The Ultimate Guide to Small Non Shedding Dogs


Did you know that there are no true small non-shedding dogs? The good news though is there are many that are low or minimal shedders. As people, we do not think of ourselves as “shedding” hair but we do loose hairs occasionally and the proof is in our hairbrushes. This is the same for most small breed low shedding dogs.

Most people looking for a small breed dog that does not shed want to know that their house will not be filled with stray dog hairs. I have to admit I am one of them. It is much more fun to spend time playing with a dog than cleaning up after it. Don’t you agree?

You may also have allergies to dog dander and hope to find a dog that you can comfortably live with. Remember that most allergy sufferers are affected by a dog’s dander rather than the quantity of hair the dog might have.

Dander is the material shed from the dog’s body that includes skin cells and minute bits of hair or feathers (in case of birds). This is the real culprit when it comes to triggering an allergic reaction in a person.

Below is our list of the 31 purebred small non shedding dogs with links to their pages. So you can see, you have plenty of choices to consider.

The list does not include hybrids or designer dogs such as the Malti-Poo, Yorkie-Poo, Mal-Shi, etc. Many of these are considered small non shedding dogs also. For those, you can use your imagination. If you mix two of the dogs on this list, chances are you are going to get a very low shedding puppy. Poodle mixes are usually low shedding. The same is true for dogs mixed with the Bichon.

If you see one you like, be sure to check out the description page that will provide more information on the breed’s profile, personality, grooming needs, health care, history and more.


The Affenpinscher or “Monkey” dog has a thick bushy coarse coat that does not usually mat as some other long coated breeds. Unlike most other breeds that require a smooth, neat appearance, the Affenpinscher is supposed to look natural and well, shaggy. They don’t shed, so a little grooming is still required, but this is a suitable breed for someone who doesn’t have hours to spend on grooming, yet want a dog that doesn’t shed.

Read about the Affenpinscher

American Hairless

These dogs do not shed because there is nothing to shed. Skin care is needed though. Frequent Bathing is recommended followed by lotion to keep the skin in good shape.

Owners also use baby wipes to wipe down their body between baths. For anyone who wants a dog that doesn’t shed, this is an ideal choice.

Read about the American Hairless Terrier