We’ve heard many people say that they really adore dogs, but are either allergic to them or hate the dog hair that usually occupies the houses of those who have a canine family. Most people are susceptible to allergens, which effortlessly triggers allergic reactions in them. The usual allergens that can cause a flare-up are a dog’s urine, saliva or pet dander. Fortunately, there are some dog breeds that shed zero to little and can easily be included in your family. Since there will be less hair in the house, chances of an allergy flare-up triggered due to potential allergens will greatly reduce.
If you wish to find a non or low shedding breed, some amount of research will help. There are certain dogs that have only a single layer of coat. Apart from lesser hypersensitivity, there will be less mess around the house.
Dachshunds are adorable with their long bodies, droopy ears, and warm melting eyes. They have 3 kinds of coats- long haired, wire haired and short haired. While the long haired one may require some grooming and shed a little, the other two, i.e., wire haired and short haired hardly shed at all.
Added Bonus: Dachshunds are absolutely people friendly dogs and as they are suspicious towards strangers, they make great watchdogs too.
2. Yorkshire Terrier
Yorkshire terriers are cute, little dogs with big hearts. Though they have a very luxurious furry coat, the good news is they hardly shed. The only area you will have to work upon is on their grooming and regular brushing.
Added Bonus: Yorkies are highly sociable and very outgoing. Always alert, they bark in the presence of trespassers or even at the slightest sign of danger.
3. Shih Tzu
The Shih Tzu’s silky coat should not act as detriment here because they are absolute non shedders. They do have long, silky hair, but their coat only requires regular brushing and grooming, so you don’t have to worry about messy dog hair around your house.
Added Bonus: Shih Tzu means little lion. However, there’s nothing ferocious about these little affectionate, outgoing, happy house-dogs. Highly energetic, they make good watchdogs too.
4. Miniature Schnauzer
A Schnauzer makes for a superb family dog. They have a wiry overcoat and a soft undercoat that rarely shed and therefore is excellent for people who suffer from allergies. Many people who own a Miniature Schnauzer get their dog’s hair cut short except for his eyebrows, mustache, beard, and legs.
Added Bonus: The Miniature Schnauzer is an extremely enthusiastic and intelligent dog. With having him around, you will never feel alone. And yes, forget boredom!
5. Border Terrier
The Border Terrier has a wiry, durable coat which requires just a weekly brushing. His completely natural look works just fine, and so wouldn’t have to spend a good deal of money to keep him looking clean. It hardly sheds any hair and is safe for people who are allergy-prone.
Added Bonus: This good natured, alert breed of dogs is full of energy. Apart from being wonderful companions, they make excellent playmates and are full of love.
6. Bedlington Terrier
The coat of Bedlington Terrier sheds very little hair but requires a special clipping after every six weeks. Its coat needs to be thinned by clipping it close to the body and head, which accentuates its shape. This breed is also good for allergy-prone people.
Added Bonus: Ever ready to play the clown, the Bedlington Terrier loves being the centre of attention. They are excellent watchdogs with inquisitive minds.
7. Welsh Terrier
The Welsh Terrier will require grooming every week, but the best part is it hardly ever sheds. The long hairs on the belly, around the face, and at the feet are typical of a Welsh Terrier’s appearance.
Added Bonus: With a joyful and zesty attitude, the Welsh Terrier is sure to win your heart. They are always up for adventure and are happy, lively dogs.
First things first, the Maltese is a very adorable looking dog, but it can also display a stubborn streak. Be gentle with its combing and brushing as it has a soft and fragile coat. Though the grooming may take up a lot of your time, it sheds little hair. The Maltese is also good for people who easily tend to suffer from allergies.
Added Bonus: The lively, playful and spirited Maltese is a devoted dog which is quite bold for its size. They are highly intelligent, learn things quickly, and love playing outdoors.
9. Chinese Crested
This breed emits zero doggie odors. They have two varieties- Powderpuff and Hairless. The Powderpuffs require more grooming than the hairless ones which do not attract fleas. From shedding little to absolutely no hair, the Chinese Crested does not add to your allergies.
Added Bonus: Though not too gregarious, this breed bonds quickly and is fairly social. If he accepts you as his master, trust us, you’ve found an eternally devoted stalker in him.
10. Labrador Retriever
The Labrador has fairly straight and short hair, which sheds rarely. A popular dog breed, its hair is uniform throughout its body, the tail sometimes being slightly bushier as compared to the other parts.
Added Bonus: The Labrador is a very outgoing and pleasant dog with a strong nose that makes it a good watchdog, as well. An excellent family dog, it has an amiable temperament, making him great with kids and adults alike.
We hope that the above compilation will help you find the right furry companion for yourself. All dogs not only offer a delightful company, but they also make your dull days brighter, with their cheerful and playful nature. These low shedding dogs will not aggravate or incite your allergies, so, having them in your house would not be a problem! And those of you who thankfully do not suffer from any allergies, there are even a greater number of dog breed varieties for you! So now, there is no reason of denying this totally fulfilling and beautiful experience of a dog’s friendship.