11 Mixed Breed Dogs That Don’t Shed Lots

A mixed breed can be a bit of a “mixed bag” in terms of shedding given that it’s not purebred, but these dogs are so cute and lovable, and some can be super-low shedding.

Which ones? Here’s a list:

  1. Cavachon
  2. Cockapoo
  3. Goldendoodle
  4. Shorkie
  5. Yorkipoo
  6. Morkie
  7. Shih-Poo
  8. Rottle
  9. Pomapoo
  10. Schnoodle
  11. Whoodle

Before I get into this list in more detail, I must add the disclaimer that although these dog breeds don’t typically shed much, it all depends on their lineage. Keeping that in mind, let’s delve deeper into these 11 fascinating low-shedding mixed breeds!

1. Cavachon

Cavachon dog standing outside on the grass.
  • Shedding Level: 1/5 (low)
  • Grooming Effort: 4/5 (high)

Starting the list is the Cavachon, which stands about 13 inches tall and weighs no more than 35 pounds, and is a mix between a Bichon Frise and Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.

On the one hand, the Bichon Frise is one of the lowest-shedding dogs. This breed sheds so little that the American Kennel Club has classified the Bichon Frise as hypoallergenic.

As for the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, they can be a moderate shedder. Thus, you’ll want to adopt a Cavachon with more Bichon Frise lineage if you’re looking for the lowest shedder.

The Cavachon is quite adaptable but does not like to be left alone. When socialized, the Cavachon should be friendly with people, children, and other pets, including dogs.

He’s tough to groom though considering the Bichon has a dense double-layered coat and a Cavalier’s coat can grow long and get tangled.

I’d recommend frequent brushing with a pin brush to manage your Cavachon’s coat. And if that doesn’t do the trick, there are plenty of effective de-shedding brushes available.

2. Cockapoo

Closeup of Cockapoo dog breed outside on green grass.
  • Shedding Level: 2/5 (low)
  • Grooming Effort: 5/5 (very high)

Next is a very popular mixed breed, the Cockapoo.

This adorable little dog is a mix between the Standard Poodle (i.e., not a Miniature Poodle) and the Cocker Spaniel that stands between nine and 18 inches and can weigh up to 24 pounds.

Cocker Spaniels are long-coated dogs that shed moderately. Although they’re small, they’re double-coated, so they will blow their coat seasonally in the summer and winter.

Poodles are one of the lowest-shedding breeds due to the curly, wiry texture of the dog’s fur. Toy, Standard, and Miniature Poodles all made the AKC’s hypoallergenic list.

Once again, to ensure your Cockapoo sheds minimally, you should speak with a breeder about the dog’s lineage. You want a Cockapoo that’s more Poodle than Cocker Spaniel.

No matter which parent has the more dominant gene, you’re in for quite a time keeping your Cockapoo groomed.

Poodles are hard to brush due to their coat, and that coat can become knotted or tangled if you go too long without maintenance. Cocker Spaniels with their long coat are also prone to matting and tangling.

Cockapoos are worth it, though. They’re very friendly and affectionate, and they train easily enough as well. The dog is smart and energetic but not to the point where you’ll find it hard to catch up with them.

3. Goldendoodle

Goldendoodle dog standing outside with sunrise in the background.
  • Shedding Level: 2/5 (low)
  • Grooming Effort: 2/5 (low)

Curly, small, golden, and adorable, the Goldendoodle is easy to fall in love with. This too-cute breed is a mix between a Standard Poodle and a Golden Retriever.

The mixed breed is available in two sizes, a Small Standard Goldendoodle and a Large Standard Goldendoodle.

The Small Standard Goldendoodle weighs between 40 and 50 pounds and stands 17 to 20 inches tall. The Large Standard Goldendoodle weighs between 50 and 90 pounds and stands 20 to 24 inches tall.

You already know about the Poodle’s shedding propensity, but what about the Golden Retriever? He’s a large, heavily-shedding dog. I’d rate him about a 4/5 to give you some context.

You know what I’m going to say then. Your Goldendoodle must have more Poodle lineage, or he’ll shed like the dickens!

Goldendoodles are very affectionate and friendly, and they get along well with children and dogs (with proper socialization). They don’t drool much at all.

The Goldendoodle’s fur is more challenging to maintain than a Golden Retriever’s since it’s got that Poodle curl to it, but the fur stays at a good length so brushing isn’t too intensive.

4. Shorkie

Yorkshire Terrier and Shih Tzu representing the mixed breed Shorkie.
  • Shedding Level: 2/5 (low)
  • Grooming Effort: 4/5 (high)

I couldn’t find a reliable photo of the Shorkie since it’s not the most common breed, but above what you see is a Yorkshire Terrier on the left and a Shih-Tzu on the right, the breed’s parents.

Since both dogs are toy breeds, that explains why the Shorkie is a mere 15 pounds at most and stands anywhere from six to 14 inches tall.

The Yorkie is an incredibly low-shedding dog due to its diminutive size and its long, flowing locks. The AKC regards the Yorkie as being hypoallergenic, so that goes to show just how log-shedding this breed is.

The Shih-Tzu also sheds little. I’d rank both breeds’ respective shedding habits as a 2/5.

Although the Shih-Tzu is not on AKC’s list, it sheds minimally for the same reasons as the Yorkie. Shih-Tzus can grow very long fur, and the dog is small.

This is one of those instances then where it doesn’t matter which of the two dog parents has the more dominant genes. Either way, you can expect that your Shorkie won’t shed much.

However, due to the naturally lengthy locks of both parent breeds, grooming the Shorkie isn’t a lightning-fast process. You’ll have to keep up with brushing your dog to prevent debris, knots, and mats from developing in their fur.

You can even trim your Shorkie with a short puppy cut, which is a traditional look for this cross-breed.

Shorkies are much beloved, as they’re sweet, loving dogs. They need some time to acclimate to children, and they’re usually not too friendly with other canines.

They’re small enough that they can live comfortably in an apartment (it’ll seem like a palace to them), but keep in mind this mixed breed is very energetic!

5. Yorkipoo

A Yorkipoo dog lying down in the grass which is a mixed breed dog derived from a Yorkshire Terrier and Poodle.
  • Shedding Level: 1/5 (very low)
  • Grooming Effort: 3/5 (moderate)

From one Yorkie mixed breed to another, next is the Yorkipoo, a handheld designer dog that’s a mix between a Miniature Poodle and a Yorkie.

You already know how little Poodles shed, enough so that the AKC calls them hypoallergenic. Yorkies are also regarded as hypoallergenic and shed very little.

In the case of the Yorkipoo then, much like the Shorkie, you can expect that your Yorkipoo will shed little no matter whose genes are the most expressive in this teeny-tiny dog.

Yorkipoos weigh between three and 14 pounds and stand seven to 15 inches tall, so they too are great apartment pups. They train easily since they’re quite brainy, but they can get a little mouthy too, FYI.

Low-drooling as well as low-shedding, the Yorkipoo is kid-friendly, family-friendly, and can adjust to other dogs in the house through socializing.

Even grooming your Yorkipoo shouldn’t prove too taxing once you get the hang of brushing through the wiry Poodle coat. Some Yorkipoos have smoother fur that’s not as curly.

And those dogs would be even easier to groom!

6. Morkie

Morkie dog lying on the bed looking into camera.
  • Shedding Level: 2/5 (low)
  • Grooming Effort: 4/5 (high)

A little shaggy but still super cute, the Morkie is the next mixed breed I want to talk about.

Morkies are part Yorkie, part Maltese. I have yet to talk about the Maltese in this article, but this dog is one of the lowest-shedding breeds in existence.

Unsurprisingly, the Maltese is on the AKC’s most hypoallergenic dogs list. Despite that, Morkies are not regarded as hypoallergenic.

Since both dog parents shed so little, the Morkie is all but guaranteed to be a low-shedding companion as well. That said, you want to manage the dog’s diet, health, and grooming.

What kind of grooming does the Morkie require? Regular brushing will prevent the long fur from becoming a tangled mess. Even though the Morkie doesn’t shed much, I’d still recommend you brush yours every day, especially if the dog has long fur.

Morkies weigh no more than 13 pounds, and the tallest they get is 12 inches regardless of gender.

This dog is affectionate around family but needs some socializing with the kids and even more socializing to get used to other dogs.

A Morkie barely drools, and they’re quite intelligent and playful. You will need to exercise your Morkie regularly, but they don’t like very intense exercise.

7. Shih-Poo

A closeup shot of a Shih-Poo dog indoors.
  • Shedding Level: 2/5 (low)
  • Grooming Effort: 3/5 (moderate)

If you thought it couldn’t get any cuter than the mixed breeds I’ve discussed already, wait until you see the Shih-Poo. This pretty little dog is a mix of a Shih-Tzu and a Toy Poodle.

Shih-Poos look a lot like trimmed Shih-Tzus but with a slightly curly coat. That’s due to the Poodle lineage, of course.

I don’t have to tell you that both Miniature Poodles and Shih-Tzus are low-shedding. Your small dog won’t drop heaps of fur everywhere he goes, which will make a life together more harmonious.

The average size of a Shih-Poo is eight to 18 inches, so these dogs can get a little big. They don’t weigh more than 18 pounds though.

Shih-Poos are moderately energetic with little wanderlust. They don’t bark excessively, nor do they drool too much.

Grooming this dog requires you to comb through those Poodle curls if your Shih-Poo has ‘em. When you put the brush down, you can enjoy time with an affectionate, sweet dog that loves big, especially its favorite people.

That said, the Shih-Poo isn’t so crazy about other dogs, so be ready to socialize yours or stick to a one-dog household.

8. Rottle

Rottweiler and Poodle mixed breed of dog representing a Rottle.
  • Shedding Level: 2/5 (low)
  • Grooming Effort: 3/5 (moderate)

Maybe you’ve heard of some of these mixed breeds before, but are you familiar with the Rottle?

If not, don’t feel bad. Rottles are newer mixed breeds. They’re the result of breeding a Standard Poodle with a Rottweiler.

Although a Rottweiler cross-breed might give you pause, it shouldn’t. Rottles are decidedly softer-looking than a Rottweiler, and they have a shaggy look that makes most people want to give them a big hug.

Rottweilers are admittedly heavy shedders. I’d rank them a 4/5 on the shedding scale. Your Rottle can shed just as fervently if the Rotty is his primary lineage. You want a dog that’s more Poodle than Rottweiler.

Rottles are apartment-friendly, ultra-affectionate, kid-friendly canines that need some acclimation to other dogs before you’re one big happy family.

Grooming a Rottle can be challenging due to the texture of its Poodle-like coat. If your Rottle has a smoother coat like a Rottweiler, then follow a regular brushing routine using a slicker brush. You can probably get away with combing your dog up to twice weekly.

Rottles enjoy a good training session, and they quite like exercising as well.

Do be forewarned that the Rottle is quite a large mixed-breed dog. Their average height is about 27 inches, and they can weigh anywhere from 60 to 90 pounds.

9. Pomapoo

Pomeranian and a Toy Poodle side by side signifying a Pomapoo mixed breed.
  • Shedding Level: 2/5 (low)
  • Grooming Effort: 4/5 (high)

The Pomapoo is another newer mixed breed that’s quickly taking the world by storm.

This precious crossbreed is a combination of a Toy Poodle and a Pomeranian.

Now, admittedly, Poms are moderate shedders. I’d give them about a 3/5 on the shedding scale. They shed seasonally, so even though they’re small, they can still deposit plenty of fur around your home or apartment.

Poodles, just to reiterate, are among the lowest-shedding dogs.

Thus, Poodle genes can cancel out the shedding propensity of Pomeranian genes if your Pomapoo is more Poodle than Pom. If it’s the other way around, then you will see more shedding out of your pup.

The size range of Pomapoos is between eight and 10 inches and about 15 pounds max, but there aren’t strict standards for this mixed breed since it’s newer.

Pomapoos are ready for apartment or house living, and you don’t need a lot of dog experience to excel with this canine companion.

Ultra-loving and sweet, Pomapoos require plenty of socialization before they start living with other dogs or children.

They train easily and have very little wanderlust. Pomapoos don’t drool much at all, and their prey drive is low.

Grooming a Pomapoo will be a time-consuming venture. The dog either has thicker fur like a Pomeranian or a curly Poodle texture, neither of which is effortless to comb through.

10. Schnoodle

Mixed dog breed Schnoodle laying on blue and brown timber floor.
  • Shedding Level: 2/5 (low)
  • Grooming Effort: 4/5 (high)

The dark-colored and very lovable Schnoodle is a Standard Schnauzer and Poodle crossbreed.

Standard Schnauzers are shaggy but wiry-coated dogs that can grow fur that’s two inches long before it sheds. The breed is double-coated but still low-shedding enough. I’d rank the Standard Schnauzer’s rate of shedding as a 2/5.

Schnoodles won’t shed no matter which parent has the more dominant genes, as Poodles are about as low-shedding as it gets too.

The average size of a Schnoodle is 15 to 26 inches tall and between 20 and 75 pounds. This breed does better in a house than in an apartment.

Ultra-kid-friendly, Schnoodles need socialization to adjust to other dogs in the house. They’re also shy around strangers.

Grooming a Schnoodle can take some time. The Poodle-like fur of a Schnoodle is tough to brush through, but you’ll have to do it about every day. After all, even if your Schnoodle has Schnauzer fur, that’s prone to matting and tangling too.

Schnoodles train easily, as this breed is highly intelligent!

11. Whoodle

Brown Whoodle mixed breed dog outside.
  • Shedding Level: 2/5 (low)
  • Grooming Effort: 4/5 (high)

The last low-shedding mixed breed dog is the Whoodle.

This dog is a cross between–you guessed it–the Poodle and the Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier.

The long, smooth fur of a Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier (it’s in the name, after all) keeps this dog from being a shedding nightmare despite his bigger size. The breed is single-coated as well, which also helps control shedding.

Your Whoodle can take more after the Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier or the Poodle and either way, it shouldn’t shed a lot.

Too cute and very affectionate, Whoodles also barely drool, and they’re quite brainy. They don’t train easily though, and grooming will suck up a lot of your time regardless of the texture of your Whoodle’s coat.

The reason? The long, silken hair of a Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier grows nonstop and can become matted without regular brushing. Plus, you know what a pain grooming a Poodle can be, even though you still have to do it.

Whoodles are bigger dogs that can grow to 20 inches tall and weigh up to 45 pounds!

Bottom Line

Mixed-breed dogs are sometimes very low-shedding depending on which parent has the dominant genes, as these 11 breeds prove.

However, for many of these crossbreeds, one parent sheds a lot less than the other. I again must stress that it’s best to talk to your breeder about the dog’s lineage before adopting.

If your dog is more Golden Retriever than Poodle, for example, you’re going to be unpleasantly surprised at how much the dog sheds.

Plus, even if your dog is naturally low-shedding, if you fail to groom your dog enough, you bathe him too often, he’s allergic to his food, he has fleas, or he’s nutritionally deficient, he will shed more than either of his parents’ standards suggest.

See our complete dog shedding guide for more info on what causes shedding and how to manage it effectively, which can help no matter what type of dog you have.

11 Mixed Breed Dogs That Don’t Shed Lots

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