There is one dirty secret that can still be taboo in certain dog circles: discussing what breeds can be prolific shedders. While some are unbothered by dogs that are notorious for shedding, others can’t handle it.
Many dog breeds that have double coats are notorious for dropping their seasonal coats and covering their homes with dust bunnies of dog fur. For many doggy parents, this can become a struggle to stay on top of. After all, it can become quite the chore to de-fluff your clothes, furniture, and home constantly. But are there really any dog breeds that don’t shed?
Many dog breeds are known to be nearly hypoallergenic. This means they do not shed their coat. Well you still may find dog hair, just like you may find your own hair around thehouse, this results in less or no side effects for those with dog allergies. Some examples of such breeds include Morkies, Bichon Frise, Maltese, and Portuguese Water Dogs.
So, while there is no such thing as a completely hypoallergenic dog, if the potential for a shed-less dog breed has piqued your interest, keep reading. We will delve into all the details of seven dog breeds that don’t shed.
Often confused for a miniature poodle due to their similar styling, the Bichon Frise is actually a distinct breed. This is considered one of the best choices for those worried about allergies to dogs. Averaging just under a foot tall at the shoulder, they are an ideal size for city living and cramped apartments. Bichon Frise are ideal companions. They are often noted as a happy breed that is friendly to all and thrives on attention – from family and strangers alike!
Sometimes referred to as a Morkshire Terrier, this designer breed mixes the maltese and yorkshire terrier breeds together in perfect union. The resulting “morkie” is an adorable and diminutive pup that rarely weighs more than 13 pounds and stands approximately a foot tall (as an adult). Aside from their energetic, playful, and curious nature, these dogs also feature a shed-free coat.
As tiny as they can be, if you ever find Morkie puppies for sale, you should jump at the chance. This is because they are some of the cutest puppies you will find anywhere and they are not as commonly found at labradors or golden retrievers.
Next up is a dog breed sure to put a smile on anyone’s face, the shih tzu. This Chinese breed, translated as “lion dog,” is another great option for apartment-dwellers. While its beautiful coat (which comes in a variety of colors) sheds less than others, it does require a significant amount of upkeep. This is because their fur grows similar to humans.
What you give up in grooming, you’ll make up for in exercise. While they enjoy a walk to the park, these little dogs are often just as happy on your lap as they are running around the coffee table.
Portuguese Water Dog
Those that want a sporting dog in addition to one that doesn’t shed would do well to give the portuguese water dog a look. These beautiful dogs love any and everything to do with water. Portuguese water dogs are very intelligent, eager to please, and great with kids. But, like the shih tzu, you will pay a price for grooming — as their coat still requires continual maintenance.
Most dog owners would recognize maltese by their brilliant white coats. Few may realize that the breed is completely hypoallergenic. This Mediterranean breed is also surprisingly hardy for its size. Maltese make excellent agility dogs and, believe it or not, watchdogs. Although the may be good at alerting you, they are still on the small side, so don’t expect the pup to take down an intruder or scare off wildlife.
Did you know that no matter the specific type of poodle you may have, they are all the same hypoallergenic breed? There are toy poodles, miniature poodles, and standard poodles, and they are all shed-free. Poodles are capable, energetic, versatile dogs. With such variety available, you’re certain to find a Poodle to fit your lifestyle and desires.
Our last entry is certainly a cute one: the scottish terrier. This specific type of terrier has a coat that consists of a wiry topcoat and a dense, soft undercoat – which helps make the coat overall water-resistant. Note that this dual-coat should be hand-stripped once a month, but many owners opt for clipping instead.
Generally seen in black, the ‘scottie’ breed is actually available in a variety of colors – from red brindle to wheaten. Whatever the shade of your scottish terrier, its personality is sure to be stereotypically – and adorably – aloof. These business-like dogs are loyal and enjoy brisk walks with their owners. Scotties tend not to care for strangers and other dogs. This makes them great watchdog options.