It’s safe to say that the term ‘non-shedding dog’ is a bit of an inaccuracy. In reality, all dogs shed to some degree, as this helps them transition from one season to the next as well as keep themselves clean.
On the bright side, there are some breeds that shed very little hair and may, therefore, be better suited to allergy sufferers or people who like their home to be dog hair free.
If you’re seeking a canine companion that will enjoy cuddles and runs in the park without turning your home into a hair-covered train wreck, then these top breeds will be the answer to your prayers.
Dog Breeds That Don’t Shed
First up, we have the adorable Maltese. They are small, lively dogs with long, flowing white hair.
The silky coat of the Maltese can hang to the floor if it is allowed to grow, but even in this state, it will hardly ever shed. However, this comes with a condition; their fur does require some grooming and maintenance.
If it isn’t maintained, it can become matted, which often leads to shedding, so it is important to ensure that they’re well groomed and cared for.
They do not have an undercoat and are considered to be a hypoallergenic dog breed, making them perfect if you suffer from pet allergies.
All that said, if you aren’t going to show your Maltese, you can have them clipped for easier maintenance.
The Poodle is a small and lively domesticated dog, known for its enthusiastic nature as well as its beautifully thick and tightly curled hair.
Although the coat on a poodle does look thick, with regular grooming and good maintenance, the fur will remain tightly curled and result in very little shedding – if any.
It is important to regularly brush your poodle to prevent the fur from becoming matted and unhealthy.
However, unless you’re cutting their fur into elaborate shapes as you might with a show-dog, their natural state is relatively simple to deal with.
The West Highland White Terrier (known affectionately as the Westie) is a small dog breed originating in Scotland.
Their perky ears and white coat are adorable, and their energetic behaviour ensures they’ll be craving outside fun.
That said, they are very sturdy and muscular dogs, with a double coat to protect them from extreme weather.
Due to this double coat, these dogs do not shed much and are easy to groom, even if you’re a first-time dog owner.
The Bichon Frise is a small and sturdy dog, famous for its puffy double coat that requires frequent grooming – but hardly ever sheds.
The soft undercoat combines with the coarse overcoat, giving this dog its voluminous, fluffy texture.
It is important to note that this breed will require a trip to the groomer every four months – but it will be well worth the money.
Bichons are quite high-maintenance for grooming and are not recommended for owners who do not have time at their disposal.
In order to keep their coat healthy, they require brushing at least two times a week and should be bathed often.
Take a look at this video for some dog grooming tips!
Up next is the Miniature Schnauzer. The top coat of this breed is very wiry and short, which helps the dog to shed very little.
The degree of hair they do shed is then simple to clean, as the wiry texture can easily be lifted from furnishings and floors, as well as your clothes.
In addition to removing a chore from your to-do list, it’s an asset if you suffer from allergies.
Regular brushing will keep the dog’s coat in top form, and trimming every few weeks will help maintain the Miniature Schnauzer’s adorable appearance.
The Yorkshire Terrier (aka the “Yorkie”) is a small, toy-sized dog known for its long, silky, straight coat.
Their fur is a beautiful and unique combination of steel blue, mainly on the body and tail, while the rest is a golden tan colour.
Their hair can grow fairly long, especially around the face, and often require trimming in order to stay clean.
Yorkshire Terriers do not shed as much as other dogs due to their lack of an undercoat, but they do shed a little.
Coats require weekly brushing, and longer hair around the face needs to be tied back or trimmed to prevent obstruction in the dog’s vision.
Schnauzers have a double coat and distinctly long facial hair, which can give the appearance of a beard!
Their fur is often wiry and can become shaggy if they are not groomed frequently. Therefore, it is very important to keep this dog regularly clipped and brushed to prevent shedding.
However, their small size also makes them easy to clean up after and even simpler to trim at home, should you not want to invest in a trip to the groomer’s.
What breeds would you recommend for dogs that don’t shed?