15 Cat Breeds That Don’t Shed Much (With Pictures)

Last Updated on: November 18, 2020

There’s a lot to love about cats. They can be loving and affectionate, although many people also appreciate their distant aloofness. They can be playful, offer companionship, and, let’s face it, they’re cute and adorable.

However, one thing that not all owners appreciate is their hair. In particular, hair can be a problem if you are allergic, or sensitive to it. But, even if you’re not allergic, you may want to keep a cat without the constant furniture brushing and floor sweeping. Below are 15 breeds of cats that don’t shed or, at the very least, don’t shed that much when compared to other breeds.

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1. Sphynx

Sphynx
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There’s a reason that the Sphynx doesn’t shed much. While he does have tiny and fine hairs, there are very few of them, and they are so fine that we can barely feel them even when stroking this unusual looking breed. However, this hairlessness comes at a cost. In this case, the cost is that your Sphynx requires daily bathing.


2. Devon Rex

Devon Rex
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The Devon Rex has really thin fur that doesn’t require much grooming and, even if it does shed, it is considered hypoallergenic so you should remain free from an allergic reaction. The Devon Rex is a playful, loving, sweet little cat that usually cherishes human companionship, too.


3. Cornish Rex

Cornish Rex
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The Cornish Rex is a fairly small cat breed, and what little hair he does have has a unique wavy nature to it. Even when compared to other short-haired breeds, the Cornish Rex has very short hairs that simply do not fall off very often. And, the Cornish Rex doesn’t just have short hair going for him. He is affectionate and playful, too.


4. Siberian

Siberian
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The Siberian is something of a surprise addition to this list in a lot of peoples’ eyes. He looks like a ball of fluff, and that’s because he is. But despite being mostly hair, he does a really good job of keeping hold of the majority of it. He sheds very little and, when the Siberian does shed, his hair is considered hypoallergenic so it shouldn’t cause any problems for those with allergies.


5. Russian Blue

Russian Blue
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The Russian Blue has a beautiful blue coat and a unique glare. He is very luxurious to the touch although his hair is also very short. Because of its length, the Russian Blue’s hair rarely drops. Although he does shed for a couple of weeks once a year, grooming him will help prevent too much hair from falling, and once shedding season is over, he will rarely lose a hair.


6. Siamese

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The Siamese is another breed that looks fluffy, which leads many people to believe that they will shed a lot of hair. But this isn’t the case. The Siamese sheds rarely and they are very easy to maintain. Brush weekly with a fine comb and you will rarely, if ever, see a hair out of place.


7. Birman

Birman
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The Birman is a stunning looking cat and his short hair not only rarely sheds but it is non-matting, too, so it will always feel smooth and it requires surprisingly little maintenance. The breed is not only beautiful to look at but has a beautiful temperament, too. They love to be cuddled and enjoy spending time with their humans.


8. Oriental Shorthair Cat

Oriental Shorthair
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Oriental Shorthair Cats are low maintenance when it comes to grooming. These relatives to the Siamese have a short coat of smooth hair. They do not require a lot of attention in this respect, but they make up for it in other ways, because they are one of the more demanding cat breeds when it comes to craving human attention. Be prepared to put in some serious time with your Oriental on your lap being stroked.


9. Japanese Bobtail

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The most striking feature of the Japanese Bobtail is, of course, his tail. But, you should also know that they are fastidious groomers. Their single layer coat doesn’t shed much, anyway, and they do a very good job of keeping their coat in top condition. They do benefit from the occasional combing, though.


10. Bengal

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The Bengal looks like a smaller version of their wild cat relative. They are alert and they enjoy the hunt, even if they are only hunting a mouse toy or their own tail. They shed very little, but you should be prepared for a vocal little cat that will always let you know when it is time to feed them, play with them, or just time to chat with them.


11. Bombay

Bombay
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The Bombay is another breed that looks like their big cat relatives. In this case, he looks like a miniature panther, and he has the same confidence. Fortunately, he is a loving breed and he will usually get along with all family members, strangers, dogs, and other cats.


12. Peterbald

Peterbald
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The Peterbald will either be totally hairless or will have a covering of very fine hair. In either case, he will not shed a lot of hair, and even if he does, you won’t notice the hairs that come off him. He is also a friendly and extremely intelligent cat breed that is playful and can be a bit of a comedian.


13. Donskoy

Donskoy
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The Donskoy is a highly unique breed. He is usually hairless, but during the winter months, he can grow a woolen coat on his belly and his tail to protect himself. He will lose this coat in time for the summer months, which means that he will shed at this stage, but he will not shed for the rest of the year.


14. Minskin

Minskin
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A cross between the Munchkin and the Sphynx, the Minskin is hairless but may have small patches of very fine hair. He is known for being a loving lap cat that will demand a lot of time on your knee.


15. Ukrainian Levkoy

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The Levkoy is another unique looking breed with folded ears and minimal to no hair. He is known for being playful and very friendly and is a laidback and highly intelligent cat.

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Cat Breeds That Don’t Shed Much

Whether you are allergic to cat hair or you simply don’t want to spend half your day sweeping up cat hair from the floor, the list of cat breeds above is ideal, because it is filled with cats that do not shed profusely, as well as a few that are considered hypoallergenic, too.


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