Shedding: Which Dog Breeds Do it More or Less

Shedding: Which Dog Breeds Do it More or Less

Dogs are men’s (and women’s) best friend, but when they shed all over your clothes, your furniture, and your vehicle, it can be a nuisance. If you want to minimize all that shedding, consider getting a low-shedding dog.

Today’s blog will focus on low-shedding breeds that require fewer trips to the groomer and less cleaning up dog hair.


What Are Hypoallergenic Breeds?

Now, before we get into the low-shedding dog breeds, let’s talk about hypoallergenic breeds. Being allergic to a dog (meaning allergy to their dander) can cause anything from running eyes to asthma, so if you’re looking for a hypoallergenic dog, instead of just low-shedding, there are several breeds to choose from:

  • Basenji
  • Bichon Frise
  • Giant Schnauzer
  • Havanese
  • Miniature Schnauzer
  • Poodle
  • Portuguese Water Dog
 What Are Hypoallergenic Breeds?

 

These breeds are best for those who suffer from allergies. For everyone else that just wants a less-shedding dog, there are many more in which to choose.


Why Do Dogs Shed?

Furry dogs shed for various reasons. The first is the most relevant, and that is to keep their body temperature constant from winter to summer. Dogs need to blow out their undercoat, like dropping a layer of insulation. In spring, they replace it with much lighter fur for the season, and then in fall, they shed again, and a new coat starts growing thicker for winter insulation. 


Keep in mind, ALL dogs shed, but not all dogs shed heavily, and some are so minor that it’s not a problem. The term “non-shedding” is commonly referred to as dogs that have hair rather than fur, such as with a Poodle. With dogs that have fur, large clumps are shed each season, whereas the “non-shedding” dogs occasionally drop loose hairs.