5 Dog Breeds that Don’t Shed

Are you looking for the perfect dog breed for your household? Do you have allergies or other issues that require you to have a shed-free dog? Are there any dog breeds that are actually completely shedless?

In this article, we’ll explore five dog breeds that may be able to help you find the perfect fit for your family. With the help of this guide, you should have a better idea of which dog breeds are completely shed-free, and which ones may be close enough to work for you, depending on your specific situation.

Remember it’s always possible to find a shed-free or low-shed dog that can work for you and your household. Read through the information below to get a better idea of where to get started!

Chinese Crested

The Chinese Crested is probably the first hairless dog breed many people think of. This dog does have some hair, on its head and around its ankles, but this hair doesn’t shed very often. This breed measures about a foot tall and weighs in at about 10 pounds.

Although the Chinese Crested is a loyal and affectionate dog, it doesn’t typically get along well with children like it does with adults. This dog can be an excellent apartment dog since it only requires a daily walk to get enough exercise to tire itself out.

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American Hairless

The American Hairless is a terrier breed that stands anywhere from 12 to 16 inches in height. It weighs about 15 pounds at adulthood and is known for being an extremely loyal and affectionate dog. This breed is an excellent choice if you have an active family with children.

The American Hairless comes in several colors and typically has spots on its body. This dog needs a lot of exercise despite its small size, but because it is compact, it can enjoy running around the backyard for a little while every day and may make a good apartment dog if you’re able to take daily walks.


If you’re looking for a classic dog breed that is known to have a low-shed coat, look no further than a poodle. Poodles can be all sizes and also come with a variety of colors, and because of their curly coats, they do not shed. This does mean, however, that you need to keep up with grooming a poodle’s coat to prevent it from becoming long and matted.

Keep in mind too, that doodles—which are mixed breeds containing poodles—may or may not be shed-free. Some are and some are not, and this can typically vary, so be careful when choosing your pet.

Portuguese Water Dog

Another curly-coated breed that is low-shed is the Portuguese Water Dog. This is an ideal breed for an active family that loves to get exercise. This dog requires a lot of exercise and loves to swim, so be sure you’re able to provide it with the activity levels it needs before choosing this breed.

This breed is very affectionate and loves to be around children. They can weigh about 50 pounds at adulthood and will typically stand around 20 inches in height. Additionally, it may slightly shed, but not nearly as much as other breeds. This is important to still keep in mind depending on the severity of your allergies.

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This unique breed comes in both a coated and hairless variety. The hairless type is shed-free and is a great choice if you’re looking for a dog that will not risk creating any dander issues. This breed is very small, measuring around 10 inches in height and about 10 pounds. They are typically not a very good breed to have around young children.

This breed is very high energy and also very intelligent, so it’s important to provide them plenty of physical and mental stimulation throughout the day. If you’re looking for a loyal breed that will grow attached to you quickly, this might be the perfect fit for you!


Based on this guide, it’s easy to see how many dog breeds are available that could provide you with a shed-free or low-shed experience for your family. Depending on what you’re looking for and the reason behind this search, some breeds may be more suited to your needs than others. Always do proper research and make sure you understand exactly what type of dog breed you are bringing into your home.

If you have any further questions or concerns, consider reaching out to dog hobbyist groups that may be able to point you in the right direction and help you locate the perfect dog breed that won’t shed.

If you have any questions regarding your dog’s health or if you have any questions, you should always call (978) 388-3074 or book an appointment online to talk with your veterinarian at Merrimac Valley Animal Hospital to discuss it.

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