The Ultimate Guide to Small Non Shedding Dogs
Did you know that there are no true small non-shedding dogs? The good news though is there are many that
are low or minimal shedders. As people,
we do not think of ourselves as “shedding” hair but we do loose hairs
occasionally and the proof is in our hairbrushes. This is the same for most small breed low
Most people looking for a small breed dog that does not shed
want to know that their house will not be filled with stray dog hairs. I have to admit I am one of them. It is much more fun to spend time playing
with a dog than cleaning up after it.
Don’t you agree?
You may also have allergies to dog dander and hope to find a
dog that you can comfortably live with. Remember
that most allergy sufferers are affected by a dog’s dander rather than the
quantity of hair the dog might have.
Dander is the material shed from the dog’s body that includes skin cells
and minute bits of hair or feathers (in case of birds). This is the real culprit when it comes to triggering
an allergic reaction in a person.
Below is our list of the 31 purebred small non shedding dogs
with links to their pages. So you can
see, you have plenty of choices to consider.
The list does not include hybrids
or designer dogs such as the Malti-Poo, Yorkie-Poo, Mal-Shi, etc. Many of these are considered small non shedding dogs also.
For those, you can use your imagination. If you mix two of the dogs on
chances are you are going to get a very low shedding puppy. Poodle
mixes are usually low shedding. The same is true for dogs mixed with
If you see one you
like, be sure to check out the description page that will provide more
information on the breed’s profile, personality, grooming needs, health care,
history and more.
Small Non-Shedding Dogs
The Affenpinscher or “Monkey” dog has a thick bushy coarse
coat that does not usually mat as some other long coated breeds. Unlike most other breeds that require a
smooth, neat appearance, the Affenpinscher is supposed to look natural and
well, shaggy. They don’t shed, so a
little grooming is still required, but this is a suitable breed for someone who
doesn’t have hours to spend on grooming, yet want a dog that doesn’t shed.
Read about the Affenpinscher
These dogs do not shed because there is nothing to
shed. Skin care is needed though. Frequent Bathing is recommended followed by
lotion to keep the skin in good shape.
Owners also use baby wipes to wipe down their body between baths. For anyone who wants a dog that doesn’t shed,
this is an ideal choice.
Read about the American Hairless Terrier
Just like most all terriers, the Aussie has an outer coat
that is harsh, straight, and dense.
Their inner coat is short and soft.
They need brushing and trimming to keep the coat manageable, but their
hair will not be found lying around your house.
Read about the Australian Terrier
Most non-shedding dogs have a wiry coat (terriers), a long
silky coat, or no coat at all (hairless).
The Basenji is the exception, but is still considered a very low
This breed might work for
someone looking for a low shedder who did not want to turn dog grooming into a
daily hobby (or chore).
Read about the Basenji
A dog in “lambs clothing” is an apt description for these
dogs. They have a soft fuzzy coat that
requires plenty of attention, but you are not likely to see stray hairs around
They are a little larger than
many of the small breed dogs on this site, but still fit the description of a small
dog weighing in at about 18 to 22 pounds.
The American Kennel Club considers the Bichon less
hypoallergenic than most breeds and like the poodle, they are practically none
Grooming these dogs takes time,
and a daily brushing is usually necessary to keep their coats free of mats and looking
Read about the Bichon Frise
The Bolognese sports a tufted cottony coat that is a single
layer with no undercoat. Dogs with no
undercoat do well in warmer climates.
Grooming can be time consuming because that beautiful soft coat needs
daily brushing to keep it looking fabulous.
The hairs will come out in the brush, but you are unlikely to see them
covering your best furniture.
Read about the Bolognese
According to the AKC standard, a border terrier should have “A
short dense undercoat covered with a very wiry and somewhat broken top coat
which should lie closely, but it must not show any tendency to curl or wave.
As with other terriers, their hairs may “die”
but they don’t shed. These dead hairs
are pulled out or striped periodically to maintain the natural appearance of
Read about the Border Terrier
We have listed the Brussels griffon here, but it is the
rough coated griffon that does not shed.
This type of coat has hairs that grow out to be about three or four inches
and then dies. New hair grows in the
same hair follicle. Regular brushing
brings out the dead hairs and keeps them off your furniture. Show dogs are stripped, but pets usually visit
the groomer to be clipped.
The smooth coated variety has a seasonal shed and could not be considered one of the small non shedding dogs.
Read about the Brussels Griffon
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