When adding a new dog to the family, several factors go into the decision-making process, including the dog’s age, size, and energy level. Are you a dog lover looking to have a rest for your vacuum or allergies? For many pet parents, whether or not a dog sheds can be a big deciding point. Though there technically aren’t any dog breeds that don’t shed at all, there are several breeds that shed very little.
If you’re looking for a hypoallergenic breed, here’s a list to consider before you go and start stocking up on supplies for dogs.
1. Tibetan Terrier
Tibetan terriers are clear evidence that hypoallergenic doesn’t mean no hair. They make our list, because they shed minimally, but this bushy breed still needs a lot of grooming.
Fun Fact: These fluffy dogs were once companions of buddhist monks and guard dogs of nomadic herdsmen.
2. Maltese Terrier
Maltese terriers are known for their stunning white silky coats, but you won’t find them rubbing on your clothing or furniture. These little dogs are friendly, sprightly and very caring.
Fun Fact: The Maltese Terrier is thought to be (above) related to the Tibetan Terrier but its exact origin is not known. They were known as Roman Ladies’ Puppies, and were accused of being used in ancient and medieval cities to capture rodents.
3. Shih Tzu
Shih Tzu dogs are loyal and polite, and incidentally they are also hypoallergenic. The Shih Tzu skin does not shed, with the fur falling out only when split or brushed.
Fun Fact: The name Shih Tzu originates from Chinese word for lion dog. This old race of dogs was bred to resemble lions as portrayed in ancient Oriental art.
4. Brussels Griffon
Brussels Griffon dogs are known for watchdog skills and friendly temperament. Yet Brussels Griffons are also hypoallergenic dogs, as they never shed any fur. They tend to bond one person more than others yet Brussels Griffon make excellent pets for families with children.
Fun Fact: The Brussels Griffon is a very expressive dog, which is why they easily make it into movies and TV. The most popular Brussels appearance was in As Good As It Gets alongside Jack Nicholson and Helen Hunt.
This unusual breed is on our List of most loved Weirdest Dog Breeds.
5. Portugese Water Dog
The Portuguese Muscular Water Dog is friendly and full of strength. Their coat sheds very little and is considered a hypoallergenic breed, but regular grooming is still required by this Portuguese Water Dog .
Fun Fact: Portuguese Water Dogs are very rare, but everyone might’ve heard of Bo, the First Dog. Bo was Obama’s gift to his daughters when he got elected as the President of The United States of America.
6. Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier
The Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier is lively and happy breed. Such professional dogs are known for their agility, discipline, tracking and even animal-therapy skills.
Fun Fact: Soft-coated Wheaten Terriers were first bred as farm dogs in Ireland. Wheaten Terriers were used for herding, guarding livestock, and hunting vermin and therefore were rightly called as the “poor man’s wolfhound”.
7. Poodle (Toy, Miniature, and Standard)
Poodles are one of the most common dogs in the world and come in three different sizes (Toy, Miniature, and Standard). These smart and responsive dogs are also considered to be hypoallergenic ..
Fun Fact:Besides not shedding much, poodles are often considered to be nearly odourless. No dog smell here!
8. West Highland White Terrier
The West Highland White Terrier, affectionately called The Westie, is a sweet, energetic little dog with a double-coat. Westies are also hardy, loyal to their owners, make great watchdogs and are hypoallergenic. Westies shed some hair but not much.
Fun Fact: Originally bred from the Cairn and Scottish Terriers, the West Highland White Terrier was developed not be mistaken for a fox while hunting.
9. Bichon Frise
The Bichon Frise is social, self-employed and easy to train. Their hypoallergenic hair is usually kept trimmed in an simple maintenance puppy cut
Fun Fact: Bichon Frise in French means Curly Lap Dog. The Bichon Frise used to be the companion dogs of sailors, and, coincidentally, love water.
10. Kerry Blue Terrier
The Kerry Blue Terrier, also called the Irish Blue, was bred as an all-purpose working dog, taking on duties such as herding, patrolling and killing pests. Kerry dogs have fur that is similar to fine human fur in texture, and do not shed.
Fun Fact: Kerry Blue Terriers have a black coat. The blue pops up around when the dog turns 2.
Havanese dogs are energetic and friendly making ideal pets for families with children. They ‘re incredibly friendly and known for their vibrant gait.
Fun Fact: The Havanese were originally bred for Cuban artist. They adopted the nickname “Velcro Dog” as they used to stay very close to their owners.
12. Chinese Crested
Both varieties of Chinese Crested, Hairless and Powderpuff (with soft hair all over) are hypoallergenic. The Chinese Crested sheds minimally and are very alert and agile. Do to their “au naturale” look, Cresteds are sensitive to extreme temperatures .Coats and boots are a must for this cute breed, in our cool Canadian environment.
Fun Fact: In reality, the Chinese Cresteds have their origins in Africa. They were renamed The Chinese Crested after Chinese traders let the dogs board their ships to hunt vermin.
13. Scottish Terrier
The Scottie is protective, independent and territorial, rendering faithful companion. With a low-shed, hypoallergenic coat and minimal grooming and you’ve got an all-around great pet.
The Scottie dog has many a time appeared in popular culture and in celebrities arms. A very most famous Scottish Terriers is memorialized in a Monopoly token, and at least two times Scotties have inhabited the White House (Franklin D. Roosevelt and George W. Bush)
14. Irish Water Spaniel
The Irish Water Spaniel breed has been around for centuries. This sweet and active Irish Water Spaniel is a hunting and companion dog and is very loyal to its owners.
Fun Fact: The coat needs to be properly groomed regularly but the breed is considered hypoallergenic since it sheds less dander than many other dogs.
15. Cairn Terrier
The Cairn Terrier is a hardy, happy breed of Scottish origin. The Cairn Terrier was originally used to hunt for vermin in stone piles (cairns), and is now a common companion pet. Their coat of wire is hypoallergenic and will repel water, too.
Fun Fact: Over the course of several years, a coat from Cairn Terrier will change colour many times.
Started out as a crossbreed in the late-1980s, the Labradoodle is now a popular hypoallergenic pet .They ‘re a combination of two of Canada’s most common dog breeds, a Labrador Retriever and a Poodle. Technically, the Labradoodle is not a breed in itself, but in the future it may be moving in this direction. Naturally sweet and friendly well-bred Labradoodles make great pets for the family.
Although Labradoodles can be hypoallergenic, low-shedding, and good-natured dogs, there is plenty of variability as they are a new cross among them. All Labradoodles do not appear commonly with any traits. That said, make sure you ‘re looking for a reputable breeder who’s familiar with the cross and choose a dog that’s a second-generation mix if possible (their mother and father are both Labradoodles). If you are searching for a particular trait, such as low-shedding, make sure that you inquire if the parents have it, and your pup is more likely to show that trait as well. There may be exceptions to the norm as for any dog but this is especially valid for new crossbreeds. You may want to select a more stable breed if you aren’t prepared to be versatile.
Fun Fact: The Labradoodle replaces the classic Scotty dog token in the new Here and Now version of the Monopoly.
18. Border Terrier
The Border Terrier was bred to hunt foxes and rodents, but this smart and hardy breed often makes a friendly friend or family member. Their wiry coat is hypoallergenic, sheds little, and requires easy brushing every week.
Fun Fact: Border Terriers have very strong and solid instincts. You may want to find another breed if you have hamsters, guinea pigs, rabbits or other rodents as pets. For a Border Terrier the instinct to hunt might be too strong!
19. Schnauzer (Miniature or Standard)
Schnauzers, be it Miniature or Standard, are a smart, high-energy breed. Thanks to their friendly nature and hypoallergenic coat, Schnauzers make excellent watchdogs, guard dogs, and vermin hunters but are also popular as companion pets.
Fun Fact: Over the years, Giant Schnauzers have performed several helpful duties for the mankind. Giant Schnauzers have been stock dogs, police dogs, search and rescue dogs, dog detection dogs, drug dogs and more!
Originally from Central Africa, the alert and energetic Basenji was bred as a hunting dog. While they may be tricky to train, the Basenjis are smart and respond to consistency well. Their coats shed thin, are hypoallergenic, and require minimal grooming.
Fun Fact:Basenjis are unique in that they don’t bark but instead make a low howl. The Basenji often cleans themselves in a way close to that of cats.
Almost all pet allergy is confined to dander and hair, and that doesn’t mean you can’t be allergic to them just because a dog is low-shed. Animal allergies may involve saliva and urine, so speak to your veterinarian before you commit to a dog you may react to.
These are just a few of the stunning dog breeds that don’t shed, but there’s a lot more. Don’t forget to share your favourite breed in the comments below!