8 Medium Sized Dogs That Don’t shed

We’ve covered small dogs that don’t shed, now let’s talk about medium sizes.

No dog is entirely non-shedding, but some shed significantly less than others. That’s what you’ll find in this list.

A better way to describe the breeds on this list is to call them medium dogs with minimal shedding.

Additionally, these breeds tend to produce less pet dander, which can be a relief for people with allergies.

Considering this, here are 8 medium breeds that shed less and are hypoallergenic.

1. Barbet

Barbet running through the grass

A fairly uncommon breed, the Barbet shares similar characteristics with the Labradoodle. They’re friendly, social, and a little bit silly.

They typically weigh between 40 to 65 pounds (18 to 29 kilograms) and stand around 21 to 25 inches (53 to 64 centimeters) tall at the shoulder.

Their coat is dense and curly, which requires regular brushing to prevent matting. A lot of time and effort will go into making sure your Barbet is tangle-free. Expect to visit a professional grooming for a trim once every 6 to 8 weeks.

2. Dachshund (Standard)

Wire haired dachshund sitting in chair

The standard sized Dachshund is often overlooked for their miniature cousins. But I would argue they’re the perfect medium sized dog.

They typically weigh between 16 to 32 pounds (7 to 15 kilograms) and stand about 8 to 9 inches (20 to 23 centimeters) tall at the shoulder.

Their coat can be either smooth, long-haired, or wire-haired. Smooth-coated Dachshunds have short, sleek hair, while long-haired Dachshunds have a soft and silky coat, and wire-haired Dachshunds have a rough and wiry coat.

Grooming needs vary depending on the coat type. Smooth-coated Dachshunds require minimal grooming, while long-haired Dachshunds need regular brushing to prevent matting. Wire-haired Dachshunds require more frequent grooming to maintain their coat’s texture, including occasional hand stripping.

3. Irish Terrier

A profile view of a young, beautiful, red, tan Irish Terrier walking on the grass.

Irish Terriers are lively and known for their intelligent nature. They are spirited, brave, and make excellent companions for active individuals or families.

Males weigh around 27 lbs (12 kg), while females are slightly lighter, and stand 18 inches (45 cm) tall at the shoulder.

The Irish Terrier has a wiry, dense, and straight coat that lies flat against the body. Their coat color is typically a rich, solid red. They are considered non-shedding, but their wiry coat needs hand stripping to maintain its texture.

4. Kerry Blue Terrier

Kerry Blue Terrier at the park

The Kerry Blue Terrier is known for its distinctive blue-gray coat and spirited personality. They’re a working breed that was bred for herding and guarding.

They typically weigh between 33 to 40 pounds (15 to 18 kilograms) and stand around 17.5 to 20 inches (44 to 51 centimetres) tall at the shoulder.

Their coat is dense, soft, and wavy, with a characteristic blue-gray color that develops gradually as the puppy matures. Regular grooming is essential for Kerry Blue Terriers to prevent matting and maintain their coat’s texture and color. This includes brushing several times a week and periodic trimming to keep the coat neat and tidy.

5. Lagotto Romagnolo

a young Lagotto Romagnolo with her toy

The Lagotto Romagnolo is an active dog known for its affectionate nature and curly coat. Their true calling is water, and you’d be hard pressed to keep them away from any pond or lake.

They usually weigh between 24 to 35 pounds (11 to 16 kilograms) and stand around 16 to 19 inches (41 to 48 centimeters) tall at the shoulder.

Their coat is dense, curly, and waterproof, resembling wool. This unique coat texture makes them excellent water retrievers. Grooming needs for the Lagotto Romagnolo include regular brushing to prevent matting, as well as occasional trimming to maintain the coat’s shape and hygiene.

6. Schnauzer (Standard)

standard schnauzer in front of white background

The Standard Schnauzer is a medium to large-sized dog breed known for its distinctive beard and eyebrows.

They typically weigh between 35 to 50 pounds (16 to 23 kilograms) and stand around 17.5 to 19.5 inches (44 to 50 centimetres) tall at the shoulder.

Their coat is wiry and dense, with a soft undercoat. The breed comes in solid black, salt and pepper, and black and silver color varieties.

Grooming needs for the Standard Schnauzer include regular brushing to prevent matting and periodic hand stripping and scissoring to maintain their characteristic schnauzer look. Their beard and eyebrows may need occasional cleaning to prevent food or debris buildup.

7. Wheaten Terrier

Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier dog isolated on a white background

The Standard Wheaten Terrier is a medium-sized dog breed known for its soft, silky coat and friendly disposition.

They typically weigh between 35 to 45 pounds (16 to 20 kilograms) and stand around 18 to 19 inches (46 to 48 centimetres) tall at the shoulder.

Their coat is single-layered, with a soft and silky texture that ranges from pale beige to golden wheat in color.

The coat doesn’t shed much but requires regular grooming to prevent matting and tangling. Grooming needs for the Standard Wheaten Terrier include daily brushing to maintain the coat’s texture and prevent mats, as well as occasional trimming to tidy up the fur.

8. Lakeland Terrier

Lakeland Terrier sitting on the beach

The Standard Lakeland Terrier is a small to medium-sized dog breed that excel in livestock protection and hunting foxes. They can be very energetic and strong-willed, which can make training a challenge.

Lakeland Terriers typically weigh between 15 to 17 pounds (7 to 8 kilograms) and stand around 13 to 15 inches (33 to 38 centimeters) tall at the shoulder.

Their coat is double-layered, with a dense, wiry outer coat and a soft undercoat. The coat comes in various colors, including black, blue, liver, red, and wheaten.

Grooming needs for the Standard Lakeland Terrier include regular brushing to prevent matting and remove loose hair. Additionally, they require hand stripping several times a year to maintain the texture and appearance of their coat.

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​​Katlin is certified master groomer with over 10 years of experience, a registered veterinarian tech assistant (working in emergency, exotics, and general practice), and has won multiple awards in the show ring with her dogs at AKC and CKC.

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