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Large Dogs That Don’t Shed – Are They Really Low Shedders?

Written by: Bojana Radulovic
Did you know that you can actually own a large size dog that doesn't shed? Read on and discover the best large size dogs who won't mess your carpets with their hair.

Large dogs are just amazing!

People, and even other dogs, love them for so many different qualities.

Large dogs are usually goofy, extra fluffy, and tend to be attached faster to humans which is why they are often easy to train.

Have you noticed how famous cartoons usually pick large size dogs for nanny characters?

There is a reason for that – large size dogs have been used throughout history to protect children mostly due to their size and calm temperament.

On top of that, they’re amazing judges of character, very intelligent, and they can easily keep strangers away.

There are so many reasons to love large size dogs. Although they have many qualities, people cannot ignore one fact – the larger the dog, the more intense shedding.

That’s right, we all know it – large size dogs do shed a lot.

Have you heard about the notorious shedding of German Shephard?

Have you ever seen the strings of hair when an adorable Bernese Mountain Dog walks through your room?

Extra love that comes with large dogs is commonly shown in the amount of hair that they leave behind them: in your living room, all over your favorite chair, bedroom, every carpet, and of course, your clothes.

Let’s be honest, dog owners know this already – some hair may be found even in food from here and now.

Do you love big dogs, but you don’t want to deal with extra dog hair inside your home?

You are in luck because some amazing large size dogs don’t shed. Some of them are so low-shedding breeds that experts describe them as hypoallergenic.

Still, if you have really severe allergies, make sure that you talk with your doctor if a dog, even a low-shedding breed is the best pet choice for you.

Read on to learn more about 11 large size dogs that don’t shed.



Komondor is one of the most recognizable dog breeds alive. Thanks to the breed’s white and long dreadlocks, these dogs are easy to spot.

They are also highly demanding when it comes to grooming. Imagine cleaning, brushing, and drying these deadlocks after every rainy walk… Just consider that before you run and get this breed.

Originally from Hungary, Komondor is the perfect livestock guardian and hard worker.

Their unique and lavishing coat is actually what protects them from harsh weather and animal bites, such as wolves.

As large size dogs, they weigh somewhere between 80 to 100 pounds or more.

As physically powerful dogs, Komondors are recommended only to experience dog owners who know their way around large dog breeds.

Standard Poodle

When it comes to curly-coated companions, no breed can beat the globally famous Poodle.

Did you know that there are not one, but five different types of Poodles?

Plus, Poodles are one of the most used dogs for the creation of new breeds.

The largest among all Poodles is the Standard Poodle.

This breed may have up to 70 pounds and will have more than 15 inches at the shoulder, usually up to 22 inches.

This famous Poodle was originally developed in Germany as a water retriever, which is why they are huge water lovers even today.

Poodles are best-know for their famous curly and soft coat, for being great dogs for any size space, and for not shedding.

This is one of the rare breeds that can actually lounge on the couch all day long and not leave any hair behind. However, they should be groomed by a professional groomer to prevent mats.

If your Poodle comes with a longer coat provide a brushing session every other day to keep their coat debris-free and tangles-free.

Portuguese Water Dog

Portuguese Water Dog is a breed always ready for some kind of action.

This black and white dog has been known across Portugal for hundreds of years. Their main duty was helping fishermen.

They are one-of-a-kind water dogs that can herd fish into nets. How awesome is that?! As a water dog, their coat is waterproof and doesn’t shed.

Thanks to their coat, the Portuguese Water Dogs are considered to be hypoallergenic.

To keep their coat debris-free you should provide regular weekly brushing sessions.

To get out the most of the breed’s adorable locks, use a slicker brush to make brushing fast and easy.

Overall, this is a medium-size dog who will easily adapt to any living space, as long as you provide enough exercise.

Irish Water Spaniel

Appearance-wise this Irish breed is often mistaken for Standard Poodle, although they are two separate breeds.

If you don’t like brushing and grooming sessions, this breed isn’t for you, because this dog needs 2 to 3 brushing sessions per week.

They may not shed, but they still need proper coat care. Originally, this breed was used as a versatile hunting dog.

Commonly known as the Rat Tail Spaniel, this curly breed can weigh up to 70 pounds. Their body will always be well-boned and muscular.

As for the color, the Irish Water Spaniel will commonly come in the solid liver (brown).

Giant Schnauzer

Giant Schnauzer’s body is true to his name. This breed has 55 to 85 pounds and 23.5 to 27.5 inches in height. They are robust, strongly built, and somehow dogs of square-like shape.

Giant Schnauzers are all-around working dogs, although they are mostly full-time pets.

The most unique feature of this breed is focused on their face – this large breed is known for its strong beard and eyebrows.

Giant Schnauzers are usually of solid black or pepper and salt color. They will always have a proud stand. Thanks to their coat they shed very little, but regular brushing is still needed.

This is a high-energy dog, that will always chase cats, so think twice before you get this breed if you’re a feline owner as well.


Another large size dog that people love due to their low shedding coat is adorable Briard.

Originally from France, this breed has been used for years as a working dog. Their primary duties include herding sheep and guarding flocks.

Even today, they are great guard dogs who will enjoy any outdoor activity. Briard comes with a long and wavy coat that is water-resistant.

Provide weekly brushing and overall regular grooming practice to provide a neat and clean look. This large dog can weigh up to 100 pounds, with females being lighter and smaller.

As for the height, Briards are 22 to 27 inches tall at the shoulder. Do not force bathe time, and bathe Briard only when really needed.

Afghan Hound

If you love large size dogs who can run super-fast, then the elegant Afghan Hound will definitely spark your interest. This is an ancient breed, old thousands of years.

Afghan Hounds originated in the mountain region of Afghanistan. They are also highly popular, and often seen in India and Pakistan.

From day one, these elegant dogs were used for hunting. They were also seen as loyal companions by royalty.

Best known for its long and silky coat, this breed demands regular brushing, regular exercise, and high-quality food to keep them strong.

Walk off-leash is a big no-no because no human could ever catch this breed – they can run up to 40 miles per hour.

As for the size, these elegant dogs usually have between 50 to 60 pounds and 25 to 27 inches.

Afghan Hounds are very tall for dog and their coat is a combination of many colors, including domino and brindle.

Airedale Terrier

Airedale Terrier or “King of Terriers” is the largest of all the terrier breeds.

Originally developed in England, this breed was mostly busy working as a duck hunter and rat killer. This is why they were very often seen working on farms and overall across the rural areas.

These large dogs will always have a short and wiry coat that may be crinkled, straight, or even slightly waved.

They are not known as big shedders, because their coat doesn’t shed.

Since they aren’t shedders, their coats must be professionally clipped or hand-stripped. This should be performed three to four times per year.

To keep his coat clean and neat, provide a brushing session and make sure that you use a soft slicker brush. This is the best tool to keep his coat tangle-free.

As for the size, Airedale Terriers usually weigh between 50 and 70 pounds and commonly have around 23 inches.

Overall, this is a strong and well-balanced breed recommended to only experienced dog owners.


Some dogs are naturally elegant, and powerful Saluki proves it. This is an ancient breed that loves spending time with his humans both indoors and outdoors.

This is a one-family dog who will suffer beyond expected if neglected or left.

Saluki is a loyal and devoted dog who will never jump onto your lap, although he will love being next to you all the time.

This is a running dog. If you are into jogging, Saluki will be more than happy to join in.

If you have a backyard make sure that it’s well-fenced and don’t have any off-leash walks out in the open.

If this dog runs away, you won’t be able to catch him, no matter how well trained he is.

With 35 to 70 pounds and between 23 to 28 inches, this breed will live up to 14 years if you provide people care, great nutrition, and an overall safe environment.

Bouvier Des Flandres

Bouvier des Flandres are hard working dogs. They are low shedders, but their large size body can still collect a lot of debris.

This is why regular, weekly, brushing is a must.

As steady-tempered dogs, they should be calm during the brushing sessions especially if there is a reward afterward. This multipurpose dog comes with a fair amount of energy and still has to be exercised daily.

Bouvier des Flandre is an alert, sensitive, intelligent, and protective dog.

They love to chase and nip moving things. This is the main reason why children should be well-educated on how to behave around these dogs.

Bouvier des Flandres may be aggressive toward other animals if not raised together from puppyhood.

As for their size, Bouvier Des Flandres can weigh between 70 to 100 pounds, and stand 23 to 26 inches tall at the shoulder. Their coat is commonly fawn, black, grey brindle, or ‘pepper and salt.’

Wirehaired Pointing Griffon

Wirehaired Pointing Griffons are versatile hunting dogs that originated in the far 1800s.

Today, they are known as great pointing and retrieving dogs who are mostly today busy as companion dogs.

Within the dog lovers’ circles, these dogs of rough look are known as the “supreme gundog.”

If not used for hunting, this breed will need a lot of additional exercise next to regular walks.

A backyard is a must for this breed and a regular walk to the dog park for a good run.

To prevent tangles in Griffon’s coat you should provide regular brushing sessions. This is the best way to remove dead skin and remove undercoats. Hand-stripping from time to time may be needed.

Wirehaired Pointing Griffons have between 70 to 100 pounds and they are 23 to 26 inches tall at the shoulder.

If you manage to provide proper care, high-quality food, regular exercise, and an overall safe environment you can expect your Bouvier des Flandres to live up to 12 years.

Can You Stop Dog Shedding?

Now that you know the best large size dogs who don’t shed, or don’t shed a lot you need to know for sure if a large size dog is for you.

In general, large size dog is a bigger financial investment, more demanding when it comes to veterinarian check-ups, and they also eat more and they need large living space.

If you are sure that you can handle everything listed and you have experience as a dog owner, plus you know your way around large size dogs – congrats! you are about to make a great large furry buddy for life.

If you still want to know if there is any way to minimize dog’s shedding, keep on reading.

Getting any of the large breeds listed above means a hair-free home.

Still, you will have to provide weekly brushing and regular grooming in general. This is mandatory to remove dead hair and keep tangles away.

Next to this, you should provide additional steps that can easily limit or stop a dog shedding.

Here are the most effective steps:

  • Provide regular and weekly brushing
  • Use the right grooming tool
  • Don’t overdue with bathing
  • Let your dog swim if he is a water lover
  • Provide the best nutrition possible
  • Always check skin for any sign of fleas or skin infection