Are you looking for a dog, but you care about hair? Whether you suffer from allergies or don’t want to deal with excessive shedding, you can always choose from a variety of perfect dog breeds that won’t shed for you and your family.
The word “hypoallergenic” refers to breeds that are less likely to cause an allergic reaction. These dogs are low shedding breeds that produce less dander than others. The less hair there is, the less dander the breed produces.
Although no dog is completely hypoallergenic, there are a variety of breeds that are ideal for people with existing allergies.
Dog breeds that don’t shed much (or at all!)
The Chinese Crested is an excellent companion for households with young children and other dogs.
Known for their gentle demeanor and calm nature, this affectionate breed is playful and devoted to their humans.
Because they are hypoallergenic, the Chinese Crested is an excellent choice for allergy sufferers.
The race may be hairless or coated. The hairless variety has a small amount of hair around the head, tail, and ankles. Also known as the “puff,” the coated variety has a soft, silky coat.
Just because crests have only a small amount of hair doesn’t mean they don’t need grooming. Puffs require daily brushing to maintain a healthy coat. The hairless variety is prone to allergies and sunburn, requiring careful grooming and skin treatments.
This mischievous, charming and gentle breed is quite a show-stopper! An exceptional alert dog, the Maltese is a low-shedding, long-lived breed that is content to make its owners happy.
Recognized for their white and long coat, the Maltese are often styled with short hair. This is a splendid breed for allergy sufferers, as they produce little to no shedding.
On the other hand, their coats are easily tangled and get dirty. Daily brushing and regular baths will keep their coat nice and soft.
The Schnauzer requires minimal grooming maintenance and sheds very little. To maintain the traditional Schnauzer clip, their beard and leg hair should be trimmed and brushed regularly to avoid mats.
Due to their protective nature, they make wonderful watchdogs. They are fearless, affectionate and particularly fond of children.
They get along well with other dogs and will be a cherished member of the family.
Even with the fancy show coat, a Poodle enjoys being an active and loving member of the family. They are incredibly intelligent with exceptional learning abilities.
Even though their coats require a bit more maintenance than others, the Poodle’s fluffy coat produces minimal shedding. Whether short or in the traditional Poodle clip, frequent grooming and brushing is necessary to maintain a healthy coat.
Portuguese Water Dog
Also known as the “Portie”, the Portuguese Water Dog has tight, low-shedding, waterproof curls. Bred to be a fisherman’s helper, this breed is highly intelligent and eager to please.
Although their fur is hypoallergenic, their curly and fluffy fur requires frequent grooming. Between regular weekly grooming and the occasional bath and brushing will keep them looking and feeling their best!
If you’re considering a dog, take a look at these adorable low-shedding breeds for a lifelong companion.
If you have any questions about any of these breeds or others, or need advice, contact our office.
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