Have you ever visited a friend’s house only to leave covered in fur? Perhaps pet dander kicks your allergies into overdrive? Pet hair can become a hassle no matter how much you love man’s best friend, but is there anything to be done? Shedding is always a concern when choosing to add a new pet to your home.
Some people suffer from allergies while others simply prefer a low-maintenance type of pet with less hair to manage.
If you are thinking of getting a low-shedding dog, then our list of hypoallergenic dog breeds is a great place to start.
Low-shedding dogs won't entirely eliminate allergies. The source of the allergies isn't a dog's fur, the real source is the protein that's found in a dog's saliva or urine.
13 Dog Breeds That Do Not Shed or Shed Very Little
1. Airedale Terrier
The Airedale Terrier is known as the 'King of Terriers' and the largest of the terrier breeds measuring 22 to 24 inches at the withers and weighing 55 to 70 pounds. This is an intelligent, tough dog but extremely devoted to their families and generally gets along well with other dogs and children.
The Airedale terrier is hypoallergenic and also has low maintenance grooming needs. Their wiry coat is short and seldom sheds, but during certain times of the year, they will need professional grooming. Brushing their rich beautiful coat once a week with a once-monthly bath will keep their hair healthy and strong. They should visit a professional groomer every three months for a trim. This will ensure that their coat stays healthy, and a fresh coat growth is stimulated.
2. Bichon Frise
Tiny but full of affectionate energy, the Bichon Frise is known for their happy personalities. They love spending time with their families and gets on well with other dogs (and cats!).
This small dog has an unusual shedding pattern which is much different than other dogs. The topcoat does not shed, but rather it traps hair that is shed by the undercoat making it a hypoallergenic breed. The undercoat is very thick which is what triggers matting and traps loose hair. In order to prevent matting, it is important to brush your Bichon Frise at least once daily. Professional or full at-home grooming should be performed once every month for proper coat.
One caveat: Bichons are independent and a little difficult to house-train, but they are highly trainable.
A small dog, the Bolognese heralds from Italy and is very playful, with an easy-going personality who loves the company of humans.
This tiny dog with curly hair seldom sheds and is considered hypoallergenic.
Their grooming schedule is quite intense. In order to keep their coats healthy and clean, they need to be brushed at least once a day. Their hair is thick and fluffy with a texture that is similar to cotton. There is no need to trim the coat of a Bolo except for around theirs. Once monthly professional grooming will help keep their coat clean and pest free.
4. Bouvier Des Flandres
The Bouvier des Flandres is a great family dog given their calm and docile temperament and always have a a pleasant nature.
The Bouvier breed is one that is low shedding but also hypoallergenic. They have rough coats that don’t often shed which is helpful for those who are allergic to pet dander. Grooming is simple with brushing needed twice weekly. Washing your dog once every three weeks will help keep their odors in check and also keep their coat clean.
5. Irish Water Spaniel
Highly intelligent and inquisitive, the Irish water spaniel is a loyal companion, but early socialization is important if this high-spirited dog lives with small children.
The amber-eyed Irish Water Spaniel has been bred to be a low shedding dog. Its coat is hypoallergenic, but grooming requires some effort. Their coats are rather long which makes them more prone to tangles and matting, though the hair is sturdy and will not shed. Their undercoat tends to produce high amounts of oil which can easily attract dirt and debris. You will need to brush your Irish Water Spaniel at least three times weekly in order to reduce the presence of matting and to keep their coats free of dirt.
The Komondor (or Hungarian sheepdog), has a wonderfully unique and luscious coat of corded hair - resembling a mop- making them look like the sheep they were originally bred to protect. The cords allow them to live comfortably in colder temperatures.
This protective and large dog breed is at it's happiest when he is protecting someone or something else.
Though no dog is completely hypoallergenic, the Komondor breed comes very close. The coat never should be brushed but it does need some regular maintenance. The cords of this breeds coat begin to form around nine months of age. Any shedding that occurs in the soft undercoat of the dog is slowly trapped by the topcoat. While brushing is not required or recommended for this breed, it is important to keep the dog's hair dry and clean.
7. Lakeland Terrier
Lakeland Terriers are highly intelligent and curious dogs. They were originally bred to hunt foxes in the United Kingdom. Given their problem-solving abilities and their love for a physical and mental challenge, this dog is best suited for active individuals.
Lakeland Terriers are hypoallergenic and classified as a non-shedding breed. In order to maintain a healthy coat, you should brush their hair for at least 30 minutes each week. The more active your pet is, the more often they will need to be brushed to prevent matting or tangling. A metal comb and a slicker brush is ideal Lakeland Terriers. Make sure to give the hair on the face and legs ample attention. Proper care will keep their hair shiny and free of ticks and flees.
8. Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen
This breed originated in France and are widely known as “the happy breed” since they are always in a happy disposition. Peebs enjoy human company, get on great with other dogs and are hard-working.
The Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen features a very shaggy coat of hair that gives it a constantly tousled look. Though not fully hypoallergenic, this breed offers a minimal amount of shedding. To best care for the coat, it is important to brush the dog at least once a week. This will prevent tangles from forming and keep their low level of shedding under control. It is also important to keep the hair around the ears and eyes trimmed to a manageable length.
One caveat: they are highly vocal dogs, they bark to greet you, bark at strangers or other dogs, to alert you or to demand something.
If you are looking for a hypoallergenic breed that sheds very little, the Saluki is a great choice. These graceful dogs shed very little but should be brushed at least once a week. This will help their coat to remain silky and smooth all year long. They should visit a groomer once per season for a trim, but also make sure to check their ears at home for pests or ticks.
Salukis are built for both speed and endurance so they need and love to run and exercise. Keep them leashed to prevent them from running off and chasing smaller animals. Salukis are quiet at home, very gentle with children, and good with other dogs.
10 Silky Terrier
The Silky Terrier is hypoallergenic mainly because it does not shed often, and when it does, the amount is negligible. They do have a coat of long silky hair, but despite the length, it stays put. It should be trimmed on a regular basis at a professional groomer to prevent matting and tangles. Brush or comb their coat on a daily or every other day basis. Give your Australian Silky Terrier a bath once every two to three weeks using an oatmeal dog shampoo and conditioner to keep them smelling fresh and clean.
11 Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier
Wheaten Terriers have very soft hair that is made up of a single coat. While their curly hair tends to tangle often, they don’t often shed. If you suffer from allergies, this breed is as close to hypoallergenic as any dog can get. Caring for their coat is easy, simply use a medium-toothed comb on a daily basis to prevent tangles.
A metal Greyhound comb is the classic, basic comb for Wheatens. You can brush their coat, however, it will result in a fluffy appearance. Make sure you stick to a pin brush.
Whippet dogs have very short coats of hair which makes them a good choice for pet parents looking for a hypoallergenic breed. They seldom shed which makes coat care simple. Grooming with a soft-bristled brush is ideal as it will get rid of dirt and any loose hair. The coat of this breed in addition to their skin is very thin, so it is important to take special care during your grooming sessions. Brushing once a week and washing every three weeks will suffice for their care.
The Xoloitzcuintli is one of the best choices you can make if you want to avoid shedding. This breed is considered a hairless dog which makes them generally hypoallergenic. The best way to care for their skin is to brush them on a regular basis with a rubber brush or a hound glove.
This will get rid of dead skin cells and encourage natural oils to coat the surface of the skin. Their skin is generally smooth, and the little hair they do grow tends to be contained on their heads.