Shedding is one of the things you have to deal with when you have dogs around. It's not a bad thing and it's normal to dogs. Depending on the pup's coat, you may experience shedding several times a year or even all year round.
So if you're that type of dog owner who don't want too much work, furry dogs won't be in your pets-to-have list. Whether it is a matter of allergens or cleaning problem, here are some wonderful dog breeds that aren't heavy shedders or don't shed at all.
Why Do Dogs Shed?
Shedding is a natural loss of hair in dogs to give way to new coats. All dogs shed, it's just that dogs with more fur have more noticeable shedding compared to dogs with less. The amount of shedding varies from breed to breed.
Dogs shed from time to time and sometimes shedding is affected by hormonal and environmental changes. When dogs are kept indoors, for example, the amount of shed is affected by the amount of daylight your dog receives. There are also certain seasons where dogs shed a lot. Most breeds have noticeable shedding during fall.
Unlike most breeds that are double coated, Poodles have a single-layer coat that sheds very little. These breeds hardly even shed that in fact, these dogs have been used to create a number of hypoallergenic breeds. All types of poodle have these qualities regardless if their medium, large or toy dogs.
Bichon Frise have long coats that require constant grooming. If maintained properly, most of the loose hair is removed and you will be left with soft, curly coats. Dead hair and dander won't be much of a problem if you keep their coats groomed all the time.
Despite its constantly growing coat, Yorkshire Terriers are among the breeds that are minimal shedders. Another benefit is that these coats don't require constant grooming as they shed very little even if you don't have the time to maintain their coats.
Chinese Crested Dog
There are two types of Chinese Crested Dogs, those with heavy coats and those without. Those with coats have quite a bit of hair but are not heavy shredders. Their hairless counterpart has almost no hair at all, so grooming won't be a problem. Regular grooming is required for the haired types, but special care to protect the skin of the hairless ones must be taken into consideration.
This mop-like breed might look like they are heavy shedders, but in fact these are the one of the breeds that shed the least. When they are puppies, Komondors are born with soft coats. Around two years of their age, these soft curls eventually turn into tassels and cords that look like dreadlocks.
American Hairless Terrier
The American Hairless Terrier is perfect choice for people who suffer from allergies to dog coats. American Hairless Terrier is a dog breed that has little to almost no hair at all. So where can you find this breed? Well, tough luck because American Hairless Terrier is a rare breed.