23 April 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Small Dogs That Don’t Shed

The poodle is a great fit for those seeking a low-shedding animal for their home.

The poodle is a great fit for those seeking a low-shedding animal for their home.

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Do you have allergies? Or do you prefer to have less clean-up from pet hair? The good news is that you don’t have to go dog-less. There are small dogs that don’t shed, and some large ones, too. Just take a look at this fabulous list, and be encouraged that you can have a fur baby in your life after all.

Small Dogs That Don’t Shed

The level of shedding is a question many prospective pet owners ask when deciding upon which dog to choose.  It may be a matter of allergies or some people simply don’t want to deal with the housekeeping issue involved with dogs that shed heavily.  Whether it’s a matter of cleaning or allergens that pose a problem, you are in luck. There are many wonderful dog breeds that are neither heavy shedders nor copious allergen producers.


There is no such thing as a completely non-shedding dog. Like humans, all dogs shed at least a little hair at one time or another. However there are dogs that shed little hair and these are the best choice for allergy sufferers and, pardon the expression, neat freaks.


Dog Shedding and Allergies

Most dog allergies are caused by dog dander, not the hair they shed. Dander is the dead skin that falls off the dog, depositing itself all over the house and wafting through the air into your nose and eyes in the process.  All dogs produce dander, but some dogs create a lot less of it. Low-shedding breeds are considered to be more hypoallergenic, which means they don’t produce as many allergens through flaky dead skin and dander as other breeds do. Read more about Dogs and Shedding in Dog Breeds That Don’t Shed here.

While there are no specific small dog breeds that are totally shed-free there are some that come very close. For example, there is the Chinese Crested (Hairless) dog with only fur on its head and tail, and poodles who shed very little, but do need consistent grooming.

The best way to find out if these types of small dogs are right for you is to spend some time with them. Any breeder who declares that their small dog is “hypoallergenic,” or “shed-free” is not entirely accurate according to the American Journal of Rhinology and Allergy. With this list of small dogs that don’t shed you will still have options available with dog ownership still possible.

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