One of the worst things about having a dog is cleaning up after him. What makes the clean-up process even worse are dogs that shed a lot. Fortunately, there are also shed free dogs or those dog breeds that don’t shed as much.
Aside from having to clean up all that dog hair in your home, every single time your dog’s shedding increases, there also another issue owners have with pets that shed too much: allergies. Luckily, if you or a member of your family is allergic to dogs, that doesn’t necessarily mean that you cannot own a dog.
First of all, it’s been proven that not all dog breeds trigger allergies in humans. There are some completely shed free dogs which will minimize the chance of allergic reactions. On top of that, other breeds have less dander, and some just don’t have as much hair or any hair at all, naturally.
As a first-time dog owner, shedding in dogs is one of the most important factors you need to consider, and many owners completely ignore this part. Consider how comfortable are you cleaning up your dog’s hair all the time, off the furniture and your clothes?If that doesn’t sound too appealing, then hypoallergenic shed free dogs or low-shedders are the best way to go for first-time owners.
5 Best Shed Free Dogs
1. Bichon Frisé
Don’t let this little fur ball fool you. These dogs are almost non-shedding at all, and as long as you brush and groom them on a regular basis, they won’t shower pet dander all over your house either. As long as you are aware that taking care of this breed’s grooming needs is a necessity, you can reap the benefits of having a shed free pet.
The Bichon Frisé breed is generally a very happy dog with a mild temperament and they are easy to train and groom. This is a great breed for families that are looking for a small dog with a great personality, and do care about the amount of hair that will fall out. However, with the size of this breed as it is, there’s just so much hair they can “provide.”
2. Yorkshire Terrier
One of the most popular small dog breeds on the planet, Yorkies is yet another wonderful option for pet owners who are looking to carry them in backpacks with having as little hair and dander fall out as possible. Yorkshire Terriers are a shed free dog breed and have very minimal dander.
On the negative side, Yorkies do require regular grooming; otherwise, their hair will get matted in no time and you’ll be creating yourself even more work. There’s a reason why Yorkies are often seen dressed and groomed in style: owners usually are those who love dog grooming, so take that into consideration.
Less popular yet no less amazing breed is Schnauzer, which is another great option of shed free dogs on this list. Although their curly locks and long facial hair do require regular grooming at home, they do not generally shed as much as many other breeds and there’s very little pet dander leftover as well.
Schnauzers are a very loving breed but they have an unusual temperament and will fit only a very specific dog owner. Along with their loving nature, Schnauzers are also energetic and very stubborn, so they require an owner with a firm hand. Be sure that you have lots of time to spend training your Schnauzer to avoid all types of behavioral problems.
4. Poodles (or Labradoodles)
Poodles are the bona fide dog breed for aspiring home groomers. We’ve all seen them dressed up and with hair that’s done better than their owners’, and there’s a reason for that – they’re perfect for grooming. Poodle breed can be of three “sizes” – standard, miniature, and toy poodle. All of them are shed free dogs.
Even though they are often used to showcase grooming skills, this dog breed isn’t for everybody. Poodle’s extremely curly hair requires lots of maintenance and grooming. Fortunately, they are typically easy to train, but they can be quite prissy and yappy.
However, if a prim and prudish pooch isn’t your thing, you may also be interested in a Labradoodle. This dog breed is considered one of the best shed free dogs as well. They have the same hypoallergenic coat of a Poodle, but can be much more fun and laid back for certain owners (it depends).
5. Shih Tzu
Finally, another small dog breed that is often considered as a shed free dog. Despite their long hair, Shih Tzus are shedding only very lightly. However, just like Poodles and Yorkies, their hair also requires a lot of grooming and maintenance. With this breed, you’ll avoid hair and dander all over the place, but you’ll spend just as much time maintaining their lavish hair.
Normally, Shih Tzus are very affectionate and usually fairly easy-going, but be wary because they tend to get jealous of other dogs and small children. They can become spunky little dogs with lots of character and some temperament to deal with. Shih Tzus love to be pampered and spoiled, but they will prove to be a challenge to train for most dog owners.
Summary on Shed Free Dogs
Dog owners who care about having too much pet dander or dog hair around their house should consider one of these five best shed free dogs as first options. Note that some of them shed more than others, like mentioned underneath each breed. Some dog breeds require more or less regular grooming, regardless of their shedding patterns.
Also, remember that just because a dog “doesn’t shed” or is considered a “shed free breed” that does not mean that they won’t require shedding-related grooming. In most cases, you will still need to use deshedding tools on your dog once in a while, and otherwise brush and clean up your pooch off hair if dog fur all over your house is one of the concerns you have.
Finally, remember that no single dog breed is 100% shed free or completely hypoallergenic. As many scientists have already proved, hypoallergenic dog breeds do not exist. Some breeds are simply better for people with allergies, and other breeds will shed less. Those are the ones we will label as “shed free dogs” but that doesn’t necessarily mean that they won’t shed at all.