Non Shedding Dogs

The Perfect Solution for Those with Allergies to Dander...
Or Are They?

Non shedding dogs are low-shedding breeds that lose very little hair, dropping it in much the same way a person does, but very unlike the seasonal shedding seen in many other dogs.

Because these dogs shed a minimal amount of hair, they are typically thought to be the best choice for those with dog allergies, but that is not going to be true for every dog or every person.

If you're looking for a non shedding dog because you have allergies, learn more about what makes a dog hypoallergenic before deciding on a breed.

However, if you're looking at non shedding dog breeds because the idea of carrying a lint roller in your car makes you cringe and because vacuuming is your least favorite chore next to dusting, then you've come to the right place!

Here are some important points to remember before You Begin Your Search.

Minimal Shedding means minimal dander, but even a minimal amount of dander can cause severe reactions in a person with this allergy. The good news is that there are ways of reducing or possibly even elimating your symptoms.

Thousands of non shedding dogs die in shelters every year.
Please consider offering your love to a homeless non-shedding dog near you. There are several reasons why Dog adoption might be the best choice for you.

Don't contribute to the cruelty.
I've made it my mission and therefore the mission of this site to help dogs. Please watch the short clip in the top-right corner of this page and never buy a puppy from a pet shop or random website.


Affenpinschers belong to the toy breed family and are affectionately known as the "monkey dog". If you're looking for a dog that doesn't shed a lot because you don't want the mess, this may be the breed for you, but if you're allergic to dander, it's recommended that you first test your tolerance with a few visits before making a commitment to own an Affenpinscher.

American Hairless Terrier

Many people with severe allergies to pet dander have success with owning this breed. Other than whiskers and eye brows, this dog is completely free of body hair. The American Hairless Terrier also comes in three size varieties (just like the poodle) to suit any taste or lifestyle: toy, miniature and standard.

Two, Basenjis, outside, photo by: Fugzu Title=

The rules do not always apply for Basenjis! Especially if they're 'your' rules. Basenjis love to chase, sometimes even a little more than they like to please their owners! If you're looking for a high energy dog with a lot of spunk and personality who loves to play 'fetch', a basenji may be just the breed you're looking for. Learn more by Clicking here.

bichon frise
Bichon Frise

A Bichon Frise is a toy breed. They have a thick coat of wavy hair, but no undercoat. On top of being virtually hypoallergenic, Bichons have few inherent health problems and get along great with other pets. Click here for more information.

Brussels Griffon
Brussels Griffon - Rough Coat Only

The Brussels Griffon is also a toy breed. Most rough coated Griffies are non shedding dogs, but this is only true for rough coats. The 'smooth coat' variety of this breed does shed seasonally. Learn more about Griffons by clicking here.

Cairn Terrier
Cairn Terrier

A Cairn Terrier is a small to medium sized breed from the Terrier group. Cairns are known for being great with children and have minimal maintenance requirements. Learn more about Cairns by clicking here.

Chinese Crested
Chinese Crested- Hairless and Powderpuff

Both varieties of Chinese Cresteds shed very little to no hair at all. This breed does very well with other pets and when a breeder is chosen wisely, they have excellent temperaments and very few health problems. Please learn all you can if you plan to make a Chinese Crested a part of your family.


Many non shedding dogs will still release a small amount of hair, the Havanese is no exception. They don't leave a mess of hair on the furniture the way that some dogs will, but even a small amount of dander can cause misery to those who suffer from allergies. Learn more about the Havanese by clicking here.

Italian Greyhound
Italian Greyhound

This toy breed is considered non shedding, however they may still release a small amount of dander. If you suffer from allergies, it's best to test your tolerance with a few visits before making a commitment to own this breed. Learn more about the Italian Greyhound!

Lhasa Apso
Lhasa Apso

The thick, non shedding coat of the Lhasa apso is very high maintenance and requires frequent brushing, clipping, trimming, etc. to keep from becoming matted. Regular attention should also be given to nails, teeth, ears and pads


The hair on this little dog is pretty high maintenance, but still non shedding. The Maltese is a toy breed and because of her fragility, she is not right for every household. Learn more about the Maltese and her specific needs by clicking here.

Norwich Terrier, puppy
Norwich Terriers-

Norwich Terriers and Norfolk Terriers are the smallest of the working terriers, but for what they lack in size, they make up for in personality. This non shedding dog breed loves people and the eagerness to please 'his' people makes him an easy dog to train. A family with toddlers might not be the most ideal home for this dog, but most Norwich Terriers tolerate children well and will thrive in almost any calm, functioning household.

Toy Poodle
Poodles- Toy, Miniature and Standard

Poodles are non shedding dogs. This is true for all three varieties: The toy, miniature and the standard. A household with small children is not the ideal place for any toy breed, like the toy poodle, but a miniaure or standard might be the perfect fit your family.

Miniature Schnauzers

Schnauzers are non shedding dogs that come in a variety of sizes (miniature, standard and giant) to suit any taste or lifestyle. The Miniature Schnauzer is content with apartment life as long as some form of daily exercise is given. They are non shedding, but will still lose a small amount of hair, the same way people do.

Scottish Terrier

Scottish Terriers

Scottish Terriers are in the same family as West Highland White Terriers. Like Westies, they don't lose hair excessively, but there is a minimal amount of shedding. If you're looking for a medium sized dog who doesn't leave a huge mess on your furniture, a Scottie may be the one for you.

shih tzu, non shedding dog

Shi Tzus

Shih Tzus make great family pets, but like many other small breed dogs they are extremely puppy mill prone. Learn as much as you can about how to avoid a sick or diseased puppy mill Shih Tzu and (at the same time) help put an end to puppy mills by adopting. Learn more by clicking here!

Chance, Silky Terrier

Silky Terrier-

The Silky Terrier may look like a Yorkshire Terrier, but Silkies, compared to Yorkies are a much stockier little dog in both stature and sturdiness. Think you can't adopt a beautiful purebred dog? Chance, in the picture to the left was recently adopted from the Quincy, IL Humane Society!

Rosie, Tibetan Terrier

Tibetan Terrier-

Tibetan Terriers are not as common as some of the other non shedding dogs we have listed here, so it's a little harder to a find reputable breeder in some parts of the world. Tibetan Terriers are high energy dogs with terrier-like temperaments! They thrive on love and attention from their people. More on Tibetan Terriers coming soon!

Westie, West Highland Terrier
West Highland White Terrier

Westies are a medium sized dog from the terrier family of breeds. They don't lose hair excessively, but there is a small amount of shedding and dander. Allergy sufferers should test their tolerance with a few visits before making a commitment to own a Westie.

Yorkie, Yorkshire Terrier
Yorkshire Terrier

Yorkies are non shedding dogs from the toy family of breeds. Their coats are very high maintenance, but virtually hypoallergenic. Like any person, they will lose a small amount of hair, but a lint roller (to remove loose hairs from articles of clothing) will go unused most of the time. Learn more about Yorkshire Terriers.

Suede Shearling Coat - MD Camel

Keep your dog warm this winter.
Many of the non shedding breeds listed above are toy breeds and because of their lack of an undercoat, they will need protection from the elements. We offer a wide variety of dog sweaters. They're practical as well as adorable!