Top 6 Cat Breeds That Don’t Shed (That Much)

Let’s be honest. Finding cat hair all over your house or apartment is something nobody wants to deal with. It gets on your clothes, furniture, and even soup. Messy, disgusting, and unsightly don’t even begin to describe it.

Unfortunately, living with a feline furball as a pet means dealing with hairballs. Controlling cat hair sometimes seems like mission impossible, and you just wish you could magically make all the fur go away.

Fortunately, you can still have a cat and not worry about cat hair 24/7 without constantly cleaning up after your pet.


It’s pretty simple—opt for a cat breed that doesn’t shed that much. Surprisingly enough, many breeds aren’t hairless, like the Sphynx cat, but they don’t shed as much as most long-haired breeds.

Cat Breeds That Don’t Shed All That Much

Devon Rex

devon rex cat

The Devon Rex breed dates back to the 1960s. If you’re looking for a minimal shedder that is notably intelligent, this is the breed for you.

Teaching the Devon Rex its name or tricks is easier than teaching other cats. Intelligent, sociable, and people-oriented, the Devon Rex loves performing tricks, playing around, and spending time with its family. This is an active, playful feline that doesn’t require much maintenance.


bengal cat

The most famous designer cat breed, the Bengal, is also notable for being a minimal shedder. Its signature feature is a long, elegant body structure. It’s a playful and amiable breed.

The Bengal cat is often considered hypoallergenic and is an excellent fit for people with cat allergies. Even though it’s a large cat and was developed through breeding between wild and domestic cats, the Bengal is an overall gentle-tempered feline.


sphynx cat

And here comes the ultimate cat that doesn’t shed – the Sphynx. Contrary to what you might think, these creatures aren’t completely bald. They have a short layer of mossy fluff and they are super soft and suede-like.

Sphynx cats don’t shed, but they do require regular bathing. Otherwise, their skin gets oily and dirty. The Sphynx is a unique breed that is always the center of attention due to its distinctive features. It isn’t the right breed for just anybody. However, they are highly affectionate and sociable and love to cuddle. Moreover, they love being the center of attention and won’t shy away when their unique appearance constantly catches the eye of house guests.

Oriental Shorthair

oriental shorthair cat

Oriental Shorthairs are playful, intelligent, and sociable, but they also actively seek attention and speak their minds with chirps, meows, and purring.

Furthermore, they are among the top minimal shedders and the most colorful feline breed. With a variety of more than 300 colors and patterns, the Oriental Shorthair is a desirable kitty for many pet parents. Their lack of fur shedding is a small bonus to their excellent appearances and character.

Russian Blue

russian blue cat

The Russian Blue is a popular breed for cat lovers from all over the world. Even though these furballs have dense fur coats, they shed less than other popular feline breeds. A curious yet laid-back cat, the Russian Blue is intelligent, friendly, and loyal to its owner.

Easy to train with frequent training sessions, this particular kitty is an excellent choice if you don’t want to deal with too much pet hair. These felines shed for around a couple of weeks once, or a maximum of twice, on an annual basis.


donskoy cat

Donskoy cats should not be mistaken with Sphynxes. This hairless breed comes from Russia, and it originated in the late 1980s. Donskoys are well-developed and easily recognizable, even though they are a relatively new breed.

Even though it’s hairless, this kitty has special grooming requirements. It won’t shed, but it needs regular baths, skin protection against sunburn, and soft cat brushes to protect against skin irritation and inflammation.

Emily Parker

Emily Parker is the Content Manager at Catological. She's passionate about helping cat parents love their cats better by providing the best information and recommendations about everything you'll need to know about your cat, from kitten to senior years. She believes natural, biologically-appropriate products are best...why wouldn't you provide the best for a member of your family?!