Looking for the best low shedding dog breeds, both big and small? Check out our ultimate list of dogs that shed the least, so you can welcome a new furry family member without the pet dander.
Are you looking for small dogs that don’t shed? How about low-shedding large dogs? Medium-shedding dogs?
We have a great balance of all three in our list below!
Whether you’re allergic to dog fur, or you don’t want to worry about cleaning up massive amounts of hair, you’re sure to find the perfect match.
Dogs that don’t shed as much typically don’t have to go to the dog groomers as often, and you probably won’t have to use a lint roller on your clothes every time you leave the house.
20 Low Shedding Dog Breeds
These small dogs are known for their friendly disposition and adorable curly locks.
They’re usually recommended as a good breed for those living the apartment life, because they don’t shed very much, and can go long periods of time without any major activity, unlike many of their counterparts.
They’re the perfect, snuggly, low-shedding companion for the busy owner.
Yorkshire terriers are full of sass and spunk, and their fur is unique and very similar to human hair, making them hypoallergenic.
However, they do require plenty of brushing and grooming.
Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier
This low-shedding pooch is known for being affectionate and playful and has one of the softest coats around.
A soft-coated wheaten terrier is a great option for busy families.
It may be hard to believe, with their beautiful, long coats; but Afghan hounds rarely shed. That being said, they do still require quite a bit of grooming.
At a minimum, you would be looking at 2 baths per week, and daily brushing.
If you’re looking for a dog with flowing locks and enjoy grooming, but don’t want hair everywhere, this is the breed for you!
Spanish Water Dog
It’s a wonder that a dog with such a beautiful, thick coat could need such minimal upkeep, but it’s true! The Spanish water dog requires no brushing, and only one shave a year.
They have lots of energy and would do best with a family that does plenty of trips to the dog park.
Shih Tzu’s can be traced back all the way to the Tang Dynasty, where they won over the hearts of royalty, and it’s easy to see why!
These low-shedding small dogs do require frequent grooming, but you won’t have to worry about tufts of hair all over the house.
Coton de Tulear
This tiny breed is known for being friendly and affectionate, and lazing around the house. Their coats are super soft and fluffy, making them a great cuddle buddy. They’re the breed best known for being able to walk on their hind legs much easier than others.
While they don’t shed much, you’ll want to invest in a good brush for frequent brushings.
This breed is the smaller version of the standard schnauzer and is known for its cute hairstyles and playful demeanor.
They love playtime and need to burn a ton of energy, so get ready for lots of walks and games of fetch, which you’ll have plenty of time for with all the time you save not cleaning up dog fur.
This wiry-haired terrier was bred to be a fierce hunter but now is known for their regal demeanor and adorable eyebrows.
Their coats keep them protected from the elements and they rarely shed.
The poodle has super curly and fluffy hair and comes in 3 sizes: standard, miniature, and toy.
You’ll likely still want to make and keep your appointments with the groomer with this breed, but their fur is practically hypoallergenic and they barely shed.
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We may be biased, but frugs are one of the best dogs on this list if we do say so ourselves. They’re a cross of French bulldog and pug, and barely shed! They generally require a good brushing once a week, and other than that, they’re very low maintenance.
However, frugs are not considered hypoallergenic.
The Havanese pup is known for its spunky personality and charm, and its beautiful coat barely sheds. They do require weekly brushing and frequent baths.
You won’t mind all of the time spent grooming, however, as their friendly disposition will make every bath time a time of bonding and fun.
These lap dogs are small and loving, and hypoallergenic. Some owners choose to cut their fur short, for a low-maintenance coat, and others let it grow out and keep up with frequent brushing.
Either way, you won’t need to break out the Kleenex after binge-watching your favorite show with your furry friend.
Wiry-haired terriers make for great pets for those with allergies, and to top it off, they’re often feisty and super fun to play with.
You may recognize this breed as Toto from The Wizard of Oz!
Irish Water Spaniel
Irish water spaniels are hypoallergenic and (of course) big swimmers! These water-loving dogs have a special coat that repels water, so they can get in and out of the lake all day without getting funky.
They’re known for being a fun and playful breed.
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The Bedlington terrier has a unique curly coat and tasseled ears. The most prominent feature is their pear-shaped heads.
While they do not shed very much at all, they do require a good clipping every 2 months or so, so be sure to find a reputable groomer near you.
These wooly pups may have a fancy name, but they’re a laid-back, easy-going breed. They’re hypoallergenic, affectionate, playful, and have a hidden talent: they’re great at truffle hunting!
If you love foraging, this may be the dog for you.
Saluki dogs are one of the oldest dog breeds known to man, coming in at over 6000 years old! They’re also the fastest dogs, surpassing even Greyhounds!
They’re gentle and loving, and very low-maintenance in terms of grooming.
Kerry Blue Terrier
Kerry blue terriers are easily recognizable due to their unique broad nose and tasseled muzzle.
Their coats are low-maintenance, but their personalities – not so much. This breed is notoriously harder to train because of its independent and super-intelligent minds.
However, if you’re looking for a dog that will always prefer the company of its owner over everyone else, this may be the pup for you.
Basenji dogs are truly unique! Not only do they rarely shed, their name actually means “barkless dog,” and they live up to that name quite well.
They’re not quiet, however, and make a bunch of other random noises not commonly heard from in dogs. They also are known for grooming themselves like cats.
Are you thinking about getting a low-shedding dog? Let us know in the comments below!
*Post originally published June 2022, last updated February 2023.