which dogs shed the least hair top 9 picks by us

Which Dogs Shed the Least Hair? Top 9 Picks by Us

Dogs are without any doubt man’s best friend. They are great companions for being loyal, friendly, playful, and, best of all, adorable. However, there are many different factors you need to consider before adopting a dog. One of these factors is the amount of hair your furry friend will shed. It’s a crucial factor for people who love dogs and are eager to adopt one but are allergic to fur. On the other hand, some people are worried about the cleaning part and find it challenging to deal with having hair on their clothes or floors all the time. If you have such considerations but don’t want them to get in the way between you and your little best friend, you can go for one of the breeds that shed the least amount of hair.

FCI has officially recognized 360 dog breeds at the moment. Many breeds among them don’t shed much hair. Yet, shedding cannot be your only measure. Each of these breeds has different personalities and needs. Therefore, we took it upon ourselves to give you the list of dog breeds that don’t shed much. We had discussions with vets and studied the traits and behaviors of various breeds. Finally, we selected the top nine dog breeds that don’t cause hairy problems.

Which Dogs Shed the Least?

Here are the top dog breeds that don’t cause any “fluff” problems: 

1. Bichon Frise

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Bichon Frise means “fluffy white dog” in French. It’s the perfect name as these dogs look like tiny fluffy cotton balls. Although they are fluffy, Bichon Frise dogs are among the breeds that shed the least.

Adopting Bischon Frise will entirely change the energy level in the house. This dog’s dynamic and playful nature will take all the stress from your life and replace it with happiness and joy. 

Bichon Frise requires regular grooming; you should brush their hair several times a week and trim it monthly. They are especially perfect for you if you don’t have a larger home since they are pretty small in size. 

Also, Bichon Frise dogs want to be with their humans all the time. So, if you may not be home for long periods, they may not be the right fit for you.

2. Poodles

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Poodles are intelligent and energetic dogs that are easy to train. Poodle breed has three varieties- toy, miniature, or standard. The toy is the smallest while the standard is the biggest. They differ in size but have the same coat that can be in red, cream, shite, brown, blue, and many other colors. 

Besides shedding almost no fur, they don’t smell much either. Your surroundings will look fur-free and without any smell, and it is indeed a win-win situation. 

On the other hand, Poodles’ unique coat needs special care. You have to take them to the groomers and bathe them regularly.  

3. Irish Water Spaniels

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Irish Water Spaniels have a water-repellent, hypoallergenic coat that sheds very minimally. With the help of their special coat, they are excellent swimmers. Thus, if you live near any water body, you can spend a lot of time swimming with your best friend. 

Irish Water Spaniels get along with kids, pets, and even strangers. They have joyful personalities and get super excited around their owners. However, you should be ready to make time for taking care of their curly hair that requires daily brushing. They also need to have a little walk daily.

4. Basenji

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Essentially, Basenjis were bred for hunting. Therefore, they are clever, energetic, have high running speed, and have no smell. Additionally, Basenjis do a little howl instead of barking, which is why they are also known as barkless dogs. 

Their coats are hypoallergenic and don’t have much hair. On top of this, the shedding happens very rarely, and your apartment will look hair-free. Basenjis are shy around strangers, but they will give you all the affection and love with time.

5. Maltese

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Only aristocrats had Maltese until a few centuries ago, but now everyone can have them. They are the perfect lap dog for being small and cuddly, also one of the laziest dogs with a super friendly personality. You can easily carry them anywhere you like. Additionally, these dogs are adaptive to apartments and are comfortable in small spaces.

Maltese has a white coat which is hypoallergenic too. However, they do require regular grooming and hair trimming. When the Maltese hair gets long, shedding starts to happen.

The best thing about these dogs is that they are great with other pets, especially cats. Plus, kids also love Maltese and its fun personality. These dogs can immediately soak the negative energy and make you smile. The only thing that people are concerned about these dogs is that they bark a lot. Otherwise, they are pretty meek, calm, and loving.

6. Shih Tzu

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Shih Tzu is also known as a “lion dog” due to its shiny fur and regal personality. They are gentle dogs that tend to remain calm around their owners. Also, they are excellent family dogs that will be friendly with all family members.

These dogs have long hair. Hence, they require regular brushing and haircuts. If you brush them a couple of times a week and cut their hair every six weeks, they’d shed very little. 

Shih Tzu dogs are very attached to their humans. They will not cause any problems if you go out for a few hours. However, their behavior may change if you stay out most of the day. They are lap dogs that want to sit on their human’s lap and enjoy life.

7. Terrier

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Yorkshire Terriers are one of the most popular dogs in America. They love sitting on their humans’ lap and enjoying their company. However, you’ll find your clothes fur-free when they get off you. Also, they don’t give off any foul smell. Thanks to their tiny sizes, you can carry Yorkies anywhere you go. Thus, if you love to go on vacations, these dogs are perfect for you. 

Yorkshire Terriers are bred for generations to get the perfect traits to become the ideal companion. Therefore, they are adaptable, affectionate, and get along well with anyone around them, including kids and other pets. Yet, they bark a lot which your neighbors may not like. Thus, they may not be the best dogs for apartments, although small in size.

8. Chinese Crested

Chinese Crested

Chinese Crested is a unique dog breed with two varieties; hairless and powderpuff (haired). Hairless Chinese Crested has fur only on the head, tail, and feet, and the rest of the body is hairless. Powderpuff has a coat with long silky hair. However, shedding is not a problem for either of the varieties.

This breed loves spending time with its humans and can lie on the couch or bed with you for hours. They don’t like to run outside, although they are agile. These dogs will take their time to get to know the strangers. Once they are comfortable with a person, they give them all the love and licks. 

Moreover, these dogs are sensitive and don’t like to be alone. Leaving them for a long time can cause behavioral changes, like barking more often. 

Hairless Chinese Crested doesn’t need much grooming. However, those hairless body parts may need some attention. For example, you can apply sunscreen during the summer to avoid skin burn or moisturize regularly. On the other hand, Powderpuffs have a silky coat that needs grooming at least once a week.

9. Afghan Hound

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The Afghan Hound is an elegant, faithful, adorable, and exotic-looking dog that doesn’t shed much. The dog’s coat is silky and requires frequent grooming to look stunning all the time. 

Having their roots in the mountains of Afghanistan, these dogs are adventurous and full of energy. Hence, you will have to take them outside more often. Also, don’t be surprised if they make friends with start kids and other dogs every time you go out to the park. 

Afghan Hounds have a friendly nature, especially when they are puppies. They want attention and affection most of the time. However, as they grow older, they become more independent. Adult Afghan Hounds seek less love or affection, and sometimes, they don’t even want you to pet them. Therefore, you should be ready to let them be for the time being and respect their mood. 

In addition to this, the Afghan Hounds are very adaptable. They can live in any size of a home and also tolerate both hot and cold weather relatively easily.

Wrapping Up

Although there are 360 officially recognized breeds of dogs, it’s still not an easy job to find the dog sheds the least but also matches you perfectly. After researching and comparing breeds, we chose Bichon Frise, Poodles, Irish Water Spaniels, Basenji, Maltese, Shih Tzu, Yorkshire Terrier, Chinese Crested, and Afghan Hound for our list.

Each one is super affectionate, charming, loving, and faithful towards their owners besides shedding none or just a little. Additionally, some of the breeds on our list are hypoallergenic too. They can become your best friend within a few days with their friendly nature and playfulness. You can have more love and joy in your life with these cuddle machines.

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