Many non-shedding dogs are hypoallergenic. In other words, they don’t shed in certain season and don’t shed a lot. If you are the one in a million who love animals but cannot help sneezing and tearing once you make a contact with them, the non-shedding and hypoallergenic dogs may be the right answer you are looking for. Non-shedding dogs refer to those shed less fur, have no fur, or secret minimal dander from their underlying hair. But if you suffer from allergies, you’d better still thoroughly test your endurance for allergic reactions before the purchase.
Affenpinscher means Monkey-Terrier in German. If you are looking for one breed that needs less combing and doesn’t shed a lot, that is the one for you. However, before making a decision a brief visit is highly recommended since it can help test your tolerance to allergies.
Poodles are good for people with allergies, regardless of the sizes – the Toy, the Miniature, and the Standard. This is because all of them have the same temperament. If you have young children, the Miniature and the Standard, instead of the Toy, would be the best bet.
American Hairless Terrier
This one may give you a lot of confidence since many allergy suffers have successfully lived with American Hairless Terrier. But, in fact, it is not completely hairless since it has beard and eyebrows. Just like poodles, this breed has 3 kinds of sizes, toys, mini and standard. They are suitable for different lifestyles.
As a good pet dog, Bichon Frise is covered with a thick wavy hair. Although it is double coat, the hair is not easy to fall off. So, it is one of the hypoallergenic breeds you should first consider. Although Bichon Frise tends to suffer fewer congenital diseases, it can get along well with other pets.
Brussels Griffon Rough Coat
It is small and cuddly. However, only the rough-coated Griffon rarely sheds. And the smooth-coated Griffon sheds seasonally.
Cairn Terrier is one of the small and medium sized breeds of Terriers. It is a well-known child’s companion. As an added bonus, you don’t need to spend a lot of time on it.
Chinese Crested comes in two varieties – “hairless” and the “powderpuff.” It is almost hairless. Unlike other dogs, its skin has sweat glands, which make it sweat like human do. In addition, it gets along very well with other dogs thanks to the great good personality. In fact, it is quite healthy except for skin problem.
Just like other dogs with hypoallergenic coats, Havanese still shed although it is very little. Its silky fur will produce little dander after it rolls to its heart’s content on a sofa. Unfortunately, this may still cause problems for allergy sufferers.
Only the single-coated, short-haired variety is considered hypoallergenic. Even so, it is not 100 percent hypoallergenic. If you are allergic to it, please get along with the dog for a while and then decide if you want it or not.
Although Lhasa Apso has a double coat that is long and thick, it sheds the least. However, regular maintenance, combing, and trimming are necessary. In addition, nail trimming and teeth and ear cleaning should be done regularly.
Although this small-sized non-shedding dog is high maintenance, it rarely sheds. And the amount of hair loss is even less than that of dander, which makes it an ideal pet for allergy suffers. The disadvantage of Maltese is that it is very fragile. So, it is not for all.
The non-shedding Schnauzer can be divided into the miniature, the standard, and the giant. In comparison, the miniature is more suitable for an apartment life. But walking a dog is still needed. Besides, slight hair loss still occurs in Schnauzer just like a person normally sheds an average of 50 to 100 hairs every day.
West Highland White Terrier
This is a medium-sized dog in the terrier family. It doesn’t shed a lot but a small amount of hair loss and dandruff still occur. So, you’d better be in close contact with it for a while first and then decide whether or not it is the right one for you according to the degree of allergic reactions to it.
As the cousin of the West Highland white terrier, Scottish Terriers can still be considered one of dogs without dander and shedding although they occasionally shed. If you are searching for a medium-sized dog that doesn’t shed a lot on your couch, a Scottish terrier might be best for you.
If a dog’s hair is similar to human hair instead of dog fur, it is said that this dog is suitable for people who suffer from allergies. However, it may also cause some irritation if the dander is more than the hair loss. In addition, its hair requires more time and effort to maintain.
Although the mentioned ones are the top low allergy dog breeds, be sure to try to understand the personality of your favorite breed before you keep a dog. If possible, consider first an adoption instead of a purchase since there are thousands of homeless dogs temporarily staying in an animal shelter or foster families. The degree of their longing for love is beyond your imagination. Last but not least, never let your purchase behavior become another forsaking.