The Cleanest Dog Breeds You Can Own

If you think it’s impossible to be a clean freak and own a dog, think again. Some of the dogs on this list are so clean, they clean themselves like cats. Read on to find the absolute cleanest dog breeds you can own.

1. Bedlington terrier

An owner holds his Bedlington Terrier during the first day of the Crufts dog show

They barely shed. | Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty Images

Bedlington terriers are considered clean dogs due to their lack of shedding and great trainability. If you want a cuddly, sheep-like companion who doesn’t shed, look no further than a Bedlington terrier. As the AKC describes them, they’re graceful terriers in sheep’s clothing.

Next: These dogs like to keep their area clean. 

2. Chow chows

Chow chow puppy

They have very little odor. | AkilinaWinner/iStock/Getty Images

Chow chows are often regarded as one of the cleanest dog breeds because they housebreak easily, have very little doggy odor, and just generally like to keep their areas very clean. Keep in mind, though, that at certain points in the year, they do shed more than others.

Next: These dogs are self-grooming. 

3. Basenji

Cute basenji dog lying on the sofa

This dog actually grooms itself. | Yurikr/iStock/Getty Images

The basenji breed is particular about its self-grooming habits, making it one of the cleanest dogs you can own. Partially because they like to keep themselves clean, they don’t require much help from their human companions. The shorthaired breed typically just needs regular cleaning with a “hound glove” or mitt, as the breed lacks that signature doggy odor.

Next: These dogs make a quiet housemate.  

4. Japanese Chin

Family of Japanese chin

They self-groom. | asiafoto/iStock/Getty Images

Japanese Chins are so clean that you might catch one cleaning itself like a cat (they can get hairballs). To keep their feet clean, they’ll even lick their paws. They’re very intelligent and make great companions. “The Japanese Chin also tends to be a quiet housemate, but agile and playful when it wants to be, much like a cat,” says PetMD.

Next: This dog breed is described as “clean and neat” by the AKC.  

5. American hairless terrier

American hairless terrier

They barely shed. | lenanet/iStock/Getty Images

American Hairless Terriers make the list because they’re one of the few dogs that experience virtually no shedding. AKC Vice President Gina DiNardo even describes these dogs as “clean and neat.” Though, just because they don’t shed doesn’t mean they don’t come with their own set of issues. Because they don’t have any fur to protect them against the elements (the sun especially), they often experience the same skin issues as people.

Next: This breed is considered docile when at home.  

6. Greyhound

Greyhound outside

They keep themselves clean. | Neurodoc/Wikimedia Commons

Greyhounds make the list for their docile nature in the home. Though they love to run around when they’re outside, when they’re inside, they love to just lie around with their family. “Greyhounds are generally very tidy and neat,” says DiNardo.

Next: A breed that’s perfect for people with allergies 

7. Poodle

White poodle dog on green grass field

They’re low shedders. | disqis/iStock/Getty Images

Poodles are great for clean freaks or people with allergies because of their non-shedding, hypoallergenic coats. Because they’re intelligent and very family friendly, they also tend to not destroy the homes they live in.

“The Poodle’s coat is so sought-after that the breed is one of the most popular to cross with other breeds, spawning oodles of Poodle hybrids,” says PetMD.

Next: These dogs have a short, fine coat that’s easy to clean. 

8. Whippet

Two whippet dogs in a garden

They don’t have that doggy odor. | Onetouchspark/iStock/Getty Images

Whippets are another clean dog due to their short, fine coats that don’t shed too badly. They also don’t give off a doggy odor. If they have plenty of exercise outside throughout the day, when they’re relaxing at home, they make pretty docile companions.

Next: Another breed that’s sometimes hairless 

9. Xoloitzcuintli

A Xoloitzcuintli during the 136th Westminster Kennel Club Annual Dog Show held at Madison Square Garden

This breed is often hairless. | Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images

Xoloitzcuintlis are another clean dog because of their tidy, short coats (sometimes this breed is hairless). As far as their behavior goes, they’re calm companions who only need moderate exercise. They’re not going to be running around your home tearing up your furniture by any means.

Next: These little dogs have big personalities.  

10. Bichon frise

A small beautiful and adorable white bichon frise dog standing on the lawn and looking cheerful.

Let a groomer do the work. | iStock.com/f8grapher

Bichon frises are adorable, happy little dogs with big personalities. They make the list because their grooming is quite easy. According to DogTime, these pups experience minimal shedding, hardly drool, and they’re low-maintenance to groom at home.

Next: One of the biggest dogs on this list 

11. Dalmatian

Dalmatian peaking out of window

Their short coat is easy to maintain. | Oliver Lang/AFP/Getty Images

Dalmatians are one of the bigger dogs on this list, but just because they’re big doesn’t mean they can’t be clean. Dalmatians, as long as they get their exercise in for the day, are very calm, loving house dogs. They’re also easy to train and don’t mind being alone as much as some other breeds, so if you leave the house for an extended period of time you don’t have to worry about coming home to a wrecked home.

Next: These dogs are eager to please.  

12. German pinscher

german pinscher

They have minimal grooming needs. | Wikimedia Commons

German pinschers make the list because of their low-key grooming needs and eagerness to please. They don’t shed too badly, they have a low drooling potential, and they’re considered very easy to groom. Additionally, they’re a smart breed that’s easy to train.

Next: These dogs are known for their obedience. 

13. Pharaoh hound

Phaith, a Pharaoh Hound takes part in the second annual "Meet the Breeds"

Their coat is easy to maintain. | Michael Loccisano/Getty Images

The pharaoh hound is an intelligent, graceful dog who’s eager to please. They’re known for their obedience (these guys won’t destroy your house when they get bored), and friendly affection. Additionally, they require minimal grooming due to their short coats.

Next: These dogs have long, silky hair, but they hardly shed. 

14. Maltese

White maltese dog lies on carpet and looking ahead

Just take them to a groomer, and you’ll be fine. | baloon111/iStock/Getty Images

Though Malteses have long, beautiful hair, they hardly shed. They need weekly grooming but not to keep them from smelling bad, just to keep their long, silky coats looking nice. They respond well to training, and love to spend time cuddled up to their owners — they really are a classic lap dog.

Next: A small, delicate breed

15. Chihuahua

Dog in sweater

They only minimally shed. | Eudyptula/iStock/Getty Images

Chihuahuas are one of the cleanest dogs you can own because of their small, delicate sizes (they definitely won’t be knocking even small pieces of furniture over) and their easy grooming needs. Their shedding is minimal, they hardly drool, and DogTime marks them as one of the easiest possible dogs to groom.

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