Maybe you’re picking out your first dog, and don’t want one that requires a lot of time for up-keep. You may be surprised by the range of generally healthy dog breeds that don’t shed. Read on to discover the perfect non-shedding companion for your family.
Small Non-Shedding Dog Breeds
Do you want a lapdog who you can cuddle but not wear? There are lots of adorable small hypoallergenic and low shedding breeds to choose from. Here are a few small breeds that you may not have thought of in your search for a hypoallergenic cuddle buddy.
Do you love hound dogs, but need a small dog that sheds minimally? The Basenji is a little dog that hardly sheds its short, tight coat at all. These dogs clean themselves fastidiously in a cat-like fashion and also display a cat-like independence. These dogs don’t have an odor and require no grooming other than an occasional brushing with a soft-bristle brush. Basenjis have a lot of energy, but providing sufficient exercise in a fenced yard isn’t difficult for these playful dogs.
Here is an endlessly happy little dog that brings cheer and charm wherever he goes. The velvety white coat is hypoallergenic and fluffy. It requires regular trimming and brushing, but won’t shed at all. These good-natured dogs tend to get along well with everyone, including kids, cats, and other dogs. They have been favored as circus and performance dogs, and make great therapy dogs as well. If you’re looking for a little friend to make you laugh at the end of a hard day and keep you smiling through the years, this might be the one for you.
American Hairless Terrier
Are you serious about finding a dog that doesn’t shed? This is a breed without hair, so you really won’t need to worry about shedding. The skin of the American Hairless is soft and silky and not at all unpleasant to the touch. Unlike some other hairless breeds, the hairless variety of this breed is truly hairless, no tufts of hair on the head or tail. Also, the American Hairless doesn’t suffer from the missing teeth that some other hairless breeds are prone to. These are alert, friendly dogs with intelligent expressions and a lot of grit. If you are looking for a real dog’s dog in a truly hypoallergenic, conveniently sized package, this might be the breed for you.
Medium Non-Shedding Dog Breeds
Mid-size dogs are equally at home taking a jog with you or sitting on your lap, making them versatile companions. These dogs can keep up with you without taking up too much space or demanding a lot of exercise. In general, this is a good size group for the average family. These dogs aren’t so large that they require extensive exercise or maintenance, but they are big enough to be robust around kids and keep up with an active family.
It’s hard to find a hypoallergenic dog more charming than this cutey. Your friends probably won’t know what your new dog is, but they’ll know they want one. This medium-sized dog is one of the newest breeds recognized by the AKC, although it has been herding flocks on the winding roads of Hungary for many years.
You may be surprised that this adorable, curly fellow with his two-thirds erect ears was bred for this kind of demanding work. In fact, this is an energetic breed that is agile and bold enough to do all kinds of jobs. Pumis excel in obedience, agility, fetch with discs or ball, and a range of other dog sports and activities. The non-shedding coat is easy to maintain. It needs a combing every month or so, followed by a thorough wetting down. The coat should be allowed to dry naturally to achieve the characteristic curls. Hair will shed during combing, but not at other times.
This is a fun dog in sheep’s clothing. The Bedlington Terrier is an active mid-size dog who is deeply loyal to family and friendly with strangers. Under the crisp non-shedding coat, the body is similar to that of a whippet, giving this dog a jaunty, springy step. The coat can be trimmed into the shape of your choice or kept close. The tight curls will need frequent brushing to keep from matting and regular trimming is necessary to keep the coat neat.
Are you looking for a calm, playful companion with an intelligent expression that will not shed at all? The Xoloitzcuintli is a 3,000-year-old breed. They come in three sizes with similar temperaments, so if you would rather have a large or small dog, this breed could still be your perfect match. These dogs are famously calm around the house and are good-natured and agreeable when it comes to training and activities. They love upbeat play, making them a good match for families with children. The hairless skin is soft to the touch, and the forehead has an adorable tendency to wrinkle when the dog is considering something. It requires no maintenance but occasionally wiping down with a damp towel. Sunscreen should be used outdoors.
Large Non-Shedding Dog Breeds
Do you want a dog of significant size to do a job for you, like work as a service dog or therapy animal? Perhaps your family is very active so you want a dog that can keep up with you all day long and sleep on your bed at night without leaving puddles of fur. You may be surprised by the powerful, large dogs available that won’t shed.
Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier
The Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier is a fun-loving companion. The tight curls shed minimally and don’t take much grooming, although the coat should be brushed and combed regularly to de-matt it. These dogs were bred to be farm dogs in the Irish countryside. They are deeply devoted to their family, but also have their own mind.
These dogs have a high prey drive and may be unlikely to listen to you if you call them back, so a large fenced yard to play fetch in is essential. While these dogs require a fair amount of exercise, they don’t necessarily need you to be very involved. The Soft Coated Wheaten is happy playing with another dog or by himself, as well a playing fetch or participating in an activity like agility.
This powerful, intelligent dog is a serious working dog who can keep up with you all day long no matter what you want to do. These dogs have served with the police, at war, in bomb-detection, and in many other important roles. Their intelligence and drive must be taken seriously. If this dog is not given something to do, he will find an activity that you may not like. That said, these are dogs that are happy by your side, provided they are given some mental stimulation.
Giant Schnauzers have a strong protection drive, and while they are generally good at distinguishing between friends and enemies, regular socialization with people and other dogs is critical. The coat is dense, wiry, and weather-resistant. It must be brushed weekly and clipped or stripped regularly. If the coat is maintained properly, the shedding will be minimal to non-existent.
Don’t be deceived by the striking good looks of this beauty queen of the dog world. These sighthounds are powerful athletes who can keep up with you on a hard jog and are incredible in sports like Frisbee and lure-coursing. Sighthounds are sprinters, not marathon runners, so after a good run your Afghan will be happy to lounge with you on the couch. The silky hair sheds about as much as human hair and doesn’t take much grooming other than daily brushing. For those looking for a beautiful, large-breed companion that doesn’t require too many hours of exercise or much maintenance, this might be a good choice for you.
As the demand increases more and more non-shedding breeds are being developed. Doodles are mixes between a poodle and another purebred dog, or a mix between the offspring of such dogs. They are not recognized by any widely-recognized purebred dog registry, but they are well on their way to becoming a breed. First generation puppies may show traits from either parent, including coats that might shed. The more selective breeding that has occurred down the line, the more likely a puppy will display the desired characteristics of a poodle’s non-shedding coat. Be aware, their coats, though non-shedding do require a considerable amount of grooming including regular brushing and hair clipping.
Labradoodles (Labrador and Poodle) and Goldendoodles (Golden Retriever and Poodle) are the most common and have been bred the longest. Some of these dogs come from lineages going back ten generations or more. Such dogs have a fairly high consistency of breed traits, including non-shedding coats and size. These coats tend to have looser waves than a poodle’s tight coat.
If you want the eager-to-please, good-natured personality of a lab or golden with the hypoallergenic coat of a poodle, this might be the dog for you, but do your research and choose a breeder that has been producing dogs that don’t shed and haven’t had health concerns for many generations.
There are a lot of breeds to choose from if you are looking for a dog that won’t shed. Whether you want a dog with a luxurious coat that can be shaped into the look of your choice or you are looking for a low-maintenance dog that can perform a job without getting fur everywhere, you can find the perfect breed for you. Keep your mind open to untraditional breeds like hairless dogs or a newly recognized breed like the Pumi and your options will be wide open.
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