What's a good frisbee dog that doesn't shed?

We're looking for an active retriever type of dog that doesn't shed. We're outdoor people, we hike, snowshoe, play frisbee on the beach, that sort of thing. We're looking for a canine companion to replace our lab. She was wonderful but she shed by the bucketful, so we're looking for a breed that doesn't shed as much.

If the dog has the right temperament, we'd train him/her as a therapy dog as well.

Something like a Portuguese Water Dog would be great but they're hard to find and expensive when we do. For various reasons we're also looking for a rescue rather than a breeder puppy.

Any suggestions on breeds?

Asked by Member 1113188 on May 30th 2012 Tagged discdog, shedding in Other Adoption & Rescue
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Kali earned her wings 10/21/14

Poodles are very athletic and they don't shed.

Kali earned her wings 10/21/14 answered on 5/30/12. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer


The Furminator is a good solution to shedding. Labs are awesome dogs!

Member 1113258 answered on 5/30/12. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer


Chesapeak bay retrievers are similar to labs and I don't think they shed as much. I'm not too sure if they don't shed at all completely but they have the wirey curly coat that's similar to a poodle or you could also get a labradoodle. But I heard you have to be carefull with those too some of them have been known to shed just like a lab. Hope you find a dog to love just as much as the lab.

Carter answered on 5/30/12. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer

Bruno CGC

Whoever said Chessie... NO NO NO. They shed, just as much as Labs, it's just wavy hair instead of straight. And they're known to have a much more hard-headed, less friendly personality than Labs, so probably not what these folks really want in a dog.

I would say go for a Standard (big) Poodle. If you like Labradoodles, be warned, many of them DO shed. The "non-shedding" ones are often F1b, so they're 3/4 Poodle and 1/4 Lab. At that percentage, why not go all the way? Poodles are stellar obedience dogs and usually have natural retrieving instinct. Plus you may actually be able to find a purebred Poodle in rescue without too much searching or waiting.

Also keep in mind, all non-shedding dogs need grooming, because they tend to have long, curly hair that needs to be brushed and trimmed regularly to avoid yucky and painful mats. ('doodle breeders seldom advertise this.) Are you ready for the cost of monthly professional grooming, or the time/expense of learning to do it yourself?

Bruno CGC answered on 5/30/12. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer


Curly Coated Retriever, Airedale Terrier, Welsh Terrier, Lakeland Terrier, Standard Poodle, Giant Schnauzer, Lagotto Romagnolo, Wirehaired Pointing Griffon, Bouvier des Flandres, Kerry Blue Terrier, Goldendoodle (Golden Retriever/Poodle mix), Labradoodle (Labrador Retriever/Poodle mix) and the Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier are all breeds that shed very little.

Member 930032 answered on 6/25/12. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer