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Dogs That Don't Shed
Non-Shedding Breeds of Dogs
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Sep 8, 2009 Janis Masyk-Jackson
People who are allergic to dog fur shouldn't have to give up their dream of owning a dog. Fortunately, there are several breeds of dogs that don't shed, which works well with people who suffer from allergies. Not that any dog is completely shed free, but (unless hairless) the following dogs shed no more fur than the amount of hair a human loses each day. Non-Shedding Poodles
Poodles are smart, obedient, playful, and affectionate dogs that don't shed. Toy poodles, miniature poodles, and standard poodles have coats that when the fur does come out, it is caught in the surrounding fur. For this reason, poodles need a lot of grooming to keep them from becoming matted. Many poodle owners prefer to clip their dog's fur, making it easier to maintain. Clippings should be done every 4 to 6 weeks. Poodles are friendly, great with children, and make good watchdogs.
Hypoallergenic Dog Breeds
Top Dog Breeds for Allergy Sufferers
By Jenna Stregowski, RVT, About.com Guide
Hypoallergenic dog breeds can be a great option for some dog lovers who suffer from allergies. No dog is 100% non-allergenic, but some dogs are basically "low-allergy." Though they shed little to no hair and less dander than typical dogs, all dogs will shed some dander - even hairless dogs. Generally, dogs without hair or with continuously growing hair tend to be the most hypoallergenic. However, some of these dogs will need to be kept on a strict grooming schedule. Please note that some people are actually allergic to dog saliva. Unfortunately, there are no specific breeds with "hypoallergenic saliva."
Potentially Hypoallergenic Dog Breeds
Coton de Tulear
Irish Water Spaniel
Kerry Blue Terrier
Portuguese Water Dog
Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier
Hybrid Dogs and Mixed Breed Dogs
Hybrid dogs are the result of controlled cross-breeding. Dogs such as Labradoodles and Goldendoodles are crossed with Poodles and tend to take on their hypoallergenic qualities. Dogs that are mixed with known hypoallergenic breeds can sometimes be considered low-allergy, but one never knows the true makeup of a mutt. If you suffer from allergies, but find a mixed-breed dog that you think might be hypoallergenic, try spending some time with the dog to see how you react. Managing Your Allergies
Depending on the severity of your allergies, you may still be able to live happily with dogs. The key is to minimize the amount of allergens in your home. Vacuum your rugs and upholstery frequently and wash your curtains and drapes often. Consider using some type of air purifier. You can also talk to your physician about medical therapies
Choosing a Non-Shedding Dog Breed
Published October 01, 2009 by:
Kelly de Borda
There Are Options in Dogs Both Large and Small that Don't Shed
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 Dog Breeds - Choose From The Fab Four!
By Abhishek Agarwal
All dogs shed their coats just like humans shed their hair but some dogs shed less hair than others. If you find dog hair on the carpet is a nuisance or you have an allergy then one of the breeds of dog that are regarded as non shedding may be the one for you.
There are a number to choose from. One of the best known and most popular is the poodle. They come in a number of sizes but they all the same breed. The full-sized poodle is a magnificent animal especially when their coat is cut in the traditional style. They were originally bred as hunting dogs. Their curly coat was an advantage when they went into the water. They are bold, courageous animals at their best.
They like lots of exercise and should be professionally clipped. If you dislike the pom pom style of poodle clipping then you can let the coat grow naturally. But it is still best to clip them around the eyes or they can get infected. Their coat will also need clipping in warm summer weather because it can become uncomfortable hot.
The smaller poodles may be better if you have limited space. The large ones need lots of exercise. A toy or miniature poodle is an ideal house dog. Their coats can be clipped in the same as way as the large poodles. All poodles get excited by noise and commotion. They can be highly strung around children especially if they have not become accustomed to them from an early age.
Another good option for a non shedding dog is the cockapoo. This is a cross between the American spaniel and the poodle. They are usually good with children and are very playful and loyal. But they need a lot of grooming. This is an intelligent, small dog that makes a good family pet. It does not need as much exercise as a large dog.
The Italian greyhound is a good choice for anyone who wants a non shedding dog. They are a small version of the racing greyhound and very elegant. They have a gentle nature but tend to be timid. They prefer a quiet household with no children. Since their coat is sleek they require very little grooming. Despite their athletic build they do not need as much exercise as some dogs.
A more rambunctious choice for a lively family dog might be the Airedale terrier. These dogs have a short, wiry coat. They are extremely active dogs that love to play with children so long as the children have been taught to treat them with respect. They are very loyal and will defend their families to the death. While they respond to training they are very self-willed and need firm discipline. Like all terriers they are highly intelligent which makes them great pets in the appropriate context.