A Guide to Non-Shedding Dogs with Hair

Many people shy away from dog ownership for many reasons. Two reasons sighted above many are allergies and another popular argument is that dogs shed too much. For those arguments against dog ownership there is something to consider: the dogs with hair rather than fur (the hypoallergenic dog).

Few breeds are recognized as hypoallergenic because most dogs do have fur that sheds throughout the year, most heavily during a change of season. What makes hypoallergenic dogs different from others is that they have non-shedding coats that produce less dander than other breeds.

Some people think of non-shedding dogs and automatically think of a Chinese Crested which only has hair around its head, tail and feet. There are several breeds of non-shedding dogs with hair many of which make excellent family pets and companions.

Breeds of Non-Shedding Dogs

  • Bedlington Terrier - This breed displays a curly woolen coat that comes in many colors.
  • Bichon Frise - This breed has a coarse overcoat with silky white undercoat that can be kept long or short.
  • Irish Water Spaniel - A dark, curly coated breed with short, smooth hair.
  • Kerry Blue Terrier - In varying shades of gray, this breeds coat is also curly and short.
  • Maltese - A favorite breed among many this dog has a long, silky white coat.
  • Poodle - Constantly ranking as a favorite breed for many reasons, this dog comes in many coat colors including black and white and is known for its curly coat.
  • Portuguese Water Dog - Currently the First Dog of the White House, this breed has a long, dark, curly coat that is waterproof.
  • Schnauzer - This breeds coat of salt and Pepper is generally coarse and wiry.
  • Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier - This breed has a lovely coat with soft wave in a crisp, golden shade.

Some recent breeds, those mixed with a Standard Poodle like the Labradoodle or Goldendoodle, are not recommended for people who want a non-shedding dogs as their coats cannot be reliably non-shedding.

Although these breeds may produces less dander, it is still recommended that those with allergies wash pet bedding often, have the dog groomed regularly and vacuum daily to avoid allergy complications.