10 Most Popular Dog Breeds That Don’t Shed

What breeds of dogs don’t shed?

The most important thing to remember when you have allergies to dogs is that just because it doesn’t shed, doesn’t mean you aren’t allergic. The dogs still produce skin cells and saliva which is where a lot of people experience allergy problems. Although, the lack of coat does make the allergies more tolerable for most people. There are many breeds of hairless dogs as well as dogs that don’t shed. Here is a list of the 11 most popular dog breeds for people who don’t like dogs that shed.

Maltese

This toy breed is hugely popular, it originates from the Central Mediterranean area with its name being derived from the country Malta. They are typically no more than eight pounds and under a foot in height. A Maltese will usually live for twelve to fifteen years giving it an ideal lifespan for owners who want as much time with their pet as possible. They have a rounded skull and a button nose with brown eyes and their drop ears are one of their more defining features. If this breed doesn’t get outside very much, their originally black nose may turn to pink or light brown, often referred to as a “winter nose” which will regain its black color when they get more sun exposure. They don’t have an undercoat so they can sometimes be more sensitive to the cold and their coat is long and silky meaning they will require a lot of maintenance despite their non-shedding characteristic.

Shih Tzu

This is another toy breed that is known for it’s long, silky, luxurious coat. Because their noses are pushed in, they are known to have breathing problems which can be detrimental. They are also known to develop health issues such as hypothyroidism and intervertebral disk disease. Unless their hair is pulled back or shaved, you won’t be able to see their large dark eyes. They also have drop ears that are covered in the same long hair found on their bodies and they have a tail that curls over their back. They are a bit larger than they are tall and they have a very loyal, loving, and extroverted temperament. They also require proper training and socialization from a young age to ensure proper behavior. Improper training and socialization can result in problems such as nipping or biting and neediness.

Poodle

Although considered to be a French dog, this breed actually originated from Germany. They are a very intelligent and skillful breed that is often shown for agility, obedience, herding, and tracking. They can develop many health problems such as Addison’s disease, gastric dilatation volvulus, common illnesses, and difficulty reproducing. There are also a few variations of Poodles including the Standard Poodle, Miniature Poodle, Toy Poodle, and Medium Poodle. They have a single coat of thick curly hair that doesn’t shed because the hair that comes off usually gets tangled amongst the other curly hair on its body. If not cared for and groomed properly, this can lead to the hair matting. It is recommended that this breed be groomed every six to eight weeks to ensure that they will only shed minimally and that their coat will be maintained properly.

West Highland White Terrier

Affectionately known as the Westy, this Scottish breed is known for its distinctive white coat, dark and almond-shaped eyes, and its tiny, pointed and upright ears. This breed will generally weigh around twenty pounds and stay under a foot tall with their body being shorter than their height, proportionately. This breed’s soft, yet thick undercoat and rough outer coat can become about two inches long with their fur filling out their face creating a rounded look. Into adulthood, their outer coat is generally cut off to reveal a soft and more appealing undercoat. Although this breed does shed a little, as long as you maintain their coat by brushing weekly you will remove the small amount of dead fur as well as help to keep their coat clean and prevent any matting. By helping to keep their coat clean, this means that they won’t be trying to clean it themselves by licking and leaving saliva residue on their coat which is what a lot of people with allergies have trouble with.

Labradoodle

This cross-breed comes from the mating of a Labrador Retriever and a Toy Poodle. It wasn’t always as popular as it is today, but it was originally bred to create a hypoallergenic service dog for those who needed a service animal but had allergies to dogs. It’s important to note that not all Labradoodles are hypoallergenic so you should spend some time with the dog before committing to a purchase. The reason that the hypoallergenic quality of the breed is not guaranteed is because it’s a hybrid breed meaning that the puppies can’t be predicted to have one trait or the other.

Bichon Frise

This toy and non-sporting breed is known for the fact that it doesn’t shed. Although, it’s only natural that, over time, they will have loose hair just like a human would so you will need to brush your Bichon frequently but not an overwhelming amount (grooming should be done every four to eight weeks, typically). Their curly coat also prevents loose hair and dandruff from escaping into your home, much like that of a poodle, because it gets caught in the surrounding curls (yes, dogs get dandruff too; it’s normal). This breed is recommended for people with allergies because they were bred to be hypoallergenic in nature. It’s important to remember that allergies differ for each person so you may want to spend time around a Bichon Frise, or any dog, before purchasing one so that you know how your immune system will react around them.

Havanese

The Havanese is another type of Bichon dog, often called the Havana Silk Dog. It’s thought that the Havanese descends from a mix of the Bichon breed and the Poodle creating a small, sturdy dog with a tail that curls over the back. They have a very long and silky coat that comes in a variety of colors and is double-coated. Their coat can be slightly wavy and is usually not rough in texture or extremely thick, despite its abundance. In some cases, the dog may not have an undercoat at all. What’s particularly interesting and admired in this breed is that even though they have a long and appealing coat, they are considered hypoallergenic because they don’t shed. Although, it is important to maintain a consistent grooming routine because the small amount of hair that does come off the dog can become tangled amongst the other hair on its body, especially if you decided to cord it’s hair (similar to a human getting dread locks), which will create an unappealing matting problem.

Chinese Crested

A Chinese Crested is like a glass of Scotch, some people love it and some people can’t stand it. It’s important to note that, most often, this breed is hairless although it does come in a Powder Puff variation where they have a long, double coat (this can even occur in the same litter). This is a small breed of dog that usually weighs no more than fifteen pounds. The hairless variation of this breed can have varying amounts of hair on its body and is even joked to have a beard in some cases. The only difference in appearance between a hairless with a lot of hair and a Powder Puff is that a Powder Puff will have a double coat while a hairless will only have a single coat. This becomes important in terms of allergies because a Powder Puff is known to shed quite a bit.

Cairn Terrier

This hypoallergenic breed is one of the oldest breeds of Terrier around; it originated in Scotland and is a working dog by heritage. It gets its name from the term cairns (man-made piles or stacks of stones) because it was used to chase prey into, through, and around the cairns in the hills of Scotland. Like many hypoallergenic breeds, this breed doesn’t shed. Although, like all animals with hair, it requires some grooming to ensure that the coat won’t become matted with dead hair. It is recommended that you hand-stripe this breed (hand-stripping is when you pull the dead hair out of the dog’s skin by the roots). Hand-stripping can seem like it will be painful for the dog, but it’s only painful if it’s done incorrectly. It’s recommended and important to do this because it allows new hair to grow due to the fact that the breed doesn’t shed naturally.

Yorkshire Terrier

A Yorkshire Terrier, commonly known as a Yorkie, is a small breed of dog that is hypoallergenic because they are thought to have hair rather than fur. Because of this, their hair will, generally, only come off when it is brushed or broken rather than actual shedding. The problem that many people with allergies face with this breed, and any other breed of dog, is their saliva. When a person is allergic to dogs, it isn’t just the fur that they’re allergic to; the saliva and dandruff that comes from a dog also triggers allergic reactions as well but the chance of a reaction is significantly reduced when in contact with a breed that doesn’t shed.

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