A lot of people who are looking for non-shedding or hypo-allergenic dogs are doing so because their dogs get to live inside with them. This is great for owners and their dogs and there is also a new study that indicates that having an indoor dog can actually help fight asthma. Many people do not have the space for a large, or even medium dog in their home. There are a lot of advantages to small dogs. They take up less space, they eat less, are easier to clean up after and best of all are much more comfortable on your lap:) Since there are so many people looking for small dogs as well as low shedders, I thought I would put together this list. If you personally know of a breed that I have missed, please let me know so that I can make sure to add them. Otherwise, hopefully you will find what you are looking for in one of these little guys
Low Shedding Dogs
When we make that all important decision to bring in another member of the family, in the form of a dog, there are many factors to take into consideration. If you are here, one of the factors which you have given extra weight to is the furry mess that some dogs can make. With our busy lives it’s definitely nice to have one less thing in our lives we have to clean up after. This reason doesn’t even take into account the fact that dogs that don’t shed much, also don’t take much time to groom. Inherently, dogs that shed a lot take a lot more time on the groomers rack!
It is important to note, however, that the coat is not all there is to the dog:) It is also imperative to take into consideration all the other breed characteristics which come with your new pup as well. Some breeds are more intelligent and loyal, while some are more energetic and fun loving. Some are just sweet and want attention…but some are a force to be reckoned with if you are looking for security. So, in addition to the low shedding qualities, what else are you looking for in your new low shedding dog?
Purebred or hybrid is another question you will need to find the answer to. It may sound like “purebred” automatically means more money, but that isn’t necessarily true today. Lately, there have been more and more hybrid breeds popping up, in order to get the best qualities from each breed. Many times you will hear these dogs referred to as “designer breeds”. The most popular of these breeds typically have a mix of Poodle as the low shedding dog, along with another breed who is picked for qualities other than their hair.
The “doodle” breeds almost seem endless. With a hyper, intelligent dog like the poodle as part of the breeding pair it seems the most popular choice for the other half is a retriever. Breeding a Poodle to a Labrador Retriever will yield a Labradoodle while a Golden Retriever and Poodle make a Goldendoodle (which I am a little partial too). These dogs create fun loving, loyal, energetic puppies which have great personalities. If you are looking for a protector, maybe a Shepadoodle (German Shepherd x Poodle) or Doodleman Pinscher (Doberman x Poodle) is in the cards. Whatever variation you might like, I think you will appreciate the supposed hypo-allergenic qualities the poodle lends to the mix.
If a poodle hybrid isn’t what you are looking for there are plenty of purebred options as well. What I think you will find is that the lower shedding dogs are either long haired or have short, tight and curly hair. Dogs with short course hair or with fluffy full fur are bigger shedders. Terriers and spaniels are more likely to shed less and many are very beautiful dogs. Long haired shepherds come in several varieties, and they too shed a lot less than most other breeds.
So when you are deciding which of man’s best friends you are going to make your own, be sure to take your time. Find the right breed, find the right breeder, find the right puppy and everything else will work itself out. I am sure you and your new puppy are going to have a long and fun-filled relationship.