Large Non-Shedding Dogs List


No dog is truly hypoallergenic for everyone. You are able to have an allergy towards any one of these dogs but it’s less likely.

Allergic reactions towards pets are caused by dander (dead skin cells) that the pet sheds. You can, therefore, develop a reaction to the dog’s hair, saliva and excretion.

It is advisable to make sure that you’re not allergic to the dog breed (and specific dog) that you’re planning on buying to make sure that you can offer them a long term home. Just because a dog is generally considered hypoallergenic it doesn’t mean that you won’t possibly have a reaction. Every dog is different.

I compiled this list because I too am looking into what dogs are suitable for my family to buy in the near future.

Tibetan Terrier

Temperament: the Tibetan Terriers can be reserved but also very affectionate, gentle and loving towards their owners. They don’t necessarily like being on their own for a long time because they enjoy the companionship of their humans. They are also good watchdogs for a home.

Backstory: the Tibet Terrier was was given the name terrier not because it resembles other terriers in temperament but merely in size. The terrier was originally bred by monks in the mountains of Tibet and thought of as luck bringers as well as being used to guard their tents.

Size and Weight: 35-41cm in height and weigh 8-14kg

Colour, Coat and Care: the colours typical for Tibetan Terriers range from black and white combinations to golden, grey, and even a three colour mixture. They have a double coat consisting of a wool-like undercoat and a top coat of fine hairs, which can be straight or wavy. If you choose to keep the coat long, you should brush it regularly to prevent matting as well as tangling of the hair. You also need to wash your dog more often if it has a long coat that gets dirty quicker. Regardless of the length, the hair needs to be cut regularly (about twice a year).

Life Expectancy: 12-15 years

Shedding: minimal

Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier

Temperament: this terrier is very energetic throughout its life and enjoys playing and running around like a puppy. They are athletic and bark at strangers to protect their family yet after a short time of getting to know the strangers they’ll welcome them. They can suffer from separation anxiety and shouldn’t be left alone for too long as they like being busy with exercises. If they aren’t kept busy they can resort to digging holes, barking, jumping around and other destructive behaviour. They might not be suited for people with very young children. All of these “flaws” as well as chasing instincts can be avoided by the right training of your dog.

Backstory: it is believed that the Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier originates from Ireland and shares an ancestor with the Irish Terrier. They are believed to have been working dogs on farms, hunting small animals and protecting the property of their owners.

Size and Weight: 43-46cm (female) and 46-48cm (male) in height and weigh 14-16kg (female) and 16-18kg (male)

Colour, Coat and Care: they have wheat coloured hair and require regular brushing and trimming of the coat (every few months). Brushing can be avoided by cutting the hair very short multiple times a year. If you decide to keep the coat longer a bunch of things can stick to the coat that the dog will then bring into your house. Water is absorbed by his coat and can drip all over and other things from the outside can also cling to the coat. If you decide to let your dog sleep in your bed, for example, he’ll bring all this dirt with him.

Life Expectancy: 12-15 years

Shedding: minimal

Kerry Blue Terrier

Temperament: the Kerry Blue Terrier can be strong-headed but loving towards their owners and gentle towards children. They may not get along well with other animals as well as dogs. This breed is fast and intelligent as they were also used to assist in hunting activities. They need daily exercise and make great candidates for herding or agility training to keep them busy.

Backstory: this Terrier originates from Ireland.

Size and Weight: 44-48cm (female) and 46-51cm (male) in height and weigh 15-18kg

Colour, Coat and Care: the colour of their coat can be black, blue, silver and grey. They have a wavy or curly coat without an undercoat. It requires regular grooming and clipping.

Life Expectancy: 13-15 years

Shedding: minimal

Standard Poodle

Temperament: they are easy to train, love their family (and doesn’t like being excluded from family activities) and are one of the most popular dogs throughout the world. They can be very funny and being the center of attention makes them happy. They are energetic and can be a little calmer than the smaller sizes and enjoy haven given tasks to do. The intelligence of the poodle can show in the form of stubbornness.

Backstory: the country of origin is unknown but it is believed to be descendent of the Barbet and Hungarian Water Hound. Poodles were used to retrieve waterfowl for hunters and search for truffles. The poodle was later downsized from the standard to the miniature and toy poodle which were especially popular among royalty in the 18th century.

Size and Weight: 45-60cm in height and weigh around 15-20kg

Colour, Coat and Care: grooming needs to be done regularly and since they also enjoy playing in the water and mud washing is an important aspect of keeping your pooch clean and smell-free. Since the coat is very curly they can easily form knots so brushing is important as well.

Life Expectancy: 12-15 years

Shedding: minimal

Goldendoodle (Golden Retriever x Poodle)

Temperament: the temperament of the dog depends largely on the parents. If you have the opportunity to go to a breeder to look at Goldendoodle puppies ask to see the parents see what they are like.

Backstory: they were first bred in the US with the thought of creating an allergy-friendly dog

Size and Weight: 56-58cm (female) and 61-66cm (male) in height and weigh 14-20kg (also depends on the size of the poodle, if it’s a standard poodle or miniature poodle)

Colour, Coat and Care: the coat is most of the time golden (from the golden retriever) and wavy or curly from the poodle. The care needed for their coat will be very similar to the poodle.

Life Expectancy: 12-15 years

Shedding: little but can vary (not all have to be born with hair but could have the fur from the golden retriever instead of the hair from the poodle)

Labradoodle (Labrador x Poodle)

Temperament: as with all hybrid dogs (a mixture of two different breeds) it largely has to do with the temperament of the parents (the genes it gets) but they are friendly dogs if well socialized. They can be easy to train and intelligent and adore being around their people. If you go to a breeder, ask to see the parents to get a good look at what the behaviour of the puppies will be like.

Backstory: they were originally bred to create an allergy-friendly guide dog.

Size and Weight: 54-65cm in height and weigh 25-35kg

Colour, Coat and Care: the colour of this dog depends on the parents and the same goes for the coat, it can be anywhere from short retriever hair to curly poodle hair. If your dog has long hair you should be prepared to brush him regularly to prevent matting.

Life Expectancy: 12-15 years

Shedding: little but can vary (not all have to be born with hair but could have the fur from the labrador instead of the hair from the poodle)

Aussiedoodle (Australian Shepherd x Poodle)

Temperament: the Aussiedoodle is generally intelligent and needs to be kept occupied and get enough exercise. They are also kind, calm, attentive to their surroundings and love to be surrounded by family. They, therefore, have no problem with children or other animals.

Backstory: they were first created in the United States.

Size and Weight: 50-55cm in height and weigh 10-35kg

Colour, Coat and Care: the colour of their hair largely depends on the parents as well as the genetics but mostly have long wavy hair. Colours that can be possible are black, brown, white and yellow/blonde.

The one thing that I find really interesting about these dogs is that they can have amazing eye colours: blue, black, green and even combinations of different colours.

Life Expectancy: 12-15 years

Shedding: little but can vary (not all Aussiedoodles have to be born with hair but could have the fur from the Australian Shepherd).

French Water Dog (Barbet)

Temperament: they are really an allrounder, suitable for families with children, singles, elderly and hunters as they are friendly, intelligent and loving breed. They don’t tend to be headstrong which makes them easier to train. As they were bred for hunting, they need plenty of exercises to avoid developing behavioural problems.

Backstory: the Barbet was originally bred to retrieve shot birds from swamps and other bodies of water for hunters, which is why they love water and have webbed feet (skin between the toes of the dog to enable it to swim better). They are thought to share a common ancestor with the poodle.

Size and Weight: 52-62cm (female) and 57-66cm (male) in height and weigh 14-23kg (female) and 17-28kg (male)

Colour, Coat and Care: the Barbet can have hair colours in white, black, brown and grey. They naturally have curly hair which you’ll only see if the dog is left to air dry after brushing and bathing him. You might need to bathe this breed more frequently than others because they enjoy playing in the water and mud and you might not want that all over your house.

Life Expectancy: 13-15 years

Shedding: little shedding as the hair tends to rather matt into the rest of the hair rather than falling off meaning that regular brushing is important.

Spanish Water Dog

Temperament: the Spanish Waterdog is a loyal, friendly and intelligent breed. They enjoying completing tasks and having something to do as well as loving time around their family. They can get along with other pets and children if they are socialised from a young age.

Backstory: they are theorised to originate from Spanish Iberian Peninsula where they were used for herding and admired for their strength.

Size and Weight: 38-48cm (female) and 42-52cm (male) in height and weigh 14-18kg (female) and 18-22kg (male)

Colour, Coat and Care: their coat can be white, black, brown/white, black/white, brown or beige. The colours are mostly just combinations of one colour with white. The coat of this breed is not usually brushed but rather preferred natural. There is no undercoat but rather a single coat.

Life Expectancy: 10-14 years

Shedding: loses the same amount of hairs as humans do, minimal

Portuguese Water Dog

Temperament: the Portuguese Waterdog is very loyal towards their owners and is a fit for all ages. 
This dog loves to please their owners and is eager to learn. They will protect their family but needs a lot of exercise to avoid destructive behaviour (they enjoy chewing). You can take this dog swimming or running to direct the energy towards something productive.

Backstory: this breed originated in Portugal. They helped fishermen with their tasks, for example, catch fish, guard boats or deliver messages from one boat to another because they are great swimmers.

Size and Weight: 43-52cm (female) and 50-57cm (male) in height and weigh 16-23kg (female) and 19-27kg (male)

Colour, Coat and Care: the hair of this breed is black/white, brown/white, black, white or brown. The coat can be wavy or not wavy at all. It has a single coat and regular brushing can prevent matting of the hair.

Life Expectancy: 12-15 years

Shedding: minimal

Romagna Water Dog (Lagotto Romagnolo) from Italy

Temperament: they love spending time with family and don’t like being left alone for too long or living outside by themselves. They need regular exercise and enjoy mental and physical challenges and activity. They enjoy activities in the search and rescue fields as well as general work with their noses which is why they are also called truffle dogs. These dogs are easy to train and get attached to their owners and can also guard your property.

Backstory: like the Portuguese water dog, this breed was used by fishermen to aid in their day to day fishing tasks as well as look for truffles.

Size and Weight: 41-46cm (female) and 43-48cm (male) in height and weigh 11-14kg (female) and 13-16kg (male)

Colour, Coat and Care: colour combinations include brown/white, orange/white, brown and orange. The tight curls of this dog cover the entire body except for their head and are waterproof. They have a double coat of hair which needs to be trimmed regularly to prevent matting.

Life Expectancy: 15-17 years

Shedding: minimal

Schnauzer

Temperament: the Schnauzer can have a mind of their own. They are attentive and loyal to their families and protect them. They can be playful, kind and get along well with children but also be proud.

Backstory: the Schnauzer originates in Germany. The original standard Schnauzer was used to catch mice and guard their owners and properties.

Size and Weight: 30-70cm in height and weigh 5-43kg

Colour, Coat and Care: they can be black, white or brown and have distinctive beards. The beard and legs especially should be brushed to prevent matting. They have a double coat with a rougher outer coat and a softer inner one. The undercoat should have its dead hairs removed twice a year.

Life Expectancy: 10-16 years

Shedding: very little

Bouvier des Flandres

Temperament: these dogs are very loyal and protective which is why they make good family dogs. They are gentle and calm by nature and are easy to train, learning quickly. For that reason, they can get bored by too much repetition. They like children and other dogs.

Backstory: the Bouvier des Flandres originates from Belgium where they were used for herding. Today they are used for police work and guard dogs.

Size and Weight: 59-65cm (female) and 62-68cm (male) in height and weigh 27-35kg (female) and 35-40kg (male)

Colour, Coat and Care: the colour of their coat can be black, brown, grey and the shades in between. Most of the hair that this dog loses are caught in the matting process of the coat. Brushing the coat regularly gets rid of those few hairs.

Life Expectancy: 10-12 years

Shedding: minimal

Puli

Temperament: the Puli is a very active dog meaning that they like having a lot of space to run around and get exercise. If they don’t get the exercise they need they can resort to overactive or shy behaviour. They often require more than just walking but actual running, like jogging with their owner or even biking. They like children and don’t like being alone.

Backstory: they were originally used as shepherds for sheep in Hungary as well as guarding the sheep. They were good at fighting off wolves because their thick coat prevented them from being bitten.

Size and Weight: 36-42cm (female) and 39-45cm (male) in height and weigh 10-13kg (female) and 13-15kg (male)

Colour, Coat and Care: their coats can be coloured white, (usually) black, beige, silver or brown. The coat is purposely matted to create thin cords. By choice of the owner, the coat can also be cut short for easier maintenance. The hair will grow again after cutting it.

Life Expectancy: 12-16 years

Shedding: little to no shedding

Basenji

Temperament: they can be reserved with strangers but get very attached to their primary caregiver. They are very alert and energetic but may not get along with other pets. Rain is something they don’t enjoy but instead, they really like to climb. They have a strong hunting instinct meaning they can be tricky to train.

Backstory: the Basenji originates from central Africa and used for hunting by tracking its prey and driving them into nets.

Size and Weight:38-41cm (female) and 41-43cm (male) in height and weigh 9-11kg (female) and 10-12kg (male)

Colour, Coat and Care: the colours range from red to black and white and combinations of the colours. The Basenji has very short hair which makes grooming unnecessary. They are very clean and don’t smell. The hair on their tails can be a little longer than the rest of the body.

Life Expectancy: 10-15 years

Shedding: some shed minimally and some have more undercoat and shed more. They generally have seasonal shedding in the spring and autumn.

Saluki

Temperament: they are reserved towards strangers and can be tricky to train and don’t do well-walking off-leash, yet are quiet and calm. They also don’t like being alone for longer time periods. They have a hunting instinct which will make them chase smaller animals.

Backstory: the dogs seem to originate from Iran where dogs looking similar to Salukis were drawn on walls.

Size and Weight: 58-71cm in height and weigh 18-27kg

Colour, Coat and Care: possible colours are white, red, golden, beige and mixtures of them with white. Grooming isn’t something that needs to be done but brushing is used to prevent matting. Frequently bathing them can help keep up the health of the skin.

Life Expectancy: 10-15 years

Shedding: the Saluki is low shedding but has fur

Which is your favourite? Let me know in the comments..

Lisa

I'm Lisa. I grew up with a Yorkshire Terrier, recently got an Aussiedoodle puppy and have learned a lot of things over the many years. I created this website to help you with your puppy and dog-related troubles and share the information I learned about my dogs Fluffy and Teddy.

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