Most pet owners know that there is no such thing as a dog that does not shed. Even hairless dogs shed flakes or flakes of dead skin and dog hair, called dander, which settles as dust on the floor and furniture. Some experts believe that dandruff is a bigger problem than loose dog hair for allergy sufferers. But people who must keep their dog indoors or are allergic to dog hair and dander do have answers. There are ways to minimize the problem.
If you are considering bringing a new furry friend into your home, you may want to consider a “never-shedding” dog. Although you will still have to deal with dandruff, hairless and thinning dogs, also known as hypoallergenic dogs, do not produce as many allergens as other breeds and are better companions for people with allergies.
No matter what type of dog you have, the first and most important strategy to reduce hair loss and dog dander is to follow a regular grooming routine. Daily brushing or combing catches the dog’s hair before it hits the furniture or carpet. It is much easier to remove the dog’s hair and dander with a brush or comb. And regular shampoos and trims will not only reduce shedding, but will keep your dog’s hair healthy and shiny. Regular baths and decorations keep you and your dog more comfortable.
Ready to stop having hair?
When selecting your dog that does not shed, consider one of the hairless breeds first. They may not be as cute as their furry counterparts, but they have the great temperament of all dogs. Hairless breeds shed dander, but it is much easier to live with the ongoing problem of dog hair and dander. These breeds can have more skin-related problems and you may need to use sunscreen if you take them outdoors for long periods. Hairless breeds include Hairless Khala, Chinese Crested, American Hairless Terrier, Peruvian Inca Orchid (or PIO), and Xoloitzcuintie (or Mexican Hairless).
Short breeds and no shedding
If hairless dogs do not follow your taste, you can choose from so-called hairless breeds that lose less hair and dander than most. They come in all sizes and temperaments and make excellent companions. Some of them have a single coat of dog hair, best for a low fall, or dog hair that looks more like human hair.
Single-haired breeds do not have the thick undercoat that other dogs shed in spring. Single-coat dogs include Power Puff Chinese Crested (Powder Puff), Poodles, Schnauzers, Portuguese Water Dog, Bichon Frize, Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier, Coton de Tulear, Kerry Blue Terrier, West Highland White Terrier, and Bedlington Terrier.
Smaller non-shedding breeds that are not among the single-coat variety include many different terriers. In addition to the single-coat West Highland Terrier (Westie), which may be a better choice for allergy sufferers are the Yorkshire, Border, Cairn, Norfolk, Silky, Welsh, Boston, Scottish, and Australian Terriers. Other small breeds that do not shed include the Shih Tzu, the Maltese (a close relative of the Bichon Frize), the short-haired dachshund, the Bichon Frize, the miniature poodle, the Italian greyhound, the Havanese, the miniature schnauzer and Chinese crested powder.
You can also choose from a number of medium to large sized breeds that do not shed: Basenji, Poodles, Schnauzers, Portuguese Water Dog, Soft Coat Wheat Terrier, Coton de Tulear, Kerry Blue Terrier, and Bedlington Terrier.
Facts to remember
If you want a breed that doesn’t shed, you probably want to buy from breeders. For humanitarian reasons, rescuing dogs from the shelter is a compassionate way to find a great furry companion. But the shelters have little information about the purity of the breeds they host. Even if it looks like a dog that does not shed, it may not be so genetically. If dog hair and dander are a major problem for you, work with professional dog breeders.
Having discussed the currently available non-shedding dog breeds, it’s important to keep a few basic facts in mind:
– All dogs lose dander, and dandruff is the most likely culprit when it comes to allergies.
– All dogs lose some hair, even the hairless varieties.
– All dogs, even those that do not lose hair, require time, effort and love.
– The best way to reduce shedding, even in breeds that don’t, is to follow a regular grooming routine.
– Purebred breeds that do not shed hair can be genetically predisposed to specific, sometimes serious health problems.
– Make sure the non-moving breed you select has the appropriate temperament for your lifestyle and personality.
– Unless you have done careful homework on your breeder, you may not get what you think you are getting.