You love your dog, but all that shedding is so annoying–it’s even worse if you have allergies. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could get a dog that didn’t shed? Well, you’re in luck because such dogs do exist. Here are ten dog breeds that don’t shed–at least not much, that is. Keep reading to find out what we mean.
The Poodle is probably the most famous “no-shed” breed of dog. Of course, as we just mentioned, all dogs shed–at least all the ones who have coats anyway. It’s just that some shed more than others. So, while Poodles do shed, it’s only about a few strands of hair at a time. No biggie, right? Here’s a tip to greatly reduce their shedding even more: brush their coat once a week.
FUN FACT: Poodles are often used in hybrid breeds to create other hypoallergenic dogs. These hybrids include Yorkiepoos (Yorkshire Terrier and Toy Poodle), Cockapoos (Cocker Spaniel and Poodle), Goldendoodles (Golden Retriever and Poodle), and Labradoodle (Labrador Retriever and Poodle).
TIP: If you don’t want to get a Poodle, consider a Bichon Frise or a Lagotto Romagnolo. They both have coats that are similar to that of a Poodle. In fact, the Bichon Frise is said to resemble a miniature Poodle.
Lots of terrier breeds (see listed below) have hypoallergenic coats. Something else you should also know about these dogs if you plan on getting one is that they are bred to “hunt, kill vermin, and to guard their families home or barn,” the American Kennel Club says. With that said, here’s a list of some non-shedding terrier breeds:
-American Hairless Terrier (This dog has no coat at all, so you don’t have to worry about any shedding.)
-Australian Silky Terrier
-Kerry Blue Terrier
-Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier
8. Chinese Crested Dog
There are two varieties of Chinese Crested dogs–Powderpuff and Hairless–and both are hypoallergenic. The hairless variety isn’t completely hairless–they have hair on their head, tail, and feet. It’s important to keep in mind that the skin on hairless dogs needs a lot of care to protect against dryness, sunburn, acne, and extreme temperatures. Therefore, if you’re considering getting one of these as a pet, you’ll need to invest in some sunblock for the summer months and sweaters or coats for the winter months.
7. Shih Tzu
Also known as the Chrysanthemum Dog or Chinese Lion Dog, the Shih Tzu has two layers of hair: a long, silky coat on top and a soft, feathery coat underneath. Despite this, they shed less than other breeds.
FYI, if you get a puppy, expect some major shedding when they turn a year old (This is when they change their coats). Don’t worry, though, it’s just a phase that’ll last only about three weeks.
-Shih Tzus were originally bred for Chinese nobles.
-They’re thought to have originated in Tibet over 2,000 years ago.
-They’re one of the oldest dog breeds in the world.
The Schnauzer, which originated in Germany, comes in three varieties: miniature, standard (a.k.a. medium-sized), and giant. While they don’t shed much, their hair does require lots of care. A word of warning: If you’re thinking about getting a Schnauzer, these dogs need lot of activity. That’s because when they get bored, they’ve been known to engage in “destructive behavior,” according to an article published by Bustle. Other than that, these dogs are pretty playful, smart, gentle, and affectionate. They also have a very protective nature.
5. Water Dog
Originating on the coast of Portugal, the Portuguese Water Dog has a waterproof coat. These dogs are fun-loving, adventurous and highly energetic, making them the perfect pet for a family with kids. Just ask they Obamas–after all, they have two of them!
The Spanish Water Dog is also energetic, though not as much as the Portuguese variety. Still, they do well in active families. And, perhaps best of all: you don’t need to comb or brush their coat. A shave once a year is all that’s necessary.
One of the oldest breeds of water dogs, the Barbet is a medium-sized dog that often gets mistaken for a labradoodle. FUN FACT: The name Barbet comes from the word barbe, which means “beard.”
4. German Pointer
German Pointers come in two varieties: Shorthaired and Wirehaired. Neither of these dogs do a lot of shedding, and brushing their coats weekly will reduce shedding even more.
Keep in mind that German Pointers were originally bred to be hunting dogs, so make sure you have the space (outdoors, preferably) and the energy to keep up with them. German Pointers are also affectionate dogs.
FUN FACT: According to the American Kennel Club, German Shorthaired Pointers are quickly gaining popularity among U.S. dog lovers but still lag behind America’s favorite dog breed, the Labrador Retriever.
Shar-Peis come in regular-sized and miniature (Sounds like a candy bar, right? LOL!). Anyway, shedding for Shar-Peis is minimal, but there are some coat varieties that shed more than others–the “brush” coat, for example. The “horse” coat sheds the least. Shedding for these pooches corresponds with the seasons and usually takes place in the fall and spring.
-Shar-Peis naturally have very little odor and only need bathing once every three months or so.
-Shar-Peis are known for their deep wrinkles and blue-black tongue.
Don’t recognize this breed? That’s because this dog is best known by another name–Mexican Hairless. Like the other hairless dogs mentioned in this article, these guys won’t shed, but their skin does need some TLC. Moisturizer, sunblock and protective clothing are all recommended.
DID YOU KNOW?
There’s also a coated variety of Xoloitzcuintli. They have a short, flat coat that needs to be brushed occasionally.
-Xoloitzcuintlis are ancient dogs. They were bred 3,000 years ago by the Aztec civilization.
-Xoloitzcuintlis come in three sizes–toy, miniature, and standard.
Originating in the Congo, this breed of dog has a short, fine coat that rarely sheds. Another plus, in case you have neighbors who hate noisy pets, is that Basenji dogs don’t bark. Instead, they emit a low howl. Like the Shar-Pei, they have very little odor. They are also playful, friendly, intelligent, and adventurous. Unfortunately, they’re a bit on the stubborn side, too. “A Basenji may know perfectly well all the commands you teach him, but whether he actually performs them will always be in question. He may think first and then obey, or he may decide there’s really no good reason to do as you ask. Instead, Basenjis use their intelligence to demand your attention and get you to provide whatever it is they need or want,” Dogtime.com wrote on its website.
So, there you have it. Now, you can enjoy all the emotional support and unconditional love from your pooch without the hassle of dealing with shedding or allergies. Thanks for reading!