We already know which dog breeds hardly shed, but what about the breeds that leave fur everywhere? Though some of our furry friends shed more than others, we love them just the same. Read on to find out which dog breeds shed like crazy.
1. Siberian husky
Huskies are beautiful dogs thanks to their regal posture and thick coats. According to iHeartDogs, they were originally bred in Siberia to haul heavy loads across the coldest of landscapes, so it’s no wonder they have such thick coats. Those coats, though, tend to shed quite a bit.
Next: These dogs have a thick coat because they’re used to extremely cold temperatures.
2. Alaskan malamute
As you might have guessed, Alaskan malamutes are accustomed to living in very cold climates, so they need thick coats to keep warm. According to iHeartDogs, these dogs were originally bred to haul heavy loads across the icy Alaskan landscape, just like Siberian huskies. Because their double coats are so thick, they’re especially prone to shedding.
Next: These dogs originated from the Pyrenees Mountains of France and Spain.
3. Great Pyrenees
Great Pyrenees dogs originate from the Pyrenees Mountains of France and Spain where they were used to guard livestock. Today, they’re protective, loving dogs. They also have long, thick coats that tend to shed like crazy. According to DogTime, how much they shed exactly depends on the climate they live in, but you can “expect to have white hairs on your clothes, furniture, car, and toothbrush.”
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4. Labrador retriever
Labrador retrievers earn the title of “America’s favorite dog.” And it’s no surprise thanks to their incredibly friendly, playful, and hardworking personalities. Labrador retrievers were originally bred to aid fishermen in the chilly North Atlantic waters, so it’s no wonder they developed a thick coat to keep them warm and dry. This coat also does quite a bit of shedding.
Next: Despite their name, these dogs are actually from northern Europe.
5. American Eskimo
Intelligent, curious, and charismatic, American Eskimo dogs are very well loved — and they need to be for how much they shed. They may be small in stature, but these little dogs are constantly shedding their soft, fluffy coats. Fun fact: Despite their name, this breed actually originates from Northern Europe, according to iHeartDogs.
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6. Saint Bernard
Saint Bernards aren’t for people who mind a bit of dog mess in their lives. According to Vet Street, Saint Bernards typically have one of two types of coats: short haired or long haired. Unfortunately, both of them shed pretty regularly. In addition to needing to clean up their loose fur, you’re going to need to brush your Saint Bernard a few times a week.
Next: These cat-like dogs shed quite a bit.
7. Chow chow
Chow chows are known for their big, fluffy coats and almost cat-like personalities. Though they tend to bond with one or two select people, they’re pretty aloof dogs and like their independence. They do shed pretty heavily twice a year when they “blow” their coat, but the remainder of the year is more manageable when it comes to their loose fur.
Next: This little breed sheds a surprising amount.
Everybody loves a corgi, but a lot of first-time corgi owners are often surprised to learn just how much these funny little dogs shed. They, too, have a double coat to keep them warm in lower temperatures, which leads to lots of shedding. Additionally, these little guys aren’t just seasonal shedders. They lose fur all year round.
Next: These dogs benefit from daily brushing.
Dalmatians are perfect for sporty owners as they love running and playing. One might think because they have a short coat they wouldn’t shed too badly, but Dalmatians tend to lose a lot of hair. “The short, dense coat of a Dalmatian benefits from daily brushing, which also reduces the amount of hair left behind,” suggests Dogster.
Next: This breed was once used to guard Japanese nobility.
Akitas are big, fluffy dogs that come from Japan. In Japan, their coats keep them warm during the cooler months of the year. (They were actually originally used to guard Japanese nobility because of their intimidating size.) Though their hair is short, it’s very thick and has a double layer that sheds constantly.
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11. Golden retriever
Golden retrievers are also hugely popular dogs. They’re happy, playful, and loyal, making them a perfect pet for families. Golden retrievers have thick, water-repellent double coats that tend to shed quite a bit. Vet Street recommends daily brushing to remove mats and dead hairs, “but even that won’t completely eliminate shedding,” it warns.
Next: This breed has a tendency to drool as well as shed.
Newfoundlands — or “Newfies” as they’re often affectionately called — are big, lovable dogs who get along great with everyone they meet. They are, however, notorious shedders. Combine their loose, thick fur with that famous Newfie drool, and you have yourself quite the regular cleanup routine as a Newfoundland owner.
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13. German shepherd
German shepherds are one of the most intelligent dog breeds. They’re extremely loyal, friendly pets who also make excellent guard dogs. The downside? They’re quite the shedders. Though they typically “blow” their coats only twice a year, they shed a pretty significant amount year-round, as well.
Next: This breed isn’t a very common house pet.
14. Alaskan husky
Alaskan huskies aren’t extremely popular house pets — they’re used more as mushers in Alaska and Canada to haul logs and other goods, according to Vet Street. They’re perfect for this task because of their strength, stamina, and thick coats. Unsurprisingly, those heavy coats do quite a bit of shedding.
Next: This breed’s hair gets on everything.
Pugs have smooth, short coats that tend to shed pretty badly. But frequent brushing helps to minimize the hair that gets all over your furniture, clothes, and floor. Thankfully, pug owners are some of the most devout dog lovers around and don’t mind the thin layer of dog fur that comes with their funny little friends.