Big dogs don’t always mean big messes! Find out which large dog breeds don’t shed here, as well as how to reduce shredding in dogs.
Here are 14 big dogs that don’t shed:
- Afghan Hound
- Airedale Terrier
- Black Russian Terrier
- Bouvier des Flandres
- Giant Schnauzer
- Irish Water Spaniel
- Portuguese Water Dog
- Standard Poodle
- Wheaten Terrier
- Wirehaired Pointing Griffon
If you’re looking to get a large-sized breed of dog but worry about the potential shedding, then you’ve come to the right place. The good news is, there are a lot of big dogs that have coats that produce little to no shedding. In this article, I’ll first explain why some dogs shed more than others. Finally, I’ll show you the 14 different big dogs that don’t shed.
Why Do Dogs Shed?
Dogs shed because of one of three reasons. These reasons are:
- Their health
- Their breed
- The season and environment they live in
Dogs naturally shed their fur in order to prepare for certain seasons. Most dogs usually shed during the spring and fall seasons to prepare for summer and winter. However, dogs can also shed their fur due to stress or health problems.
Aside from seasonal shedding, the most common reasons for shedding in dogs include:
Big Dogs That Don’t Shed
Luckily, you don’t always have to worry about shedding with dogs. There are plenty of dogs that are hypoallergenic. Among these breeds, there are at least 14 of them that are large in size. If you want to have a big dog but don’t want to deal with the hassle of shedding? Then you should consider one of the breeds below.
1. Afghan Hound
The Afghan Hound is a longhaired dog that originates from Afghanistan. It has a long, dense, and silky coat that drapes its entire body from head to toe. This dog was bred from ancient sighthounds that come from the mountains of Afghanistan.
This breed needs its long coat to survive the harsh climates of the high mountains it came from. However, since it is a silky coat, it lets the dog run freely and easily scale the rough terrain. Afghan Hounds are known to be affectionate and loving dogs. They easily get along with other dogs and young children. But, despite the breed’s friendliness, it’s still wary towards strangers.
Today, the Afghan Hound is a lazy dog with a short attention span. Thanks to their long legs, Afghan Hounds can easily run at top speeds. Without proper training, you might risk losing your dog if it accidentally goes off-leash. If you decide to get yourself an Afghan Hound, be sure to train it early on so that you can manage its carefree behavior.
2. Airedale Terrier
Airedale Terriers are the largest of all terrier breeds. It’s also known as the “King of Terriers” due to its large size. Airedales have shaggy, coarse, and wiry coats that give it a sheep-like look. This breed grows up to weigh 40 to 65 lbs in weight and 23 inches in height.
The Airedale Terrier was first developed in 1853 by crossbreeding a black and tan terrier with an Otterhound. The breed was created for the purpose of having a sporting dog that could hunt otters and mice. At first, the Airedale Terrier was called the Waterside Terrier because of its ability to hunt in rivers. The name was changed in 1880 because the first dog show that featured the breed occurred in Aire Valley.
This breed is known to be independent, athletic, and spunky! Airedales are vocal and active dogs that love to run around and chase their toys. Thanks to its history, you can also rely on your Airedale Terrier to chase away any pesky mice that might be terrorizing your home.
3. Black Russian Terrier
The Black Russian Terrier is known as the “Black Pearls of Russia” because of its rich history as a breed. Black Russian Terriers have large bones and muscular builds, giving them a strong and sturdy look. This breed, as the name suggests, has a black double coat. Its undercoat is thick and soft while its outer coat is coarse and curly.
Black Russian Terriers, also known as Blackies, were first bred during the Cold War. This breed was developed by Soviet Army scientists with the goal of creating a disciplined working dog that could withstand harsh Russian winters. To put it simply, the Black Russian Terrier was a Russian military dog.
Today, Blackies are a popular family dog. The breed first arrived in the United States in 1989 after an immigrant Russian couple established a kennel for the breed. The breed was registered in the AKC in 2001 and later added to the AKC Working Group of breeds in 2004. Black Russian Terriers are known to be easygoing, confident, and protective dogs.
4. Bouvier des Flandres
The Bouvier is a large-sized breed with a long and thick double coat. Its coat is coarse and curly, making it perfect to withstand harsh winters. Despite having a long coat, this breed can be comfortable in any climate environment. Bouvier des Flandres dogs also usually have docked tails because of the breed’s history.
This breed was developed in Flandres, a region in Europe. When translated to English, this breed’s name means “ox herder from Flandres.” The Bouvier des Flandres is named as such because it is a farming and herding dog. During the early days of its existence, the Bouvier des Flandres only existed to work. The breed’s work consisted of protecting livestock, herding cattle, and pulling carts.
During World War I, this breed was almost swept out of existence. However, one Bouvier des Flandres survived and most Bouvier des Flandres that exist today are his descendants. Today, this breed is still a working dog but it has also become a quality companion dog for families all over the world.
5. Giant Schnauzer
The Giant Schnauzer is the largest among Schnauzers. It has a medium-to-long and wiry coat. Its coat normally only comes in solid black or salt and pepper colors. It’s believed that this breed was developed by crossbreeding the Standard Schnauzer with the Great Dane and Bouvier des Flandres.
Right now, there are three recognized Schnauzer breeds. The Standard Schnauzer, the Miniature Schnauzer, and the Giant Schnauzer. The Giant Schnauzer was developed to be a herding dog. Giant Schnauzers were bred to protect livestock and drive cattle. It’s believed that the Schnauzer was developed sometime in the 1500s. Due to its work and how the breed was developed, you’ll find that Giant Schnauzers have strong and muscular builds.
Today, the giant Schnauzer is primarily still a farm dog but there are people who have acquired this special dog to work as a guard dog. The Giant Schnauzer was registered in the AKC in 1930 and is within the top 100 most popular breeds in the world. Giant Schnauzers are known to be intelligent and loyal watchdogs.
The Goldendoodle is a designer breed that is the result of crossbreeding the Golden Retriever with the Standard Poodle. It is a large and active dog that loves to spend time with its family. Goldendoodles have a long, dense, and curly coat just like the Poodle. It also has the Poodle’s hypoallergenic fur traits.
The Goldendoodle was developed to create a larger Poodle mix that had the poodle’s low-shedding and low-maintenance coat and the Golden Retriever’s friendly and docile temperament. It was first developed in the 1990s, following the success of the Cockapoo and Labradoodle.
However, since the Goldendoodle is still a new designer breed, you can expect that most Goldendoodle puppies that exist today come from first-generation litter. If you want to make sure you have a Goldendoodle that doesn’t shed, you should only look at puppies that are born from two Goldendoodle parents.
7. Irish Water Spaniel
Irish Water Spaniels are part of the Spaniel category of dog breeds. They have thick double coats made of long and curly fur. This breed also has a tail with a wide base that tapers at the end, which is also known as a rat tail. Despite its long and curly fur, the Irish Water Spaniel experiences little-to-no shedding.
This breed was first developed in Ireland and other parts of Europe. Archaeologists have found the skulls of this breed that date as early as the 1500s. The Irish Water Spaniels that exist today were first bred by Justin McCarthy in the 1830s with the purpose of creating a dog that could hunt for ducks and other waterfowl in rivers and lakes.
The Irish Water Spaniel arrived in the United States in the 1870s and later on registered in the AKC. This breed is known to be alert and curious dogs. They are reserved but independent dogs that may be shy towards strangers. Since they are independent dogs, it’s important to be firm and assertive when handling this breed.
The Komondor is better known as the dog that looks like a walking mop. It has big bones and strong muscles that make it look like an even more massive dog. This breed gained its popularity because of its mop-like fur that covers its entire body from head to toe.
Komondors have a long history, originating from as early as the 1200s. It’s believed that this breed comes from Tibet and later on made its way to Hungary by Magyar nomads. The Komondor was originally a cattle dog that herded sheep. The name of the breed means “dog of the Cumans” because archaeologists would find these dogs buried alongside Cumans in their gravesites.
Today, the Komondor is still commonly used as a cattle dog. With the use of its strong build and unique fur, it can withstand all sorts of extreme weather conditions. Komondors are protective dogs that will do anything to protect the livestock that they herd
9. Portuguese Water Dog
The Portuguese Water Dog is a breed that originates from Portugal. It was developed to aid fishermen in their work along the Atlantic coast. These dogs were trained to drive fish into nets, retrieve items that fell off boats, and deliver messages between different fishing boats. In Portugal, this breed is known as Cao de Agua which translates to dog of the water.
Portuguese Water Dogs have wavy or curly single coats that come in a variety of colors. Their coats can be black, silver, gray, white, brown, or a mix of black or brown and white. This breed has a Poodle-like appearance and it’s believed that it actually has Poodle genes in its ancestry.
This breed has an energetic and fun personality. Portuguese Water Dogs fit perfectly into homes with people that will spend a lot of time playing with them. They’re also known as funny and goofy dogs that love to entertain their owners.
The most regal dog on this list is none other than the Saluki. Salukis are reserved and intelligent dogs that can run faster than most breeds. They can easily reach a top speed of 30 to 35 miles per hour which means that you’ll need to have a strong leash for this dog.
Salukis are incredibly graceful dogs and they have the look to match it. They have shiny and silky coats that feather on their ears and tail. Salukis have a typical hound-like build that gives them a deep chest, long limbs, and long snouts. This breed was considered royalty in ancient Egypt, serving the households of various pharaohs. They were bred to live and work in the desert and help their owners hunt for small prey.
Salukis are also surprisingly clean dogs that are known to groom themselves often. The breed grew in popularity in the 1920s and it was first recognized by the AKC in 1927. Today, the Saluki is a rare dog that primarily belongs to elite members of society.
11. Standard Poodle
When talking about dogs that don’t shed, you can’t forget the Standard Poodle. The Poodle is one of the oldest known dog breeds in the world. This unique dog has consistently stayed on top of the list of most popular breeds that exist today. Poodles are intelligent, sociable, and dignified dogs.
The Poodle has a wiry and curly coat that can easily be identified by almost anyone all over the world. They have a distinguished and elegant look that compliments their squarish build. Poodles can come in almost any color coat that you can think of.
Poodles come from Germany but were heavily developed in France. It was created by crossbreeding several dogs from all over Europe such as the Portuguese Water Dog and Hungarian Water Dog. The Poodle eventually earned miniature and giant versions of itself to please dog lovers that wanted this special breed in different sizes. Poodles are known to be intelligent dogs that can sometimes get into mischief. They love to play with the children in their families and even make for excellent watchdogs.
12. Wheaten Terrier
The Wheaten Terrier, also known as the Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier, is an easy-going breed that can befriend just about anyone. The Wheaten Terrier was developed in Ireland sometime in the 17th century. It originates from Ireland and has a long history. This breed was developed with the purpose of working on Irish farms.
The Wheaten Terrier has a very soft and wavy coat that has a charming beard along the muzzle and bangs over the eyes known as a fau. They are normally born with dark coats that lighten as they age. The Wheaten has a single coat, which means that it has no undercoat.
Wheatens have happy-go-lucky personalities that make them friendly pups. Although they are alert and will warn you of strangers, you can’t expect this gentle dog to do much against intruders. Wheatens famously get along with other dogs and also enjoy playing with kids.
13. Wirehaired Pointing Griffon
One of the more unique dogs on this list is the Wirehaired Pointing Griffon. This breed was developed by E.K. Korthals, a Dutchman whose goal was to make the perfect gundog. It’s believed that he created the breed by crossing the Otterhound with various Setters and Spaniels. The breed’s creation began in 1874 and most Wirehaired Pointing Griffons that exist today come from Korthals’ original dogs. The Wirehaired Pointing Griffon was registered by the AKC in 1887.
Wirehaired Pointing Griffons have medium-length wiry coats and beards on their muzzles. They have a thick double coat that helps them resist extreme weather conditions. They have hazel eyes and brown noses that complement their coats that can either be gray, brown, white, or a combination of each.
This breed is highly intelligent and easy to train. They are a bit anti-social but this can be remedied by socializing it as early as possible. The most impressive trait of this dog is its ability to point and retrieve. The Wirehaired Pointing Griffon thrives with owners that are firm, direct, and assertive.
Last but not least is the Xoloitzcuintli or Xolo for short. The Xolo is a dog that has existed for at least 3000 years. It originates from Mexico and was a companion of ancient Aztec and Mayan tribes. The name is made up of two words: “Xolo” which means god of the underworld, and “itzuintli” which is the Aztec word for dog. Xolos were believed to be dogs that could chase away evil spirits and provide healing properties for their owners.
Unlike most dog breeds, the Xolo is a natural breed and isn’t made up of a combination of multiple breeds. The Xolo is a nearly hairless dog with just a few tufts of fur on the top of their heads, feet, and a third of their tails. There are also coated Xolos that have very short and smooth fur that covers their entire bodies. The Xolo typically has black, bronze, liver, red, or slate fur that can have white markings.
Xolos are calm and affectionate dogs. They typically have a favorite member of the family but are also affectionate with everyone. They are low-energy dogs that spend most of their time napping in the sun or cuddling with their owners. Xolos are also efficient watchdogs that will warn you of any impending danger.
Yes, it is possible for you to have a dog that doesn’t shed much. Now it’s important to know that there is no such thing as a dog that doesn’t shed at all. However, there are dogs that hardly shed and don’t affect those that have allergies. Whether or not a dog sheds doesn’t depend on its coat but instead depends on its genes.
As you’ve seen, there are so many big dogs to choose from even if you’re looking for one that doesn’t shed. It’s interesting to see that most big dogs that don’t shed have thick double coats. Having a dog that doesn’t shed doesn’t mean that you don’t need to groom it either. It’s still important to groom your dog regularly whether it sheds or not.
Personally, my favorite dog on this list is the Xoloitzcuintli. I’ve always preferred short-haired dogs and I love hairless dogs just as much. If I were to have a dog that doesn’t shed, I’d love to have my very own Xolo. Choosing your own big dog that doesn’t shed should still depend on what type of environment you can provide for your dog and what type of dog personality suits you.
Hey there! I’m Matt and I’m a content writer from the Philippines. I’ve raised over 10 dogs and 5 cats. I love taking care of my rescue dog Kewpie and my two rescue cats, Misty and Rosy.