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Which dogs shed the least?

Which dogs shed the least?

Pet hair can be troublesome to keep on top of at home, and insufferable to live with if you have allergies. Some dog breeds shed less than others, however – and it’s not always the long-haired breeds that moult the most. Read our guide to the dogs that shed the least...

Tom Harrison
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Posted 8 OCTOBER 2019

Can you get no shed dogs?

Non-shedding dog breeds are actually a myth – all dogs shed their hair, but some a lot more than others. Shedding hair is nature’s way of letting the dog’s new coat grow. Some dogs shed a lot by themselves, while others need to be groomed to get rid of excess hair. 

So when you’re looking for a dog that won’t leave your house covered in fur, look for a breed that moults the least.

Which dog breeds shed the least?

If you’re looking for minimal shedding, these dog breeds come out on top:

Small dogs

Bedlington Terrier
Bichon Frise
Chinese Crested
Coton de Tulear
Dandie Dinmont Terrier
Glen of Imaal Terrier
Intermediate Mexican Hairless
Lagotto Romagnolo
Lhasa Apso
Miniature Mexican Hairless
Miniature Poodle
Miniature Schnauzer
Sealyham Terrier
Shih Tzu
Tibetan Terrier
Toy Poodle
Yorkshire Terrier

Medium dogs

Hungarian Puli
Irish Water Spaniel
Portuguese Water Dog
Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier
Spanish Water Dog
Standard Mexican Hairless
Standard Poodle

Large dogs

Bouvier des Flandres
Giant Schnauzer
Russian Black Terrier

Is a no shedding dog low maintenance?

You’ll find less hair around the house and in the air, but you’ll need to pay more attention to grooming your dog. 

Dogs that don’t shed as much need to be clipped or stripped as they usually have a thicker undercoat. This means they need a bit more help getting rid of excess hair, as it doesn’t shed naturally. If dogs aren’t regularly groomed, their hair ends up matting – which can become smelly, itchy and potentially cause serious health problems. 

Which dog breeds are best for allergies?

Dog breeds that shed less are often labelled ‘hypoallergenic’. But if you’re looking for a dog with minimal shedding because you have pet allergies, it’s worth knowing that you’re actually allergic to pet dander or saliva, not pet hair.  

Dander is made up of dead skin cells that, and the amount of dander a dog produces depends on the breed. German Shepherds have dry skin and produce a lot of dander, but Schnauzers produce minimal dander. A Labradoodle’s curly hair reduces the number of allergens picked up from outside.  

Keep dander and allergen levels down in your home by:

  • regular dog bathing and grooming 
  • washing your dog’s bed and blankets
  • keeping your dog off the bed and out of the bedroom at night
  • brushing your dog outside

Where can I get dog insurance?

Once you’ve found the dog breed for you, don’t forget to make sure you’re covered with the right pet insurance. It can give you peace of mind that your dog’s health – and your finances – are protected.

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