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10 Low-Shed Dog Breeds

Are you a dog-lover with allergies? Do you dream of cuddling the local shelter dogs, but swollen eyes and a runny nose prevent you from seeing which one is cutest? Well dry those tears and put away the Benadryl! We’ve collected 10 of the cutest dog breeds with the best low-shed, hypoallergenic coats so you can comfortably live out your wildest pet-ownership fantasies.

Allow us to shed some (hypoallergenic) light on the situation...

Scottish Terrier

Scottish Terriers are fiercely independent and territorial—paired with a low-shed, hypoallergenic coat, the Scotty is the ultimate compact companion (and they look adorable in sweaters).

Fun fact: This breed is possibly most famous as the animated character, Jock from the 1955 Disney classic, Lady and the Tramp.

Portuguese Water Dog

This very rare breed of dog has short, curly fur that doesn’t shed much, but still requires regular grooming. They are very loyal, very energetic, and very cute.

Fun fact: This dog was originally bred to be a fisherman’s helper, but it had a hard time holding the pole.

Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier

These happy and energetic dogs have a low-shedding coat that requires regular grooming to avoid matting.

Fun fact: The American Kennel Club describes Wheatens as having a “peek-a-boo hairdo and dashing goatee”. How fun!

Chinese Crested

It’s a horse, it’s a mare, it’s a...Chinese Crested! The almost entirely naked dog you’ve been waiting for, the Chinese Crested is a lively and affectionate dog with a mane that would make Li’l Sebastian jealous.

Fun fact: This low-shed dog joined a nudist colony as a social experiment when it was in college at UC Barkley. He liked it so much, it just stuck!

Cairn Terrier

This compact little beast can weigh up to 14 pounds on Earth, but his perfection weighs infinitely in your heart! The short, wire-hair coats of Cairn Terriers are low-shed and hypoallergenic, so you can cuddle him on your couch as much as you want to!

Fun fact: Just imagine this little guy in a bandana.


The Schnauzer comes in three sizes (Venti, Grande, or Tall) and sports a wiry, close-fitting “salt and pepper” coat. This coat produces minimal shedding, as well as a refined look usually reserved for older gentlemen.

Fun fact: The Standard Schnauzer loves to stay active and is adept at performance sports such as agility and ultimate frisbee!


The Basenji hails from Africa originally and has strong natural hunting instincts. Its short hair means low-maintenance grooming for both you and your Basenji—they groom themselves like a cat! (This is a real fact.)

Fun fact: This dog has almond-like eyes that convey a subtle array of human-like emotions to make you feel guilty for not spending enough time with it! Shame on you.


This dog was originally a cross-breed between a Labrador Retriever and a Standard Poodle. The many variations of this new breed of dog mean only some (those with a shorter and curlier coat) are hypoallergenic.

Fun fact: The American Kennel Club doesn’t recognize the Labradoodle as a breed. Which just seems rude.

Bouvier des Flandres

The original Incredible Hulk, the Bouvier des Flandres is a burly breed historically used for farm work. Their coat is known to be good for owners with allergies, but requires a lot of specialty grooming.

Fun fact: This dog was originally three separate breeds, but became one after they almost became extinct during WW1. Wait...that’s not fun at all. That’s really sad!

Irish Water Spaniel

Known as one of the best swimmers in the dog kingdom. This friendly and pro-water pup has a waterproof coat that is considered hypoallergenic thanks to the low-count of dander in its fur.

Fun fact: As the most active dog on our list, your Irish Water Spaniel would be the perfect triathlon companion. Of course, you have to teach her how to ride a bike first.

Don’t let a fear of grooming keep you from finding the pooch of your dreams! Shiny Carpet Cleaning offers professional-grade carpet and furniture cleaning services, as well as Pet Stain & Odor Removal so you never have to worry about where your pup sits.