15 Dog Breeds That Won't Turn Your Home Into A Hair Salon

If the thought of constantly vacuuming dog hair off your furniture and clothes makes you hesitate to get a dog, come and check this article. There are many breeds that are known for their minimal shedding, making them perfect for those who prefer a cleaner home or suffer from allergies. In this article, we'll explore 15 dog breeds that are light shedders. We'll delve into their unique traits, personalities, and physical characteristics, including Group, Height, Weight, Coat and Color, and Life Expectancy. Let's dive into this hair-free adventure!
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1. Bichon Frise

The Bichon Frise is a small, cheerful dog known for its fluffy white coat. These dogs are sociable, intelligent, and known for their friendly disposition. Despite their small size, they are quite active and need regular exercise to keep them healthy. Their hypoallergenic coat makes them a great choice for allergy sufferers. It needs haircuts about every four to six weeks as well as regular baths to keep its white coat fresh. The coat should be brushed several times a week, if not daily, to prevent loose, dead hair from forming mats.

  • Group: Non-Sporting
  • Height: 9.5 to 11.5 inches
  • Weight: 10 to 20 pounds
  • Coat and Color: Curly, dense white coat
  • Life Expectancy: 14 to 15 years
  • Grooming Needs: High, requires regular grooming and bathing every 4 to 8 weeks
1. Bichon Frise

2. Shih Tzu

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Shih Tzus are a popular choice for those seeking a low-shedding dog. Their beautiful, flowing double coat doesn't shed as much as other breeds. The Shih Tzu is basically the poster child for lap dogs, which is no surprise as the breed originated strictly as a companion. These dogs are known for their friendly and outgoing nature, and they love being with their owners. Shorter haircuts require brushing about twice a week. Plan on trips to the groomer every four to eight weeks, depending on the desired coat length.

  • Group: Toy
  • Height: 9 to 10.5 inches
  • Weight: 9 to 16 pounds
  • Coat and Color: Double coat that can be long and flowing; comes in a variety of colors
  • Life Expectancy: 10 to 16 years
  • Grooming Needs: High, requires regular grooming and bathing every 3 to 4 weeks
2. Shih Tzu

3. Poodle

Whether you're considering a standard, miniature, or toy poodle, all three varieties are known for their curly, hypoallergenic coats that shed minimally. Poodles are intelligent, active, and sociable dogs that adapt well to various living conditions. They have a lot of thick, curly hair—but their coat is hypoallergenic and sheds very little. Poodles need to be brushed every day, especially near the skin, to keep hair from getting matted and tangled.

  • Group: Non-Sporting (Standard and Miniature), Toy (Toy Poodle)
  • Height: Varies (Standard: Over 15 inches, Miniature: 10-15 inches, Toy: up to 10 inches)
  • Weight: Varies (Standard: 45-70 pounds, Miniature: 15-18 pounds, Toy: 5-9 pounds)
  • Coat and Color: Curly, dense coat that comes in a variety of colors
  • Life Expectancy: 10 to 18 years
3. Poodle

4. Schnauzer

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The Schnauzer comes in three varieties - Miniature, Standard, and Giant, all of which are known for their distinct appearance and minimal shedding. These dogs are intelligent, spirited, and have a protective nature. Their bold personalities make them excellent watchdogs. Their wiry coats require regular grooming and they should be bathed every 4 to 6 weeks.

  • Group: Terrier (Miniature), Working (Standard and Giant)
  • Height: Varies (Miniature: 12-14 inches, Standard: 17.5-19.5 inches, Giant: 23.5-27.5 inches)
  • Weight: Varies (Miniature: 11-20 pounds, Standard: 30-50 pounds, Giant: 55-85 pounds)
  • Coat and Color: Double coat with a wiry outer coat and soft undercoat; typically pepper and salt or black
  • Life Expectancy: 12 to 15 years
  • Grooming Needs: High, requires regular grooming and bathing every 4 to 6 weeks
4. Schnauzer

5. Maltese

The Maltese is a small breed known for its long, silky white coat that sheds very little. These dogs are friendly and responsive, and they form strong bonds with their owners. They enjoy a daily walk or play session but are also quite content to spend time indoors. Their friendly nature and beautiful coat make them a favorite among dog lovers. Maltese dogs require regular grooming and should be bathed every 2 to 3 weeks.

  • Group: Toy
  • Height: 8 to 10 inches
  • Weight: Under 7 pounds
  • Coat and Color: Long, silky white coat
  • Life Expectancy: 12 to 15 years
  • Grooming Needs: High, requires regular grooming and bathing every 2 to 3 weeks
5. Maltese

6. Basenji

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The Basenji, also known as the "Barkless Dog," is a unique breed that not only barks less but also sheds less. They have a short, fine coat that requires minimal grooming. Basenjis are intelligent, independent, and can be a bit aloof. They are known for their cat-like grooming habits, which helps keep shedding to a minimum. Basenjis are low maintenance and only need bathing when dirty.

  • Group: Hound
  • Height: 16 to 17 inches
  • Weight: 22 to 24 pounds
  • Coat and Color: Short-haired, fine coat that comes in a variety of colors
  • Life Expectancy: 12 to 16 years
  • Grooming Needs: Low, requires minimal grooming and bathing only when dirty
6. Basenji

7. Italian Greyhound

Italian Greyhounds are affectionate, intelligent dogs. They are the smallest of the sighthounds but are active and agile. They have a short, smooth coat that sheds minimally. They can be quite content living in an apartment as long as they get regular exercise. Their slender, elegant appearance and friendly nature make them a favorite among dog lovers. Italian Greyhounds are low maintenance and only need bathing when dirty.

  • Group: Toy
  • Height: 13 to 15 inches
  • Weight: 7 to 14 pounds
  • Coat and Color: Short, smooth coat that comes in various colors
  • Life Expectancy: 14 to 15 years
  • Grooming Needs: Low, requires minimal grooming and bathing only when dirty
7. Italian Greyhound

8. Scottish Terrier

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Scottish Terriers, or "Scotties," are a small breed with distinctive appearance. They have a double coat, with a hard, wiry outer coat and a soft, dense undercoat. Scotties are independent, confident dogs known for their bold personalities. They require regular grooming and should be bathed every 3 to 4 weeks.

  • Group: Terrier
  • Height: 10 inches
  • Weight: 18 to 22 pounds
  • Coat and Color: Double coat with a wiry outer coat and soft undercoat; typically black, but can also be wheaten or brindle
  • Life Expectancy: 12 to 15 years
  • Grooming Needs: High, requires regular grooming and bathing every 3 to 4 weeks
8. Scottish Terrier

9. Brussels Griffon

Brussels Griffons are small dogs, famous for their human-like faces and rare shedding.They come in two varieties - rough-coated and smooth-coated. Both varieties are known for their minimal shedding properties. Brussels Griffons are intelligent, alert, and have a lot of personality packed into a small package. They require regular grooming and should be bathed every 3 to 4 weeks.

  • Group: Toy
  • Height: 7 to 10 inches
  • Weight: 8 to 12 pounds
  • Coat and Color: Rough or smooth coat that comes in red, black and tan, or black
  • Life Expectancy: 12 to 15 years
  • Grooming Needs: High, requires regular grooming and bathing every 3 to 4 weeks
9. Brussels Griffon

10. West Highland White Terrier

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West Highland White Terriers, or "Westies," are small dogs. Their distinctive white coats almost never shed. They are friendly, confident, and have a lot of personality. Westies have a double coat, with a hard, straight outer coat and a soft, dense undercoat. They require regular grooming and should be bathed every 4 to 6 weeks.

  • Group: Terrier
  • Height: 10 to 11 inches
  • Weight: 15 to 20 pounds
  • Coat and Color: Double coat with a hard, straight outer coat and soft undercoat; white
  • Life Expectancy: 12 to 16 years
  • Grooming Needs: High, requires regular grooming and bathing every 4 to 6 weeks
10. West Highland White Terrier

11. Miniature Pinscher

Miniature Pinschers, or "Min Pins," are small dogs known for their distinctive, sleek coat that sheds minimally. They are energetic, confident, and are often described as having a "big dog" personality in a small dog's body. Min Pins are intelligent and make excellent watchdogs. They are low maintenance and only require bathing when dirty.

  • Group: Toy
  • Height: 10 to 12.5 inches
  • Weight: 8 to 10 pounds
  • Coat and Color: Short, smooth coat that comes in various colors, including red, stag red (red with black hairs), black with rust markings, or chocolate with tan
  • Life Expectancy: 12 to 16 years
  • Grooming Needs: Low, requires minimal grooming and bathing only when dirty
11. Miniature Pinscher

12. Afghan Hound

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Afghan Hounds have long, silky coats and elegant appearance. Despite their long hair, they are surprisingly low shedders. Afghan Hounds are independent, dignified dogs. They require regular grooming and should be bathed every 4 to 6 weeks to maintain their beautiful coats.

  • Group: Hound
  • Height: 25 to 27 inches
  • Weight: 50 to 60 pounds
  • Coat and Color: Long, fine, silky coat; comes in all colors
  • Life Expectancy: 12 to 14 years
  • Grooming Needs: High, requires regular grooming and bathing every 4 to 6 weeks
12. Afghan Hound

13. Chinese Crested

The Chinese Crested comes in two varieties - the hairless and the powderpuff. The hairless variety only has hair on its head, tail, and feet, while the powderpuff is covered with a soft, silky coat. Both varieties are minimal shedders. Chinese Cresteds are affectionate, playful, and great companions. They require regular grooming and should be bathed every 3 to 4 weeks.

  • Group: Toy
  • Height: 11 to 13 inches
  • Weight: Up to 12 pounds
  • Coat and Color: The hairless variety has smooth, soft skin with tufts of hair on the head, tail, and ankles; the powderpuff variety has a soft, silky double coat; can come in any color or combination of colors
  • Life Expectancy: 13 to 18 years
  • Grooming Needs: High, requires regular grooming and bathing every 3 to 4 weeks
13. Chinese Crested

14. Cairn Terrier

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Cairn Terriers, known for their role as Toto in The Wizard of Oz, are small dogs with a double coat that sheds minimally. They are active, intelligent, and long-lived dogs. Cairn Terriers are known for their fearless and friendly nature. They require regular grooming and should be bathed every 4 to 6 weeks.

  • Group: Terrier
  • Height: 9.5 to 10 inches
  • Weight: 13 to 14 pounds
  • Coat and Color: Hard, weather-resistant outer coat and soft undercoat; comes in various colors, but not white
  • Life Expectancy: 13 to 15 years
  • Grooming Needs: High, requires regular grooming and bathing every 4 to 6 weeks
14. Cairn Terrier

15. Portuguese Water Dog

Portuguese Water Dogs have a curly, hypoallergenic coat that sheds minimally. They are intelligent, energetic dogs that love being part of a family. Portuguese Water Dogs are robust, medium-sized dogs that were originally bred to assist fishermen, making them excellent swimmers. They require regular grooming and should be bathed every 4 to 6 weeks.

  • Group: Working
  • Height: 17 to 22 inches
  • Weight: 35 to 60 pounds
  • Coat and Color: Wavy or curly coat that comes in black, white, various shades of brown, or combinations of black or brown with white
  • Life Expectancy: 11 to 14 years
  • Grooming Needs: High, requires regular grooming and bathing every 4 to 6 weeks

With these 15 breeds, you can enjoy the companionship of a dog without the constant shedding. Each breed has its unique characteristics and grooming needs, so it's important to choose the one that best fits your lifestyle and personality. With the right care and love, these low-shedding dogs can bring immense joy and companionship into your life, without the mess of constant shedding.

15. Portuguese Water Dog

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