Renting With Pets

Dog Breeds That Don’t Shed Much — Four-Legged Friends for Fur-Free Fun

Hypoallergenic Dog Bolognese

Ask any dog owner and they’ll tell you: the downsides to having a pet never outweigh the joy of caring for one. However, before considering renting with pets, many of us start a good old Pros and Cons list. While the pros may differ, one con in particular often appears at the top of many lists: hair everywhere. If you’re on the lookout for dogs that don’t shed much, we put together a list of hypoallergenic dogs to make your search easier.

For people with allergies, finding the right dog breed to share the apartment with is more than just a pet peeve. So, whether you’re concerned about allergies or just don’t like having to deal with too much shedding, you’ll be happy to know that some dog breeds shed less than others. But first things first:

Every Dog Sheds

Note that all dogs shed, regardless of breed. The difference is the intensity with which they shed, which is more obvious for those with longer coats.

Dogs that shed less are sometimes called hypoallergenic dogs — but this is not necessarily based on hair or fur length. “The reason hypoallergenic dogs are recommended for those with allergies is linked to dander, a protein found in the pet’s hair and skin that some people react to,” said Jeremy Willis of Pet Educate. “With more shedding, more dander collects in the environment.”

To that end, because their shedding is more visible, breeds with longer coats are sometimes avoided when, in fact, the length of the hair is not the issue. “Dogs that grow long coats shed less than other breeds because they enter the shedding phase less frequently and have a longer growing phase, hence why their shedding tends to be much less burdensome to owners,” said Nicholas DeRoma of CatPet.Club. As a result, our list of hypoallergenic dogs includes breeds with majestic manes that shed just as little as shorter-haired ones:

Coton de Tulear

Coton de Tulear

  • Size: small
  • Coat: long
  • Shedding level: low

Smaller breeds are usually the go-to if you’re looking for a fluffy roommate with minimal shedding. As a light seasonal shedder, the Coton de Tulear is the perfect pup for the job. While daily grooming is a must, brushing sessions don’t take long and are thoroughly enjoyed by this lovable furball.

Bichon Frise

Hypoallergenic dog Bichon Frise

  • Size: small
  • Coat: short
  • Shedding level: low

If you’re looking for your next non-shedding companion, chances are that someone has already recommended you get a Bichon Frise. This playful, fluffy breed comes up on many lists of dogs suitable for allergy sufferers. That’s because Bichon Frises have hair — not fur — which means less shedding, but definitely more trips to the grooming salon about every four to six weeks.

Affenpinscher

Hypoallergenic dog Affenpinscher

  • Size: small
  • Coat: short
  • Shedding level: low

As far as non-shedding dogs are concerned, the “monkey terriers” are some of the most lovable and intelligent breeds out there — the minimal shedding is just a nice bonus. In fact, spending time around various types of terriers can be helpful in finding out whether a hypoallergenic dog is successful in helping your allergies. Affenpinschers are also pretty low maintenance when it comes to grooming as they have shaggy, wiry coats that just need a good brushing once or twice a week to keep it neat.

Havanese

Hypoallergenic Dog Havanese

  • Size: toy
  • Coat: long
  • Shedding level: low

Regular baths and combing sessions are a small price to pay for sharing a pet-friendly apartment with a Havanese. Although it rarely sheds, its silky coat can actually grow quite long, which is why grooming is essential. However, quick daily combing sessions should take care of the pup’s coat to prevent mats.

Basenji

Hypoallergenic Dog Basenji

  • Size: small
  • Coat: short
  • Shedding level: low

Quiet, energetic and lovable, the first short-haired breed on our list lives up to its reputation as one of the best dogs for allergy sufferers. A quick brushing usually does the trick to keep a Basenji well-groomed. In fact, they often make your job that much easier because they’re known for grooming themselves — much like cats do.

Bolognese

Bolognese Dog

  • Size: small
  • Coat: short
  • Shedding level: low

The Bolognese is another Bichon on our list to shed minimally and leave as little trace of its white fur as possible. But, don’t let the cloud-like hair fool you — the Bolognese is actually among the easiest breeds to groom, with short brushings usually all that’s necessary.

Brussels Griffon

Brussels Griffon

  • Size: toy
  • Coat: short
  • Shedding level: low

When it comes to dog breeds that don’t shed much, another one that requires minimal grooming is the lovable Brussels Griffon. As if the playful breed needed another reason to be a great family pet, Brussels Griffons also barely shed. The secret to keeping its coat mat-free is regular brushing as often as you see fit.

Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier

Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier

  • Size: medium
  • Coat: medium
  • Shedding level: low

Another breed that needs a quick combing to avoid matting and remove excess hair is the Soft-Coated Wheaten. Like most terriers, this hypoallergenic pup doesn’t shed much and can be the perfect apartment companion for solo renters, as well as families.

Scottish Terrier

Scottish Terrier

  • Size: small
  • Coat: medium
  • Shedding level: low

Another breed to solidify the fact that terriers are the kings of non-shedding dogs is the Scottish Terrier. Weekly brushings and monthly trims should do the job in keeping its minimal shedding in check, as well as its well-known hairstyle with longer fur around the face.

Portuguese Water Dog

Portuguese Water Dog

  • Size: medium
  • Coat: medium
  • Shedding level: low

Water breeds are also known to shed less, and one great example is the Portuguese Water Dog, whose seasonal shedding is usually light. This ball of energy requires regular combing — preferably weekly — to keep its curly coat in check.

Granted, these are just suggestions, as the types of dogs that don’t shed are actually more common than you might think. Regardless of shedding pattern or intensity, keep in mind that regular brushing, grooming and bath time are a must for your pet. “Daily brushing of dogs with short coats helps reduce shedding by removing loose hair strand, as does weekly bathing,” said Dr. Michelle Burch with Safe Hounds Pet Insurance. “For long-coat dogs, shedding can be reduced by grooming appointments every four to six weeks.” And, the best part of grooming sessions is that most dogs on this list will enjoy every minute of it!

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Alexandra Ciuntu

Alexandra is a creative writer and researcher for RENTCafé. With a background in e-learning content writing and a passion for knowledge-sharing platforms, she's covered topics from prop-tech to renters insurance to interior design tips. Very familiar with the renter lifestyle herself, Alexandra enjoys researching and writing about renter demographic shifts and residential real estate market trends as much as she loves writing about how to get along with roommates. You can connect with Alexandra via email.

Alexandra’s work includes collaborations with financial and business publications. Her articles have been featured in several national and international online publications, including the New York Times, Barrons, Inman, Forbes, Marketwatch, Bisnow, and Curbed. Her educational background includes a B.A. in Japanese and English and an M.A. in Journalism and Cultural Studies.

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