As an Amazon Associate, we may receive a small commission from qualifying purchases but at no extra cost to you. Learn more.
Dogs are wonderful, but some shed quite a bit.
Extremely clean people and those with allergies prefer dogs that don’t shed much.
It’s important to note that all dogs shed, it’s a natural part of their biology.
However, some breeds take it to the next level, while others shed minimally.
In this post, I have compiled a list of 15 dog breeds that shed minimally and are also under ten pounds.
If you’re seeking the charm of a small dog without the hassle of heavy shedding, you’re in the right place.
1. Miniature Schnauzer
- Weight: 8-17 lb
- Height: 11-17 inches
- Coat type: Double coat with a soft underact and a wiry topcoat.
Anyone looking for a bright, trainable, and friendly small dog finds the miniature schnauzer quite charming.
Minis are tiny but they love to play. They are also social and enjoy being part of a family.
Don’t let a miniature schnauzer’s double coat fool you into thinking it sheds heavily.
With moderate grooming using a good dog brush, you will barely notice the shedding.
- Weight: 7-13 lb
- Height: 8.5 – 11.5 inches
- Coat type: Long, soft, and silky
A Havanese dog is known for her cheerful nature, intelligence, and trainable attitude.
If you are looking for a small dog that loves going for walks and playing fetch, this one fits the bill.
Havanese have long, silky coats that come in a range of colors.
The coats shed very little whether they are left to grow long or kept shorts making the dogs great for allergic people.
3. Toy Poodle
- Weight: 6-9 lb
- Height: 9.5 – 11 inches
- Coat type: Single coat with dense, curly hair
A toy poodle isn’t just adorable; it makes a wonderful companion thanks to her eagerness to please her owners, low exercise needs, and affectionate nature.
This small doggie, despite having a lot of hair on her coat, sheds very little.
She has a single coat full of wiry hair. This makes her a minimal shedder compared to her counterparts with long silky hair.
4. Shih Tzu
- Weight: 7-12 lb
- Height: 8-11
- Coat type: Double coat with long, straight fur
The almighty ‘lion dog” referred to as the Shih Tzu has a long history that goes all the way back to the Tang Dynasty.
Her regal looks as well as charming and friendly personality make her a sought-after pet.
Shih Tzus have lots of hair but they are light shedders. The reason is that they have double coats that reduce hair coming off of them.
With this dog, you are less likely to find hair all over your house.
- Weight: 3-8 lb
- Height: 8-10 inches
- Coat type: Long, straight, and silky
The Maltese is a tiny, elegant dog breed famous for its long, silky white coat.
Members of the breed are also some of the most friendly and affectionate dogs in the world.
A Maltese’s white coat sheds very minimally whether it is kept short or long.
As long as it is maintained well, the dog is the best for people with allergies.
6. Yorkshire terrier
Weight: 2-7 lb
Height: 8-9 inches
Coat type: Fine and silky coat
Also known as a Yorkie, the Yorkshire terrier is a small dog with a big personality.
She is a loyal and affectionate breed but one that loves attention as well.
Yorkies have fine hair on their coats. They almost resemble human manes.
The coat doesn’t shed much if it is brushed and maintained regularly.
7. Coton de Tulear
- Weight: 8-13 lb
- Height: 14-16 inches
- Coat type: cotton-like coat with soft hair
The fun and happy Coton de Tulear is also another small dog for people with allergies.
The breed is an enjoyable companion that forms tight bonds with her owners and fills their lives with comfort and companionship.
The Coton de Tulear boasts a medium to long cotton-like fluffy coat full of hair rather than fur.
She sheds very little and is considered hypoallergenic.
- Weight: 5-9 lb
- Height: 10-12 inches
- Coat type: long, fluffy, and single white coat
With only 8-14 pounds, the delightful Bolognese also finds a spot on our list.
Her sensitive, loving, and playful personality makes her a great companion at home.
Bolognese are low-shedders partly because their coats have hair rather than fur.
They do shed some hairs from time to time but these are very hard to notice.
- Weight: 7-10 lb
- Height: 9-11.5 inches
- Coat type: Dense, wiry, medium-length coat
Affenpinscher, also known as the Monkey Terrier, is a small terrier dog with origins in Germany.
The breed has a bearded face, a playful demeanor, and a rough coat.
The Affenpinscher is considered a low-shedding dog.
With the right maintenance schedule, you will not come across loose hairs all over the place.
10. Brussels Griffon
- Weight: 8-12 lb
- Height: 7-8 inches
- Coat type: Can be rough (harsh and wiry or smooth (straight, short, and glossy)
This toy breed is yet another dog with a big personality.
She enjoys being around her owners and demands her way most times but she’s undoubtedly a lovable companion.
Brussels Griffon is a small and low-shedding pooch.
With frequent brushing, she sheds very little fur throughout the year.
11. Peruvian Inca Orchid
- Weight: 9-18 lb
- Height: 10-26 inches
- Coat type: Hairless or coated (with short wiry hair)
Agile, swift, and smart, the Peruvian Inca Orchid is a regal sighthound that originated from Peru.
The dog is a great pet that also excels in hunting as well as agility and rally sports.
This breed can be coated or hairless. The latter doesn’t shed while the former sheds minimally.
She needs weekly brushing to get rid of loose hair completely.
12. Chinese crested
- Weight: 10-12 lb
- Height: 11-13 inches
- Coat type: Hairless or powder-puff (single coat with long silky hair)
The Chinese Crested needs no introduction. She stands out from the crowd because of her feathery tail and feet.
The rest of her body is pretty much hairless except for the long-coated variety.
This small pup is not only eye candy but sweet, affectionate, and loving as well.
Because of having less hair on her body, the Chinese Crested is a low-shedder.
Even the powder-puff variety sheds little throughout the year as well.
13. American Hairless Terrier
- Weight: 7-14 lb
- Height: 12-16 inches
- Coat type: Hairless and coated (short and smooth shiny coat)
If you want a small dog that doesn’t have a single fur on its body, the American Hairless Terrier fits the description.
The Louisiana native doesn’t have hair but she’s a great companion to have at home.
The American Hairless Terrier, naturally, doesn’t shed because the coat has no hair except for whiskers and eyebrows.
Even the coated variety sheds very little making her the best hypoallergenic doggie.
14. Silky Terrier
- Weight: 10 lb
- Height: 9-10 inches
- Coat type: Long, straight, silky coat
The independent and reserved Silky Terrier is also a tiny dog that doesn’t shed much.
This one is a friendly and alert doggie with killer looks.
One look at a silky terrier and you’ll be convinced that the breed sheds heavily.
However, these dogs are minimal shedders as they have only one layer of fur as opposed to the two layers that is common with heavy shedders.
15. Bichon Frise
- Weight: 10-18 lb
- Height: 10-12 inches
- Coat type: Curly and dense powder-puff coat
Finally, a Bichon fries has long been recognized as a good companion dog mainly because of her cheerful and stable temperament.
The dogs were common with European nobility, especially during the reign of Henry II.
Bichons are low-shedders and will typically shed very little fur that you will hardly notice it on your surfaces.
Genetics plays a role here but as usual, regular brushing also makes a huge difference as well.
In a world where cleanliness and allergies are of ultimate concern, purchasing a toy breed that sheds less is a game changer for dog enthusiasts.
Small pups have a charm of their own. Those that shed minimally come with the added advantage of being hypoallergenic.
They are ideal companions for those looking for lap dogs that don’t drop fur everywhere.
Sable McNeil is a canine chef, professional pet blogger, and proud owner of two male dogs. I have been an animal lover all my life, with dogs holding a special place in my heart. Initially, I created this blog to share recipes, tips, and any relevant information on healthy homemade dog treats. But because of my unrelenting passion to make a difference in the world of dogs, I have expanded the blog’s scope to include the best information and recommendations about everything dog lovers need to know about their canine friends’ health and wellbeing. My mission now is to find the most helpful content on anything related to dogs and share it with fellow hardworking hound lovers. While everything I share is in line with the latest evidence-based veterinarian health guidelines, nothing should be construed as veterinary advice. Please contact your vet in all matters regarding your Fido’s health.