We have all been there. We turn to leave the house for work and look down only to find your clothes covered in tiny pet hairs. It is the dog owners’ curse… or is it?
If you are allergic to fur or simply do not want the hassle of constantly de-fluffing your clothes and furniture, you may be on the lookout for a furry companion that isn’t quite so furry.
Well, first let’s debunk this grand myth. The truth is all dog breeds shed to some extent. All animals with fur shed. However, there are dog breeds that are bred to be low-shedders. Surprisingly enough, many of them are the furriest of all. Here is a round-up of 10 beautiful dog breeds that don’t shed (as much as other breeds do).
The fashionista of the dog world is far too glamorous to shed. Poodles are known for their characteristic, fluffy, curly tresses that we love them for. Lucky for you, those tresses are hypoallergenic and low shedding. Poodles do require a lot of grooming though.
Be sure to wash and brush through their thick hair often to keep it in top condition.
The Schnauzer family are a really fun bunch despite their serious facial expressions. They are great family dogs with a bubbly demeanor. Their coat is quite wiry and short, but very few hairs will shed from their bushy eyebrows and full mustaches. Miniature Schnauzers, Standard Schnauzers, and Giant Schnauzers all have double coats. If you keep their coats short, they shouldn’t need much grooming.
Portuguese Water Dog
Could it be that Barack Obama considered the potential fur build up around the White House before choosing to adopt a Portuguese Water Dog? Maybe! Beyond their minimal shedding, Portuguese Water Dogs are highly energetic, sociable, and relatively quiet.
Their thick curly coats are very prone to knotting though, so you’ll need a trusty slicker brush to keep their coat in good condition. Our Self-Cleaning Slicker Brush is easy to use with reliable results.
Sweet, loving, and warm. Shih Tzus are a delight to have at the family home. Every Shih Tzu we have ever met has made the day a little brighter. They do require a lot of grooming, but the soft coat of a Shih Tzu is low on the shedding scale. A long-haired Shih Tzu will need daily brushing to avoid knotting.
Lhasa Apsos are very similar to Shih Tzus in the qualities of their coats. Despite having long, thick coats that require a lot of upkeep, they don’t shed very much. Known for being the class clown with hearts of gold, a Lhasa Apso would be a wonderful addition to your fur-free life.
The Bichon Frise is a medium fluffball that will surely steal your heart. They are naughty, cute, and rambunctious pups that make great family dogs. To top it all off, they barely shed! In fact, Bichon Frises are often recommended to those with allergies because of their hypoallergenic coats.
This may come as a surprise given the Afghan Hound’s long luscious locks. This posh, elegant dog has a silky coat that doesn’t shed very much at all. Their coat requires a lot of upkeep but you’ll love bonding with your dog over their weekly grooming sessions. Afghans are goofy, loyal, and sensitive. They may be the perfect companion for you.
Chinese Crested dogs are probably best known as Cruella De Vil’s pet dog of choice! They are skinny, small dogs with wispy fur around their faces and practically bald skin. A little odd looking but super fun, affectionate, and upbeat.
Chinese Crested dogs do have very sensitive skin since they are mostly bald. We recommend shampooing them with a wash that is formulated for dry, sensitive skin, like our 2in1 Oatmeal Wash.
Basenjis are African hounds that are marvellous companions. They are the smallest hounds in the world with minimal shedding short coats. Neat, independent, and energetic, these dogs are known for often grooming themselves. Surely a self-grooming dog with a kind temperament is everyone’s dream? It’s certainly ours.
This is a bit of a cheat but we are lumping the terriers together. We are talking about Scottish Terriers, Bedlington Terriers, Yorkshire Terriers, Cairn Terriers, Kerry Blue Terriers, Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers, Tibetan Terriers, and West Highland Terriers. (Try saying all that in one breath!). The terrier gang are popular for their adorable, free-spirited, and lively natures. They have also been bred to have low-shedding coats; ideal for those with allergies.
So if you are a neat-freak or unfortunately allergic to dog fur, you still have the opportunity to find the perfect pup for you. We hope this list was helpful!