30 Dogs That Don’t Malt – The Best Hypoallergenic Breeds

There’s been a huge rise in demand for non-moulting dogs over the last 5-10 years. The correct name for these dogs that don’t shed is hypoallergenic dogs. It isn’t any wonder they’re proving mighty popular, non-moulting dogs save a ton of work!

Below We Take a Look at Some of the Best Non Moulting Dog Breeds

As the owner of a Golden Retriever and a man who never has the hoover out of his hand this non-shedding lark sounds very good indeed!

Small Hypoallergenic Dogs

Toy/Miniature Poodle

Like their larger relatives the Standard Poodle these small dogs are non-shedding and are classed as the most hypo-allergenic of the coated breeds. Their name comes from the German word “Pudel” which means “One who plays in water” as they were originally bred to retrieve water fowl. The toy and Miniature versions were bred down from the standard sized poodle.

Adored by royalty and the nobility they are known as lapdogs yet they are highly intelligent and have a sense of humour. They are often used as circus dogs. The fancy clips of the show ring are not essential and for most poodles a regular visit to the groomer and daily brush through is sufficient.

Coton de Tulear

The Coton de Tulear originates from Madagascar and has a single coat of long flowing silky hair rather than fur which resembles cotton hence its name. It is a non-shedding breed and, like the poodle and schnauzer that are also non moulting dogs it is also considered to be hypoallergenic and produces little or no odour.

The impressive coat comes in white, black and white or tri-colour and actually looks more daunting to care for than it is. Regular brushing not only prevents matts and tangles but also increases the bond between dog and owner. The hair only grows 1cm a month so it can take a long time to repair damage if not correctly cared for. Dog coats are popular with this breed, check them out here.

This small, sturdy, happy dog is very people orientated and loves attention. They can be difficult to house-train and some can have barking issues but it’s a small price to pay to own such beautiful little dogs.

Lhasa Apso

Originating in Tibet over 4,000 years ago the little Lhasa Apso is surprisingly one of the dog breeds most closely related to the wolf. The long length of their hair does not shed in a typical manner but more like humans. Their coats comprise of a thick undercoat to keep them warm and a heavy coarse outer coat for protection.

The long heavy hair prevents dander from becoming airborne so people who suffer from allergies can often live happily with this breed. They do require regular bathing and grooming though, not only to remove loose hairs but also any dirt or debris that may get caught in the hair.

A big personality is confined in these little non-shedding dogs they are incredibly loyal, alert and have excellent hearing making them a great little watchdog.

Miniature Schnauzer

The perfect house dog, Hypoallergenic, Non-shedding dogs and practically odourless, with their little beards and expressive bushy eyebrows Miniature Schnauzers are fantastic pooches for people who suffer from allergies or don’t want pet hair all over your clothes and furniture. The short soft undercoat and wirier outer, do require regular brushing professional grooming.

As with the poodle, there are various styles of haircuts for the Schnauzer some owners prefer the longer look for beard and eyebrows with others preferring the more easily maintained version. The sharp look you see in the show ring can only be achieved by hand-stripping. A technique where the loose hairs from the outer coat are pulled out from the roots to promote growth and improve the condition of the coat.

Chinese Crested

There are two types of Chinese Crested dogs-The hairless and powderpuff. Having no hair apart from its head, feet and tail it will come as no surprise the former is a dog that doesn’t shed but surprisingly neither does the powderpuff even with its long silky double coat.

Although they look like two different breeds it is possible to have both hairless and powderpuff in the same litter as the lack of hair is a result of complicated genetics best left for another day. Both come in a variety of colours and require specific grooming.

The hairless requires sunscreen and moisturising creams to prevent dryness. A Powderpuff requires a weekly bath and frequent brushing to combat matting. As with any long-haired dog, it is important not to brush when dirty and dry as this can break the hair always use a light spray of water or grooming spray to achieve the best finish.


The little lion dog as it is commonly known comes in many colours and has a long wavy coat with a combination of fine and thick hairs giving it a unique texture. The Löwchen sheds little if at all and is considered one of the non-moulting dogs. They originated in Medieval times and their name derives from the distinctive cut of hair seen throughout history and even now, essential for the show ring.

The hair is clipped short in the hindquarters leaving a large mane to the front and a tasselled tail like a lion. One theory that the dogs were trimmed this way is that the Löwchen has very warm skin and castles in Medieval times were notoriously cold.

Therefore, during the day aristocratic ladies could use the mane to keep their hands warm and at night the shaved part was allowed under the covers to warm their toes. Whether this is true is debatable but it forms part of a long, rich history of the breed and although a relatively rare breed they are loyal and well-mannered-the perfect lapdog.

Yorkshire Terrier

A small dog that doesn’t shed, the Yorkshire terrier is one of the UK’s most popular Toy breeds, the Yorkie is a typical terrier, this energetic, tough little dog was originally bred to kill rats and mice in the mills and mines of Yorkshire. Another dog on the list with hair, not fur, did you know it is possible for a Yorkshire Terrier to have one of three coat types.

Wiry, soft or silky with only silky being accepted in the show ring. While classed as a non-shedding dog and hypoallergenic the Yorkie’s strands do fall out but similar to other long-haired breeds they are usually confined within the coat. Whatever the coat type, Yorkies take a lot of grooming, the sleek, cascade of silky hair typical of the breed doesn’t look that way without a lot of help.

Brushing every day, weekly baths and monthly trips to the groomers are required to keep it in tip-top shape. For those pups born without the fine silky locks, grooming isn’t any easier. The soft fluffy coated Yorkshire terrier is susceptible to tangles and can become extremely matted if not looked after properly.


Originally from Cuba, the Havanese is a Bichon-Type breed like the Maltese and Coton de Tulear All these breeds have similar coats and although they do not shed and are considered good dogs for allergy sufferers, they certainly matt and regular brushing and grooming is essential for their health and to keep them looking their best.

Intelligent and mischievous these dogs have an abundant double coat which can suffer from dryness so moisturising shampoos and conditioners are recommended when bathing. The coat can be clipped short or left long either way it needs regular care and attention to prevent problems.

Scottish Terrier

One of the most iconic breeds the Scottish terrier is unmistakable, one of the 5 Scottish breeds of terrier (Which also don’t shed much) Although usually black, they can also be dark grey or wheaten coloured. Feisty and full of character the Scottie is another double-coated terrier his soft dense undercoat is protected by long coarse hair which prevents shedding.

As with the other dogs listed that have these coats, they are considered good for people suffering from allergies while regular brushing keeps loose hairs at bay.

Bedlington Terrier

Is there anything cuter than a Bedlington Terrier with its lamb-like looks, cute curls and innocent expression? Bedlington Terriers were developed in the North of England, there is thought to be some whippet in their ancestry but they have all the typical terrier traits. They were used for racing as well as rodent control.

They are powerful swimmers, ferocious fighters and have even been known to square up to a badger, so much for cuteness! A Bedlington’s coat is a thick double layer of thick and thin hairs with a crisp curly texture.

The fur grows to form a distinctive top-knot on the head. Although these small dogs don’t shed they by no means easy in the grooming department and require specialized clipping every six weeks where the coat is clipped and thinned to emphasize and accentuate the shape.

Medium Hypoallergenic Dogs

Lagotto Romagnolo

This medium-sized non-shedding, working dog hails from Italy where it is used to search for truffles. They are excellent swimmers and love mud, which can be a problem as they have a dense curly coat almost wool-like which protects them from thorns as they work.

The coat requires regular care and attention otherwise it can become easily matted. Popular in Sweden due to their lack of moulting and suitability for allergy sufferers, these intelligent dogs are loyal easy to train and love nothing more than a game of hide and seek.

Portuguese Water Dog

The Portuguese water dog is closely related to the poodle. These working dogs originated in the Algarve area of Portugal, excellent swimmers (They have webbed feet) were used by fishermen to drive fish into the nets or take messages between boatmen. They are non-moulting dogs having a single-layered coat which comes in 2 types, curly all over or wavy, usually presented in the “Lion Cut”.

The hair will carry on growing indefinitely if left so needs daily brushing and regular trims every couple of months. A rare breed, the fact they are a hypoallergenic dog and that President Obama owns 2 of this breed Bo and Sunny they have recently seen an increase in popularity.


While we humans try various methods of crossbreeding to come up with a dog that doesn’t shed. Nature has done it her way and created the Hungarian Puli. Originally bred for herding a full-coated adult, with dreadlocks to the floor, is a sight to behold. The cords are formed by the mingling of the soft fine undercoat with the outer hair because they grow at different rates the natural cording occurs.

There are two important things to remember The cords must be separated regularly to avoid matting and uncomfortable pulling of the skin and the coat must be kept clean. Bathing a Puli is a lot of work so keeping the front and rear end cords tied up if possible can reduce the frequency of baths. It takes years to achieve the perfect Puli coat, one flea or a stubborn mat can destroy all that hard work.

Tibetan Terrier

A medium dog that does not shed, the coat of the Tibetan terrier has a long growth cycle therefore as with certain other long-coated breeds they lose hairs more like us than other dogs with a short growth cycle which reduces the shedding. They are shaggy dogs their hair should be dense and wavy not silky or curled but rather waves with the texture of human hair.

Long and thick it should not reach the floor like the Maltese or Yorkshire Terrier. Not actually a terrier at all they originated in Tibet thousands of years ago they were never sold only given as gifts to bring good fortune and even today selling or mistreating a Tibetan Terrier is thought to bring bad luck to the perpetrator.

Argentine Pila

Similar to the Chinese Crested, the Argentinian Pila has existed in Central and Southern America for over 3000 years. A rare dog nowadays The Argentinian Chaqueño variety comes in three sizes with the medium ones standing between 14-18″.

As with Chinese Crested dogs, there may be both hairless and pups with varying amounts of hair in any one litter. Although for years they roamed the streets in their country of origin, they are, in fact, the perfect indoor dog adapting easily to urban and indoor life.

Having no hair, they don’t harbour fleas, are non-shedding and do not smell. They are loving and great watchdogs without being aggressive, just a few reasons why there is a small rescue and restoration programme trying to bring back this unique breed.


These sweet, dainty elegant dogs are characterised by their speed, slim physique and short silky coats which come in all colours of the canine rainbow and are easily maintained. They produce no doggy odour and are classed as non-moulting dogs.

Although many shed little or not at all, the amount does vary so it is always best to spend some time with the breed before committing to anything. A few hairs on your couch may not be a massive problem but if you suffer from allergies, it could be a deal-breaker.


The reason for breeding this hybrid was to produce a low-shedding dog suitable for allergy sufferers and owners who didn’t like getting the hoover out every five minutes. Has it worked? In many cases, yes, the offspring of the Poodle and Cocker Spaniel, if it inherits the poodle’s non-shedding coat and low dander can co-habit well with people who are allergic to most dogs.

However, it is not guaranteed and all Cockapoos moult at least once when they lose their puppy fur and the adult fur comes in. This can be kept to a minimum with regular brushing though. Always check with the breeder who should be able to provide you with the information as to whether your cockapoo will be a non-shedder.

Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen

The PBGV is more like a terrier than a Basset but like all hounds, he is led by his sense of smell and was originally bred to hunt small game and rabbits. He has a double coat, the soft, dense underlayer covered by a harsh medium-length outer coat.

They have a shaggy appearance but as with the other double-coated breeds mentioned any loss of hair is usually contained within the coat and got rid of by regular brushing. Contrary to their name these dogs are not Petite with some weighing up to 40lbs. they are intelligent and a good family dog never happier than when engrossed in some scent-based activity.

Shar Pei

The Shar-Pei is a clean dog. Originating from China where they were used for hunting and later fighting they are instantly recognisable by their wrinkled skin and unusually shaped head they have three coat types. The short bristly coat we are most familiar with called the “horse” coat, is the more suitable for allergy sufferers, requiring little more than a weekly rub down or brush to keep shedding to an absolute minimum.

This prickly coat can however cause problems to people with sensitive skin. The “brush” coat is thicker around 2 cm long and the “Bear” Coat which resembles a Chow is quite rare and is not the right choice for owners who suffer from allergies.


Originating from Africa these alert, intelligent non-shedding dogs can be difficult to train, they have a very strong prey drive but respond well to consistency. Their coats, which come in a variety of colours are short, fine and shiny, do not shed, have no odour and require minimal grooming.

They are hypoallergenic and unlike most dogs, they will spend hours cleaning themselves not unlike a cat. Another un-doglike characteristic of this breed is that they don’t bark instead omitting a yodelling sound commonly referred to as a “Baroo”.

Large Hypoallergenic Dogs


One of the Larger breeds of dogs that don’t shed is the Greyhound. The fact they shed minimally is only one of the many reasons they make fantastic companions. A daily rub down of their fine silky coats is all that is needed grooming wise. They are also virtually odourless for those who don’t like that distinctive doggy smell.

An easy-going, loving couch potato. The greyhound surprisingly doesn’t need much space or exercise and will live happily in an apartment. They are not barkers and due to their calm demeanour make great companions for an older person compared to some of the smaller, more energetic breeds.

Giant Schnauzer

The largest of the Schnauzers with their wiry undercoat they are one of the few large breeds of dogs that shed very little or not at all, although this varies from dog to dog and they do need regular grooming. They are also odour-free.

But before you rush out to buy one of these beautiful dogs they need a very experienced owner who understands canine behaviour. Dominant, Brave, Intelligent and Energetic require lots of space and exercise.

They are very protective and they make excellent guard dogs. With the right socialisation, consistent training and plenty of mental and physical stimulation they make terrific loyal companions.


The Komondor is an impressive sight, also known as the Hungarian sheepdog. Although these dogs don’t moult their coat needs a lot of attention and I mean a lot! The wiry outer coat combines with the woolly undercoat to produce the distinctive cords which need separating regularly to produce the “Mop Look”.

The long shaggy coat must be kept free of debris and parasites and bathing is a full day’s job with drying taking up to 24 hours. A damp Komondor will stink! Originally bred to herd sheep they are extremely loyal but also independent, strong-willed and obstinate. Not for the inexperienced owner, they are in truth too much dog for the average household.

Bouvier des Flandres

Another big dog that doesn’t shed much is the Bouvier des Flandres, because of the unique qualities of its coat the hairs it loses from its undercoat are trapped by the longer wiry outercoat so don’t end up all over the furniture or your clothes. The hairs do end up causing matts though if left so a regular grooming regime is essential as it is with most long-haired dogs.

Another herding dog it originated in Flanders, confident and hard-working the breed still makes a great farm dog. Bouviers love kids although due to their size and energy level. early training and socialisation is a must.

Golden Doodle

The Golden Doodle is a fairly modern so-called “Designer dog”. A cross between the Golden Retriever and Poodle. The offspring usually take on the coat characteristics of the poodle which is non-shedding (although this is not guaranteed) and varies from dog to dog.

A brush through twice a week should be enough to keep the coat in good condition although many owners prefer to have them clipped professionally. A kind, gentle, a loving dog they have grown in popularity over the last 20 years. Intelligent and friendly they are often used as working dogs both as therapy dogs and service dogs.

Irish Water Spaniel

The oldest and largest of the spaniels with males standing up to 58cm the Irish water dog has a coat that consists of dense curls that sheds very little if at all making it one of the best choices for house-proud owners and people suffering from allergies. Need regular grooming as the tight curls can easily become matted.

The Irish water spaniel has a very distinctive appearance but the breed is, unfortunately, becoming quite rare. “People dogs” They are keen to please, energetic, intelligent and make fantastic working dogs or pets for people with an active lifestyle.

Russian Black Terrier

The long coat of the Russian Black Terrier sheds minimally but needs regular brushing otherwise it becomes matted which result in clumps of hair falling out. The waterproof outer coat with dense under layer is brilliantly adapted to cope with his country of origin’s severe winters but requires a lot of attention to achieve the “Show Ring” Look. As the name suggests it comes in one colour only. Black!


The Persian Greyhound or Saluki is an elegant, graceful dog like all sighthounds, it’s silky fur is incredibly soft, smooth and doesn’t shed. It differs from most other hounds with distinctive feathering on the ear’s tails and legs. Virtually odour-free the coat requires little attention.

Weekly brushing is usually sufficient to prevent mats forming in the feathering, it improves circulation and is a pleasurable experience for both dog and owner. Glamourous, gentle and wise The Saluki is one of the oldest breeds treasured by the nobility and hunters of the middle east for thousands of years.

The Airedale Terrier

The largest of all the terriers and one of the more popular large breeds that don’t shed the Airedale requires special attention twice a year to maintain a non-shedding coat. Like a lot of terriers. They have a “broken coat” with a hard, wiry, stiff outer layer and a softer undercoat.

It was originally designed to come out in the claws of any predators while the dogs were hunting and has to be hand-stripped to prevent skin problems that can occur in the breed. Clipping the coat cuts the dead hair leaving the roots behind which can lead to skin irritation, whereas stripping removes the roots from the skin stimulating growth and also preventing the dog from shedding.

The Airedale is intelligent and brave, they were used extensively during the first world war and consequently became the most popular dog in the US during the 1920s. They are still a popular choice of a family pet today.

Standard Poodle

Poodles are the dogs that spring to mind when the question “What dogs don’t shed?” is asked. That is the reason they are present in so many of today’s popular hybrids. The reason that people suffer a little, allergic reaction to this breed and also Schnauzers is: Most dogs shed their dander (The stuff people have an allergic reaction to) every 3-4 days, whereas poodles shed from their skin approximately every 21 days reducing the number of allergens drastically.

Poodles have a single coat of wiry dense curly hair that prevents any hairs they do shed from falling out. A poodle’s coat is one of the most demanding in the dog world and needs regular grooming by a professional to prevent issues.

One of the most trainable and intelligent of all breeds Standard poodles are by no means girly dogs as the fancy cuts of the show ring may suggest they were bred originally by the French to hunt ducks they are sturdy, playful, sensitive and make great family pets.


There is a great choice of non-moulting dogs of all shapes and sizes for house-proud dog lovers and allergy sufferers. However, the amount of shedding does vary in each dog and nearly all puppies moult when their adult coat comes through. If you do suffer from allergies it is a good idea to spend some time with your chosen breed to ensure that you are compatible.

Donna Hepburn

Published author, content writer and qualified dog behaviourist I have owned dogs all my life from Boxers, Rottweilers and Akitas, to Staffies and currently a very demanding Frenchie who is harder work than all the others put together.

I had a collar making business for over 10 years and am involved with several doggy charities. I currently live in the northeast and when I am not writing about dogs I enjoy, travelling, cooking and reading.

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