Dogs make smart, lovable companions, but let’s face it: they also create a lot of extra work. From the dog walking, the poop scooping, the vet appointments, the bathing, the feeding – and not to mention the shedding.
The bottom line is that if you want to own a dog, scooping up poop and going outside is simply something you’re going to have to learn to love. But who says you have to constantly vacuum hair, or run a lint roller down your pants? What if you’re allergic to dogs?
If you’re looking for low maintenance dogs that don’t shed all over the house, here are 10 breeds of dogs that do not shed, or shed minimally.
1. Yorkshire TerrierYorkshire terriers are tiny little dogs with large personalities. Despite being extremely territorial and protective, they’re also playful, outgoing, and very sociable. Even though they have long, thick, luxurious coats of fur, they actually don’t shed much at all.
The Yorkies’ long silky hair will require regular brushing and grooming to keep it tangled and clean, but at least you won’t be constantly vacuuming hair and lint rolling your clothes.
2. DachshundDachsunds are small, long bodied dogs that belong to the hound family. The dachshund was originally bred to help hunters track badgers, prairie dogs, rabbits, and other smaller prey.
Nowadays, the dachushund is still one of the top 10 most popular dog breeds in the United States thanks to its social nature, cute droopy ears and warm intelligent eyes. However, while they make excellent companions, they’re not too good with small children.
Dachunds can have three different types of coats – short haired, long haired, and wire haired. If you’re looking for a dog that won’t shed too much, go with a short haired or wired hared Dachshund, as the long haired varieties do tend to shed.
3. Boston TerrierThe Boston terrier has a short coat of hair that’s easy to groom and they rarely shed. Boston terriers are extremely friendly and love being around humans. They also make great apartment dogs since they’re generally quiet and less likely to bark at strangers passing in the hall.
4. PoodleAlthough Poodle’s possess luxurious coats, they very rarely shed, making them great for allergy sufferers or anyone who wants a low maintenance dog. Its also not uncommon to have Poodle’s naturally curl hair trimmed to further reduce maintenance
Poodles are great with young children and have a warm, affectionate nature. They can form strong bonds with humans as well as other dogs.
5. Shih TzuShih Tzu’s possess long, silky hair, but they don’t shed, although their long coats will need to be groomed fairly regularly. Shih Tzu owners will often choose to have their dog’s hair trimmed to minimize grooming.
Shih Tzu’s are small, highly energetic dogs. While they’re fiercely loyal to their owners, they can be distrusting of strangers. They can be a bit needy at times, bu that makes them perfect for the dog owner who wants a little buddy to pamper.
6. Miniature SchnauzerMiniature Schnauzers very rarely shed and are affectionate little dogs who were originally bred to keep away small rodents. They possess a wiry overcoat as well as a soft undercoat which can require daily brushing, but most owners choose to clip most of their hair short.
7. HavaneseThe Havanese is the national dog of Cuba. They’re sometimes known as the “Havana Silk Dog”, due to their luxurious, abundant coat. They have double coats, but unlike most double coated breeds, their outer coat is extremely soft. Their shedding is very negligible.
Havanese are considered ideal family dogs and loyal companions. In fact, they don’t like being left alone for long periods of time, so they’re usually recommended for homes where there are family members who can attend to their social needs throughout the day. They tend to be energetic and curious by nature, and have a distinctive springy gait.
8. MalteseMaltese dogs are highly energetic and have a tendency to be excitable. This toy breed is considered a non-shedder, despite having long, silky hair. They can certainly be high maintenance if the owner chooses to grow out their long hair, but owners who don’t want to brush their hair daily can choose to clip their coat short. This is known as the “puppy cut”.
9. Bichon FriseThe Bichon Frisé has a thick, wavy coat but they don’t have an undercoat and don’t shed. Dog owners who want to minimize maintenance should have their Bichon Frisé’s hair clipped close to the body, otherwise their coat will need to be brushed daily.
They’re trusting, affectionate dogs who are friendly with strangers, other pets and small children.
10. West Highlands White TerrierThe West Highlands White Terrier, known more commonly as the “westie”, has an outer coat that’s smooth and hard, along with a shorter, softer inner coat. They rarely shed, though their double coat does need daily brushing.
Westies are full of energy and have a strong hunting instinct. They tend to bark frequently, so they don’t necessarily make the best apartment dogs.