If you are thinking about getting a new puppy or dog, one of the things that you might to consider is how much it is going to shed. There are many reasons that you might want to know this information before you choose your new companion. For example, if you have allergies, a dog that doesn’t shed very much might save you a lot of coughing and sneezing. It might even save you some medical bills.
Another factor could be house cleaning. If you have a dog that is a heavy shedder, you are going to have to spend more time cleaning up their hair. This could mean more sweeping and mopping, or even the purchase of a vacuum cleaner made specially for pet hair.
Finally, don’t forget grooming. All dogs need to be groomed to some degree, that’s just a fact of life with a dog. Dogs that don’t shed may need less brushing, depending on their hair length, while heavy shedders might need to be brushed once a day or more. The degree that your dog sheds also factors in at bath time, because a heavy shedder is going to send more hair down your tub drain which might cause clogs.
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What Dogs Shed the Least?
1. The American Hairless Terrier
Obviously a dog that doesn’t grow hair is not going to shed. The American hairless terrier is an energetic, medium sized dog that is great for families.
Even though they have no hair, they do still need the occasional bath.
In cold weather they will probably need a sweater or jacket when outdoors and in the summer they might need sunscreen if they are out in the sun.
There are three varieties of poodle; toy, miniature, and standard.
Even though their sizes vary greatly, they are all alike in that they barely shed at all. They also have the distinction of being almost completely hypoallergenic.
Poodles need to be brushed at least once a week to catch those few stray hairs that they do lose, as well as to keep their curly hair from getting tangles.
There are a few different varieties of schnauzer. The giant schnauzer, the miniature schnauzer, and the standard schnauzer are all very low shedders.
Schnauzers are generally great with children and make wonderful family pets.
Most owners keep their schnauzers coats trimmed with slightly longer leg hair and a bit of a beard. These areas need to be brushed regularly to avoid tangles and mats.
4. Chinese Crested
These are small dogs that are mostly hairless. They do grow hair on their heads, tails, and feet.
They need an occasional bath, and the little bit of hair that they have needs to be brushed weekly to keep it from tangling as it can grow quite long.
Like completely hairless breeds, their exposed skin needs to be protected from the weather with sunscreen or sweaters depending on the season.
The maltese looks like it would be a heavy shedder, but not only does it barely shed…it is also hypoallergenic. They usually have a long, silky coat that does need to be brushed every day.
Some owners do cut their hair short, but the long coat is the trademark of the breed. The maltese is a low energy dog and makes a good pet for a quiet household.
What Dogs Shed the Most?
1. Labrador Retriever
The labrador retriever is one of the most popular dog breeds for family pets. They are good natured and loyal. They also are one of the heaviest shedding breeds.
Their short, sleek coats are easy to care for and keep clean but frequent brushing is necessary to keep the amount of hair floating around your house under control.
2. Great Pyrenees
The great pyrenees has a fluffy, white, double coat. They are heavy shedders all the time and especially at the end of spring or early summer when they “blow their coat”. This means that they suddenly shed a great deal of hair over a very short period of time.
Great pyrenees need at least one good brushing a week, but otherwise don’t require a lot of grooming. Their coats naturally repel dirt and resists tangles, so the brushing is mostly just to keep shedding under control.
The great pyrenees is a giant breed and was bred as a livestock guard dog, so they are very protective of their families.
3. German Shepherd
German shepherds have a very thick, medium length coat. They shed constantly, and especially heavily in the spring and fall. During those periods of heavy shedding they need frequent brushing and bathing, while the rest of the year they can get by with being brushed once or twice a week.
The german shepherd is especially bad for people with allergies. They are brave and loyal and are often used as police dogs and guard dogs.
4. Golden Retriever
The golden retriever has medium length hair and a whole lot of it. They require regular bathing and daily brushing to control the amount of hair and to keep it from tangling and matting.
They love water and will get into it at every opportunity which when combined with their heavy coats, can be challenging to keep clean and smooth. The golden retriever is a sweet, good natured dog and are generally good with children.
5. Saint Bernard
There are two types of saint bernard, long haired and short haired. Both are heavy shedders especially in the spring and fall. Short haired saint bernards should be brushed weekly to keep the amount of hair under control, while the long haired ones should be brushed several times a week to control the amount of hair as well as tangles.
Saint bernards are very large, good natured dogs and tend to be good with children. If you can manage their size, drool, and shedding they make wonderful pets for a family.
Regardless of how much grooming they require, or how much housekeeping they cause, dogs are members of the family and worth every minute of it. But, it is always nice to have some idea of how much work you are going to be getting yourself into. I hope that this guide helps you make a wise decision about which dog you potentially bring into your home and heart.