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.
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 )
Dogs that shed the most
These breeds are known for being the worst shedders.
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