What are the Top 10 Dog Breeds that Shed the Most?

White American Eskimo by the Lake

Did you know the coat of a dog serves three very specific purposes? Experts tell us it regulates the body temperature, protects the dog’s largest organ—the skin—and helps it with sensory perception.

It’s great that nature has given our canines all that hair for a reason, but it can be a big nuisance when it decides to fall out.

If you don’t want to contend with the ongoing battle of the Dog Hair War, then you may want to avoid these top 10 breeds that shed the most.


The Akita hails originally from the mountainous region of Akita, in northern Japan. It is known for its loyal and courageous attitude, as well as a thick double coat that keeps its pet parent in constant brushing-mode.

This striking canine can grow up to 130 pounds, so be sure you are ready for the flurry of fur that accompanies this family member.

Akita Running on a Dirt Trail

Alaskan Malamute

Bred to haul heavy loads for the tribe known as the Mahlemuts, these people settled in the northeastern area of the Seward Peninsula and developed the Alaskan Malamute.

This hairy working dog is well-suited to the frosty climate with a thick undercoat that insulates it from the chill of the air.

But look out because once the warmer temperatures hits, the Alaskan Malamute will blow its coat. Don’t believe it? Look at these Huskies shedding and then think times that tenfold. 

Alaskan Malamute with Fluffy Face in Forest

American Eskimo

This Nordic dog is in the Spitz family and may be on the smaller side (around 30 pounds) but that doesn’t stop it from shedding…a lot!

To own an Eskies, as they are fondly referred to, you better like grooming as this dog’s dense undercoat and longer outer coat should be brushed thoroughly two or three times a week! If not done, you may be facing a huge matting problem.

American Eskimo Dog on Bluffs by the Water

Chow Chow

Another dog breed that can trace its roots back to the chill of the northern China region is the Chow Chow. This big fluffy breed is described as being more cat-like in personality; aloof, reserved, intelligent and independent.

You can expect to groom the Chow Chow at least two to three times each week because of its is thick and abundant coat which stands off from the body like a parka. Plus, beneath that fluffy outer coat lies a soft, thick, woolly undercoat.

Fluffy Chow Chow Outside


Lassie come home…and get brushed. Native to Scotland, this iconic breed used in the popular television series started out as a guardian for sheep, a trait it still retains to this day.

It is a gorgeous breed with a long flowing coat that must be groomed at least once-a-week to maintain its beauty. And of course to snag all that loose undercoat that tends to find its way onto your furniture.

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German Shepherd Dog

Toted as being one of the most popular breeds in America, the German Shepherd is as hairy as it is loved. This is due to its medium-length double coat that protects it from rain and snow, and is also resistant to picking up burrs and dirt.

However, the coat also tends to constantly shed and you can also expect a big hairy blow out twice a year in the spring and autumn months.

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German Shepherd Outside by a Wooden Bench Tongue Out

Great Pyrenees

When this dog originated in the Pyrenees Mountains of France and Spain, where it was used as a livestock guardian, it had to develop a long, thick coat. Albeit beautiful to behold, this fur can be a real challenge to keep off of the furniture and your clothing.

However, don’t despair. Even though the Great Pyrenees is considered a “heavy shedder” the hair comes out easily with only about 30 minutes of grooming each week.

Great Pyrenees Profile against the Sky

Labrador Retriever

This breed may be the most loved of them all, even though you will need to invest in a good vacuum. The Labrador Retriever’s coat consists of two layers: a short, thick, straight topcoat and a soft, weather-resistant undercoat.

These two layers protect the dog from the cold and wet when he’s retrieving water game for hunters. Unfortunately, it also falls out constantly so daily brushing will be required.

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Black Labrador in the Middle of the Field

Siberian Husky

It’s probably no big surprise that another snow breed dog has made the list of heavy shedders. The Siberian Husky originated in Siberia where its thick double coat protected it against the harsh climates. Regular brushing with a good de-shedding tool will be necessary.

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Siberian Husky in the Ocean

Saint Bernard

This dog, known and loved for its role in the popular movie, Beethoven, is also known for dropping its hair everywhere including both the long and short-coat varieties.

When you have a Saint Bernard you will need to brush it about three times a week with a rubber curry brush or hound glove for short haired coats or a pin brush for long haired coats. During shedding season, it is recommended to use a shedding blade to remove loose hair.

The Saint Bernard is so cool we’ve come up with 65 incredible facts about it. Read it and be amazed about this giant breed!

Saint Bernard Wet and Muddy from Playing

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Now that we’ve covered these top hairy breeds, you can decide whether one may be right for you. If so find a reputable breeder or rescue organization to adopt from. And of course, be sure to get a high-powered vacuum.

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