‘Dogs that don’t shed’! Sounds like a dream, doesn’t it? If that were really possible, you’d get to enjoy the unfathomable moments of joy that only Fido can bring into your life without having to spend hours scraping pet hair and dander off the carpet.
Not to forget the couch. Oh, did I forget to mention the refrigerator and the TV?
That’s an end to lint rolls and pet hair vacuum systems.
The fact is that most people would love to get a dog home. But a lot of them refrain from doing so because of dog related allergies. Others just hate the sight of dog hair everywhere around them.
This has led to a gradual rise in the demand for ‘hypoallergenic dogs’.
We’d take that with a pinch of salt and call that term a misnomer because every dog in the world will shed some amount of hair and dander which can potentially trigger an allergy.
‘Dogs that don’t shed as much as normal dogs do’ would be a better way to phrase it. And there are some dog breeds which fit perfectly into that description.
Today, we will help you decipher the myth behind ‘dogs that don’t shed’ and separate facts from fiction. We will also walk you through some of the common dog breeds that don’t shed as much as the average pooch does. And we will also explain some of the best choices you have if you are looking for dogs that don’t shed.
Sit bag, grab a bag of popcorn or your favorite dog food and enjoy the read.
Shedding is a natural process for a healthy dog which helps them replace old or damaged hair with fresh hair follicles. However, the amount of hair that a dog sheds can vary greatly according to their breed, age, size, health and even the season.
For example, some dog breeds grow a heavy undercoat during the winters which helps them cope with the cold. Come spring, this excess coat is nothing but a hindrance that can elevate their body temperatures which makes them shed it.
That’s completely natural and you can do nothing to avoid it. At best, grooming can help minimize the amount of hair that is shed around home. Make it a routine to brush your dog’s coat each morning and most of the hair that’s about to shed can be removed easily at this time.
However, at times, some dogs can shed in excess which may be a sign of an underlying health problem.
If you suspect that your dog is shedding more than normal or there’s an increase in the frequency at which you are vacuuming dog hair off the carpet, then something may be amiss. However, it is too difficult to determine the cause without an examination by a vet.
Everything from a change in weather to a sudden change in the surroundings can cause dogs to shed in excess. Stress, anxiety, an upset tummy, parasitic infestations, bugs, mites, fungal infections, immune diseases, household cleaners, foods, hormonal changes the list is endless.
Small dogs which are often called pocket sized breeds are perfect for small sized homes, apartments and the likes. Most of these breeds require very little space and have a fiery personality that makes them great companions for a small family.
But most small dog breeds are notorious shedders. Well, most of them.
There are a few lesser known breeds though which don’t shed as much and have now become quite popular among the hypoallergenic pet community.
Here are three of these:
There’s a general misconception that big dog breeds are always messy and shed year-round. Nothing could be further from the truth. There are some fine big dog breeds with short coats that don’t shed. The coats can be prone to matting though and will take some amount of upkeep. But you certainly wont be spending a fortune on lint rolls.
Last but not the least, we have a few dogs for you in the medium weight category. These are neither large sized breeds nor pocket sized ones. Think of them are something in between.