart, gentle, and affectionate. They do need a lot of activity, though; a bored Schnauzer can engage in destructive behavior. But if youâre looking for a playful pup who can keep up with you â and wonât have you brushing dog
Bred in the Congo to hunt small game and control rodent populations, Basenjis are both low-shedding and low-maintenance when it comes to their coats. Theyâre also not big barkers, which should satisfy pet owners (or neighbors) who prefer quieter pups.
They do haveâŚ uhâŚ âuniqueâ personalities, though; according to DogTime, theyâre fiercely intelligent, friendly, and love to play, but they can also be incredibly stubborn: âA Basenji may know perfectly well all the commands you teach him, but whether he actually performs them will always be in question. He may think first and then obey, or he may decide there’s really no good reason to do as you ask,â the websiteâs page on the breed reads. Be prepared for some pushback if you adopt a Basenji.
Also known simply as Xolos, Xoloitzcuintlis are ancient dogs, bred 3,000 years ago by the Aztec civilization. They come in three different sizes, as well as with two different hair situations: Small, medium, or large Xolos might be totally hairless, or they might have short, flat coats. The hairless variety obviously wonât shed at all, but youâll still to give your pal some maintenance on a regular basis: Baths about once a month are recommended, followed up by a good moisturizer. Youâll also want to make sure you apply sunblock to your Xolo if theyâre going to be outside for an extended amount of time.
Poodles are both recommended for novice dog owners and of a low-shedding variety; indeed, according to Dog Time, a lot of people who are typically allergic to dogs can keep Poodles with little to no reactions. Poodlesâ wiry, curly hair lends itself well to styling, if thatâs your thing; it can also come in a variety of different colors. It does, however, require a lot of maintenance â expect to get your Poodle groomed every three to six weeks. (Also, WOW, get you a Poodle that can do backflips like this one, please.)
Poodles, by the way, are often one of the breeds used in a variety of hybrid breeds â think Goldendoodles (Golden Retriever and Poodle), Yorkiepoos (Yorkshire Terrier and Toy Poodle), and Cockapoos (Cocker Spaniel and Poodle). These Poodle hybrids are sometimes recommended as low-shedding dogs, but be warned that when it comes to hybrid dogs, whether or not your pup will shed is quite unpredictable. If the other breed used to create the hybrid tends to shed a lot, thereâs still very much a chance that a âhypoallergenicâ hybrid will end up shedding after all.
Both the German Shorthaired Pointer and the German Wirehaired Pointer are affectionate, high-energy puppers who donât shed a whole lot. Weekly brushings will keep their already minimal amounts of shedding down even more. But make sure youâve got time to play with them and space in which they can exercise; these two related doggos were originally hunting dogs, so theyâre made for the outdoors.
Originally bred as water retrieval dogs for the marshes of Romagna, Italy, Lagotto Romagnolos were unfortunately out of a job when the marshes were drained in the 19th century, according to Petful. However, they were re-trained to hunt for truffles â an activity they took to magnificently.
Although this breed is pretty rare â Pet Guide reports that there are only about 500 Lagotto Romagnolos registered in the United States today â theyâre quickly gaining a reputation as an excellent companion breed. Theyâre active, affectionate, and shed very little. Everybody wins!
Also, Lagotto Romagnolos are adorable. I think they look like Muppets, but maybe thatâs just me.
If you have kids or other pets, a Bichon might be the pup for you; theyâre cheerful, sociable, and do well with children and animals. They can be a little tough to housebreak, so consider yourself warned â but theyâre also easily trainable, so that quality might help a bit. Their coats do require some maintenance â make sure you brush your Bichon regularly â but theyâre not big shedders, for which your allergies, furniture, and wardrobe will probably thank them. Oh, and if youâre an apartment dweller, Bichons are good picks; they donât need a ton of outdoor space in order to get their zoomies out.
If you like bigger dogs, a Redbone Coonhound might be for you. Theyâre great with kids and make terrific family dogs; they do need a lot of room to run around, though, and can be a bit howl-y. They shed moderately â perhaps a bit more than some of the other breeds on this list â but theyâre easy to groom, requiring only a weekly brushing and occasional baths.
Both regular-sized and miniature Shar-Peis shed only minimally; however, their coats can be one of three different varieties, with some shedding more than others. The short âhorseâ coat sheds the least, while the longer âbrushâ coats shed more. Generally, shedding will correspond with the seasons â specifically fall and spring, according to the organization North American Shar-Pei Rescue.
Dogtime describes Shar-peis a âa naturally clean dog with little odorâ; however, periodic baths â once every three months or so â can help. Make sure you dry your Shar-Pei pal carefully after their bath, though; if their folds of skin arenât kept dry, they might develop fungal growths.
If you like soft and furry dogs, but donât want to deal with too much shedding, take a look at the Papillon â this breed will satisfy both those desires. Small and energetic, these little pups get their name from the shape of their ears; they resembled a butterflyâs wings â and the word âpapillonâ is French for âbutterfly.â Regular brushings with a pin brush, rather than a bristle one, will keep your doggoâs coat silky smooth.