So, you don’t want to spend your time in a perpetual state of sniffles? Are you trying to avoid a layer of fur coating every surface in your home? Do you prefer your dark clothing without a certain fuzzy touch? Here are our top 10 no-shed or low-shed dogs breeds, so you can concentrate on your pup and not on your allergy symptoms. 

Bichon Frise 

bichon frise - no shed dogs

Great personality, fantastic coat. Get the best of both worlds with soft and plushy fur that doesn’t shed. It’s perfect for cuddles, and ideal for people with allergies. But, make sure to note that grooming is a must to avoid matting, as their fur will still continue to grow. Being that they are both friendly and trainable, the Bichon Frise is a great pick for first-time dog owners.

Portuguese Water Dog

portuguese water dog - no shed dogs

Originally bred to help fishermen, it comes as no surprise to know the Portie’s coat is waterproof in addition to being low-shedding. While they are fun-loving and eager to please, potential pet parents should know this breed is very energetic and best suited to an owner that can support a pup with an active spirit. 

Miniature Schnauzer 

miniature schnauzer - no shed dogs

Their wiry coats won’t make your eyes red and itchy, but their bright and affectionate personalities just might make you cry. Looking for a bigger buddy? The standard and giant Schnauzers, also hypoallergenic and low-shedding, might be right for you. 


poodle - no shed dogs

A timeless, hypoallergenic classic. Take your pick to fit your lifestyle, as Poodles come in three sizes: standard, miniature, and toy. Skip the sniffles and go for a Poodle, a great combination of beauty and brains.


German for “little lion,” this breed has the bravery without the concerning appetite. Dog parents often opt for the classic ‘lion clip’, that gives the Löwchen the dramatic mane and puffed tail of its namesake. It’s the allergy-safe, low-shed King of the Jungle.

Yorkshire Terrier

yorkshire terrier - no shed dogs

A cool feature of the adorable Yorkshire Terrier is that their coat is actually hair, not fur. Not only is it a fun fact, but a blissful reality for those with allergies. Don’t let their pint-size fool you, these lovable pups can be bossy and aloof, true to their terrier blood.

Afghan Hound

afghan hound - no shed dogs

Not only is this breed reminiscent of some mystical creature of yesteryear (maybe that’s just me), they also won’t make you sneeze. Although they don’t shed, their long and glossy coat must be bathed and brushed regularly to achieve their signature ethereal look. 

Chinese Crested

chinese crested - no shed dogs

This unique-looking breed is known for their coat growth patterns, notably only sprouting fur on their tail, head, and feet. While that does make brushing easy, keeping the Chinese Crested’s exposed skin clean and healthy should be a top priority. Try a dog coat to protect them in cold or windy weather. With average to low energy levels, this breed can be your walking buddy as well as your couch potato. 

Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier

soft coated wheaten terrier - no shed dogs

Hailing from Ireland where they served as happy and hard-working farm dogs, the Wheaten Terrier has a single-layer coat that’s smooth and curly (aka, low-shedding). Keep your pup content with regular grooming to avoid matting, and enjoy the company of a devoted and extroverted pal.


The ancient Aztecs were onto something when they made this breed their sacred dog of the gods. Coming in multiple sizes (standard, miniature, and toy) and variations  (hairless and coated ) you’re sure to find a fitting friend in an Xoloitzcuintli. Known for their protective and loyal nature, this breed makes for a great companion that won’t have you reaching for tissues. 

Final Thoughts

It’s important to remember that low maintenance doesn’t mean no maintenance. Breeds that don’t shed cannot naturally rid of their excess fur as easily, and therefore are prone to knotting, matting, and trapped dirt. Make sure you are regularly brushing and grooming your dog. Try a kit like this, or from your local pet store.