Dogs With Hair Rather Than Fur

A lot of people today are searching for dogs with hair. Whether their reason is to have a low-shedding breed or to find a dog that has less of an impact on dog hair allergies, these breeds are in high demand.

Hair Sheds Less Frequently Than Fur

While chemically the same as fur, hair's distinction is that it typically has a longer growth cycle to the coat, reducing shedding and dander. Contrary to popular belief, it's actually the dander that people are allergic to, not the hair. While continually under debate, the following breeds are commonly listed as having hair, not fur:

  • Airedale
  • Basenji
  • Bearded Collie
  • Bedlington Terrier
  • Bergamasco
  • Bichon Frise
  • Bolognese
  • Brussels Griffon
  • Chinese Crested
  • Coton de Tulear
  • Dandie Dinmont Terrier
  • Havanese
  • Irish Water Spaniel
  • Kerry Blue Terrier
  • Lagotto Romagnolo
  • Lhasa Apso
  • Lowchen
  • Maltese
  • Peruvian Inca Orchid
  • Polish Lowland Sheepdog
  • Poodle
  • Portugese Water Dog
  • Puli
  • Schnauzer
  • Shih-Tzu
  • Soft Coated Wheaton Terrier
  • Tibetan Terrier
  • Wirehaired Fox Terrier
  • Yorkshire Terrier

While less shedding and a lower impact on allergies are important reasons for choosing a dog, be sure that the dog's personality and breed characteristics are taken into consideration when selecting a new member of the family.