Many people would love to own a pet dog, but are
wary of the
potential mess that shed dog hair can cause in their homes. These
people want a dog that doesn’t shed to be their
Unfortunately there is no such thing as a dog that
doesn’t shed at all. All dogs will shed and replace at least
some of their hair, just like people do. There are some breeds
that shed far less than others, however, and selecting one of
these breeds can keep the shedding mess to a minimum.
The Airedale terrier is a large terrier with a
rough coat that
sheds very little. These dogs can be good with children, but
such socialization needs to start early in the dog’s life. They
may play too roughly for small children. These are loyal and
trainable dogs, but are also very naturally curious and not
easily coaxed away from something that catches their interest.
The Airedale usually grows to about 22-24 inches in height and
a weight of 50-65 pounds.
The Cockapoo is reminiscent of the Poodle,
especially in the
face. It has a short, curly coat and does not shed much but
does require above average grooming. It is actually a cross
between the American Cocker Spaniel and the Poodle, hence its
appearance and name (Cocker + Poodle = Cockapoo). These dogs
are very friendly, loyal, and playful. They are good with
children and other dogs and are typically very easy to train.
The Italian Greyhound is a miniature Greyhound. The
of this dog is nearly exactly like that of his racing cousins,
but in a convenient, compact size. These dogs are gentle and
submissive. They become very emotionally attached to their
people. They are obedient and easy to train, but prone to
mischief and they know when they’ve been naughty. They get
along well with children if the children are well behaved. If
the kids are high strung and rambunctious, the dog will be too.
It is best in a quiet household. The coat of the Italian
Greyhound is short and sleek and they don’t shed much at all.
The Miniature Poodle is not truly a breed all to
one of the three AKC recognized sizes of Poodles. Like all
Poodles, they shed very little, but their short, curly coats
require considerable grooming. They are very intelligent,
playful, and quite trainable. They generally get along well
with children, but they can be sensitive or nervous around
rowdy kids. They easily integrate with a family and feel that
they have to be a part of all family activities. They will
often act as though they’ve been slighted if not included in
family activities. Editor's Note: As the
author noted, standard poodles and regular-sized poodles all offer the
same low-shed benefit in a larger sized dog.
Editor's Note: This list is far from complete.
There are other low shed/no-shed breeds out there such as the Wheaten
Terrier. Find more dog breed profiles by clicking HERE.
About The Author: Kirsten Hawkins is a dog lover
expert from Nashville, TN. Visit www.doghealth411.com
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