These Are the Dog Breeds That Never Shed

For those who are allergic to (or annoyed by) excessive fluff

These Are the Dog Breeds That Never Shed

Having a dog is one of the great joys of life, as they provide endless emotional support, true unconditional love, laughs through their silly antics, and wisdom through their ability to enjoy life no matter what happened in the past. They even come with a variety of health benefits for their human buddies.

But many dogs also come with at least one significant downside: shedding. My corgi sheds so much he could basically make another corgi, and I've started to treat the dog hair on my clothing as a little piece of him that follows me wherever I go.

Thing is, not everyone wants to spend ten minutes every day de-furring themselves with a lint roller before going out. And while there are no dog breeds that don't shed at all, there are many that are considered hypoallergenic due to the minimum amount of fluff they produce. So, if you're looking for a furry friend, but are allergic or sensitive to—or just annoyed by—dog hair, you might want to consider one of these 23 non-shedding dog breeds.

Tibetan Terrier

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The Tibetan name for the breed, Tsang Apso, roughly translates to "shaggy or bearded" dog from the province of Tsang. They were once exchanged by monks as a token of good luck, and while their shaggy coats require a lot of grooming, they don't shed, and can withstand temperatures as low as minus 58 degrees Fahrenheit for long periods of time.

Maltese Terrier

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The silky white coats of this toy dog breed and their overall fluffiness make them look like stuffed animals, but you'll find nary a hair on your furniture or clothes on their account. You might want to steer clear of puddles, though.

Shih Tzu 

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The Shih Tzu, also known as the Chrysanthemum Dog, is characterized by a silky coat that reaches all the way down to the ground. If you don't want to deal with the hassle of constant grooming, you can get the coat slipped short. But that sort of defeats their purpose, as they were a favorite among Chinese royals due to their resemblance to lions and—as a Shih Tzu handler once told me—"bred to be adored."

Brussels Griffon

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You might recognize this as the breed owned by Jack Nicholson's character in As Good As It Gets. It's no small wonder that a seemingly arrogant but ultimately kind-hearted, hypoallergenic dog would be the best possible companion for this ingenious germaphobe.


French poodle

While they're not totally hypoallergenic, these refined pups shed so minimally it's almost inconsequential, though they do need to be groomed every six to eight weeks to preserve their fabulousness.

Scottish Terrier

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These breed is intelligent, originates from Scotland, and is very fastidious about its appearance. It is therefore a crime not to name him or her "Inspector Lestrade" from Sherlock Holmes.

Bichon Frise

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This is another toy dog, one whose name in French translates to  "curly lap dog." They also tend to enjoy water, thanks to their ancestry as sailors' dogs.


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They're the national dog of Cuba, their breed name shortened from Blanquito de la Habana ("little white dog of Havana"). They don't adapt well to the cold, and they need more exercise than many other dog breeds to remain happy and healthy. They're also often described as "Velcro Dogs" for the close proximity they tend to keep to their humans.

Portugese Water Dog

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They originated on the coast of Portugal, where they were bred to herd fish into nets, which is why in Portuguese they are called cão de água ( "dog of water"). Perhaps the most famous celebs of this breed are Bo and Sunny—the well-photographed pups of former President Barack Obama.

Chinese Crested

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This breed comes in two forms: the Powderpuff (which has fur) and the Hairless (which does not). While they are hypoallergenic, their skin requires a certain amount of care to protect it from acne, dryness, and sunburn.

Irish Water Spaniel

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This breed, which originated (duh) in Ireland, is one of the oldest and most distinguished breeds in the world.


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A crossbreed of the labrador retriever and poodle, they've got all the energy and friendliness of a lab combined with the lack of shedding characterized by the poodle.


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The breed originated in Germany and their named roughly translates to "whiskered snout," due to its signature mustache.

Border Terrier

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They were originally bred in England and Scotland for the purposes of chasing rats or hunting down foxes and other small animals. In addition to having a a wiry, hypoallergenic coat that hardly sheds, they don't drool and have very little dandruff, so they're a great option for people with allergies.

Bouvier des Flandres

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Its name means "cow-herder of Flandres" in French, as they were once used to work the farmlands of what is now Belgium. Fun fact: these loyal and hardworking pups served as ambulance and messenger dogs in World War I.


The breed originated in the Congo, where they were used to hunt small game. They're also known as "the African barkless dog" as they emit a sort of low howl instead of the traditional dog bark, and one of their special characteristics is that they exhibit cat-like grooming habits, so they have very little odor or dander.

Yorkshire Terrier

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Also known as "Yorkies," they were bred in Yorkshire England to catch rats in clothing mills back in the 1800s. But, beware: these little fellas love to bark!

Afghan Hound

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These aristocratic pups are known for being aloof and dignified, and require being bathed and brushed twice a week.


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It's one of the oldest breeds of dog we know of, having originated in the "Fertile Crescent"—a region in the Middle East that may have been settled as early as 6,000 B.C.E.


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Also known as the "Hungarian sheepdog" or "mopdog," this breed is characterized by a long, corded coat that doesn't shed but does need a lot of maintenance because, like a mop, it picks up dirt very easily.

Australian Silky Terrier

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This small dog breed is characterized by a silky, glossy coat that needs regular shampooing and brushing, but hardly ever sheds.


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Often mistaken for a labradoodle, the Barbet is a medium-sized French water dog whose name comes from the word barbe, which fittingly translates to "beard."

Lhasa Apso

These dogs were once used by Tibetan monks in monasteries to warn them of any potential intruders, and, like the Tibetan Terrier, could only be given as gifts as opposed to being bought or sold. And to learn more about man's best friend, check out the 19 Things Your Dog Is Trying to Tell You.

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Diana Bruk
Diana is a senior editor who writes about sex and relationships, modern dating trends, and health and wellness. Read more
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