If you are a big dog lover, you probably deal with a lot of dog fur in your home. There are, however, certain dogs that don’t shed, or shed very little. These canines make perfect house pets for families with kiddos or people prone to allergies. Check out the list of large dogs that don’t shed along with their temperament, traits, grooming needs, and fun facts.
Large Dogs That Don’t Shed
1. Standard Poodle
The Standard Poodle stands at around 22 inches. They weigh around 45 pounds, although they can be as heavy as 70 pounds. They are loving, playful, highly intelligent, and protective. They also prefer to stay indoors but need plenty of exercise outside.
Fun Fact: Standard Poodles (and all the other poodles for that matter) are so elegant and beautiful they are common subjects for artworks and inspiration for fashion. Just check out the fifties’ poodle skirt!
Grooming Needs: High (you should brush his coat once a day)
At about 40 pounds, Saluki is a hound dog, and as such, he has some hunting qualities: fast, protective, and independent (so this may test your patience during obedience training). He can chase anything and anyone he doesn’t trust, so you should feel honored if he cozies up to you. Speaking of cozy, although this dog requires a lot of space to exercise, he can do just as well lounging on the dog bed as he loves anything warm. He’s certainly one of the calmest and gentlest dog breeds.
Fun Fact: How fast is a Saluki? He can run as fast as 69 kilometers an hour! And he doesn’t get tired easily since the padded feet help minimize impact upon landing.
Grooming Needs: Moderate (he needs some teeth brushing and coat brushing at least once a week)
3. Bouvier Des Flandres
Bouvier des Flandres, which can weigh as much as 70 pounds, is not only one of the large dogs that don’t shed, but he’s also one of the best family guard dogs. Patients also count on Bouvier des Flandres for medical assistance. He is intelligent, devoted, strong, and obedient, thanks to his ancestors being a family farm dog.
Fun Fact: This dog breed serves as an inspiration for a book entitled A Dog of Flanders, which features the fictional Bouvier Des Flandres named Patrasche. His relationship with a Belgian boy, Nello, made the book a hit in Asia and inspired two monuments in Belgium.
Grooming Needs: High (his rough coat can collect debris and dirt)
4. Airedale Terrier
At 55 pounds, the Airedale Terrier is the biggest of his breed. His ancestors were hunting dogs, so he is very agile, playful, and energetic. Although this is one of the large dogs that don’t shed, he’s not the most ideal for apartment living because of his being high energy, but your kids will love his intelligence and protection.
Fun Fact: Laddie Boy is the most popular Airedale Terrier in US political history, beating Bo and Sunny by a mile! He had attended government meetings and fund-raising events. Can you spot him in the picture below?
Grooming Needs: Low (he is also one of the large dogs that don’t drool a lot)
5. Irish Water Spaniel
If you don’t mind your kids roughing it up with big dogs, then owning the biggest of all spaniels is okay. The Irish Water Spaniel has a lot of energy, loves to play, and is extremely athletic. In fact, he is an excellent swimmer! But if you have other pets, break the dog gently or start with a puppy since he can get aggressive with other animals.
Fun Fact: This dog breed is so rare there’s not much information about him. He also holds the distinction of being the oldest among the water spaniels and sporting dogs.
Grooming Needs: Low (he needs brushing about every two weeks)
6. Giant Schnauzer
As a working dog, the Giant Schnauzer (which can weigh as much as 104 pounds!) loves some activity, so when he gets bored, he can destroy a couple of things. He also has the tendency to be suspicious of people and animals, but he adores children. With his intelligence, strong-willed mind, largeness, and obedience, he can be a search and rescue or police dog.
Fun Fact: Although they were mainly farm dogs, they played a huge role during the two world wars, “working” as messenger and trench dogs.
Grooming Needs: High (his thick coat can trap saliva and food)
7. Portuguese Water Dog
The Portuguese Water Dog got his name from his ancestors’ occupation: fishing! Although he didn’t catch fish, he helped the fisherfolk pull the nets. This explains why he is so strong and a great swimmer. He is also smart, affectionate to children, strong-willed, and alert. If you need a canine playmate, pick the Portuguese Water Dogs since they are playful and love the outdoors.
Fun Fact: Do you know the most famous Portuguese Water Dog? Well, he’s Bo!
Grooming Needs: High (he needs brushing once a day and regular hair clipping)
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— Nature Photography (@NaturePH0T0S) May 27, 2017
Some people may disagree with adding the Komondor as one of the large dogs that don’t shed, but he doesn’t in a unique way: he doesn’t lose hair but cords. Remember, though, he can “shed” a lot as he is growing. He can weigh at least 110 pounds (for males), but he’s more known for his coat, which is corded. As a guard dog, he is independent, quiet, doesn’t like to play much, but can be aggressive when he feels his owners are threatened.
Fun Fact: Mark Zuckerberg owns one. My, look at that huge furball!
Grooming: High (although he hardly sheds any coat, he can lose the cords once per year, which may need manual removal to prevent matting)
9. Black Russian Terrier
Not a true Terrier, the Black Russian Terrier is suspicious of strangers and can be wary of other dogs. If you have other pets, socialization should be gradual. He is intelligent, though, and highly trainable (but he can be stubborn, so you need to make him feel you’re in charge all the time). He’s one of the most loving dogs toward children.
Fun Fact: Ever wonder how the Terrier got his name? He’s developed by the Russians during the late 1940s to be military dogs. He is a combination of 17–yes, 17!–different dog breeds.
Grooming Needs: High (they need brushing a couple of times per week)
This list is about large dogs that don’t shed, but why limit yourself to them? Here are more than 25 non-shedding dogs of various sizes:
Aren’t these large dogs so charming? They have distinct personalities too, so you can surely find one that matches yours. Regardless which you pick, they stand by the canine code: They make excellent best friends!
Which of these large dogs that don’t shed do you like? Tell us why in the comments section below.