List of Non Shedding Dogs

by lou16

Check out this list of dogs that don't shed to find a great companion that won't leave their dog hair all over the place!

Let's face it we all love our dogs, but it can be a nightmare stopping dog hair from getting everywhere can't it? I've compiled a list of non shedding dogs to help you if you're looking for your first dog or a new companion.

These dogs will not leave dog hair all over the place so that it feels like you're constantly vacuuming up after them, there are small non-shedding dogs, medium dogs that don't shed along with large non shed dogs to choose from.

Small Non Shedding Dogs

If you prefer a smaller breed of dog then this list is designed just for you and I can highly recommend West Highland Terriers for a good natured dog especially around children.   I also find that Boston Terriers are full of personality and can be a little cheeky.

Now we say non-shedding, but all dogs will actually shed it's just more of a low shedding with these breeds and I have to say that with a houseproud grandmother who had Miniature Poodles and a houseproud aunt who's partial to Yorkshire Terriers you do not see any dog hair when you visit their houses!


  • American Hairless Terrier
  • Australian Terrier
  • Basenji
  • Bedlington Terrier
  • Bichon Frise
  • Border Terrier
  • Boston Terrier
  • Cairn Terrier
  • Cavachon
  • Chinese Crested
  • Havanese
  • Italian Greyhound
  • Maltese
  • Miniature Goldendoodle
  • Miniature Poodle
  • Miniature Schnauzer
  • Norfolk Terrier
  • Scottish Terrier
  • Silky Terrier
  • Shih Tzu
  • Welsh Terrier
  • West Highland Terrier
  • Wire Fox Terrier
  • Yorkshire Terrier

Obviously whether a dog will shed or not isn't the only thing you need to look at when choosing your dog.   Everyone has different needs when it comes to finding the perfect companion - a person who loves going for really long walks every day is going to want a dog that will keep pace with them whereas a person who isn't very active will want a dog that requires less activity.

If you have children you want to choose a dog that will get on well with them, the list of requirements just keeps on going doesn't it?   I've got links to all of these non shedding dogs so that you can make an informed decision on the right type of dog for you and your situation.

American Hairless Terrier
All about the American Hairless Terrier, it's temperment, prefered living conditions and heath considerations.

Australian Terriers
All about the characteristics of the Australian Terrier and everything else you'd want to know from the Australian Terrier Club of America.

This link is to the Basenji Club of America and provides all the information you could ever need to know about the breed.

Bedlington Terrier
This page provides all the information you could want to know abour the Bedlington Terrier and his personality.

Bichon Frise
The Bichon Frise Club of America gives you all the information about this breed of dog and it's certainly a breed that has a very gentle temperment.

Border Terrier
This website will give you all the information you could want about the Border Terrier in order to decide if this is the type of dog you want to let into your life.

Boston Terrier
Here you will find out all about the Boston Terrier from their temperment to their life expectancy and more.

Cairn Terrier
This is the website for the Cairn Terrier Club of America who really are experts on this breed.

Find out all you need to know about this cross between the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and the Bichon Frise at this online community for Cavachon owners.

Chinese Crested
Everything you need to know about the Chinese Crested dog can be found on this page including temperment and longevity.

This site gives you all the information you need about the national dog of Cuba - the Havanese.

Italian Greyhound
Find out all you need to know about this extremely cat-like dog on the most comprehensive site about Italian Greyhounds online.

Check out the American Kennel Club's webpage on the Maltese to find out if they're the right breed of dog for you.

Miniature Goldendoodle
Learn all about this cross between a Golden Retriever and a Poodle and find out if it sounds like the type of dog you're looking for.

Miniature Poodle
Find out all about the Miniature Poodle and whether this intelligent dog is the right type for you.

Miniature Schnauzer
This American Kennel Club page on Miniature Schnauzers can help you to decide if they're the right breed for you.

Norfolk Terrier
Find out all about this cute dog so that you can decide whether or not the Norfolk Terrier will be an ideal companion for you.

Scottish Terrier
Find out all you need to know about the Scottie to see if he'll make a great addition to your family or not.

Silky Terrier
Is the Silky Terrier the right dog for you? Read up what the American Kennel Club has to say before you make up your mind.

Shih Tzu
Learn all about the Shih Tzu and whether it's a dog that's right for you from the American Kennel Club.

Welsh Terrier
Learn all about the Welsh Terrier from the Welsh Terrier Club of Great Britain website and decide if you'd like to make one your special companion.

West Highland Terrier
Find out all about the West Highland Terrier and see if you think that a Westie is the dog for you.

Wire Fox Terrier
Learn more information about the Wire Fox Terrier so that you can make an informed decision on the right dog to suit your lifestyle.

Yorkshire Terrier
Read all the information on Yorkshire Terriers to see if you'd like to let a Yorkie become part of your family.

Medium Non Shedding Dogs

If you prefer your dogs a little bigger than the small breeds above, but not quite as large as a large dog then there are still a few dog breeds you can try.  

Here's the medium sized dogs that don't shed -

  • Kerry Blue Terrier
  • Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier
  • Standard Schnauzer

Once you've got a short list of the type of dog you want - medium sized and non-shedding dog - you'll need to look at which one of these will suit your needs the best and in order for you to do that I've provided some links below for you.

Kerry Blue Terrier Foundation
This site claims to be the most comprehensive site about Kerry Blue Terriers on the web and will answer some of your questions such as are Kerries good with children? How do Kerries get on with cats?

Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier
This dog breed site looks at this traditional Irish farm dog and talks about it's temperment, personlity and compactibility with children, pets etc.

Standard Schnauzer
This German farm dog earned the nickname of childminder as it was used as a babysitter while the family were working the farm. This makes the Standard Schnauzer and excellent family dog, find out more about their personalities at this site.

Large Non Shedding Dogs

Now I must admit I'm quite partial to large dogs myself so I'm interested in seeing what large breeds are non shedding dogs because I know the ones that I've owned certainly are not!

Here's the list of large dogs that don't shed.

  • Airedale Terrier
  • Bouvier des Flandres
  • Greyhound
  • Irish Water Spaniel
  • Standard Poodle

Now that you've made your initial shortlist you need to find out more about each of these dogs to find one that will suit your circumstances and I've compiled some links for you to make this easier.

Gorgeous Bouvier des Flandres Print

Airedale Terrier
The American Kennel Club website contains information designed to help you work out if Airedale's are the best breed for you.

Bouvier des Flandres
The Bouvier des Flandres Club of Great Britain discusses the Bouvier breed and their temperment - a great site to read to see if they would be a good match for you and your family.

On this site about dog breeds you'll find all about the greyhound's temperment, what living conditions they need and any health problems they're prone to so that you can decide if a greyhound is right for you.

Irish Water Spaniel
The Irish Water Spaniel Club of America site is a great site to get information on this old dog breed so that you can decide if you want to make a home for an Irish Water Spaniel or not.

Standard Poodle
This site contains all the information you need to know in order to decide if the Standard Poodle and you will be compatible companions.

Unfortunately my favorite dogs are all breeds that do shed a lot which means that I'll be vacuuming too much all of my life!   Whichever dog you choose they really do become a loyal and much loved part of your family, but if you fall in love with one of these breeds on non shedding dogs you'll be doing yourself a huge favor.


What Does a Non Shedding Dog Mean?

Now as I said previously although we use the term non shedding dogs that's actually no such thing as a dog that doesn't shed, however some dogs shed more than others.

Dogs that only shed a little hair are the ones that are generally described as non-shedding dogs, but they still require attention from you.   When these dogs do shed instead of leaving hair everywhere it tends to get into their undercoat which can cause matting which not only looks horrible, but can also be painful for the dog.

What can you do about this?   The simple answer is to brush your dog regularly, daily would be ideal, but every few days is okay too.   I've had a number of dogs in my life and some of them absolutely hated to be brushed, but the ones that I got as puppies have all loved it.   I basically talk to them in a comforting tone as I brush them and it becomes our quality time - my present puppy (well he's four now so I guess he's no longer really a puppy!) gets nearly as excited to see his brush as he does to see his lead!

Different dogs seem to prefer different types of brushes, but I've included a great selection that my past and present canine family members have enjoyed.

Dog Brushes to Keep Your Non Shedding Dog Happy & Beautiful!

Love Glove Grooming Mitt

One of my late dogs Shelly used to get so excited when I put this grooming mitt on, obviously she loved being massaged because when we tried other brushes she wouldn't have a bar of them!

Only $7.75
Safari Self-Cleaning Large Small Slicker Brush for Dogs

This brush is the one that my present dog absolutely adores and the fact that the pins retract is really handy. Now my present dog loves any brush being used, but he will stand still alot longer with this brush than any other.

$20.99  $19.99
FURminator Large Yellow deShedding Tool with 4-Inch Edge

This brush comes highly recommended by my kennel guy (and reviewers online) and certainly sounds great, I haven't actually used it yet. It's the brush I'm planning to try when we get another dog though as I like my dogs to have their own brushes.

Only $0.00
Updated: 08/22/2014, lou16
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Ragtimelil on 09/16/2012

I've had greyhounds and they all shed. It's just reeelly reeeelly short! And your absolutely right about the coat catching the shedding and matting. Kept me in business when I had a grooming shop.

katiem2 on 03/13/2012

I'm researching new dog breeds as my youngest wants another dog, our beloved chow chow is long past his expectancy, I wonder if getting a puppy now will be good for him or if we should wait. None the less I'm looking around learning all I can about the breed we choose. Non shedding breeds are a must for this allergy sufferer. Plus it makes life a lot easier! Great article thanks :)

Angel on 03/12/2012

I just did an article on my designer breed dog which is a mix between the Shih tzu and the Bichon. Great that she does not shed at all. We also have a poodle that does not shed. Love it. We named them peanut butter (poodle) and Jelli (teddy bear breed). This is such a very useful article!

Mladen on 03/12/2012

I am not dog owner. I have house bunny. And if there was some list of nonshedding bunnies, I would have visited it for sure! :)
I just want to say this is very useful article for future dog owners. You were right when you said that we all love dogs, but shedding is a nightmare.

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