Dog Breeds That Shed: Least to Most Shedding Dogs

In this section of The BarxBuddy Guide to Dog Grooming, we’ve compiled a list of dog breeds that have reputations for being heavy shedders, medium shedders, and light shedders.

For other information about dog grooming, visit these sections of the guide:

  • Complete guide to brushing dogs
  • Dog grooming tool list
  • How to trim your dog’s nails
  • Tips for grooming your own dog

Hypoallergenic Dogs That Don’t Shed

In these breeds you can find hairless dogs and those that don’t shed. Although you may not have to worry about finding hair all over your house, it’s important to take care of your dog’s coat or skin e.g. sunscreen for hairless dogs.

  • Afghan hound
  • American hairless terrier
  • Barbet
  • Bedlington terrier
  • Bergamasco sheepdog*
  • Bichon frise
  • Bolognese
  • Chinese crested
  • Dandie dinmont terrier (requires stripped of dead hair a couple times a year)
  • Kerry blue terrier
  • Lagotto Romagnolo
  • Lowchen
  • Maltese
  • Poodle (toy, miniature, standard)
  • Russian Tsvetnaya Bolonka
  • Schnauzer (miniature, standard, giant)
  • Soft-coated wheaten terrier
  • Xoloitzcuintli
  • Yorkshire terrier

*According to the AKC, people with allergies to dogs are not allergic to the Bergamasco coat; however, those with allergies to wool or lanolin have been known to react.

Larger Dog Breeds That Don’t Shed

While this list is short, they make up an interesting mix of non-shedding breeds.

  • Afghan hound
  • Briard
  • Giant schnauzer
  • Poodle (large)
  • Peruvian Inca orchid (large, hairless)
  • Xoloitzcuintli (large)

Medium Shedding Dogs

By far, this is the largest group on our list. Most dog breeds belong in this group; however, the amount and how often each breed sheds can vary. Some border heavy shedding, whereas others can be pretty much non-shedders. Regardless of where your pet falls in the spectrum, he’ll require some amount of grooming; whether it’s to maintain his coat or to minimize shedding, regular or occasional brushing is recommended.

A

B

C

D

  • Dachshund
  • Danish-Swedish farmdog
  • Deutscher wachtelhund
  • Doberman pinscher
  • Dogo Argentino
  • Dogue de Bordeaux
  • Drentsche patrijshond
  • Drever
  • Dutch shepherd

E & F

  • English cocker spaniel
  • English foxhound
  • English setter
  • English springer spaniel
  • English toy spaniel
  • Entlebucher mountain dog
  • Estrela mountain dog
  • Eurasier
  • Field spaniel
  • Finnish lapphund
  • Finnish spitz
  • Flat-coated retriever
  • French bulldog
  • French spaniel

G & H

  • German longhaired pointer
  • German pinscher
  • German shepherd dog
  • German shorthaired pointer
  • German spitz
  • German wirehaired pointer
  • Glen of Imaal terrier
  • Golden retriever
  • Gordon setter
  • Grand basset Griffon Vendéen
  • Great dane
  • Great Pyrenees
  • Greater Swiss mountain dog
  • Greyhound
  • Hamiltonstovare
  • Hanoverian scenthound
  • Harrier
  • Havanese
  • Hokkaido
  • Hovawart

I & J

  • Ibizan hound
  • Icelandic sheepdog
  • Irish red and white setter
  • Irish setter
  • Irish terrier
  • Irish water spaniel
  • Irish wolfhound
  • Italian greyhound
  • Jagdterrier
  • Japanese chin
  • Japanese spitz
  • Jindo

K & L

  • Kai ken
  • Karelian bear dog
  • Keeshond
  • Kishu Ken
  • Komondor
  • Kromfohrlander
  • Kuvasz
  • Lagotto Romagnolo
  • Lakeland terrier
  • Lancashire heeler
  • Lapponian herder
  • Lhasa apso
  • Löwchen

M

  • Maltese
  • Manchester terrier (standard and toy)
  • Mastiff
  • Miniature bull terrier
  • Miniature pinscher
  • Mountain cur
  • Mudi

N

  • Neapolitan mastiff
  • Nederlandse kooikerhondje
  • Newfoundland
  • Norfolk terrier
  • Norrbottenspets
  • Norwegian buhund
  • Norwegian elkhound
  • Norwegian lundehund
  • Norwich terrier
  • Nova Scotia duck tolling retriever

O & P

R

  • Rafeiro do Alentejo
  • Rat terrier
  • Redbone coonhound
  • Rhodesian ridgeback
  • Romanian Mioritic shepherd dog
  • Rottweiler
  • Russell terrier
  • Russian toy
  • Russian Tsvetnaya Bolonka

S

  • Saint Bernard
  • Saluki
  • Samoyed
  • Schapendoes
  • Schipperke
  • Scottish deerhound
  • Scottish terrier
  • Sealyham terrier
  • Segugio Italiano
  • Shetland sheepdog (Sheltie)
  • Shiba Inu
  • Shih tzu
  • Shikoku
  • Siberian husky
  • Silky terrier
  • Skye terrier
  • Sloughi
  • Slovakian wirehaired pointer
  • Slovensky Cuvac
  • Slovensky Kopov
  • Small Munsterlander
  • Smooth fox terrier
  • Soft coated wheaten terrier
  • Spanish mastiff
  • Spanish water dog (this breed’s coat is never to be brushed)
  • Spinone Italiano
  • St. Bernard
  • Stabyhoun
  • Staffordshire bull terrier
  • Standard schnauzer
  • Swedish lapphund
  • Sussex spaniel
  • Swedish vallhund

T – V

  • Taiwan dog
  • Teddy Roosevelt terrier
  • Thai ridgeback
  • Tibetan mastiff
  • Tibetan spaniel
  • Tibetan terrier
  • Tornjak
  • Tosa
  • Toy fox terrier
  • Transylvanian hound
  • Treeing Tennessee brindle
  • Treeing Walker coonhound
  • Vizsla

W – Z

  • Weimaraner
  • Welsh springer spaniel
  • Welsh terrier
  • West Highland white terrier
  • Wetterhoun
  • Whippet
  • Wire fox terrier
  • Wirehaired pointing griffon
  • Wirehaired Vizsla
  • Working kelpie
  • Yakutian laika
  • Yorkshire terrier

Small Dogs That Don’t Shed

What’s not to love? These breeds are small and non-shedders.

  • American hairless terrier
  • Bedlington terrier
  • Bichon frise
  • Bolognese
  • Braque du Bourbonnais
  • Chinese crested
  • Coton de Tulear
  • Lowchen
  • Maltese (pictured above)
  • Miniature schnauzer
  • Poodle (toy or miniature)
  • Russian Tsvetnaya Bolonka
  • Small Xoloitzcuintli

Worst-Shedding Dog Breeds

Get out the broom and vacuum for these breeds, they are known to shed a lot.

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