Here is a list of low shedding dog breeds
West Highland Terrier
Edited to Add ; Kerry Blue Terrier, Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier, Portuguese Water Dog
Spanish Water Dog, Briard (Many thanks Anna Belfrage for info)
Coton de Tulear (many thanks Kim T,)
This shows some of the non-shedding dogs I’ve taken care of over the years and I can guarantee that these breeds don’t shed.
There is Mickey (Yorkshire Terrier) Bluey (Maltese) Oliver (Lhaso Apso) Mr. Darcy (Dachshund) Rosie ( Cavalier King Charles /Poodle ) Holly (Chihuahua / Shih Tzu )
There is no such thing as a hypoallergenic dog but some have coats which shed less and therefore are the best for allergy sufferers. It is the dander, which is attached to pet hair, that affects people with pet allergies.
How to reduce shedding.
You can cut down on the amount of pet hair in your home with regular brushing. It is normal for a dog to develop a thicker coat in Winter, then shed it in Spring. However, if your dog starts to shed excessively or develop bald patches, there may be an underlying medical condition or stress-related illness, so talk to your vet.
Good nutrition can also help to cut down on shedding. Cheap products have a high percentage of grains that are hard for the dog to digest. Look for a product which has a higher meat content.
Improve the quality of a dogs coat by adding a drop of olive oil or coconut oil to their food and add salmon, tuna or sardines to their diet (no bones). Fish skins as a treat will also add nutrients and clean teeth. My dogs really love them but make sure that you keep in an airtight container because the smell is very strong.
Dehydration can also cause the skin to dry and therefore more fur is lost, so keep the water bowls topped up.
Regular baths help to reduce shedding followed by a towel dry and light hair dryer. Use a special de-shedding brush which can be purchased from pet shops.
Reduce excessive fur in the home
It goes without saying that regular vacuuming is important when you have a shedding dog in your home. Special pet hoovers are available with attachments to clean upholstery as well as carpets. A lint remover is a must for removing pet hair from clothes. You can also use a brush or glove with rubber bristles which are designed for pet hair removal from clothes and upholstery.
TopTip.. Simply wipe with a fabric softener wipe which will remove fur, but also repels dust and pet hair.
An air purifier will filter the dust and allergens from the air.
Dogs that shed the most
These breeds are known for being the worst shedders.
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I feel like border collies should be on the top list, lol! Just seems like it sometimes. I’m always cleaning it up and furminating them. <3 Thanks for the advice!
I’ll add border collies, just for you!
They’re not supposed to be huge shredders I thought? Mine are though. Thanks. 😉❤
I meant *shedders* 😉😊
Haha, my dogs a shredder if he can get to the post!
Great article. I had no idea that the Llhasa Apso was a low shedder. That was the other breed I considered before getting involved with my beautiful Cavalier Spaniels who are very heavy fur-shedders all year round.
They are worth the mess!
Oh yes, they certainly are. My first dog was so clever he knew when I had my work suits on and didn’t cover me in fur, if I was in my jeans he was all over me.
My husky always would shed like crazy until I started using an undercoat rake a few times a week. She still sheds but it is wayyyyy less! I use the paws pamper undercoat rake, highly recommend =)
Thanks, I’ll keep a note of that.
I’d add Kerry Blue Terrier, Soft-coated Wheaten Terrier, Portuguese Water Dog & Spanish Water Dog to the list of non-shedders. And Briards.
Thank you so much, added and credited.
I have a 7 lb Pomeranian that sheds so much, all the time, all year round! I have clumps of dog hair rolling across my hardwood floors like freaking Prarie Balls. At first I thought there must be some kind of medical problem, but the vet I use says it’s normal. I have it on my clothes, on my bed, on my face, stuck in my eyelashes, all over my kitchen counters. Anyone wanna come over for lunch? Lol
I ‘d still come over Linda, I love Pomeranians!
Don’t forget the wonderful Coton de Tulear.
Ohhh not heard of that one, but googled and they are DIVINE, thank you I will add to the list.