Are dogs that don’t shed a lot ‘hypoallergenic’ dogs?
People who are allergic to dogs, but still love them, have surely wondered if there are any ‘hypoallergenic’ dogs that won’t trigger their symptoms, and while there are more breeds of dogs than you might think that don’t shed too much, one of the most common pet-related myths is that dog hair is what causes the allergies. But it’s not – it’s actually the pet dander (the skin flakes that they shed). True, dogs that don’t shed as much release less of this dander, but, “while you may have less dog hair with a non-shedding dog, no dog breed is hypoallergenic,” the Mayo Clinic warns. If you do have a dog allergy, they recommend bathing your pet every week to remove dander, as well as considering getting a smaller dog, which will produce less dander. Fortunately, many of these dogs that don’t shed a lot are on the smaller side. So whether you’re allergic to dogs or would just rather have a dog that doesn’t shed massive amounts of fur, check out this list of dogs that don’t shed a lot.
According to the American Kennel Society (AKC), this toy-sized terrier breed boasts a wiry coat that sheds minimally and, for the most part, seasonally. (All dogs, and you, yourself, shed some hair every single day.) As an extra added bonus, its coat and skin give off very little perceptible ‘doggy’ odour. The German name means ‘monkey-like,’ which may refer to the Affenpinscher’s appearance as well as its intelligence and good humour. But please note that in France, the breed is referred to as ‘Diablotin Moustachu,’ which means moustachioed little devil!
The aristocratic-looking Afghan hound is a ‘special breed for special people,’ according to the AKC. On the one hand, its long, silky coat is breathtakingly gorgeous and shed only minimally. That said, its crowning glory requires twice-per-week bathing and brushing to maintain its luxurious look and feel. In addition, Afghans are emotionally aloof but incredibly agile and energetic, meaning they require regular exercise (perhaps even agility training) to reach their true potential as happy household pets.