5 Dog Breeds That Don't Shed Hair

By Josie F. Turner, Journalist specialized in Animal Welfare. January 17, 2017
5 Dog Breeds That Don't Shed Hair

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Many people are allergic to dog hair and can't live with a dog that is constantly shedding hair all over the house. This doesn't mean they can't have a dog; in fact, some dog breeds do not shed hair. This doesn't mean these are hypoallergenic breeds, but the risk of an allergic reaction is much lower.

Some people prefer dogs that don't shed hair due to hygiene reasons or a lack of time. Some dogs, especially those that lose lots of hair, need to be brushed on a daily basis, and not everyone can find the time to do it. Therefore, we at AnimalWised want to help you find breed that most suits your needs. Read on and discover 5 dog breeds that don't shed hair.

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Boston Terrier

The Boston Terrier is a dog breed with a soft and short coat, minimal odor, and easy to train. This dog is quiet, doesn't bark much and loves being in a family with small children, which makes them one of the best dog breeds for beginners.

Owing to the characteristics of their coat, Boston Terriers barely shed any hair at all, making them a breed that is suitable for those who don't have time to brush them or to be constantly cleaning up after them. What more can you ask for?

5 Dog Breeds That Don't Shed Hair - Boston Terrier

Bichon Frise, Bolognese and Maltese dog

Bichon dogs have lots of curly, hair - not fur - but they practically don't shed at all. There are many different Bichon dog breeds, including the popular Bichon Frise, the Bolognese dog and the Maltese dog.

Bichon dogs do not shed, but they do require lots of care and attention. These breeds need to be brushed daily with special brushes, which will be recommended to you by a canine groomer. You should also pay special attention to looking after their eyes, tear ducts and nose to keep them looking tidy. Bichon dogs have sensitive skin; check out our article on why do Maltese dogs scratch themselves for more information.

5 Dog Breeds That Don't Shed Hair - Bichon Frise, Bolognese and Maltese dog


A greyhound's hair is so short that, from a distance, they don't look like they have any hair to shed at all. They are active and extremely noble dogs, making them perfect for those with large outdoor spaces who want to enjoy their agility and physical ability.

Despite the fact that greyhounds require high amounts of daily exercise, they are also suitable for flats and smaller houses as long as you meet their physical requirements. If you let them, greyhounds can become one of the laziest dog breeds! These dogs can't stand being locked away in small spaces for many hours on end, so if you decide to get a greyhound you should bear in mind that you need to respect their exercise hours.

5 Dog Breeds That Don't Shed Hair - Greyhound

Water Dogs

Water dogs such as the poodle don't shed any hair at all, making them ideal for people who are allergic to dogs. Of course, as with Bichon dogs, the fur of water dogs requires specific care and attention.

The hair of water dogs is extremely curly, almost woolly. You'll need to brush it every day to prevent it from getting tangled and hurting the animal. Ask a dog groomer about the best shampoo for water dogs and for a recommendation on the type of brush you should buy. You must also take special care when you clean a water dog's ears.

Water dogs are very affectionate and make perfect guard dogs. As such, if you're looking for a dog that will help to protect your home, or a great pet for children, any water dog breed would be a perfect choice.

5 Dog Breeds That Don't Shed Hair - Water Dogs

Yorkshire Terrier

The last of these 5 dog breeds that don't shed hair is the Yorkie. Yorkshire Terriers are small dogs with a long coat, but they rarely shed any hair. You will need to brush your Yorkie regularly to prevent their hair from getting tangled and dirty. These dogs are sociable, but they are extremely territorial. Being such a possessive breed, it's essential to train them from a young age and provide them with the socialization that they need.

You must follow a few daily hygienic routine guidelines and make sure you keep their eyes, tear duct, snout and teeth very clean. As with all small and miniature breeds, Yorkshire Terriers have a tendency to suffer from an accumulation of plaque. As such, you should brush their teeth following the vet's instructions.

Yorkshire Terriers are prone to particular behaviors such as shaking and barking a lot. Here you can learn more about caring for this special breed.

5 Dog Breeds That Don't Shed Hair - Yorkshire Terrier

Other dog breeds that don't shed hair

In addition to these 5 dog breeds that don't shed hair, there are other breeds that you should consider, since they barely shed at all.

  • Dachshunds
  • Schnauzers
  • Shih Tzus
  • Basenjis
  • Collies
  • Coton de Tulear dogs

If you know of another dog breed that doesn't shed hair perfect for people with allergies, or you have one of these dogs, leave a comment with your experiences or suggestions.

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We have a Maltese and a Havanese. Neither shed much in general but both are shedding a lot right now coming out of winter. They both require daily brushing/ combing.
You could also get a cockapoo

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