Non shedding dog breeds
The term ‘non-shedding dog’ is a bit of a misnomer as in reality all dogs shed to some degree. On the bright side, there are some breeds that shed only very little hair and may therefore be better suited to allergy sufferers and people who like a clean house.
We have put together a list of the most popular low shedding dog breeds in Australia. Learn more about their history, characteristics, temperament, common breed diseases and conditions and lots of other interesting facts to guide you to choose the right dog for you!
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The Airedale Terrier is the largest of all terrier breeds. The breed is tall and sturdy with a muscular body and covered in a thick, course coat of fur.
Australian Cobberdogs are loving and highly intelligent dogs that descend from the original Labradoodles. They work as therapy and assistance dogs.
Australian Terriers are energetic, adaptable and loving, small sized balls of fun. They love to please their owners and make great family pets.
The Bichon Frise (or simply “Bichon”) is a small, sturdy dog famous for its curly, fluffy white coat. They were popular in France as performing dogs and companion dogs.
Brussels Griffon (Griffon Bruxellois)
The Brussels Griffon, also known as Griffon Bruxellois in Europe, is a toy dog breed.
Cairn Terriers are cute, scruffy looking small size dogs with loads of energy and personality. Best known as the dog in The Wizard of Oz, they love being part of the family and being busy and active.
Cavoodles are cute, smart and energetic small to medium size dogs that are very popular with families. They are highly trainable, love people and make great companions.
Dachshunds are lovable, independent little dogs with a distinctive, long body and short legs. They have an independent but loyal nature and a bright personality.
Groodles are intelligent and energetic large sized dogs that are very popular with families. They are highly trainable, love being involved with people and make great companions.
The Irish Terrier is a medium-sized dog and one of the oldest breeds of terrier. This handsome bearded dog is active and adaptable, suitable for life both in the country and in the city.
The Italian Greyhound (also referred to as the IG) is a slim, fine boned dog. It looks quite similar to the Whippet but it is smaller in size and stature.
Labradoodles are friendly, affectionate, intelligent and energetic large sized dogs that are very popular with families. They are highly trainable, love people and make great companions.
The Lhasa Apso is a small, non-sporting dog known for its long, silky, dense coat which (unless groomed otherwise) flows to the floor.
Maltese are cute, friendly and endearing toy size dogs with lots of personality and zest for life. They are happy to play, go for walks, or curl up in your lap and can fit in with any lifestyle.
Maltese Shih Tzu
These are cute, friendly and outgoing toy size dogs that are one of the most popular cross breeds in Australia. They are highly trainable, love people of all ages and make great companions.
Miniature Dachshunds are adorably cute, willful little dogs with very short legs and a long body. They have a loveable yet independent temperament and a bright personality.
Miniature Poodles are highly intelligent, cute and energetic small sized dogs that are very popular with families. They are highly trainable, love people and crave companionship.
The Miniature Schnauzer is a popular small dog with a huge personality and loads of energy.
Moodles are cute, relaxed and placid small sized designer dogs that are very popular with families. They love people and make the perfect lap dog.
Portuguese Water Dog
The Portuguese Water Dog (affectionately known as the Portie) is a medium-sized dog known for its thick, curly coat which is (in most cases) hypoallergenic.
The Puli is a breed of Hungarian herding and livestock guarding dog with a uniquely distinctive coat. Characterised by long, woolly, corded dreadlocks covering his compact but powerful body.
The Schnauzer is a medium-size dog of German heritage whose popularity led to the development of two more breeds – the Miniature Schnauzer and the Giant Schnauzer.
The Schnoodle is a cross between a Schnauzer and a Poodle, bred to combine the Poodle’s eagerness with the sturdiness of the Schnauzer.
The Scottish Terrier is a small and sturdy breed of domesticated dog. High-spirited, fiercely independent, determined and very playful, the Scottish Terrier was developed from a number of the old highland terrier breeds several hundred years ago.
Shih Tzus are cute, toy sized dogs that are popular amongst older adults and those living in smaller households. Loyal, playful and very affectionate, they make great companions.
Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier
The Soft-coated Wheaten Terrier (simply referred to as “Wheaten Terrier” or “Wheaten”) is a medium-sized breed with a distinctive silky coat.
The Spoodle is a low-shedding hybrid breed that comes from crossing the Cocker Spaniel and Poodle. Intelligent and loving, they are popular with families.
The Standard Poodle is a large and lively dog, known for its thick, tightly curled coat, high intelligence and enthusiastic nature.
The Toy Poodle is a small and lively domesticated dog, known for its thick, tightly curled coat and enthusiastic nature.
The Welsh Terrier (a.k.a. Welshie) is a small-medium dog similar in appearance to the Airedale Terrier and some claim it is the oldest breed native to the UK in existence today.
West Highland White Terrier
The West Highland White Terrier (known affectionately as the Westie) is a small dog breed originating in Scotland, bred to hunt small rodents.
The Whippet is a medium-sized domesticated dog of the sighthound type. Lean, long-limbed with a short coat and highly athletic, it is often mistaken for its cousin the Greyhound.
Yorkshire Terriers are cute, friendly and energetic toy size dogs with lots of personality and zest for life. Terriers at heart, they know what they want and will assert themselves to get it.