12 Teacup Dogs That Don’t Shed

Written by Abdulmumin Akinde
Updated: July 10, 2023
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A teacup dog is a dog that is bred to be as small as possible. Many of these dogs do not weigh beyond five pounds and are less than 12 inches in height. It costs thousands of dollars to breed a teacup dog. This special dog breed gained more mainstream prominence in the 2000s after socialite and American businesswoman Paris Hilton included hers, called Tinkerbell, on her TV series The Simple Life. Although most veterinary specialists have criticized the breeding process of these dogs, many people are still interested in owning at least one teacup dog. However, even for micro dog breeds like teacup dogs, shedding is still a concern that many pet parents worry about. 

For potential dog parents concerned about their allergies or the extra effort needed to take care of a dog breed that sheds a lot, we have compiled a list of some of the best teacup dog breeds that don’t shed a lot. Read on to learn all about them. 

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These non-shedding teacup breeds have minimal to regular brushing and grooming needs.

1. Teacup Chihuahua 

The teacup Chihuahua was created specially by breeding some of the smallest Chihuahua breeds in a standard litter.

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This was the particular teacup dog breed that Paris Hilton had as a pet. These dogs are some of the cutest cuddly teacup dogs in the market today. They are also widely regarded as affectionate and suitable for small apartments. Their mainstream popularity in the pet world means they are likely to be costlier than other teacup dogs, but the best part is that they do not shed.

This breed typically weighs less than three pounds and stands at less than six inches. The teacup Chihuahua was created specially by breeding some of the smallest Chihuahua breeds in a standard litter. Although much smaller than regular Chihuahuas, it still has the same bubbly personality this breed is known for. On top of that, the small size makes it easy to care for. 

2. Brussels Griffon

Brussels Griffon Running in the Grass
The Brussels Griffon has human-like features such as eyelashes, a beard, and a mustache.


Compared to most dogs on our list, this active, non-shedding dog is actually streetwise and smart. Strikingly, it has human-like features such as almond-shaped eyes, eyelashes, a beard, and a mustache. This dog would require you to meet its needs before it meets yours, in the sense that you have to keep up with its boundless energy and the fact that it gets easily distracted during training. Once they are properly trained, they are loyal and protective for life.

The Brussels Griffon comes in four color varieties. They can be red, black, belge (black and reddish brown), or black and tan. The nature of their coat varies as well. They come in smooth coats similar to that of a pug, or in rough coats like that of a schnauzer. 

3. Teacup Poodle

Beyond their advantageous non-shedding feature, teacup poodles are prized for their intelligence and love for water.

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Teacup poodles hardly shed because this dog’s body is a mass of tightly curled fur. Beyond their advantageous non-shedding feature, they are prized for their intelligence and love for water. If you want a dog that is easy to train, can learn the simplest tricks, and carry out tasks without shedding all over the place, the teacup poodle is your best bet. 

This dog breed does need some extra grooming and care due to the unique nature of its fur. Apart from regular brushing, it is recommended to take them to a professional grooming expert at least once in a couple of months.

4. Shih Tzu

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The Shih Tzu is a perfect pet for first-time owners and families with children.

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Originally a Chinese breed, teacup Shih Tzus are known for their fluffy appearance and outgoing personalities. They are considered perfect pets for first-time owners, families with kids, and senior citizens.

Their name translates as “little lion,” but you don’t have to worry about this nine-pound pooch tearing anyone to shreds. Thankfully they do not shed, but they need regular brushing and cuts for maintenance. The Shih Tzu is mostly an indoor dog but needs occasional exercise as well. 

5. Scottish Terrier

Scottish Terrier dog standing on wooden bridge near the water
Scottish terriers can get bored and distracted if their training becomes too repetitive.

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Known affectionately as “the diehard,” this small, spirited teacup dog is widely admired for being efficient and businesslike in its demeanor. While the Scottish terrier does not shed, it does require regular grooming. Although not be as friendly with strangers as most other teacup dogs, this makes them excellent watchdogs that can instantly sound the alarm on any intruders. 

In terms of training, these terriers need to be trained to get along with their owners due to their intrinsically independent attitude. Due to their high level of intelligence, Scottish terriers can get bored and distracted if the training becomes too repetitive, so this breed needs creative training sessions. In time, these dogs can become loyal and effective companions.  

6. Teacup Pekingese

Teacup Pekingese
Teacup Pekingese can be tricky to train due to their stubborn temperaments.

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Nicknamed the “princess dog,” the Pekingese originated in ancient China, where it served the nobility as a lapdog. Unlike the poodle or Shih Tzu, this teacup breed can be tricky to train due to its stubborn temperament.

However, one thing you won’t have to worry about with the Pekingese is unnecessary shedding since they have a naturally straight-haired overcoat. Also, these dogs do not have high energy levels, making them easier to care for. 

7. Bichon Frise

Bichon Frise standing on steps
The Bichon Frise is known for being a good companion breed.


This breed is not considered a true conventional teacup dog by the American Kennel Club. Yet, the Bichon Frise has quickly become a big favorite of teacup dog owners in the U.S.

These dogs are warm and friendly, and have lovely fluffy white fur, which does not shed and can be groomed in the most creative ways. All you need to do is to provide them with care and affection, and you have their lifetime loyalty.

8. Teacup Yorkshire

Teacup Yorkie
Teacup breeds such as Yorkies tend to have shorter lifespans due to breeding.


If you live in a small apartment in a city, but still want a teacup dog that is charming, easygoing, affectionate, confident, and loving, then a Yorkie is a good choice.

These dogs need regular brushing to keep their hair from becoming matted, but other than that, these dogs barely shed despite their long locks. You also need to trim their locks regularly to keep the hair from poking the dog’s eyes. 

Teacup Yorkies can be in the habit of barking excessively, but this is something a professional dog trainer may be able to train them out of, especially when the dogs are young and have barely developed habits. 

9. Teacup Schnauzer

Teacup Schnauzers
Schnauzers were originally bred for farming purposes, and their hybrid ancestors are just as active and efficient.


Many people want dogs for companionship. However, if you are also looking for a dog that will act as a mini-vigilante, then this multifunctional breed will serve both purposes. Schnauzers were originally bred for farming purposes, and their hybrid ancestors are just as active and efficient. 

Teacup Schnauzers are naturally extroverted, outgoing, and can alert you to the unwelcome presence of intruders. This breed does not shed and is very easy to groom.

10. Chinese Crested Dog

Chinese Crested Dog looking towards the sky
With a hairless dog like the Chinese Crested Dog, you won’t have to worry about shedding.


This small dog comes in a hairless variety which would be a perfect pet for you if you are hypoallergenic. With a hairless dog, you won’t have to worry about shedding at all. Of course, having no hair at all comes with some complications of its own, such as skin irritation. 

This breed makes a perfect companion pet because it is friendly and finds it very easy to adapt to new environments and people. Chinese Crested Dogs are attentive, playful, and devoted to their humans.

11. West Highland Terrier

West Highland Terrier
West Highland Terriers are active, energetic, and easy to train.

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The West Highland Terrier is perhaps one of the friendliest teacup dogs of all time. These guys are friendly towards strangers, owners, kids, and even other dogs. Their animated nature is super endearing. Since they are naturally active, they require ample space for play sessions. 

Rest assured that as long as you groom them properly, they will barely shed. They are also easy to train because of their high intelligence. Training is, in fact, highly recommended as their high energy levels may lead them to act independently.

12. Bedlington Terrier

Bedlington Terrier standing in the grass
Bedlington Terriers love exercise and playing fetch.

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These non-shedding teacup dogs are versatile enough to be companions and housemates. They are fast runners, charming and energetic, and they love to be the center of attraction. So, if you do not have the time to spend with your potential teacup dog, then maybe this might not be the best option for you to choose. 

Bedlington terriers need to be groomed and brushed once a week, and their nails also need to be trimmed consistently. One key thing to note is that they do not respond well to training that is not persuasive or positive, and can be coaxed with food and other treats. 

Summary of 12 Teacup Dogs That Don’t Shed

Here’s a recap of the dozen non-shedding teacup breeds that we looked at.

NumberBreedCare Level
1Teacup ChihuahuaSize (typically weighs less than 3 lbs and is less than 6 inches tall) makes it easy to care for
2Brussels GriffonCare depends on smooth or rough coat, which comes in four color varieties
3Teacup PoodleHardly sheds due to its mass of tightly curled fur, which needs regular brushing and professional grooming ideally every couple of months
4Shih TzuDoes not shed but needs regular brushing and cuts for maintenance
5Scottish TerrierDoes not shed but requires regular grooming
6Teacup PekingeseNaturally straight-haired overcoat and lower energy levels make it easier to care for
7Bichon FriseFluffy white fur, which does not shed and can be groomed in the most creative ways
8Teacup YorkshireBarely shed but need regular brushing to keep hair from becoming matted and trimming to avoid hair poking into the dog’s eyes
9Teacup SchnauzerDoes not shed and is very easy to groom
10Chinese Crested DogHairless, so you won’t have to worry about shedding at all
11West Highland TerrierAs long as you groom the dog properly, it will barely shed
12Bedlington TerrierNeed to be groomed and brushed once a week; nails also need to be trimmed


And there you have it — these are the top 12 teacup dogs that do not shed. Bear in mind that owning a teacup dog especially is a responsibility because these dogs depend on their owners for almost everything. It is also important to keep in mind the fragile state of health of teacup dogs, and how susceptible they are to bigger dogs and large predators out there compared to bigger dogs. However, feed, train, groom, and care for them fully, and they will be small, special companions to you and your family.

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