Ever since President Obama said his family needed a non-shedding dog for their daughters, the popularity of non-shedding dog breeds has been on the rise. Dogs that don’t shed are very popular among allergy sufferers, although some can still have allergy-causing dander. Dogs that don’t shed are also a favorite of people who don’t have the time or desire to clean up dog hair. Read on for some non-shedding dog breeds that may be just what you’re looking for.
Non-shedding Dogs – Poodle (Toy, Miniature or Standard)
The poodle is probably the best known and most popular of the non-shedding breeds. It’s wooly coat catches any loose hairs and prevents them from falling out. The breed does require regular grooming and clipping to prevent mats in its hair, which grows constantly like human hair. There are three sizes of poodle to fit any living situation, and the large Standard Poodle make a good watch dog. Poodles are very intelligent and except for tiny toy sizes, make great pets for kids.
Non-shedding Dogs – Bichon Frise
The Bichon Frise is closely related to the poodle and also demands regular grooming. Its hair has a looser curl than the poodle, and after grooming and brushing, they look a bit like a cotton ball. This is another dog that is hypoallergenic, and makes a good pet for kids.
Non-Shedding Dogs – Schnauzer (Miniature, Standard or Giant)
The Schnauzer is a popular choice for those who want a non-shedding dog breed but prefer something more rugged looking than a poodle or Bichon. Schnauzers come in three sizes and make excellent watchdogs. They do need clipping and grooming to maintain their coats.
Non-Shedding Dogs – Portuguese Water Dog
This is the breed chosen to live in the White House with the Obamas, and it’s an excellent choice for a family with children looking for a hardy playmate. They do require every other day brushing and need to have their hair cut about every two months.
Non-Shedding Dogs – Peruvian Perro sin Pelo (Peruvian Hairless)
No list of non-shedding dogs would be complete without a look at hairless breeds. While the Peruvian Hairless dog makes a great and energetic pet, remember that hairless breeds do require skin care. Because they lack the protection of a fur coat, they can get sunburned and are prone to other skin problems.
Remember that non-shedding dogs can still cause allergies in some people – and even though they’re called ‘non-shedding’, there is a small amount of hair lost from any dog. Although dogs that don’t shed tend to be more hypoallergenic, there is no dog that is truly non-allergy causing to all people. Before committing to a purchase, it’s best to spend time with the breed and make sure that it doesn’t cause an allergic reaction.