A shedding dog can really be a problem for many people. There are many reasons for wanting to have a non shed dog, but of course the number one reason is allergies. You may be in love with your puppy, but if every time he is near you sneeze, cough or have other allergic reactions then you know that this is not the dog for you.
There are several hypoallergenic dog breeds are more suitable for dog owners and they are less likely to trigger an allergic reaction. No dog is 100% allergy free, but you need to judge each individual allergic reaction and how it occurs. Before adopting a dog you need to spend a minimum of 30 minutes confined to a small area with the dog, evaluate for any allergic reaction, instead of getting any allergies, after the dog is welcomed into your home.
All dogs have different coat types and the ones that shed the least are the single coated dog breeds. I say shed the least, because all dogs, except for the hairless ones loose hair, but the single coated dog hair is something that has to be combed or brushed to remove the lost hairs versus the double coated dogs whose hair and fur flies all over the house, furniture and your clothes. The single coated dog has hair very similar to humans, where the hair comes out and is removed by the hair brush. In addition, these single coated dogs really do not have dander. Dander is one of the leading causes of allergic reactions.
The small dogs that don’t shed are usually the best for home owners that are not extremely active or for apartment dwellers that don’t have the room for a large dog to romp around. If you have a toy poodle, Maltese or Bichon Frise, they can get their exercise right in the house running from room to room which is also a big plus for allergy sufferers. They don’t have to go outside and subject themselves to the various seasonal pollens in the air.
Small breeds are also great because caring for them is cheaper as they don’t eat as much and can be a lot easier to handle for elderly folks. It is easier to travel with a small dog as many will fit into a bag that you carry on your shoulder or a small carrier that will fit under an airplane seat. If you are traveling in the car, they certainly take up much less room.
Never underestimate the “guard dog” abilities of the smaller breeds. Many of them are as aggressive as large dogs and most make great watch dogs. They know when something is not right in their area and they aren’t afraid to tell you.
Some of the top small dogs that don’t shed are the:
- · Maltese
- · Toy Poodle
- · Bichon Frise
- · Shih Tzu
- · Yorkshire Terrier
- · Miniature Schnauzer
These are just a few and in the coming weeks we will blog about all of them and their special attributes! One thing is for sure, when it comes to small dogs that dont shed, once you have one you will never want to go back!