Which Small Dogs Are Non Shedding?

  • By: Mick Whitefield
  • Time to read: 9 min.

There are many people who have allergies to dog hair and therefore, cannot live with a dog that is constantly releasing hair all over the house. So a dog that doesn’t lose or shed hair would clearly be the best option for this type of person. On the other hand many people simply prefer a dog that doesn’t lose hair for reasons of hygiene or lack the time to groom a dog to keep hair at bay. The solution – Dogs that don’t shed hair are often referred to as Non Shedding Dogs.

There are many Non Shedding Small Dogs some of which are listed here:

  • Yorkshire Terrier
  • Dachshund
  • Poodle
  • Shih Tzu
  • Miniature Schnauzer
  • Boston Terrier
  • Maltese Bichon
  • Havanese
  • Westie (West Highland Terrier)
  • Bichon Frise
  • Basenji
  • Dandie Dinmont
  • Sealyham Terrier

Characteristics of Non Shedding Dogs.

First of all, it’s important to note that in general, all dogs lose some hair, even in minimal or practically imperceptible quantities. However some breeds or cross breeds have certain characteristics that make their fur almost completely retentive and are thus considered as dogs that do not lose hair .

It should be noted here though, that the fact that a dog does not lose hair does not necessarily mean that it is hypoallergenic. For more information on this see our article on Hypoallergenic Breeds.

Here is the list of Non Shedding Dogs with more information

Here is the list of the 13 best small dogs breeds with a bit more information about the specific breed.


The Yorkshire Terrier or Yorkie’s as they are often referred to are small dogs with great personalities. Although they do have long hairs, they do not shed hair. Their long fur does require regular maintenance and brushing to keep it  free from tangles and dirt.

Cute Yorkie
These dogs love being pampered

The Yorkie’s as they are affectionately known usually form a strong bond of friendship with family members. They have a  very extroverted and sociable personality.

They are always on alert and are known to be territorial, so they can be good watch dogs. They can bark out loud, even at the smallest sign of danger or the presence of intruders, but are more likely to run away than attack any stranger.

They make a great family dog and will not make your sofa hairy.

Yorkshire Terrier On A Log
The Yorkshire Terrier is alert, fun, active and likeable.


Dachshunds have large drooping ears, long bodies, short legs and warm eyes, they are generally very tender dogs for anyone who meets them. They come in three different hair types, short or smooth hair, fine hair and long or wire hair.

Dachshunds Can Be Attentive
Dachshunds love attention

Be careful here, the long haired Dachshund can shed some hair and needs regular grooming, however the other varieties do not shed any hair.

Dachshund In Dapple
Dachshund in Dapple colours.

They are generally very friendly, love being around people, and they are good watchdogs because they are naturally distrustful of strangers. But, when they sit on your lap you will not be left with hairs to brush off.


The Poodle is the ideal dog for people with allergies, since they almost never shed hair. They have a dense, shiny, curly coat and need to be regularly cared for to keep their fur free from tangles.

Poodles Are Cute To Look At
Playful and affectionate dogs

They tend to have an affectionate and loving nature allowing a strong bond with members of the family. They are excellent watchdogs, are constantly alert and quick to bark what they consider to be a threat. There is no threat of any hairs on your furniture with these dogs.


The Shih Tzu has long silky hair but it is considered non- propagating. However, the double layers of long smooth hair need to be maintained regularly to prevent tangles. A visit to the groomers every 6 to 8 weeks may be necessary to keep the hair manageable, unless you are going to comb them daily.

Shih Tzu Face On
Bailey is more comfortable with short hair

For the likes of Crufts Dog Show they are often seen with very long hair, but this takes a lot of work to maintain. I keep mine shorn and they take very little work to maintain.

Shih Tzu With Short Haircut
My Shih Tzu Bailey with a short hair cut

Often, many Shih Tzu owners choose to cut the hair on their legs, particularly if they do not have the time and patience to do daily brushing. This little dog is extremely lovable and trusting, full of enthusiasm for a fuss and can be a good watchdog .

Without a recognized leader of the pack , they can develop the so-called ” small dog syndrome “, which can make them behave as if they were the head of the household, so a firm hand is sometimes necessary, but that said they are great with kids and you will have no hair anywhere.


The Miniature Schnauzer were bred to keep rats and mice away from the household. They are very affectionate and have excellent watchdog skills, they also make excellent domestic companions for any age.

Miniature Schnauzer
five month old miniature schnauzer puppy

Their coat is a fine hair. They almost never shed hair, making them good pets for people who are prone to allergies . Most owners of the miniature Schnauzers prefer to have their hair cut close to the body except for their beard, legs, eyebrows and moustache.


The Boston Terrier is affectionately called the “American Gentleman”. They have a layer of short, soft hair that can be easy to maintain. It does not have a strong smell of canine and shedding hair is relatively insignificant .

Cheeky Playful Boston Terrier
Boston Terrier are cheeky and playful

This breed loves to be surrounded by people. They can be ideal for those who live in an apartments, because they are quite calm, not generally very noisy when it comes to barking. They are however playful little characters when encouraged.

Hair and smells are never going to be a problem with these dogs.


The Maltese Bichon is a wonderful small breed that has very long and silky hair and yet it does not shed its hair. Its long coat requires regular brushing to prevent tangles or alternatively you can have them shorn every 6 to 8 weeks.

If you are going to keep the hair long it will need regular brushing to avoid knots and tangles and in the winter may need a coat or regular showers after walking.

Maltese Bichon With Long Coat

They are generally very intelligent, but the Maltese Bichon can have a stubbornness that can sometimes make it a challenge when training.

It can be a highly excitable breed and will often face off dogs that are larger than themselves, thus you will need a firm hand as the owner.

The only hair you will get from these dogs is the hair you brush out and done on a daily basis is very easy to manage.


The hair of this breed is beautifully silky and wavy and require good regular grooming. This is another breed with a double layer coat, however unlike other races with a double coating , the layer outside is soft and light .

Its thin and light coat allows for protection in extreme climatic conditions .

Affectionate Havanese
Great Companion Dogs

They are a social breed needing constant company which makes them ideal for the elderly owner. The other side to this is that they are excellent with children. They have a high degree of intelligence are easy to train and teach tricks to or they will simply sit on your lap and be a great companion.

They have a high  level of alertness making them either good guard dogs or helping dogs for the hard of hearing.

You will have no fear of hair on your coat or lap even after a cuddle.

9 . WESTIE (West Highland Terrier).

The Westie is another breed with a two layer coat, the outer layer can be straight or wavy yet smooth and soft. Despite this their coat is hardy and weather resistant. The inner layer of coat is short and very soft . The hair shedding is insignificant and you will not end with a mess on your carpets or furniture.

Murphy Bed
Our Westie Murphy never left hair behind.

They usually work very well for those people who have a tendency towards allergies.

When outside these dogs are energetic small dogs with instinctive hunting skills. Indoors they will happily sit while you and dress them up or tie bows in their hair making them ideal pets for kids.

West Highland Terrier Puppy
West Highland Terrier Puppy

Their coat does require regular brushing to avoid knots, but will happily sit while you do it. One of Top Lap Dogs favourite breeds and the hair was never ever a problem.


The Bichon Frise has a layer of thick wavy hair, very similar to a poodle but generally lighter to the touch. They do not shed hairs at all but do need to be brushed every day.

A visit to the dog groomer may be needed every 6 to 8 weeks for either shaping or just simply maintenance to keep it short as if left to grow it can appear to look like a walking snowball.

You can have your Bichon Frise cut close to their body for the least maintenance, or you can puff them out like a cloud.

Bichon Frise
Bichon Frise look Puffed out like a cloud

They are kind and loving pets that can easily be trusted with children and  strangers. Although they are not  propagators, some are prone to suffering from skin disorders that can lead to unsightly bald spots and skin irritations.

Despite the Fluff you will not find hairs on your furniture.

11 .Basenji

Also known as the Congo Terrier, this breed is a soft, muscular and athletic dog. The short hair layer needs little maintenance and it sheds next to no hair. You may be surprised to learn that Basenji is the only dog ​​breed that does not bark! However as it can’t they can sometimes make other strange noises.

Basenji, A Quiet Dog
Very quiet and faithful dog

This dog is attentive, affectionate, energetic and curious. Like many dogs, it needs constant attention and can be difficult to train if you don’t have a firm hand.

A rare breed to find but a golden find for those who want NO HAIR and a quiet dog.

12. Dandie Dinmont Terrier

Dandie Dinmont Terrier Mustard
Typical Dandie Dinmont Terrier with a Top Knot

The Dandie Dinmont Terrier has a very distinctive look with its Topknot head of hair, but have no fear this little dog will not leave his fur all over the house, although you may have to have him groomed or comb him to stop his fur from knotting.

See our page about the history of this cute little dog hailing from Scotland.

The Dandie is another rare dog to find but absolutely loved by those who have them, groomed well to keep knots away you still will not have hair on your bedding.

13. Sealyham Terrier

Sealyham Pair
Distinctive and cute Sealyham Terriers

The Sealyham Terrier known also as The Cowley or The Welsh Border Terrier is a fantastic little dog, great for families and seniors, yet many people are unaware of this friendly happy little breed.

Although he will require some regular grooming you will not find dog hairs everywhere, take a look at our Sealyham information page for this wonderful breed of lap dog.

A fun dogs that kids can cuddle without getting covered in hair.

In Conclusion

What are the characteristics of dogs that do not shed hair?

The dogs with very short hair often give off a minimum amount  because of its length .Only a very slight hair loss is observed during the shedding of hair, which takes place during the spring and autumn .

Dogs with curly hair and a texture similar to wool do not change hair and  therefore , do not lose it . This fact makes these dogs  characterized for having a coat that never stops growing.

To avoid unpleasant knots or excess heat, it is recommended that dogs with long growing hair are brushed regularly and/or are taken to the hairdresser in order to trim any excess hair.

There are some breeds of dog that  do not shed hair at all, which makes them ideally suitable companions for people who are allergic and/or are sensitive to hair. These particular breeds are often referred to as hypoallergenic.

The saliva, urine, dandruff and hair of a dog can cause reactions such as itching or even asthmatic attacks in some sensitive and allergic people, so it is important to learn about the different breeds of dogs that do not release too much hair if this applies to you or your family.

Related Questions:-

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