Dogs That Don’t Shed? [The 40 Best Non Shedding Breeds]

​Can it be true? Is there actually such a thing as dogs that don't shed and are hypoallergenic? 

The answer is yes (mostly). ​You absolutely can live in a fur-free house and not suffer from allergies. In fact, there are ​40 different breeds of hypoallergenic dogs to choose from.

And that's w​hy we've created this handy guide. ​We'll go over each breed in detail so we can play a game of matchmaker, and then ​cover some ​very important facts about allergies, grooming, and ​common myths​.

​Small Dog Breeds

1. Australian Silky Terrier

Australian Silky Terrier

As you may have already guessed, the 'Silky' has an elegant, silky coat that extends from head to toe. Their favorite pastimes include being brushed (of course), playing, running, and being with their owner. These are very active dogs, and they need daily stimulation or they may become bored and destructive.

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​2. Affenpinscher


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Similar to their Terrier cousins, the Affenpinscher was bred to hunt rats, but has since retired from their mission and is now a trouble-making and loving companion. They still carry their fearless traits from their hunting days, and have no shortage of confidence. Guard duty is their top priority, so barking and chasing every little critter are common for these breeds.

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​3. Basenji


A clever hunting ​breed originating from the Congo, this is a unique ​dog with a sharp wit. The Basenji is a free-roaming working dog, and they wear their independence like a badge of honor. But that doesn't mean they won't become a wonderful companion. They are kind and loving, and ​crave all your attention. However, they do come with a list of needs that must be met.

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​4. Bedlington Terrior

Bedlington Terrior

Like it's Terrier cousins, this Bedlington Terrier was originally bred for hunting. Although they wear lamb's clothing, these dogs are bold and make excellent watch dogs. Being part of the Terrier family also means they have a very high prey drive, and any little critter they cross paths with will cause them to bark and give chase.

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​5. Bichon Frise

Bichon Frise

Cheerful, loving, and a little trouble maker, the Bichon Frise has plenty of personality to share with everyone around her. They share a lot of characteristics of a toy poodle, with their soft frizzy coat and toy face. The Bichon is described as affectionate, silly, and gentle. They prefer to be your full-time companion, so they do not like being left alone for long periods of time.

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​6. Bolognese


The Bolognese is an uncommon breed that is closely related to the Bichon Frise, Maltese, and Havanese. These ​are intelligent problem-solvers, but want nothing more than to be with their owner. Companionship is their number one priority, and they have no shortage of love and affection.

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​7. Border Terrier

Border Terrier

Work hard and play hard – that's the Border Terrier motto. They were originally bred to hunt foxes, so running and digging comes pre-wired. Which means this can be a challenging dog.

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​8. B​iewer Terrier

B​iewer Terrier

​The Biewer is an affection and tiny bundle of joy that loves to spend time with family and friends. So ​it's not surprising that these dogs will ​fit perfectly into just about any home.​ Have children or other pets? No problem, the more the merrier.

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​9. Brussels Griffon

Brussels Griffon

Just like Chewbacca, this breed is loyal, intelligent, and sometimes moody. The Griffon is of the needy sort, and may demand your love and attention throughout the day. They prefer to spend most of their time with you, which doesn't leave much room for others. In fact, the Griffon is quite suspicious of strangers, and definitely not warm towards children.

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​10. Cairn Terrier

Cairn Terrier

That's right, it's Toto from The Wizard of Oz. These dogs, like Toto, are brave, intelligent, and ready to follow you on adventures (or at least your daily chores). They absolutely love being your companion, and flourish with love and attention.

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​11. Chinese Crested

Chinese Crested

Looking for something a little different? The Chinese Crested ​might be the answer. They are tiny, thin, and make an exotic fashion statement – which is being mostly naked. Not all of them are hairless though. In fact, some have full coats of thin white hair.

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​12. Coton De Tulear

Coton De Tulear

Often referred to as the Velcro dog, the Coton wants nothing more than to be stuck to your side. This dog is similar to its relatives, the Bichon Frise and Maltese, but is a little more down to earth. They'd rather cuddle up on the couch with you than spend their day with excessive running. That doesn't mean exercise is off the table, however. The Coton needs daily walks and play time with their owner.

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​13. Dandie Dinmont Terrier

Dandie Dinmont Terrier

​Dandie's are a very unique and rare breed, with a large head and eyes (somewhat too large for their small body), but are built very low to the ground​. Their ​rear legs extend further than their front legs,​ while their back ​and spine have a natural curve. Combined these characteristics create an unusual looking dog.

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​14. Havanese


With the biggest heart of all: the Havanese has only one thing on its mind, and that's you. If you're looking for a love-stricken lap dog, then look no further. These dogs will be glued to your side. But with all that attachment, the Havanese do not like being left alone, and will usually resort to howling sad songs while you're gone.

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​15. Lhasa Apso

Lhasa Apso

The Lhasa Apso is descended from royalty (no, really), and they are still very aware of their status. They were once used to guard palaces in Tibet, but have since retired from their royal guard duty to settle down into family life. They are a proud, independent dog, now assuming the position of protecting their family.

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​16. Maltese


Energetic and elegant, the perfect way to describe the Maltese. A princess (or prince) that prefers the finer things in life, and that often includes running, playing, and spending time with loved ones.

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​17. Miniature Schnauzer

Miniature Schnauzer

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Unlimited energy and the world's biggest heart, that's what you get with a Schnauzer. Their enthusiasm and affection knows no bounds, and you can expect this guy to be bouncing off the wall with them.

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​18. Scottish Terrier

Scottish Terrier

Too smart for their own good, and they come with a little extra sass. Scottish Terriers are independent ​and ​live by their own set of rules. They're strong-headed, so training isn't on their list of priorities.

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​19. Shih Tzu

Shih Tzu

Always the center of attention, and they'll do everything they can think of to make you smile. The Shih Tzu is playful, lovable, and wants nothing more than to be part of the family. Friendliness is in their genetics, that's because Shih Tzu's were bred for companionship. So you won't find any hunting or herding traits here.

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​20. Toy Poodle

Toy Poodle

Poodles are at the top of their class, being ranked as one of the most intelligent breeds. They are eager to please their owners, and with all those brains, it makes them very keen to training.

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​21. West Highland White Terrier

West Highland White Terrier

​A sometimes overly confident trouble-maker, the West Highland Terrier (or "Westie" for short) is a lovable handful but perfect for the right owners. This little lady knows exactly what she's doing when she digs or barks, but it's all in good fun. They are excitable and playful and love your attention more than anything else.

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​22. Yorkshire Terrier

Yorkshire Terrier

​"Yorkies" are the star of their own show, and they want to make sure everyone is watching. They have a lot of personality to show off, and it certainly comes with some sass. These dogs were originally bred to hunt rodents, and these traits are still very apparent as their prey drive is off the charts. Birds, squirrels, and other critters will peak their interest, which is usually followed by chasing and barking.

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​Medium Sized Dog Breeds

​23. Barbet

Barbet dog

​Sometimes ​mistaken for a Labradoodle, the Barbet certainly share some similar characteristics. ​From their playful attitude, to their curly coat, it's easy to compare the two breeds. However, the Barbet is a rare breed, and you may be hard pressed to find one in your area.

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​24. Irish Terrier

Irish Terrier

​​The Irish Terrier is fearless and alert, always on the lookout for intruders. They were born for guard duty, and they take their job seriously, which makes them excellent watch dogs. They are also pure athletes with incredible speed and energy, so they excel at agility courses.

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​25. Kerry Blue Terrier

Kerry Blue Terrier

The Kerry Blue Terrier is a strong-headed working ​breed,  and were originally bred for herding and guarding. They have a very distinct-looking coat, which is grey with just a slight tint of blue, along with a magnificent beard and mustache.

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​26. Lagotto Romagnolo

Lagotto romagnolo

​Often compared to as a smaller version of a Water Spaniel, these dogs carry very similar traits. Lagotto Romagnolos are a working ​breed. always active and ready to save the day, and their true calling is the water.

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​27. Lakeland Terrier

Lakeland Terrier

Originally bred to hunt foxes and protect livestock, the Lakeland Terrier is there to watch and defend what's most important. As a hunting dog, they're quick and agile, and have intense bursts of energy to help them give chase.

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​28. Schnauzer


Big hearts and unlimited energy, that's just the Schnauzer way. Just like their close relatives, the Miniature Schnauzer and Giant Schnauzer, this is a medium-sized version with very similar qualities.

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​29. Tibetan Terrier

Tibetan Terrier

Although it's called a Terrier, they have no relation. They do, however, originate from Tibet, so at least they got that part right. The Tibetan name for this dog is the Tsang Apso, which loosely translates to "shaggy dog", which is fitting for its distinct thick long coat. These ​beautiful beasts were bred for herding and working, and they love the outdoors.

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​30. Wheaten Terrier

Wheaten Terrier

The Wheaten Terrier is always on the lookout for fun; they love to run and play at a moment’s notice. While they need a lot of daily activity, they're also content for some daytime naps and cuddling. That makes the Wheaten a great companion no matter where you live. They're just happy to be with you and your family.

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​Large Dog Breeds

​31. Afghan Hound

Afghan Hound

​Exotic and beautiful, the Afghan hound is exactly the high maintenance diva you would expect them to be. They are incredibly intelligent ​and independent creatures, carrying an almost mysterious personality. ​But their indifference results in difficult training, and ​they will often just ignore commands. 

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​32. Airdale Terrier

Airdale Terrier

Similar to its Terrier relatives, the Airdale was bred for working and hunting, but built to be more agile and better at swimming. They are the largest of all terrier breeds, often averaging at 45 to 65 pounds and as tall as 2 feet.

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​33. Bouvier Des Flandres

Bouvier Des Flandres

Powerful and fearless, the Bouvier is a true athlete among dogs. They were originally bred for herding and working ​on farms. They are big and powerful, sometimes weighing up to 100 pounds, yet they can haul that weight around no problem with their fast legs. Daily exercise is absolutely necessary to keep this big guy content.

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​34. Giant Schnauzer

Giant Schnauzer

As you may have guessed, this is similar to a Miniature or Standard Schnauzer, but just 60 to 80 pounds heavier. And with all that energy and playfulness, you've got your work cut out for you.

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​35. Irish Water Spaniel

Irish Water Spaniel

The Irish Water Spaniel was bred to specialize in (you guessed it) water. More specifically, hunting and retrieving birds over bodies of water. While swimming is its specialty, so is pleasing its owners – which makes them wonderful companions.

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​36. Komondor


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Instantly recognizable for it's "dreads", the Komondor looks more like a giant mop with a tongue. The exotic looking coat develops into 'cords' as they mature and needs a lot of work to maintain. You'll be grooming, bathing, and brushing this coat out very often because, just like a mop, it collects dirt very quickly.

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​37. Labradoodle *


​*This breed comes with a big red asterisk, so let's get that out of the way! Not all Labradoodles are hypoallergenic, and some shed more than others. It hinges on genetics and pedigree. Poodles have minimal shedding, but Labradors shed quite a bit. So, by mixing the two, you'll get varying results.

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​38. Portuguese Water Dog

Portuguese Water Dog

​It's all in the name - these dogs were literally born for Water. Originally bred in Portugal and trained to herd fish, retrieve lost gear and fishing nets, and even swim from boat-to-boat to deliver messages. These are loyal ​companions with a mission, and they still have that sharp focus today.

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​39. Saluki


One of the oldest ​breeds known to man, the Saluki is believed to have existed over 6,000 years ago. These dogs are depicted in ancient scriptures, pottery, and even Egyptian tombs. Their beautiful and exotic looking features attest to their ancient history.

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​40. Standard Poodle

Standard Poodle

Elegant, athletic, hardy, and clever. These are a few of the Standard Poodle’s best qualities. And, you've probably already heard, they are at the top of their class with incredible intelligence. Training a Poodle is an absolute joy, they are receptive and keen to please their owners, which is why they excel at agility and obedience courses.

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​About Non Shedding Dogs

non shedding dogs

​All Breeds Shed

You heard that right: there is no such thing as dogs that don't shed.

But, some breeds shed a lot less, to the point where they appear to not shed at all! That's what we have listed here.

You're not completely off the hook though. Even non shedding ​breeds require regular maintenance. Just like human hair, your dog needs to be brushed, bathed, and have routine haircuts.

Dealing with Allergies

​When we think of allergies with ​pets, we naturally assume it's the hair causing it. But in fact, it's pet dander.

Dander is dead skin particles that naturally flake off and become airborne. Some dogs produce minimal dander, and we call those hypoallergenic ​breeds.

No dog is 100% hypoallergenic, as they will always produce some level of pet dander. However, most allergy sufferers will be able to tolerate a dog with minimal dander much better.

Dander can be significantly reduced by regular bathing. Even hypoallergenic breeds can cause allergic reactions if they are not bathed and groomed regularly, due to the buildup of allergen-related proteins on the skin.

Important Note: Allergic reactions may be triggered by saliva or urine as well.

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The Importance of Grooming


Just because you have a non shedding dog doesn't mean you can ignore their coat. In fact, they require more brushing!

Think about your own hair. If you were to ignore brushing and bathing for a few months, how would it look? A little stinky? Full of painful tangles? It's no different for your dog.

Regular brushing will help loosen up dirt and debris, allow natural oils to flow through their coat, and detangle painful mats.

A healthy ​coat that's clean and free from mats will make grooming a breeze. Not to mention it will save you time and money with your ​groomer.

Speaking of which: expect to visit a professional groomer once every 4 to 8 weeks (it varies with different breeds). Or, you can learn to groom ​from home; in which case, you'll need the right tools for the job.

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Facts and Myths

Being a professional dog groomer and vet assistant for many years, I wanted to clear up a few misconceptions about ​dogs that don't shed and the importance of grooming.

Myth #1

"If I shave my dog, then I won't get an allergic reaction."

You don't have allergic reactions to hair, but to pet dander. These are particles of dead skin that naturally shed all year long and are the primary cause of your reaction. In fact, shaving your dog makes it worse! You expose the skin further, allowing more dander to spread.

Myth #2

"I'll get a non-shedding dog, because they're maintenance free"

Even though you won't have to vacuum as much, these dogs require special attention. Regular brushing and bathing are essential. Not to mention that, without brushing, mats can tighten up on the surface of their skin and cause severe pain.

Myth #3

"I don't have to brush my dog if they visit the groomer"

I hear this one all the time, but the reality is that not brushing your dog for several weeks can lead to serious health concerns. Mats will continue to get tighter and tighter, pulling on the skin, which can lead to bruising and even permanent hair loss!

Myth #4

"My dog is a Poodle-Mix or Labradoodle, so they're hypoallergenic"

Not all poodle mixes (including Labradoodles) are hypoallergenic. It all hinges on your dog’s genetics. If you're lucky, your dog may have hypoallergenic traits passed on from their poodle parent. However, it's a roll of the dice.

If you want an (almost) guaranteed hypoallergenic poodle mix, then you'll need one from a 3rd generation litter. Meaning both parents, and both grandparents, must also be non-shedding and hypoallergenic.

Tell Me About Your ​Experience

Our hope is that this list is a lot like playing matchmaker, and you find the perfect match for you. As always, there are exceptions to all breeds. Just because we said Poodles are low on the noise-scale, you might find yours has a lot of talking to do. Think of these as general guidelines, and when you go visit your new dog, you can make your own distinction. Take a look at some low maintenance dogs if you're looking for a breed that's easier to deal with.

So, what has your experience been? Does your dog fit into our guide, or is he the exception? Leave a comment or shoot me an email! I always love your feedback.

Katlin Primrose

​Katlin is ​a 7-year certified advanced professional groomer, a registered veterinarian tech assistant (working in emergency, exotics, and general practice), and even owns her own popular collar and leash brand. You might say she's multi-talented when it comes to pets. 

44 thoughts on “Dogs That Don’t Shed? [The 40 Best Non Shedding Breeds]

  1. Right on about mini schnauzer. My Max is so loving and funny he can win over people that thought it was awful to have a dog in the house ? I can never see where he sheds except when I brush him. His hair is straighter and softer than some. Can’t imagine not having this Sweetie that greets visitors because he thinks they came to see him??

  2. Our border terrier has a lot to say so one star for nice dogs not fit her? But there is no hair laying around. She sleeps on sofas and in beds, no problem. She loves to rider on my skooter and my husbonds motorbike.

  3. Love this list! We’ve been thinking about adopting a yorkie, but we might do a little more research on other non-shedding breeds after reading this. Thanks!

  4. Great article, thanks for the information. My kids have been asking for a dog but wife is allergic, so this is exactly what I was looking for. I do have a question…many of the terriers listed require a “job,” do you have any examples? Thanks!

    • I had a Shih Tzu for 14 years, he was the best dog I could have. He was beautiful, sweet, loved to ride in car with me. I can’t say enough good things about him. He absolutely loved people especially kids. Regis has been gone now for a week and I am grieving so much for him.

      • Hi Betty, I am so incredibly sorry for your loss. Regis definitely sounds like he had a life celebrated! He was lucky to have you and in turn he did his job by bringing you Joy.

        I hope that you will soon be able to open your heart to another fourlegged companion.

      • He’s at the Rainbow Bridge and playing with other animals there. He will meet you again one day. Maybe another sweet Shih Tzu that needs rescue? Try Hope for Paws or another reputable rescue.

      • After losing Regis I was able to adopt another Shih Tzu, at an SPCA Place in Sacramento named Molly. She is so beautiful & so smart,
        I’m blessed again.

    • Here’s a pretty good definition that I found from a dog trainer explaining what it means for a dog to have a job. “Giving your dog a job simply means that you are asking him or her to do something for you in order to earn things of value, such as meals, treats, bones, walks, playing fetch, or whatever it is that your dog enjoys and wants. Rather than doling everything out for free, most dogs are much happier having a job to do so they can earn the good stuff.

      The things you ask for could be the typical “obedience” exercises, like sit, down, stay, come, etc. or they could be fun tricks like shake and roll over. They could also be something more advanced, like putting dog toys away in the toy box, retrieving your slippers, or anything else you can think of that might be useful and/or fun.”

      Here’s a video of the author of this definition illustrating this with her Vizsla, Romeo:

      Notice she only gives him a piece of kibble after he performs the task he is asked to do. She’s going to keep asking him to do tasks until he has gotten all of the kibble she has which amounts to his breakfast. Now, you don’t have to do anything this extreme. You can just ask your dog to do a sit or a spin or whatever command you want to use before you place their bowl of food down and pretty soon, if you’re consistent, you’re dog will automatically sit before they eat. Because they know that before they’re allowed to eat, they have to perform a certain behavior. I hope this helps.

    • Also, I know this is late but I hope you cleared getting a dog with your wife before you actually got one seeing as how presumably she’s the only one who is allergic to dogs and as such should be given the most consideration, not your kids.

  5. This says that the Labradoodle and the Poodle require a lot of exercise, so how much would that be daily? (I’m meaning how many minutes/hours daily would I have to walk the dog?)


    • I have a mini poodle and he’s extremely active. The more walks he does, the happier he is. He’s 9 and still doing 3 walks a day and happy to do more! He gets 2 x 15 min walks and at lunchtime (I work) he’s at the park with his fur friends and the walker for 1 hour.
      On weekends, we’re out and about all day.

    • Our doodle has a lot of energy. We’re fortunate to live near a terrific dog beach (Ft. De Soto) and we take him there every Saturday and Sunday… he runs and swims until he almost drops. During the week, it’s not really a problem but it’s like there’s a clock inside of him… he wants his walk every night at 9PM. I try to make that at least a half hour and he’s good. We’re also fortunate my wife is a realtor and works from home. So, she walks him a few short ones during the day. If you have to leave a doodle all day while you’re working, I wouldn’t recommend that. On the other hand, they’re so eager to please. Whatever is good for you is good for your doodle.

  6. Hi. Me and my family are getting a dog around June 1st. I am exited and wanting summer to come fast. This website helped us to find out which kind of dog we want. Thanks!!!!???

  7. Need a cheap enough sale on the,white very small dogs for three little girls away from their dad. Thanks sherry don’t have a lot of money.

    • You probably have gotten the dog already but I would say go to a rescue place or look for something that is a mixture of breeds. We have a 14 year old shizu poodle mix and she is the love of our whole family!

    • There are plenty of dogs that are small for adoption. If you explain your situation and they understand the dog is coming to a loving and caring home orphan cheese are over looked.

  8. I have been looking into a service dog for emotional support. The specific service dog for my illness is $24,000.00 dollars and I would have to be put on a list. Also I would have to travel too far and stay up to 2 weeks. It would be worth it if I could. However, I am able to have a dog certified for emotional support if it passes some tests from the doctor. Mainly loyalty, friendliness, non-aggressive behaviour, listens well and outgoing enough to take anywhere. I also need a dog that does not shead. I just need everything I guess. I have read through many breeds but would like some feedback back from actual owners who think their dogs would be a good recommendation.

    • I had a 6 year old coton de tulear/havanese that had such a great disposition that I gave him to my mother-in-law for an emotional support dog. She has had him for 4 years now. He is very attuned to her mood shifts.

    • Hi,
      My 6-month old poodle has about 6 walks a day (I live in an apartment). We have one reeeaallly long walk in the evening after work. It involves going to parks where he can fetch balls and meet other people and then walk with me for at least an hour.

    • I have my second Shih Tzu, they are such a great companion and love people especially children. Also my two were so very smart. I adopted the one I have now at an SPCA. She is THE BEST.

    • Well, then your only options are becoming more relaxed with your requirement for minimal shedding or don’t get a dog. Or a cat for that matter because they shed too.

  9. Shih-tzu, Maltese, the shih-tzu/cocker spaniel mix, and shish-tzu/maltese mix are also dogs that don’t shed. We own these and they’re very clean. No hair anywhere in the house or even on the couches. They can be a little stubborn at times, but they’re fairly obedient. The maltese can be a bit more energetic than the shih-tzu

  10. Loved this! Very informative. You listed some breeds that probably a lot of people have never even heard of before. You did a great job in your own research!!! Thank you for writing this. 🙂

  11. Somebody help me I’m having such a difficult decision on what type of dog shit get my husband and I are retired mid 60s and I’m looking for possibly a have a Nice or a Yorky or miniature Snells or miniature poodle anybody got any recommendations I’m really heading towards the Havanese dog help!!!


  13. Hi, loved this. Found it very helpful. But one question; the white dog at the very top of the page, what breed of dog is that? I looked through trying to find out what it is and if it sheds but couldn’t find it. My husband and I were looking for a potential dog for our kiddos and when we saw it at the top of the page we instantly said “I want that dog!”

  14. I just lost my mini schnauzer Opie after 12 great and loving years and I’ m here to tell anyone who cares to know that Opie made me laugh everyone of those days of the 12 years . I’ve had some good dogs over the years but schnauzer’s are by far the very best companions. Ken J. Texas

  15. What breed of dog is shown in the beginning of your article? Its beautiful and adorable. Does it also come into the same category as these other dogs? I can’t find it in your list. If it’s not in this category/ breed of dog, why is it there? Looks like a labrador. Very misleading. Maybe other things in your article are also inaccurate.

  16. I have a 2 yrs old Golden Retriever male.
    It sheds a lot inspite of regular brushing.
    I’ll be very thankful if you could kindly give some tips to avoid shedding.

  17. I had a Welsh Terrier I could not keep because of severe allergies. I thought she was supposed to be hypoallergenic, but I see she did not make your list. She did not shed much at all. Surprised the Lakeland and Airedale did and the Welsh did not. She was great dog however and I would have certainly kept her if it wasn’t for the allergies.

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