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17 Cat Breeds That Don’t Shed or Shed Less

As the owner of a long-haired cat, I love how fluffy my favourite feline becomes, particularly over winter. However, I don’t love the fact that my house often becomes covered in cat hair and the daily struggles to get Alexei to stay still so that I can brush him.

Of course, I wouldn’t swap my Siberian cat for anything but there are quite a few cat breeds that don’t shed. So if you are looking to avoid cat fur, have allergies or just don’t like fur here are the cat breeds that don’t shed.

19 Cat Breeds that Don’t Shed or Shed Less than others

1. Cornish Rex

The Cornish Rex cat has a head shaped liked a triangle. As a result, its eyes and ears are prominent and large. The eyes of the Cornish Rex cat tend to be golden in colour although that can vary.

When the Cornish Rex breed does have fur it tends to be curly and sit close to their skin and this means that this breed sheds less than others. Some Cornish Rex cats have no fur at all.

cornish rex cat on red background

This cat breed is often compared to greyhound dogs due to their sleek appearance and they like a long, lolling run. This is a very adventurous breed that loves to explore and will keep its playful demeanor long after its kitten days are finished.

cornish rex cat tabby

2. Devon Rex

This is another cat breed with a curly short-haired coat that means less shedding.

The mischievous Devon Rex cat, also known as the pixie cat, is a loving and loyal feline breed. They make the ideal companions and welcome family and friends’ attention, as well as being great with kids and other pets.

Devon rex with dark face
Devon rex with dark face

This cat breed emerged in England during the late 1950s and is similar to the nearby Cornish Rex cat breed.

These felines are intelligent, active, and require regular stimulation. Devon Rex cats are jumpers, and their favorite place is at head level, so perches and cat trees should be provided.

Devon rex cat under plant looking up
Devon rex cat under plant looking up
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The moderately active cat enjoys learning and playing fetch, so interactive toys will also help keep him occupied while you’re out earning money.

This indoor cat breed has slender bodies with long legs, large eyes, and high cheekbones. They shouldn’t be brushed as their fur is prone to breakage; instead, rub the Devon Rex cat gently with a cloth to keep them well-groomed, weekly.

Devon Rex Cat on dark brown sheet background with jug and wheat
Devon Rex Cat

3. Russian Blue

Russian Blue cats have a short, dense coat. They generally only shed for a couple of weeks once or twice a year.

With emerald-green eyes and a luxurious silvery coat, Russian Blues are a startlingly pretty breed. The Russian Blue is sweet-tempered and fine-featured, with long legs that allow it to run at high speeds.

photo of russian blue cat playing with brown wooden stick while lying on grass
Photo by Kirsten Bühne on Pexels.com

Those green eyes are large, round, and wide-set. This is another cat breed that constantly looks like it is wide awake! Russian Blue cats are born with yellow eyes which turn green over time.

This expensive breed of cat really enjoys play and requires a good bit of attention when you get home. Although, they do enjoy napping in a quiet corner and tend to shy away from large groups.

Russian blue cat portrait
Russian Blue Cat

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Often demanding at mealtimes, these happy felines can get quite chunky if you’re not firm. Russian Blue cats are another very intelligent breed, so it’s important to provide enough mental and physical stimulation to keep them happy.

4. Siamese

The popular Siamese cat breed will shed minimally if you brush your kitty regularly. Siamese cats are one of the most adored and famous cat breeds. They are intelligent, talkative, and lovely-natured felines, making ideal family pets.

siamese cat stretched out on seat
Siamese Cat

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These cats have unique short coats, with a light-colored body and silky smooth fur. Their face, paws, and tails are darker than the rest of their bodies. While they are great indoor cats, they seek companionship from their owners, including sitting on laps and snuggling in bed.

Their sleek short coats also highlight there proportionately large ears.

siamese cat in red santa hat

Siamese cats are often labeled as “dog-like” because they enjoy following their humans around and enjoy playtime, like fetch, so stock up on active cat toys. Although they are loving cats, this breed should not be left alone at home for extended periods.

5. Bengal

This short-haired cat breed sheds less frequently than other cat breeds and requires less grooming maintenance from their owners.

Bengal cats are one of the newer cat breeds, a combination of the asian leopard cat and a US domestic cat. These affectionate cats are energetic and playful.

bengal cat

A distinctive feature of their thick and lustrous coat is the pearl or gold dusting or glitter effect. This is one of the many features of the lovely Bengal cat that contributes to its extreme cuteness.

bengal cat ginger

The breed is also known for its black-rimmed and almond-shaped eyes and distinctive whisker pads. Add to this their thick tail that often finishes in a black tapered tip and you have one seriously cute cat.

6. Sphynx

A naturally hairless breed, the Sphynx only has a small bit of fur on its nose. This unusual breed looks like it could have come from another world and definitely would hang out with hipsters. These medium-sized cats have a striking appearance with hairless, wrinkled skin and large ears.

sphynx cat grey

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It is also known for the somewhat intense gaze which emits from its large eyes. As another breed with minimal hair, those large eyes stand out even more on the Sphynx cat.

Though Sphynx cats appear to look bald, they may be covered in a small amount of peach fuzz, giving them that velvety texture. However, they do require moderate grooming to care for their hairless bodies as they do not have fur to absorb natural oils their body produces.

grey spynx cat on timber bench
Sphynx Cat

What the Sphynx cat breed lacks in fur, they make up for in their personality. These hairless kitties are sociable, energetic, and love to play. The curious kitties are mischievous and are fond of teaser toys and puzzle toys to challenge them.

7. Lykoi

The Lykoi breed has a patchy coat and is considered to be partially hairless. This interesting feline bears a strong resemblance to the popular imagery of a werewolf. With shorter and lighter fur around their mouth, nose, and eyes, an interesting design is made that accentuates their features in a werewolf-like way.

The scraggly salt and pepper fur of the Lykoi cat adds to the idea of a little beasty. Their name was derived from the Greek word for wolves, which strengthens their claim to werewolf status.

Lykoi cat, also called the Werewolf cat against white background - known as a weird cat breed
Lykoi cat

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However, the Lykoi cat shares only physical resemblances to this famed mythical creature. These cats have lovely temperaments and are generally playful, affectionate, and loyal. So they make wonderful, striking pets.

Another interesting fact about the Lykois cat is that they sometimes lose all of their fur, resulting in them looking like a Sphynx cat and not shedding at all. However, they grow the fur back. Or at least, most of it!

Though their occasional lack of fur and bald spots on their face appear to be similar to the Sphynx, they do not have the Sphynx/Devon Rex gene. Instead, they are related to the Domestic Shorthair cat.

When originally discovered, in 2011, there was concern that the strange coats of the Lykoi cats were the result of a medical condition. But they were found to be completely healthy, and their fur simply the result of a genetic mutation. It’s a mutation that we’re thankful for because these cats are strange and one of the loveliest weird cat breeds.

8. Burmese

The Burmese breed has a short, fine coat that loses less hair than other cat breeds.

Their coats are short and silky and are low-maintenance, requiring a weekly brush or combing to remove dead hair. And that short silky hair sets off their gorgeous large round and gleaming green eyes.

The Burmese are friendly, personable, and kind kitties. With Siamese ancestors, these felines are playful and affectionate, but not clingy. Burmese cats often characterized as a “rock wrapped in silk” due to being much heavier than what they appear to be.

Burmese cat on white background
Burmese Cat

Younger Burmese cats are curious and active, and as they get older, they become placid and prefer to watch rather than getting involved in activities. You’ll often see them sleeping on a windowsill or at the corner of a sofa, snagging the sunlight.

Burmese cats are excellent jumpers and climbers and should have cat perches or something to climb up on.

white and black burmese cat breeds that don't shed

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9. Birman

Birmans are quite a furry cat breed. However, their hair doesn’t matt so they require less grooming and shed far less than other cat breeds.

This adorable breed is characterised by its darker face which contrasts with a generally white body. The Birman’s bushy tail and paws are also usually dark as are the insides of their ears. All of this is offset by gorgeous blue eyes.

Birmanese Domestic Cat

These affectionate and gentle cats were bred to be companions so they are happiest with human companion and spending time with their favourite humans.

Birman cat at home on sunny day

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They tend to be happiest when indoors and best suited to this type of lifestyle. Many owners find them so adorable they end up with a second Birman and this breed loves the company of other kitties as well as humans.

10. Exotic Short Hair

This breed has short, thick hair that sheds only a small amount. However, they do require some grooming to remove dead hair from their coat. The super cute Exotic Short Hair breed is characterised by its mustachioed face and laid back personality.

This breed has short thick legs, broad bodies, large round paws, and short tails.

ginger exotic short hair cat

They have extremely soft coats and come in 140 different colours. They have the same gentle and affectionate personality which is seen in most long-haired cat breeds rather than the boisterous personality of a short haired cat.

Ginger flat faced cat with amber eyes up close
Exotic Shorthair cat

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This breed is closely related to the Persian cat breed and is known for its loyalty.

11. Japanese Bobtail

The Japanese bobtail breed has a single coat that doesn’t tend to shed much hair. This breed also loves grooming itself which minimises the amout of work required by owners.

This sweet and loving breed of course originates from Japan. Apparently in the 1600s Japanese street cats were bobtails. The breed is considered to be lucky and its owners should prosper.

japanese bobtail cat

Statues of tri-colour Japanese Bobtail cats are quite common in Japan (these are supposed to be the luckiest Japanese Bobtails of all!). So when you see the familiar statue with the kitty raising its paw up and down you now know that you are looking at a Japanese bobtail cat.

The breed is named bobtail due to its short and stubby tail. They were also adored by the Japanese Imperial family and still have a regal air to them. This means that your home – and the items wihin it – are part of their Kingdom.

japanese bobtail tuxedo and ginger
The lucky tri-colour pattern

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German doctor Engelbert Kaempfer wrote, “there is only one breed of cat that is kept. It has large patches of yellow, black and white fur; its short tail looks like it has been bent and broken. It has no mind to hunt for rats and mice but just wants to be carried and stroked by women.” Now that sounds like one cool kitty!

12. Peterbald

Although some Peterbald cats do have short-haired coats, most have no hair at all which means very little shedding. The Peterbald cat is a strange little fellow. With hairless, grey-silver skin, a slanted face, and large pointy ears, this Russian cat breed has a very unique look.

Created from experimental breeding, this cat first popped its head out in 1994, at St. Petersburg. This is why it’s named Peterbald (I’m sure you can guess where the bald part comes from). And one of the main reasons that this is quite a rare cat breed.

Peterbald cat with red bow

Originally a cross between a hairless Donskoy and an Oriental Shorthair, these cats quickly grew in popularity in their home country.

Since Peterbald cats don’t have any fur to keep them warm, they need to be kept indoors during the cooler seasons, as they might otherwise get too chilly.

They require a little bit more cat care than other breeds because they need to be bathed weekly in order to keep their coats from getting oily and attracting dirt.

Peterbald cat in blue and white striped top

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These cats have wonderfully affectionate personalities and are often found shadowing their loved ones. Peterbald cats love attention and are very active cats in general, as well as being very loyal and loving. Their personalities are regularly likened to that of canines.

So if you haven’t decided whether you’re more of a cat or a dog person, the Peterbald is a great choice of cat companion and it is unlikely that you’ll find many other examples of this cool cat breed in your neighborhood!

13. Bombay

This sleek black kitty has a short-haired coat that only sheds minimally. Like their ancestors, the Burmese, Bombay cats have almost no undercoat and require weekly brushing.

Bombay Cats look like mini black panthers and have black coats and piercing yellow eyes with medium-sized, muscular frames, rounded heads, and flat faces.

Bombay cats are flat-faced felines that love affection. They enjoy meeting and greeting you at the door and can get along well with other pets and children. These kitties are big softies, with personalities as soft as their coats.

black traditional bombay cat on nuts background
Bombay Cat

You’ll often find them nestled at the top of their cat tree, having the ideal viewpoint of their world below.

These are playful kitties with natural curiosity and athleticism, so you should be able to keep them occupied with toys like cat balls. Like their ancestors, the Burmese, Bombay cats have almost no undercoat and require weekly brushing.

black bombay cat

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14. Ocicat

Ocicats have short smooth coats which don’t tend to shed particularly when regularly groomed. This playful cat breed loves attention. The Ocicat resembles a wild cat but is very playful and loving.

They are a medium to large cat breed with a smooth coat. Their markings are distributed across their bodies – and each hair on their coat contains more than one colour.

ocicat cat breed
ocicat cat breed

The Ocicat breed was created by crossing Siamese and Abyssinian cats together and then later breeding with an American domestic short hair. This is what has given them their large ears. The breed was registered in 1966.

Ocicats love to play and will see most items in your home as potential toys. They are also friendly cats who like to welcome strangers. They don’t like being alone and do get bored easily so a sibling is often a good idea.

ocicat expensive cat breed
ocicat expensive cat breed

They are high energy and highly intelligent so need lots of stimuli. They don’t have any special exercise needs and unlike many other cat breeds they like water so watch out if you’re having a bath.

15. Singapura

This small cat breed usually only weighs about six pounds and has a short coat that doesn’t shed often.

Singapura cats have captivating little spirits, ready to steal your heart away. These lovely felines are a playful, cheeky, and friendly cat breed. You’ll often find them under a duvet cover or lying in the sunshine.

Pale Singapura Cat
Singapura Cat

The Singapura is one of the smallest cat breeds, which means its almond shaped eyes and larger ears really pop. Singpura cats tend to look like they constantly have their eyes open as wide as possible.

With a similar temperament to the Burmese cat, they are full of mischief, are affectionate, and extremely inquisitive. Singapura cats enjoy chasing balls down the hall or tap dancing on keyboards.

These fun-loving cats love people and get along easily with other pets in the house – making them ideal for the indoors.

singapura cat

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16. Abyssinian

The Abyssinian breed has short, thick fur which doesn’t shed anywhere near as much as other breeds.

Your Abyssinian cat may well become your best friend. This high energy cats are always on and ready for fun. What they love most is being close to their owner so they will tend to be in whichever room that you are in.

young Abyssinian cat in action
young Abyssinian cat in action

This breed has a relatively small face which means its large almond-shaped eyes and ears stand out even more.

This friendly cat breed is also known for its intelligence and its love of a good climb so be sure to give it a garden or a cat tower for playing. But most of all the Abyssinian loves its human family.

Abyssinian Cat lying down

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This sociable cat likes company so if you have a busy lifestyle it might be an idea to get another cat or pet to keep it company when you’re not there.

17. Minskin

Minskin cats have quite stocky bodies and rather short legs. Their coat is unique due to its lack of fur and therefore it does not shed. The Minskin breed was created from the Sphynx cat breed. This is a relatively new breed of cat. It was first developed in 1998 in Boston.

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Minskin Cat

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The breeder crossed his Munchkin cat with a Sphynx for a healthier immune system. By 2005, 50 cats could be called Minskins and this new breed was recognised.

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