Big Dogs That Don’t Shed – The Top 10 Revealed

By Roxi & Huck •  Updated: 01/26/21 •  9 min read

Are you looking for the best big dogs that don’t shed?

Then, this list of big dogs is for you. Some of these top 10 non-shedding dogs weigh up to a whopping 130 pounds. Let’s get started.

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Best Big Dogs That Don’t Shed

# 10. Airedale Terrier

Airedale Terrier dog outside in the grassThe Airedale Terrier is a giant with a special double-coat. It has soft fur underneath but a coarse top coat. This big dog breed is hypoallergenic. Annual hand-stripping and regular brushing help keep it clean.

The Airedale Terrier is the largest both in weight and height of all terrier breeds.

The average weight for females is 45 pounds and up to 65 lbs for males. This adult breed will typically grow to 21-24 inches in height at the shoulders.

They enjoy a lifespan of 10 – 13 years.

Are Airedale Terriers aggressive?

Terriers are a breed that hunts rodents, so they may not be good with other pets like hamsters, Gerbils, Rabbits, and even cats.

They are a family-friendly dog and is intelligent, active, and very friendly. It is not one of the big dogs good for apartments as it needs plenty of exercise and room to run.

#9. Bouvier Des Flandres

head of a Bouvier Des Flandres dog breedThe Bouvier Des Flandres is powerful and big. It was initially bred as a herding dog for work on farms. Of all the big dogs that don’t shed, this breed is often used commercially as police dogs and guard dogs.

This hypoallergenic big dog breed has a double coat with a long, coarse outer cost that requires weekly brushing.  The undercoat is dense and made up of fine hair. The hair grows fast, and trimming is often needed every month.

The Bouvier Des Flandres female can weigh up to 77 pounds, with males weighing up to 88 pounds. Adults grow to roughly 26 – 27 inches tall.

Are Bouviers aggressive?

As puppies, up to about two years old, they are hyper and tend to jump. This breed is brilliant and, if trained properly, is obedient. They are great family pets, but the owners must be firm and consistent in their relationship with a Bouvier to prevent dominance and over-protectiveness problems with people outside the household.

Daily exercise is essential to keep this big guy content. The “tough-guy” attitude is a bluff as he is genuinely gentle and affectionate with his loved ones. He is excellent with children but wary of strangers. This big dog breed does not get along well with other dogs.

#8. Giant Schnauzer

Gian Schnauzer standing outsideThe Giant Schnauzer hair is a dense, coarse coat and is usually solid black. This breed of big dogs that don’t shed is distinguished with a distinct beard and eyebrows.

Like other big dogs that don’t shed hair, he has a soft undercoat of hair with a wiry, harsh outer coat. This dog breed does need regular brushing and grooming.

A female Giant Schnauzer can weigh up to 75 pounds, and males can reach a whopping 110 pounds. Both genders grow to 24 – 28 inches in height.

Is the Giant Schnauzer a good family dog?

No. This large dog breed is not good around children, other pets, and people they don’t know.

Bred to guard and herd, the Giant Schnauzer is an intelligent companion. He is a working dog needing a job or daily activities to keep him content.  A bored Schnauzer will pass the time by finding destructive activities.

The Giant Schnauzer desires to please and is loving and affectionate. While he is very easy to train, it requires assertive and patient leadership. This breed is not recommended for the novice owner.

#7. Irish Water Spaniel

Irish Water Spaniel standing with ownerThe Irish Water Spaniel was bred for retrieving birds over bodies of water.

This dog breed loves to swim. He also strives to please his family. This makes the Irish Water Spaniel an excellent companion. Those beautiful thick curls require constant maintenance, so daily brushing is required. If you aren’t disciplined enough to brush your dog on a daily basis, you should probably find a local dog groomer.

An adult Irish Water Spaniel female weighs around 50 pounds, and the male comes in about 60 pounds. Both genders average 22 inches in height. Their lifespan is 10-12 years.

Is the Irish Water Spaniel a good family dog?

Absolutely! This breed is easy to train and playful. They are affectionate and great with kids. Unlike other big dogs that don’t shed, they don’t get along well with other dogs.

#6. Komondor

White Komondor dog breed standing on red blanketKnown as the dog with natural dreadlocks, the Komondor looks more like a giant mop with a nose and tongue.

The Komondor dog breed has a coarse white coat that is divided into dreadlocks. So, there’s nothing to brush. The deadlock cords do require periodic trimming.

The Komondor does need to be bathed often to look clean due to its’ white fur. It will also take quite a while to dry his fur.

Female Komondors weigh 88-110 pounds while the males top out at 130 pounds. The Komondor is a large, muscular giant. They grow to a height of 25 inches for females and 30 inches for males.

What is the Komondor’s temperament?

The Komondor is an independent breed but is calm and gentle.

This breed is fiercely protective as it was initially a herding guard dog for sheep and other livestock. Your family and kids will be the flock the Komondor will serve and protect.

You will need to invest in training the Komodor, especially in social interactions with strangers.

Top 5 Big Dog Breeds That Don’t Shed

#5. Labradoodle

White and chocolate colored LabradoodleThis is the only hybrid breed on our list, and it’s listed here because the Labradoodle is one of the more well-established mixed breeds. The advancement of the Labradoodle is their increased use as an assistance dog.

The Labradoodle is a mix between the Labrador Retriever and a Standard Poodle.

Not all Labradoodles are non-shedding.

The non-shedding trait of Labraddoles needs to be bred by a breeder.

Adult Labradoodles average 21-24 inches in height and up to 65 pounds for male and female genders.

What Is A Labradoodle’s Personality?

The personality of each Labradoodle puppy will be different due to its mixed-breed makeup. The size and color of their fur also are non-standardized due to the mix breeding.

Labradoodles have great personalities overall. They are affectionate and social and love to play. This large dog breed gets along wonderfully with other dogs.

Kids love Labradoodles, and that love is returned in bundles.

#4. Portuguese Water Dog

Black and White Portuguese Water Dog standing on a dock - big dogs that don't shedThe Portuguese Water Dog was bred to fish, not hunt. He is intelligent, athletic, and friendly.

More than anything else, this dog breed loves being in the water.

Unlike other large big dogs that don’t shed, this breed has a single coat of fur. It can be either curly or wavy in brown, white, and black or mixes of these colors.

In terms of grooming, the Portuguese Water Dog is high maintenance. It requires frequent baths and daily brushing to prevent tangles and matting. In addition, their nails need regular trimming.

Females in this breed can grow to 50 pounds and 20 inches tall. Males reach 22 inches in height and 60 pounds in weight.

If you do not live on a lake, you will need to treat this dog to a lake, river, or pool from time to time when to keep it happy.

The Portie, as aficionados (fans) call him, is brilliant, easy to train, and obedient.

Do Portuguese Water Dogs Make Great Pets?

Yes. They are an excellent companion that loves people, children, and other dogs. You will receive an endless amount of love and obedience from this family-friendly big dog breed.

He will do well in an apartment and is a great, friendly family pet. He has got plenty of energy and doesn’t like to be left alone for over 5 hours, so you’re going to have to get used to brisk daily walks when you get home.

#3. Saluki

Stunning Saluki dog standing outside in the fallThe Saluki may be the oldest dog breeds on the planet.  Archeological digs show the Saluki existed over 6,000 years ago!

The Saluki dog is known as a “sighthound.”  This means the Saluki hunts primarily with sight instead of smell.

He has a short, silky coat of fur that is not hypoallergenic even though it does not shed much.

A Saluki stands 28 inches tall and weighs up to 65 pounds.

This breed is a cousin of the Greyhound and can reach speeds of 43 miles per hour! The Greyhound is faster over short distances, but the Saluki can maintain its speed for over half a mile.

Is The Saluki A Good Family Pet?

He is friendly and makes a fantastic family pet. But, not the most affectionate of the other big dogs that don’t shed on this list.

This breed’s personality is gentle and calm. Noise and chaos are not good for a Saluki. He prefers warm blankets and a comfortable lifestyle.

The Saluki has tons of energy and loves to run. You will need a good pair of running shoes.

#2. Black Russian Terrier

Black Russian Terrier standing outdoors next to its ownerIf you want a massive dog, consider this Eurasian working dog for your home.

The Black Russian Terrier was explicitly bred as a working military dog by the old Soviet Union in the late 1940s.

This big dog weighs in at 150 pounds for males and females coming in at 130 pounds. Both genders are equal in height at 28 inches.

The Black Russian Terrier is another high-maintenance dog. Grooming weekly of the single fur coat will prevent tangles and matting, and it is not hypoallergenic.

Are Black Russian Terriers Aggressive?

This dog is a guardian breed and is aggressive when it feels it needs to be protective of its family.

This Terrier learns quickly and is easy to train. The exception being it will always be guarded with strangers.

This dog breed is brave, hardy, and needs a lot of attention and exercise.

#1. Standard Poodle

White Standard Poodle sitting upright outsideThe Standard Poodle is the lesser-known Poodle relative to the miniature or toy versions.

The Standard Poodle stands around 24 inches tall and weighs up to 70 pounds for males and 50 pounds for females.

Like smaller Poodles, the Standard Poodle has a thick and low allergen fur, which may require professional grooming to manage.

You can, however, maintain your Poodle’s coat with regular brushing and bathing to keep him looking his best. If you must, you could opt for one of the outlandish doodle haircuts.

Is The Standard Poodle A Good Family Dog?

Yes. But, only the Standard Poodle. The Miniature and Toy Poodles are not!

The Standard Poodle is gentle, hardy, smart, playful, and are great with kids.  Obedient and easy to train are what makes these large dog breeds popular.

They do bark a lot and can be anxious. The male Standard Poodle requires more attention and is protective.

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Roxi & Huck

Hello, we're Roxi and Huck. Our passion lies in researching and understanding the compatibility between various dog breeds, both purebred and mixed, and the lifestyles and housing situations of potential owners. We work alongside Mom and Dad to uncover insights that facilitate ideal matches between dogs and their human companions.