Many would-be dog owners take the matter of shedding into consideration when they’re about to get a pet. For some, it would be due to allergies while others just do not have the time or resources to keep up with the needs of a heavily shedding dog. Fortunately for both types of dog guardians, there are a number of dogs that don’t shed. Here are the top 10 breeds with little to no shedding …
Dogs That Don’t Shed
1. Poodle. The Poodle is considered to be the pest pet to have for people who have dog allergies because they hardly ever shed. They do possess a glossy, dense coat that is often curly or deeply corded. Regular grooming is necessary to prevent tangles. They were bred to be hunting companions and today, they are good watchdogs that are alert. As family dogs, they are very affectionate and loving to their pack.
2. Yorkshire Terrier. Like all other terrier breeds, a Yorkie has a big personality despite its small stature. They do have long, luxurious coats that require regular brushing and cleaning but they shed very little. This breed is very outgoing and highly sociable. They were originally bred as companions of the middle class workers in the 19th century and were even employed as rat catchers. Today, they are well-loved by many people of different social standing due to their big personality that comes in a cute package.
3. Dachshund. These little “hotdogs” with their droopy ears and heart-warming puppy dog eyes would make anyone melt. Dachshunds may be short or smooth haired, wire haired or long haired. Long-haired Dachshunds do shed but only a little and need daily grooming. These dogs love to be around people and make good watchdogs.
4. Miniature Schnauzer. Schnauzers come equipped with a wiry overcoat and soft undercoat that require regular grooming but hardly ever shed. Schnauzers are known to be very affectionate and would make great family dogs. Owners may opt to keep their Schnauzer closely clipped except for its endearing beard and mustache.
5. Shih Tzu. One look at its long flowing hair and you might be put off but the Shih Tzu are actually another example of dogs that don’t shed. If their pets are not entered for show competitions, most owners prefer to keep their Shih Tzu’s hair clipped close to its body in what is known as a puppy cut. Otherwise all that long gorgeous hair would need daily brushing. Shih Tzus are high in energy and can be good watchdogs. However, they do tend to need a firm hand so that they donat become too dominant in a family.
6. Boston Terrier. This breed has a smooth, short coat that makes for easy grooming. Shedding is relatively insignificant. Boston Terriers are a fairly quiet breed so apartment owners love them but they are people-loving and can be lively and even boisterous on occasions.
7. Maltese. The Maltese as very long and silky hair but is a non-shedder. They do require regular brushing however, to prevent all that hair from tangling and it can get time consuming. This is a toy breed that is known to be highly intelligent but also stubborn. Despite its dainty size, a Maltese are known to be fearless and confident.
8. Bichon Frise. Its name, loosely translated, is French for “curly lap dog.” It has a thick, wavy coat. It is another non-shedder but does require daily brushing and even professional grooming. Most Bichon owners would opt to keep their pet in a puppy cut. They are known to be friendly and affectionate and would get along well with other household pets.
9. West Highland Terrier. Dubbed “Westies”, these dogs have two coats – a smooth, straight overcoat and a short, soft undercoat. They shed very little but need daily brushing to prevent matting. Despite being little, they were bred to go hunting and have retained these instincts. They are very energetic as well as affectionate with their family.
10. Havanese. It is a non-shedder with a silky, wavy double coat which protects them from harsh weather conditions. These are very social dogs that just love to be with their humans. Highly intelligent and friendly, they are very good with children and even with guests.
Although most of these dogs do require regular and even daily brushing and grooming, they are breeds that shed significantly less than others. Just remember there is no truly hypo-allergenic dog! Be sure to evaluate your lifestyle and do a thorough research before selecting any breed. You never know, you just might fall in love with one of these dogs that don’t shed.