Love big dogs but not the shedding? Well here are some “macho” big dogs that don’t shed, that you will fall in love with.
#1 Airedale Terrier
The Airedale Terrier is the “king of terriers”,as it is the largest of the terrier breeds.They are alert,intelligent,confident,outgoing and friendly.Originating in the River Aire district of Yorkshire U.K. in the mid 19th century.Standing up to two feet in height and 55 pounds when fit,this was a formidable hunting dog.
They possess a “Broken Coat” double-coat,which is wiry and hard,with soft fur underneath. Their coarse top coat requires regular brushing and annual hand stripping to keep it clean.
They are a friendly family pet,and being a large terrier, are quite active, and require plenty of exercise, therefore not the ideal breed for an apartment.
#2 Bouvier Des Flandres
The mighty Bouvier Des Flandres is big and powerful, males can tip the scales up to 120 pounds.Being working dogs, hauling weight around is no problem with their strong legs.
Originating in Flanders,Belgium.The breed name translated to english means “Cow Herder Of Flanders”Being originally bred from the giant Irish Wolfhand,they are strong in body and gentle in nature.They require weekly brushing and combing for their thick coat,and a trim every four weeks,especially to keep their coat, moustache and beard manageable.
A daily exercise routine is a necessity to keep this gentle giant content.He maybe have a “tough-guy”title, but he is truly affectionate and gentle with his loved ones, and child friendly, but not so of neighboring dogs.
#3 Giant Schnauzer
The Giant Schnauzer first appeared in Bavaria,Germany in the 17th century.They are the largest of the three schnauzer breeds.The male can stand over two feet in height and weight up to 104 pounds.They were bred to guard and herd.
They have a thick,course coat.They were bred as farm working dogs,and served the German army as “military dogs” in World War One & Two,and today are utilized by the German police departments.
Although quiet in nature,they can be territorial and suspicious of strangers.Being intelligent,high spirited and energetic,they get bored easily.Therefore they require daily exercise and activities to keep them fit and stimulated.
Like all Schnauzers, they are keen to please and are very receptive to training. The Giant Schnauzer requires patient but firm owner leadership.
#4 Irish Water Spaniel
The Irish Water Spaniel was bred for fetching game from bodies of water…and loves to swim and please it’s master.
Ranging up to two feet in height and 60 pounds in weight,you could be confused that they have “web feet” as they prefer to be in water than land.
Their coat of thick curls,is non shedding,but won’t maintain itself.Daily combing brushing is required, along with a daily exercise plan.They are loyal to their family,therefore they can be trained as excellent guard dogs, with their deep menacing bark.
And of course they will love you if you have a backyard swimming pool or located close to a lake or river.This is truly one of the big dogs that don’t shed.
The Komondor A.K.A. Hungarian sheep dog and affectionately known as mop dogs,due to their thick white coats that cover their eyes and face,if not trimmed.The breed was originally a Tibetan dog,and was was brought to Hungary by the ancient Cuman people,who settled in Hungary in the 13th century.
Komodor’s can grow up to 2.5 feet high and males can weigh up to 130 pounds.They are affectionate to their family and child friendly.Although they are wary of strangers,due to their upbringing of guarding livestock and have a protective mindset.
This dog resembles a sheep and doesn’t require brushing.The Komondor’s coarse white coat is divided into dreadlocks,and the cords require infrequent trimming.
On the other hand,being white in color,frequent bathing is required.
According to rumours, crossbreeding of Labradoodles took place in Australia in the 1980s. One of the most popular hybrid breeds, the Labradoodle has found employment in a number of professions, including as a service dog.
A Labrador Retriever and a Standard Poodle were crossed to create the Labradoodle. Not all Labradoodles are non-shedding, it should be emphasised. Search for a highly regarded breeder who has carefully bred the Labradoodle for these desired characteristics if non-shedding is genuinely what you’re looking.
#7 Portuguese Water Dog
The Portuguese Water Dog was to fish. He is clever, athletic, intelligent and friendly.
Known as “Portie” they love people and other dogs,and loves being in the water. If you own a Portie,try to be within a short distance of a lake, river, or pool from time to time.
They will in return endless amounts of love and obedience. They are a great, friendly family pet, and can do well in an apartment, however they possess plenty of energy, so you’re going to have to get used to brisk daily walks.
A ancient breed of dog,the Saluki A.K.A. the Arabian hound and Persian greyhound.It is believed to have existed over 6000 years ago.They are aloof and shy by nature,and make a great apartment dog as they are calm and quiet,and make a good family pet.
They are gentle and prefer a comfortable lifestyle that includes warm blankets. They were bred as a sight hunting dogs,rather than a conventional scent dog.As they are a greyhound breed and can run up to 42mph,they will need to be taken to the dog park daily.
#9 Black Russian Terrier
The Black Russian Terrier was bred in the former USSR/Russia cold war period.They are a cross breed encompassing the Airedale,Giant Schnauzer,Rottweiler and Caucasian Shepherd Dog.
The Black Russian Terrier,is actually not a terrier breed and is calm and courageous by nature.They are self assured as they were specifically bred to guard Soviet military installations.
Their coarse double layered coat requires minimum maintenance aside from periodic brushing and trimming a few times per year.
#10 Standard Poodle
Poodles come in many sizes, but no matter the size,they are highly intelligent…the thinking dog.
Clever,elegant,hardy and athletic. These are just a few of the Standard Poodle’s qualities. Similar to smaller Poodles, the Standard Poodle has a thick fur coat, that may require professional grooming to bring out it’s best photo shoot.
Regular bathing and brushing is thehome maintenance needed to keep a Poodle looking his best. Why not try a specialized Poodle haircut.