How to Reduce Shedding in Dogs, 12 Dog Breeds That Don’t Shed

How to Reduce Shedding in Dogs

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.

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 reduce shedding in dogs. 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 in dogs followed by a towel dry and light hair dryer. Use a special de-shedding brush which can be purchased from pet shops.

Reduce Shedding 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.

Here is a list of dog breeds that are low shedders.

Bichon Frise

West Highland Terrier

Lhaso Apso

Cairn Terrier

Maltese

Poodle

Schnauzer

Scottish Terrier

Shih Tzu

Whippet

Yorkshire 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 )

 

Dogs that shed the most

These breeds are known for being the worst shedders.

Newfoundland

Pekingese

Golden Retriever

German Shepherd

Alaskan Husky.

Border Collie

For more Grooming Tips

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21 thoughts on “How to Reduce Shedding in Dogs, 12 Dog Breeds That Don’t Shed

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  1. 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!

  2. 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.

      1. 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.

  3. 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 =)

  4. 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

    1. Thats really interesting because my daughter has a five month old Goldendoodle. She was told by the breeder that he wouldn’t shed but he does. How old is your Golden?,I would love to ask you a few questions about him/her if you don’t mind, we are having a few training problems and don’t know anyone else with this breed. He’s such an adorable puppy, but doesn’t seem to know how big he is!

  5. I’m guessing Dachshunds shedding degrees can vary, just like the Goldendoodle you mentioned. My childhood Doxie didn’t shed much. However, the purebred Doxie I have now sheds, yet not as much as my Chihuahua mix. I thought he had Whippet and Terrier in him too. The shelter didn’t know what exactly. I realize if a Jack Russell terrier, then that would be a big factor to all the shedding. I had always heard Terriers and Poodles don’t shed, but I have learned not all terriers are non-shedders, i.e Pit Bull Terriers and Jack Russell’s.

    1. I have a chihuahua mix too, she doesn’t shed but she has to be brushed daily because her fur can mat overnight. My dachshund doesn’t shed but we have had others that did. The worst I can remember was a Jack Russell cross I fostered. Could never understand how much fur came off such a little dog! Thank you for your comment .

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