The Least Shedding Breed Of Dogs
Allergy sufferers may find they suffer from sneezing, watery eyes and even itchy skin around certain animals, including dogs. However, the good news is there are a number of hypoallergenic dogs that shed little or no fur, meaning even those with severe allergies can enjoy the benefits that having a pet dog gives.
Is a dog hypoallergenic?
No dog is 100% hypoallergenic. However, there are breeds which cause fewer symptoms for allergy sufferers than others. It isn’t usually the dog’s fur that triggers the symptom of an allergy. Instead, it’s the proteins and allergens that cling to the dog’s fur that people usually find they are allergic to. Hypoallergenic dogs either don’t shed or only shed a little, thus meaning any allergens on them can’t be released into the air or on objects around the home.
Breeds which shed the least
There are a number of dogs in all shapes and sizes which shed little to no hair. Typically, however, smaller breeds of dogs tend to be the most hypoallergenic. Some of the top lowest shedding breeds are:
Bichon Frise – Bichon Frises have two coats. Therefore most of the hair they shed is caught up in their undercoat rather than falling to the floor.
Brussels Griffon – Brussels Griffons can either have smooth or rough coats, both of which shed a minimal amount.
Yorkshire Terrier – The Yorkshire Terrier, or ‘Yorkie’ has a coat that grows relatively quickly and it can be kept either long or timed short into a ‘puppy cut’. Whilst regular grooming is required, their shedding is minimal.
Biewer Terrier – Biewer Terriers are a relatively rare breed which descends from the Yorkshire Terrier. They have very similar traits and grooming and hair maintenance matches that of the Yorkie.
Chinese Crested Dog – Chinese Crested Dogs have minimal hair on their heads, feet and tail. Therefore, the amount of allergens their hair traps is limited.
Italian Greyhound – Italian Greyhounds have thin coats, which require little grooming and which sheds very little.
Komondor – Komondors may look like an allergy sufferers worst nightmare, however their corded hair doesn’t shed much. It does, however, require regular maintenance and separation.
Poodle – Poodles and Poodle crossbreed, Labradoodles, are dog breeds which shed very little. The Poodle has fuzzy fur and shedding is limited.
Portuguese Water Dog – The Portuguese Water Dog has a single coat which sheds only a small amount of hair.
Maltese – Maltese’s have a single coat of glossy hair which only sheds a small amount. Maltipoos, a cross between a Maltese and a Poodle, are also hypoallergenic dogs which shed little hair.
Dogs are great companions are it’s reassuring to know that individuals with allergies are able to keep a dog without suffering from any real issues. The key is to understand your allergies, take time to find the right dog for you and remember to thoroughly wash your hands after stroking your dog to avoid any allergens that have been passed onto them from your dog causing any allergy-related issues.