Hey, Bored! From everything I've been reading (i.e. AKC, people who own them, etc., for the most part, they're saying that, yes, they shed, but not a whole lot. The key evidently is to keeping them brushed regularly. At the very least, they need to be brushed 2-3 times a week to keep their hair from getting tangled or matted together. To me, that's not bad considering the companionship, beauty, playfulness and everything that comes with a papillon. But they do require a lot of attention to be truly happy, and they require a lot of exercise. So, there you have it. If you can provide that, they can provide you with a long lifespan of about 15 years! And that is just fantastic!