Small dogs that don’t shed – Why get/adopt one?

Small dogs provide unwavering love, loyalty, and companionship in a compact size package. In addition to all their wonderful qualities, some of them leave us with something a little less desirable than paw prints on our hearts. I’m referring to unwanted dead hair! Now, whether you have allergies or you just despise sitting down on your couch and turning your black pants white, we can agree on one thing. Shedding is not a small dog’s best quality. This same shedding sometimes keeps people from experiencing the joys of owning a pint sized pup. The good news is that not all small dogs posses this undesirable trait! There are some breeds known to shed very little or not at all. Let’s explore the world without lint rollers!

Rudy, a 3-month-old Mini Goldendoodle.

Small dogs that don’t shed – What to be careful

When choosing a mini pup, especially for allergy suffer’s, the most important thing to remember is that no dog is truly, one hundred percent, hypoallergenic. Almost all dogs produce something called dander. Dander comes from protein most commonly found in a dog’s saliva. This protein attaches to the dog’s skin and is released into the air when a dog sheds tiny and unnoticeable skin cells. These cells are attached to all those fur balls little “Fluffy” leaves behind! That’s why for those with allergies, having a nonshedding dog is crucial.

Izzy, an adult Yorkshire Terrier also known as a “Yorkie”

The Poodle and the Bichon are notoriously known for being non-shedding breeds. Their tight, curly coat texture keeps dander from being released into the air. Those same curls require regular brushing and grooming to remain beautiful and manageable. Some small dogs have coats that grow in comparison to that of the human hair. Examples of these breeds would be the Havanese, the Yorkie, and the Maltese. While these three have been known not to shed. Their hair can, however, break off similar to the way it does when we wash or brush our hair. There are other breeds, while less known in popularity, who share a similar nonshedding trait. The Coton de Telur, the Bolognese, the Bedlington Terrier, and the Tibetan Terrier are indeed not household names. They have though succeeded in being wonderful companions to those in search of a non-shedding lifestyle. Another option slightly off the beaten path would be what’s known as a hairless dog breed. These dogs may not have a traditional appearance, but they do provide love and companionship minus the tumbleweeds of hair. With the lack of hair, these dogs require more skin care than actual grooming. The nonexistence of hair makes them prone to skin problems and being sunburnt. Moisturizer for the skin and doggie sunscreen are products that should be applied often to hairless breeds. Without a layer of fur as protection, dirt and tiny debris can adhere to the bare skin. It’s important to bathe a hairless dog frequently to prevent skin infections and doggie blemishes.

One small hairless breed would be the Chinese Crested. This breed comes in two versions: the Chinese Crested Hairless and the Chinese Crested Powderpuff. Hairless Crested have thin patches of hair on their feet, face, and tail. They may also have stray hairs that grow randomly on their bodies. The Powderpuff Crested, on the other hand, has a full body of thick, but very soft fur. The Powderpuff may shed but it will be minimal. Interestingly enough, both types of Chinese Crested dogs can be born into the same litter. While all hairless breeds are not created alike, most do come in both a hairless and coatedvariety. Some even come in different sizes like toy, mini, and standard. Some other hairless breeds are the Xoloitzcuintli (a.k.a. The Mexican Hairless Dog), the American Hairless Terrier, and the Hairless Khala Dog. Don’t let those wild fly away hairs fool you though! These dogs still produce dander but frequent bathing reduces it significantly.

Finally, the evolution of the designer dog has opened up another realm of infinite choices in the search of a small dog. With non-shedding in high demand, these are now the days of the Doodle! With names like Schnoodle, Poogle, and Mini Goldendoodle these poodle mixes are impossible to resist! Some of them are even a perfect pairing of two non-shedding breeds. There is a common misconception that just because a dog is mixed with poodle that it won’t shed. This isnot always true, unfortunately. There is a certain sort of science that goes into breeding both purebred and mixed breed/designer dogs. Bad breeding and over breeding cannot only weaken the coats characteristics but can also cause health issues, including skin problems, that can affect not only the skin but the coat too. Always do your research on breeders. Also don’t forget, it is possible to find a small mixed breed dog in a shelter that sheds minimally, or not at all. A little dog fills a place in our hearts, our laps, and our small living spaces. They are our best friends and we love them. Their shedding hair? Well. . . not so much. Luckily, with the vast options and availability of small dogs today, there is a “Fluffy” or a “Non-Fluffy” out there for almost everyone.

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We would like to thank Megan and her friends for writing this up! We will surely get back to you for more related articles regarding dog grooming. Make sure to visit her instagram page. And if you are in nearby location go visit her as she will make your dog shine with the grooming skills she has.

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