The Most Low-Energy, Non-Shedding Dog Breeds
Whether you're looking to adopt a Maltese, Welsh Terrier, or Italian Greyhound, there's a pet suited to both your activity level and lifestyle.
When you bring home a new pet, it's a huge commitment and, sometimes, even a lifestyle change. "Two of the most common reasons one might get a low-shedding dog are there are allergy sufferers in the home or the prospective owner does not want to deal with the shedding that many dogs go through," says Gina DiNardo, executive secretary of the American Kennel Club. She explains that low-to-moderate energy dogs may appeal to some people because they, "might live a more sedentary lifestyle or work often and not have as much time to dedicate to providing rigorous exercise for the dog."
This proves true for senior-age owners as well as young families. It can be the ideal choice for your home, too. Some prospective adopters live in apartments and smaller rental spaces where a low-energy dog is likely to thrive and less likely to shed hair on surfaces. Dogs that shed very little or not at all could still trigger reactions in people; however, many people with allergies have been able to be around low-shedding dog breeds without experiencing an allergic reaction. The dander tends to cause a majority of allergies, DiNardo explains, and dogs that don't shed much tend to produce less dander. "We recommend that potential owners interact with the breeds that they are considering to make sure there is no allergic reaction to the dog that they want to bring home," she says.
If you're interested low-energy, non-shedding breeds, consult our guide to find out which canine companion is right for you.
This little dog has a big personality: Affenpinschers are known for their sense of humor and fun, as well as their confidence. (This latter point also means that they can be willful and domineering, and harder to train.) But as a member of the Toy group, they're happy to sit in your lap.
Brussels Griffons—with expressive eyes and that famously bearded appearance—are alert, sociable, and easily trained. They are devoted to their chosen human with a low threshold for loneliness. These dogs grow to be between seven to 10 inches in height and eight to 10 pounds by the time they reach adulthood.
The Chinese Crested dog is easily recognizable because of its crested hairstyle (which kind of looks like fluffy, perky pigtails), hairless body, furry tail and "socks." If you're looking for a dog that would relax with you on a quiet night, this breed makes an affectionate, loyal friend.
What do you see when you first meet an Italian Greyhound? These dogs have long, elegant legs and beautiful canine features. And they prefer to hang out on the couch rather than running around all day.
If you're looking for a teddy bear of a dog, the Miniature Schnauzer fits the bill. These dogs are the smallest size of the Schnauzers and have hard, wiry coats that come in three color patterns—salt and pepper, black and silver, and solid black. They are a robust breed suitable for apartment life or farmland acreage.
What the Lakeland Terrier lacks in size, it makes up for in personality. Their short, wiry coat does not shed and can come in several different colors. They learn fast in training but are not considered hyperactive.
Welsh Terriers are the calmer version of the Terrier breeds. Known for their friendliness and intelligence, these dogs make great companions when adequately socialized by their owners.
Another small dog, the Maltese lacks an undercoat so they don't shed much at all. You'll need to brush him regularly to prevent matting and keep the coat clean. A daily walk and a little bit of playtime, either with toys around the house or with you, is enough to keep him entertained.
West Highland White Terrier
West Highland White Terriers—or Westies as they're also known—are adorable little dogs that are perfect for apartment dwellers. Their energy level is low but they'll still need to go on walks. And they don't shed so your allergies shouldn't bother you.