How To Choose a Small, Nonshedding Dog Breed

Dogs aren’t called “Man’s best friend” for nothing. They are probably the most loyal pets anyone can have. They are also a great addition to a family, fun for the kids to play with, and simply wonderful to come home to. However, you or any member of your family may have certain allergies to pets that shed hair heavily, or you simply do not have the time to clean up after them. For those of you who find themselves in this predicament but are still determined to get a dog as a pet, there is hope. Non shedding dogs may be the answer to your problem. Although realistically, dogs shed to a certain extent, certain breeds do so minimally. Read on to learn more about how to select the best breed of non shedding dog for you:

  • The Dachshund is one breed of dogs that does very minimal shedding, although it would be best to get a male if you are really particular about the amount of hair shed. Female dachshunds tend to shed a bit more than their male counterparts. The long haired variety of these dogs require a little more grooming than the smooth or wire haired type.
  • The feisty Shih Tzu is another breed that sheds minimally, although there will be times that it may leave a bit of its hair on your living space. All in all though, it is another wise choice when picking a non-allergenic pet. However, because of its sometimes aggressive personality, you must be a little careful when having this type of dog around small children. Training this pet will do a lot of good especially when young kids are often around it.
  • The Boston Terrier requires very little grooming (brushing once a week will do), and is another breed does not shed too much hair. They are generally not the type of dogs that aggravate allergy symptoms and are ideal family pets because of their friendly, agreeable nature.
  • The West Highland Terrier is a double coated breed, with a soft coating on the inside, and a wiry coat on the outside. Although this dog does shed very little, brushing is required regularly and grooming is done at least once every six weeks. Professionals can do a better job at grooming this type of dog, but you may be able to do this yourself as long as you’ve had enough practice.
  • Miniature Schnauzers are lovable dogs that are full of energy and are easily trained. They have a distinct appearance that makes them look like very wise creatures, which they really are! The great thing about them is they shed very little and are hypoallergenic as well. Double coated like the West highland terrier with a soft inner coat and a wiry outer coat, they require brushing at least once a week and grooming every six weeks as well.

There are several other breeds of non shedding dogs that you can choose from but you must always take into consideration that they must be able to adapt to your lifestyle, the climate of the place where you live, and other issues relating to their health care. It is also important to consider whether you have children in your home or other pets too. Some dogs are better suited for this atmosphere than others. By researching on your options, you should be able to find the pet best suited for you.


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