What Are Puppies That Don’t Shed?

Those who love puppies know that adopting a new puppy is a wonderful and exciting time. Puppies bring a lot of joy, love, and life to any home, it’s true. Playful, sweet, and fun, it’s no wonder they’re beloved worldwide and adopted by so many folks.

Of course, like a human baby, a puppy needs a lot of care and proper handling. Also, they do tend to make a regular mess of, well, almost everything. Puppies will chew up shoes and other items, urinate and defecate on the floor, turn over potted plants and cause all sorts of other mayhem.

However, one significant problem that puppies cause has nothing to do with their young age and immaturity; shedding. Depending on the dog breed, some puppies shed like mad, leaving a trail of fur all over the place. Others shed less but still can be problematic for many puppy parents. For some, that’s no big deal and simply means a bit of extra cleaning and care.

On the other hand, for some puppy parents, a puppy that sheds can be a real problem. For those with allergies, for example, all that fur and dander can be annoying at best and awful at worst. Then there are older puppy parents who might not want to clean up fur every day for lack of mobility, energy, or other reasons. Those puppy parents, and more, ask me a very similar question; what are puppies that don’t shed?

The answer is that several dog breeds don’t shed and, if the adult doesn’t shed, it’s a sure bet their puppies don’t shed either. The tiny and cute Bichon Frise doesn’t shed, nor does the loveable Llasa Apso. Many more dog breeds don’t shed, including small, medium, and large dogs. Some of them are popular, beloved breeds that make life a little bit less stressful as they don’t leave behind a furry mess.

If you’d like to know what the dog breeds are that don’t shed as puppies (and I’m sure you do!), I’ve got them for you below. That includes the small, medium, and large dogs that don’t shed, plus smart dogs and calm dogs that lose little fur. If learning about all the puppy breeds that don’t shed is your goal today, read on!

Small Dogs that Don’t Shed

If cleaning up puppy hair (and copious amounts of poop and pee) isn’t your thing, a small breed puppy that doesn’t shed would likely be perfect for you. The tiny puppies below don’t shed, and their bowel movements are much smaller due to their much smaller size. They include:

Bichon Frise

Although they don’t shed at all, the Bichon Frise does require constant grooming, including brushing and regular baths. That aside, they’re perfect for pupp[y parents who have allergies. They’re also super-cute, playful, and have an affectionate side that’s adorable.

Lhasa Apso

The Lhasa Apso, like the Bichon Frise, doesn’t shed but needs regular maintenance to look its best. That includes a haircut named the “puppy cut” that many owners give their puppy to keep grooming and care to a minimum. For a small dog, the Llasa Apso is also relatively calm but still always ready to play.

Chinese Crested

If no shedding is the plan in your home, the Chinese Crested is a great choice as they don’t have any hair to shed! Technically, there are two types of Chinese crested, including the hairless type and the ‘powderpuff’ type. The powderpuff Chinese Crested has extremely fine hair that sheds minimally. One thing to remember, though, is that, without hair, this breed needs to be better protected from the sun’s UV rays than other puppies.


With long, beautiful, silky hair, you’d think the Maltese would shed a ton. They do not, although, like several other small breeds, their hair does need constant grooming to look its best. What’s truly amazing, though, is that this breed has stayed more or less exactly the same for 2800 years!

Medium Dogs that Don’t Shed

Many younger puppy parents like medium-sized dogs for one reason or another. ( I hear many of my readers comment on how “small dogs are for old people,” although I don’t 100% agree.) Medium-sized puppies that don’t shed make your life much easier, no doubt. Some of the best of them include:

Portuguese Water Dog

Bred to help fishermen years ago, the Portuguese Water Dog has webbed feet! They’re also affectionate but very energetic and, around water, a little bonkers. (They will jump in to ‘save’ anyone in the water, even if they don’t need saving!) They have hair that’s soft, shiny, and doesn’t shed a bit.

Airedale Terrier

Bred by English factory workers to hunt, these dogs are highly intelligent. They have a wiry, dense coat that’s distinctively black and tan, making it hard to miss. It’s also relatively easy to care for, although regular washing is a good idea. Airedale Terriers also make exceptional family guard dogs and are great with children.

Ibizan Hound

This dog breed was bred in Egypt to hunt rabbits and other small animals. They’re affectionate, loyal to a fault, and incredibly athletic. They also have a short or wirehaired coat that never sheds and requires very little grooming to look beautiful.

Staffordshire Bull Terrier

Sweet-tempered and intelligent, this medium-sized breed has a very short coat that rarely sheds and is easy-ish to maintain. They’re also strong-willed, love kids, and are incredibly active, so do be sure you have the energy level to match them before adopting a Staffordshire Bull Terrier!

Big Dogs that Don’t Shed

While I personally think big dogs (and big puppies!) are wonderful, big puppies that shed all over the place aren’t my cup of tea. I’d much rather have a big puppy that’s hypoallergenic and doesn’t shed a bit, thank you very much. Some of the best of them include:

Giant Schnauzer

Robust and strong, the Giant Schnauzer has a dense coat that’s wiry and rarely sheds. They need pro grooming on a bi-monthly basis, but most puppy parents can easily handle the daily grooming between appointments. 

Afghan Hound

An ancient dog breed from the mountains of Afghanistan, Pakistan, and India, the Afghan Hound is a truly gorgeous dog breed. Their long, thick coat doesn’t shed, but they do need to be bathed frequently using dog shampoo and conditioner. (I’m not joking.)

Standard Poodle

The biggest of the poodle varieties, the Standard Poodle, has a hypoallergenic coat that doesn’t shed a bit. Like many other non-shedding dog breeds, though, their hair demands a lot of maintenance and grooming.


A sheepdog from Hungary, the Komondor, is very unusual in that its hair is traditionally braided into long dreadlocks. Even more surprising is that their hair, once dreadlocked, is so thick, it can fend off a wolf attack! However, keep in mind that Komondors take a considerable amount of time to groom and maintain.

Smart Dogs that Don’t Shed

Many puppy breeds are intelligent and don’t shed, it’s true. Most are also hypoallergenic, a great benefit of non-shedding puppies. The following list includes some of the smartest puppy breeds that don’t shed, including:

  • Portuguese Water Dog
  • American Foxhound
  • Irish water spaniel
  • Pharaoh Hound
  • Pointer
  • German Wirehaired Pointer
  • Boston Terrier
  • Poodle
  • Miniature schnauzer
  • American Staffordshire Terrier
  • Bedlington Terrier
  • Pharaoh Hound
  • Saluki 

Calm Dogs that Don’t Shed

The last kind of dog we will look at today that doesn’t shed are calm dogs and puppies. A calm puppy that doesn’t shed is perfect for many puppy parents, especially retirees and older folks who can’t keep up with a high-energy puppy breed. Some of the best calm puppies that don’t shed include:

  • Saluki
  • Italian Greyhound
  • Boston Terrier
  • Whippet
  • Afghan Hound
  • Rhodesian Ridgeback
  • Chinese Shar-Pei
  • Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
  • Bichon Frise

Final Thoughts

As we’ve seen today, many dog breeds don’t shed, and thus, many puppies also don’t shed. I listed many today, but a quick Google search will reveal several more. Most are hypoallergenic, although some shed minimal amounts of hair and fur. Typically, however, it’s such a small amount as to be almost unnoticeable. 

I hope you thoroughly enjoyed today’s article about which puppies don’t shed. Also, that it answered all of your questions about the breeds that shed the least along with some of their most endearing features. If you have more questions or want to learn more about how to raise a happy, healthy puppy, please see my various other blogs on the subject. They’re filled with helpful information to help you become an excellent, knowledgeable puppy parent.