19 Dog Breeds That Don't Shed

By: Jesslyn Shields  | 

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The wiry-coated cairn terrrier is a great choice for allergy sufferers, as they don't shed. These dogs are known for their fearless and protective personalities (and for being Toto in "The Wizard of Oz.") Boston Globe/Getty Images

Dogs are so loveable, but unless you're interested in living with tumbleweeds of fur knocking around your house, or you own a pretty stalwart vacuum cleaner, the shedding can frustrate even the most ardent dog lover. Plus, a dog lover with a dog allergy is so sad.

But the good news is that there are actually many dog breeds that don't shed. Here are 19 of them:

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1. Schnauzer

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Schnauzers are known for their loveable personalities as well as their handsome mustaches. Education Images/Getty Images

If you're interested in a schnauzer, they come in three sizes: miniature, standard and giant. They have a dense, wiry, two-layer coat that doesn't shed, but does require grooming — including their little mustaches!

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2. Poodle

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Poodles, such as this apricot-colored toy poodle, are mostly hypoallergenic, so they're great for allergy sufferers. Education Images/Getty Images

Not only do poodles of every size (there are three: standard, miniature and toy) look great in a variety of outlandish hairdos, they're mostly hypoallergenic (meaning that most people who suffer from dog allergies won't experience symptoms). They're also extremely intelligent and loyal, but require regular haircuts.

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3. Bichon Frise

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The bichon frise is definitely a charismatic and fun breed to have around! Richard Stabler/Getty Images

Like the poodle, these friendly little puffballs are charismatic and "relatively hypoallergenic," according to the American Kennel Club. However, they seem to be prone to skin allergies themselves, though this condition is generally pretty easy to treat.

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4. Yorkshire Terrier

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The happy-faced Yorkshire terrier makes a great little companion. Yegor Aleyev/Getty Images

Yorkies have a single coat of long, silky hair that rarely sheds because, unlike other dogs, they don't have an undercoat. These little dogs have a ton of personality, but also require a lot of time at the groomer.

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5. Portuguese Water Dog

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This is Bo, the Portuguese water dog owned by former U.S. President Barack Obama. SAUL LOEB/Getty Images

These energetic, eager-to-please family dogs have dense, curly, waterproof coats. Although they require grooming, you can crop their curls close or do something more dramatic and poodle-like.

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6. West Highland Terrier

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The West Highland terrier is a great companion — and will keep the rodents at bay too. Arterra/Getty Images

Westies look like they were made for a life of leisure, but they were originally bred in Scotland to hunt rats. Their white coats, like their demeanors, are rougher than they might appear, but they don't shed much, although they require frequent brushing to keep their coats from matting.

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7. Havanese

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The Havanese is full of energy and can wear almost any hairstyle! Icon Sportswire/Getty Images

The only dog breed native to Cuba, Havanese have long, non-shedding, silky coats that take a variety of hairstyles well — you can even twist it into long cords. Since they were bred in the city, they make very sociable and lively city companions.

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8. Whippet

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Whippets are amazing athletes and require a lot of outdoor time to fulfill their exercise needs and keep them happy. Icon Sportswire/Getty Images

Small, sleek and fast, whippets look like small greyhounds. While they shed a bit, they're considered low shedders, but shouldn't be brought into a household with severe pet allergies.

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9. Puli

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The Puli, easily be mistaken for a mop when its hair is corded, is an energetic breed that requires a lot of exercise. Gary Gershoff/Getty Images

Unmistakable when allowed to grow its coat out into signature dreadlocks, or "cords," the Puli is a small, acrobatic herder that needs plenty of exercise. And whether you keep their coats corded, brushed out or cropped, grooming will always be a big part of your life.

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10. Xoloitzcuintli

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The Mexican hairless, or Xolo, was widely kept in ancient Aztec settlements, and is known to be a very sensitive and protective breed. Auscape/Getty Images

Also known as a "Mexican hairless," the Xolo comes in three sizes and many of them don't have any hair — although there is a coated variety. The hairless xolo doesn't shed, but is not hypoallergenic because they do have dander, even without hair. If you have a pet allergy, it's important to discern whether you're allergic to the hair or the dander before adopting one of these high spirited, sensitive dogs.

11. Löwchen

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The löwchen, or little lion dog, is known to be affectionate, lively and brave. Matt Cardy/Getty Images

These brave little non-shedding dogs have been kept by Europeans for over 500 years, and their name is German for "little lion."

12. Afghan

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Afghans make great family pets and, although they have lots of hair, they are not big shedders. Marka/Getty Images

These distinguished-looking, medium-sized dogs look a lot like greyhounds with extremely long hair that tends to snarl if not tended to. Although a bit aloof, they're great family pets that require plenty of exercise.

13. Lhasa Apso

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The Lhasa apso is also a great family dog, but requires grooming if you ever hope to see its eyes. AFP/Getty Images

Bred for 1,000 years in the Himalayas where they guarded Buddhist monasteries, Lhasa apso are small, hardy dogs whose hypoallergenic coat will just keep on growing unless groomed regularly.

14. Brussels Griffon

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Bred to hunt and kill rats, the Brussels Griffon is super intelligent and doesn't shed, but is not known for being great with kids. Andrew Burton/Getty Images

These tiny, grouchy-looking pooches come in two coat types: smooth like a pug or rough like a terrier. They're hypoallergenic but not great with children.

15. Basenji

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Bred in West Africa centuries ago, the basenji is one of the few dog breeds that doesn't bark. Auscape/Getty Images

The basenji is an African hunting dog, and in addition to not shedding they also don't bark. That doesn't mean, though, that they can't communicate — they yodel like a higher-pitched Chewbacca when they need something.

16. Maltese

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The Maltese makes a great pet for kids and is known for it's shiny white hair. picture alliance/Getty Images

These tiny, glossy white dogs look like puppies their entire lives, and just like your children, you'll be brushing their long, lustrous, hypoallergenic coats daily.

17. Chinese Crested

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The Chinese crested has a hairless body, so shedding isn't an issue, though keeping this dog warm may be a challenge in cold climates. Richard Stabler/Getty Images

Like a chihuahua with a hairless body and long, glossy topknot, forelocks and flag at the end of its tail, a Chinese crested doesn't shed but you need to remember the sunblock and the tiny little vest for it to wear in cold weather.

18. Coton de Tulear

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The Coton de Tulear is known for its constant smile and great personality. Matt Cardy/Getty Images

Known as the "Royal Dog of Madagascar," the Coton de Tulear is thought to have made its way to the island during a shipwreck in the 17th century or earlier. With a fluffy white top coat and a sparkling personality, this rare breed is known as a non-shedder.

19. Border Terrier

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The border terrier was bred as a fox and vermin hunter and is known for the unique shape of its head. ullstein bild/Getty Images

With a square head and a rough, wiry coat, this scrappy little terrier doesn't shed and also doesn't require much grooming at all.

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