Top 10 Non-Shedding Dog Breeds
Things are going to get hairy with our picks for non-shedding dog breeds
We’ve got to come clean with you. Truthfully, there’s no such thing as a non-shedding dog. Even dogs with hair lose it on occasion (just like people) – which explains the furry tumbleweeds that congregate under my couch. But there are dogs that shed way less than others. In fact, it may seem like they don’t shed at all.
Like we said…there really isn’t such a thing as a non-shedding dog, but the concern about dogs and shedding usually stems more from concern about allergy than it does tumbleweeds through the hallways (though we have to admit, lots of dog parents would prefer less of that, thank.you.very.much!).
What people are really allergic to is not so much the dog hair or fur, though. It’s the dog dander (dead skin that flakes off your dog) or their saliva. Or their urine. Eww. Yes, we said their urine.
See, dog hair gets a bad rap as an allergen, but what really happens is that the real allergens (saliva, dander and urine) end up getting carried through to household items and humans in the home on the dog’s hair. So, when a dog ‘sheds’ it’s fur/hair, that shed is the carrier for the real allergy causers.
And thus–all the bad press about allergies.
So, what do experts recommend if you love Fido but sneeze at the thought of him? Well, first, you can find a dog that doesn’t shed (as much). Conveniently, you’re in the right place for that.
Second, you can make sure you’re keeping your dog groomed well to remove dander, and consider a smaller dog so that the shedding that may happen is less.
Keep in mind, when looking for a ‘hypoallergenic dog’, what you’re really looking for is a dog with whom you’ll likely see the least amount of shedding of fur or hair. ‘Hypoallergenic’ means that the dog is less likely to stimulate your allergic reactions, and that is typically because it’s a dog that sheds nearly none (or less than the average dog).
And that Top 10 list of non-shedding dog breeds is right here!