Do Black Cats Shed Fur? 22 Amazing Breeds Discussed

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The simple answer is yes but some more than others. According to The Cat Fanciers’ Association, there are 22 breeds of domestic cat with solid black fur.

A black cat isn’t a breed, it’s a color of cat determined by a specific gene.

Do Black Cats Shed Fur in Detail

To answer the question of do black cats shed fur or not, we will have to identify each black cat breed individually and then look at the specific breed in more detail.

I’m going to run through the domestic cat breeds that can produce a solid black coat and then I’ll talk a bit about how they shed fur…

American Bobtail

The American Bobtail is known to shed a lot of fur compared to other domestic cats.

American Curl

The American Curl has little to no undercoat so they don’t shed as much as other cats.

American Shorthair

The American Shorthair is known to have a dense, close coat that doesn’t require much grooming at all.

The American Shorthair ranks as medium in the shedding scale.

American Wirehair

The American Wirehair sheds a moderate amount of fur and their coat can be managed with light grooming.


The Bombay Cat has a short, shiny, and fine coat that requires very little grooming.

The Bombay Cat sheds very little fur.

British Shorthair

The British Shorthair does not have an undercoat so this breed of domestic cat, sheds very little fur indeed.

Cornish Rex

The Cornish Rex has very short fur but contrary to popular belief, they do shed fur.

The fur that they shed is minimal compared to other breeds though.

Devon Rex

Just like their close relative, the Cornish Rex, they shed a minimal amount of fur in comparison to other breeds of the domestic cat.

Exotic Shorthair

The Exotic Shorthair has a very thick coat and tends to shed a lot of fur compared to other breeds.

Japanese Bobtail

The Japanese Bobtail is easy to groom and is low to medium on the shedding scale.

The Japanese Bobtail sheds fur seasonally during spring and fall.


The LaPerm is known to be easy to groom and doesn’t shed much outside of the occasional heavy shedding period.

Maine Coon

The Maine Coon with all of that fur is known to shed a lot and to keep on top of things, quite a bit of grooming may be required.


The Manx has a double coat and will shed fur especially during Spring and Fall.

An owner of a Manx will have to pay attention to grooming.

Norwegian Forest Cat

The Norwegian Forest Cat has a lot of fur and will heavy periods of shedding.

Grooming a couple of times a week is generally recommended.


The Oriental Cat has a very short and fine coat and doesn’t shed very much at all.

The Oriental Cat may be suited to wanna be cat owners with allergies.

Persian Cat

The Persian Cat has very long fur compared to other domestic cat breeds.

They require regular grooming and they shed quite a lot of fur and often.


The Ragamuffin has quite long fur and does shed although not excessively.

During shedding season, it’s recommended to groom and remove dead fur.

Scottish Fold

The Scottish Fold sheds year-round and will shed more during Spring and fall.

Regular grooming is required for this breed.

Selkirk Rex

The Selkirk Rex is a fluffy cat with curly fur.

They are known to shed a lot and require a lot of grooming. Not good for allergy sufferers.

Do black cats shed? Well this one will…


Although having very long and fluffy fur, the Siberian Cat actually sheds on the lower end of the scale.

They do have a seasonal shedding twice a year that is quite substantial.


The Sphynx is known as the naked cat due to it’s lack of fur.

For obvious reasons shedding of fur isn’t an issue, although, they do shed dander which can be problematic for allergy sufferers.

Turkish Angora

The Turkish Angora has a silky, almost maintenance-free coat.

They don’t have an undercoat so shedding is very minimal.

do black cats shed
Coco being too cute…

Do Black Cats Shed Less Fur?

This is a question that I came across when researching for this blog post on the web.

With 22 breeds of domestic cats potentially having a solid black coat, it is impossible to make a judgment either way.

Black cats aren’t a breed, so the amount of fur that a black cat will shed greatly varies.

My final thoughts

Answering the question ‘do black cats shed’ isn’t a simple question to answer at all as you can see.

It’s been fun for me, doing the research and learning new info on our fluffy friends.

Our black cat called Coco is an American Shorthair and he does leave fur around our house but it’s easily manageable.

To begin with, I had to adjust to finding the occasional cat hair in my food but that doesn’t happen very often now and I’m used to it.

I hope this blog post was helpful and thanks for reading…

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Lee Harris

NOTE: Some of the content on this website has been created with the use of artificial intelligence (AI). I'm a Brit living in the sunny Canary Islands with my beautiful wife and my wonderful black cat called Coco. I love to blog, build businesses, look after my body, and enjoy nature...

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