22 Small Dog Breeds That Don’t Shed (Solved & Explained)

If you want a dog that doesn’t shed a lot, then you should look into some small dog breeds. These small dogs are great for any family because they are small and very manageable. These dogs are also very calm and gentle, which make them ideal pets for elderly or very young children. 

1. Bichon Frisé

Bichon Frise
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A Bichon Frisé, also known as a Bichon Frisé dog, is a beautiful and loyal breed of dog. They are very loving and devoted to their owners, which makes them easy to train and keep around the house.

Bichon Frisé dogs can be used for many types of activities, including hunting, tracking, agility training, obedience training, and sports like dog agility. Although Bichon Frisé dogs are known to be strong and protective, they are also very good with children.

2. Bolognese 

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Bolognese dogs are very fond of people, especially children. The reason behind this trait is that they are very easy to train, and tame because they are very friendly and affectionate. Bolognese dogs have an average intelligence, and are easy to train, when they are trained by using only positive reinforcement.

They make excellent house pets, and love attention. They don’t shed, but require a lot of attention and are great to socialize well with other dogs.

3. Brussels Griffon 

The Brussels Griffon is a low-shedding, elegant breed of toy dogs have a very loyal, playful personality, which makes them great companions and good watchdogs. They are also very adept at tracking scents, as well as responding to signals.

The Brussels griffon is a very fast and agile breed that can be a little unpredictable, but is worth every cent if you own one.

4. Chinese Crested 

This breed is characterized by its long and sturdy frame. However, they can be described as gentle and affectionate, as they are easily trained and well-mannered. This breed needs regular and proper grooming.

A regular and proper grooming schedule ensures that your dog grows up healthily. One thing is for sure, Chinese Crested shed less than most other dogs

5. Havanese 

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Havanese dogs are cute and very sweet, a result of the beautiful coat of fur that makes this breed so adorable. While all dogs need exercise, Havanese puppies are particularly energetic and well suited to an active lifestyle.

Their long, sturdy coat keeps the dog cool on hot days and helps keep them healthy and strong. Havanese are incredibly playful, with a mix of instincts for playfulness and loyalty. The Havanese has an exceptional, silky coat that is non-shedding and almost white in color.

6. Miniature Schnauzer 

One of the biggest reasons to own a Miniature Schnauzer as a pet is because they are extremely easy to care for. Another great reason to own a Miniature Schnauzer as a pet is because they are incredibly quick and energetic.

Miniature Schnauzers make wonderful companions for children who love dogs and can become great friends to elderly people who enjoy spending time with pets. All around, owning a Miniature Schnauzer as a pet is an intelligent, loyal, and joyful decision that can provide years of happiness and companionship.

7. Miniature Poodle 

Miniature Poodle
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The Miniature Poodle’s distinct characteristic features make it stand out among other breeds. Poodles are extremely intelligent dogs which make great pets and companions. They are very friendly toward all humans, but they are wary of strangers.

Poodles are highly trainable, which make them an excellent choice for those looking to breed a companionable and obedient dog. Because Poodles have a variety of colors and patterns, they are an excellent choice for those looking for a dog with a simple, elegant appearance.

8. Scottish Terrier 

Scottish Terrier
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Scottish Terrier need constant socialization and encouragement, both from the day they are brought home and throughout their lives. Scottish Terriers are highly intelligent, and eager to please, but also prone to being stubborn and high-strung.

A good owner will take care to build the dog’s personality and allow it to shine through. The result is usually a wonderfully faithful companion.

9. Shih-Tzu 

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Shih Tzu dogs are very playful and alert, but they can also be somewhat stubborn. One of the biggest problems facing owners of this cute, but vibrant, breed is that many fail to realize that the Shih Tzu has a deep, instinctive need to follow its master. This means that when you are out walking your dog, he needs to be distracted from what he is doing and focused on you.

To keep your Shih Tzu from becoming distracted, try mowing the lawn, mucking the garden, or cleaning the house, and give him enough room to walk around. This will prevent your dog from becoming too focused on one task, which is what causes many Shih Tzu’s to become bored.

10. Yorkshire Terrier 

Yorkshire Terrier
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The Yorkshire Terrier is a small dog, that is extremely easy to train because of their mellow temper and because they are not prone to get over active. They have got to be the most favorite dog breed of those who live in the country because of their great intelligence, and because they require so little exercise and do not shed.

Because of their calmness even in the presence of strangers, they are very good companions for the disabled, blind and deaf.

11. Affenpinscher

The Affenpinscher, called the Monkey Terrier, is an attractive toy dog bred for agility, companionship, and enjoyment. The Affenpinscher was probably developed to closely mimic the traits of these animals, and in turn have become one of the world’s most popular toy breeds.

These are small, adorable, and loving dogs, which really enjoy spending time with people of all ages. They do need regular brushing to keep their coats in great condition, and although they are very affectionate dogs, they can be somewhat sensitive to extreme temperatures. 

12. Maltese

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The Maltese dog breed is probably the most well known and versatile small dog breed. It can be used as a watchdog, service dog, companion or show dog; whatever you want to call it. The Maltese is actually a toy breed and was probably first bred in the mid-to late 1800s as a toy for the wealthy.

They were originally bred to be a companion and guard dog. They are extremely popular as pet dogs today and are used for hunting, tracking, guarding, agility, obedience, and companion dogs. Furthermore, they are good watchdogs and are affectionate towards children.

13. Lhasa Apso

Lhasa Apso
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The Lhasa Apso originating in Tibet, are beautiful dogs that were originally bred for protection. Lhasa Apso have wonderful temperament, and they are extremely trainable. The Lhasa Apso was created specifically to enhance the temperament of the toy breed.

The combination of a sturdy frame, long, high, elegant coat, and excellent working abilities make the Lhasa a very intelligent, quick-working dog. A young Lhasa Apso should be socialized from a very early age, and he will do well with people of all ages.

14. West Highland White Terrier

West Highland White Terrier
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The West Highland White Terrier is a beautiful and unique breed of purebred dog from Scotland. It’s a very cute and fun breed to raise, and you’ll find that these dogs will get along well with children and other pets.

It’s fairly rare for this breed to have any health problems, but you should keep an eye on it since some health issues do affect this breed. The highland white terriers rarely shed, and are considered to be quite easy to groom, though there may be times when they might need some professional grooming.

15. Wire Fox Terrier

Wire Fox Terrier
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The Wire Fox Terrier is often regarded as a distant or unpopular breed, however that is simply not true. This terrier is one of the most popular and recognizable of all terriers, second only to the Poodle. 

Although they were originally bred to be a hunting companion, in recent years their popularity has soared because they have managed to become quite the fashionable pet as well.

16. Cairn Terrier

Cairn Terrier
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The Cairn Terrier dog is a highly social, intelligent, hypoallergenic and loyal companion. They are energetic, intelligent and loyal dogs that make great pets. The Cairn Terrier has an active and playful nature that makes them extremely lovable.

Many people consider the Cairn Terrier to be a sort of smaller version of a poodle – a type of dog that has been bred down from the poodle. The Cairn Terrier was first bred in Scotland as part of the working dog breed registry in 1797. 

17. Australian Terrier

Australian terrier
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The Australian Terrier is such a unique and lovely dog that it is known today as the designer dog. The Australian terrier is actually a very tiny dog with a tiny body frame, they shed very little hair, and an extremely agile physique. These traits have made the Australian terrier one of the favorites among people who are into fashion and design.

This tiny adorable dog makes the perfect companion for people with smaller spaces. The breed originated in Australia, but the original ancestors of the breed that is the present day are from Great Britain. Aussies are great companions, because they are really affectionate, lovable, and funny dogs.

18. Border Terrier

Border Terrier
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These small-sized dogs are very affectionate and well-loved, and are also used for hunting and herding. These dogs get along well with other animals and can often be found in families with other breeds. The cute look of these dogs makes them adorable, but they also make an excellent choice if you want a pet that will be friendly and gentle around your kids and will not destroy household items.

This breed tends to have somewhat poor manners, but are usually an easy breed to train and are fun to have as long as you take the time to properly socialize them with other dogs and people.

19. Bedlington Terrier

Bedlington Terrier
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The Bedlington Terrier is a small dog called by the mining town of Bedlington, England. Originally bred for centuries to hunt, the Bedlington Terrier was later used as a gun dog, water dog, and in fact even in dog competitions.

These qualities make the Bedlington Terrier an excellent choice to have as a pet or even to become part of your family. If you are thinking about adopting a new pet, the reasons why should you should choose a Bedlington Terrier are many.

20. Silky Terrier

Silky Terrier
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Silky Terriers has a very distinctive personality and this is apparent from the fact that they tend to be outgoing, comical, friendly towards other animals and even humans, and possess a high hunting drive.

These dogs are normally very affectionate towards children and have an exceptional fondness for cats. When properly socialized, Silky Terriers can become highly obedient, energetic dogs that love to be with their owner all day long. 

21. Welsh Terrier

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A proud and brave animal, Welsh Terriers possess an exceptional temperament and a powerful drive to perform, which makes them one of the most popular breeds in the world today. Their high level of intelligence makes them easily susceptible to a stubborness streak can also lead to destructive behavior when not properly exercised.

But with proper training, your Welsh Terrier can learn to be a well-mannered, socially tolerant and loyal companion all the while.One of the best things about owning a Welsh Terrier is that they are very good-natured, well balanced dog that enjoy playing and interacting with people of all ages. In addition to their charm and friendly nature.

22. Besenji

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Besenji are extremely intelligent and loyal, and make excellent family pets. Their calm and friendly nature makes them easy to train, and due to their innate curiosity, they are often used as guides and protectors for the blind and deaf. The Basenji has also been used in dog training for many years because of their innate curiosity and their ability to learn.

They are great companions for the elderly because of their loving natures and are highly favored by children because of their loving and protective natures. Besenji are now used in various ways for all walks of life; they are excellent at tracking, agility, tracking activities, tracking tests, and many other tasks.


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