There isn’t really such a thing as a dog that doesn’t shed at all. 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. Often referred to as “Hypoallergenic Dog Breeds”, there isn’t really such a thing! The name Hypoallergenic dog breed is commonly used to refer to a dog breed (or crossbreed) that is more compatible with allergic persons than other breeds. However, prominent allergen researchers have claimed that there is no basis to the claims that certain dog breeds are hypoallergenic and, while allergen levels vary among individual dogs, the breed is not a significant factor.
Putting that to one side, it is fairly obvious that if you are an allergy sufferer but really want a canine companion, you will want to take a look at our list of Top 10 Dog Breeds With Little To No Shedding below. Many of these breeds are excellent companion for allergy sufferers and if taken proper care of, you can live a blissful life together!
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1. Black Russian Terrier
The coat is a double coat with a coarse outer guard hair over a softer undercoat. The coat is hard and dense, never soft, woolly, silky or frizzy. It should be between 5 to 15 cm (2-6 inches) in length. It should form a beard and eyebrows on the face, and a slight mane around the withers and neck that is more pronounced in males. The coat is low-shedding and the colour is black with some grey hairs. The black Russian terrier can have many different shades of colour.
2. Portuguese Water Dog
This breed does not shed its hair. The hair is either wavy or curly. Many dogs have mixed pattern hair: curly all over the body but wavy on the tail and ears. Bo Obama is a Portuguese Water Dog.
Brushing out their fur is essential. This breeds fur grows very fast and without brushing it, the fur can become tangled easily. Also, even though this breed is hypoallergenic, if you do not frequently brush their fur it can cause their fur to fall out (shed) often.
5. Shih Tzu
6. Bichon Frisé
8. Yorkshire Terrier
The typical fine, straight, and silky Yorkshire Terrier coat has also been listed by many popular dog information websites as being hypoallergenic. In comparison with many other breeds, Yorkies do not shed to the same degree, only losing small amounts when bathed or brushed.
Schnauzers are a type of dog that sheds less often than most dogs but is not hypoallergenic, as allergies are caused by dander. Dander can be controlled by feeding the dog a higher quality diet, and grooming it frequently.
10. West Highland Terrier
Westie’s have a soft, dense, thick undercoat and a rough outer coat, which can grow to about 2 inches (5.1 cm) long. The fur fills out the face to give a rounded appearance. As it develops into adults, its coarse outer coat is normally removed by either “hand-stripping”, especially for dog-showing, or otherwise clipping.