Sadly there are no such things as dogs that do not shed. It would be unnatural if that were the case. Dog hair, just as human hair, just keeps growing, and think of how often you get a haircut. Well your dog needs his own kind of haircut, but he chose another way to do it, he sheds it.
All types of dogs shed at least some hair. However different breeds have different shedding habits, fortunately there are many breeds that shed very little hair. Most of these dogs are very popular among pet owners.
The reasons people prefer low-shedding dogs can vary. Either there’s not enough time around the house to constantly clean the dog hair, or you have a child who tries to eat everything he can get his hands on. But the most common reason is that many people have allergies towards dogs.
Dogs produce dander and saliva which are both full of allergens. There’s a myth running around that there are some hypoallergenic dog breeds that don’t cause allergic reactions. While there are dogs that produce less dander, and consequently less allergens, there’s no research to support the idea that some dog breeds cause no allergic reactions. Therefore hypoallergenic dog breeds don’t actually exist, no more than non-shedding dogs do.
When you’re looking for a dog that doesn’t shed it’s a good rule of thumb to go for single-coated breeds. The actual length of the hair is not as important. Furthermore, if you get a dog that is an average or big-shedder you can still control the amount of hair lying around through regular grooming.
You should also keep in mind that low-shedding dogs usually have high-maintenance grooming requirements. So you might actually consider an average shedder like a Golden Retriever whose coat is not so hard to entertain even if you’re worried about allergens.
The Yorkshire Terrier is a popular choice for his lesser shedding
Yorkshire Terriers are interesting dogs because they are small but retain their original, cocky temperament. They also have a very complicated coat that tends to tangle and catch dirt but they shed very little.
As you can imagine they require regular grooming in order to keep their coats free of debris and clear of tangles. They are great apartment dogs because they are very friendly and sociable towards other people and animals. Yet they are good in a small yard as well and are good watch dogs.
The Dachshund sheds little hair
The Dachshund is most popular for his sausage body. There have been many comedies involving ridiculously long Dachshund bodies and tiny legs at both ends with a roller-skater in the middle to keep the body off the ground. But in reality their big, saggy ears and their lovely eyes take all attention off their body.
Dachshunds are intelligent and affectionate dogs. They are naturally careful around strangers and they make good watch dogs. Their coat can come in 3 types. Short, long or wire-haired. The long-haired types of Dachshunds shed the most and thus require regular grooming. One thing to note is that they don’t behave well with children and are prone to snap at them when pestered.
Miniature Schnauzers are great for people with dog allergies
Miniature Schnauzers are very popular among people with allergies. They hardly ever shed even though they have a double-coat. They do require regular grooming, but you can have their hair clipped off and the job becomes much easier.
Most people prefer leaving the face and legs alone and clipping the rest, which gives them their characteristic look. They are also good watch dogs and bond very well with the family. Overall they are happy, adaptable companion dogs.
While there are no types of dogs that don’t shed there are many breeds that shed little to no hair. These dogs are great for people with allergies or for people who don’t want to go through the trouble of cleaning hair every other day.
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