When adding a new dog to the family, several factors go into the decision-making process, including the dog’s age, size, and energy level. Are you a dog lover looking to give your vacuum or your allergies a rest? For many pet parents (and those to be), whether or not a dog sheds can also be a big deciding point. Though there technically aren’t any dog breeds that don’t shed at all, there are several breeds that shed very little.
Though your vacuum may get a break, welcoming home a low-shedding dog doesn’t get you off the hook for grooming altogether. All dogs need occasional bathing (some more than others) and many low-shedding breeds have hair that continues to grow which means they need regular brushing and haircuts as well.
The pet hair itself is not actually what causes allergies. People with dog allergies are reacting to a harmless protein in the dog’s dander (dead skin cells), saliva, or urine. It’s important to note that even if they don’t shed much, dog breeds that drool would likely not be a good choice for those with allergies.
The reason allergies may be more pronounced with shedding dogs is because shed dog hair can carry dander and/or traces of dog saliva as well as other allergens like pollen. No dog is 100% hypoallergenic because all dogs produce some level of dander, but low-shedding dogs can make a difference for allergy sufferers.
The following are some of the most popular dog breeds that don’t shed, categorized by coat type.
A hairless dog means little to no time spent grooming and vacuuming. However, they need extra care such as dog-friendly sunscreen on sunny days and sweaters on cold days.
Dogs with curly or wavy coats need regular grooming and trimming.
The hair on these dog breeds can be trimmed short or left to grow long. However, longer hair will need more frequent brushing to prevent matting.