For the past half century, pet allergies have left many animal lovers between a rock and a hard place: live with itchy eyes or congestion, or opt out of sharing their home with a four-legged companion. But no one should feel they must miss out on living life to its fullest! Hypoallergenic breeds provide an ideal solution for those who want canine companionship without dealing constantly with sweeping up fur - giving them back all the joys (and snuggles!) that come along owning pets.
Which Mixed Breeds Shed Less? Let’s start with the popular low-shed or no-shed cross breeds:
These breeds are all part-poodle, which is why they’re considered low-shed or dogs that don’t shed, depending on the generation. First-generation breeds may shed a bit, but the risk of shedding decreases significantly from generation to generation.
Mixed-breed pets come with many perks - less shedding, greater health and longer lifespans. A bonus for adopters is that shelters often offer more variety in mixed-breeds than purebreds.
Five More Dogs That Don’t Shed
Big dogs, small dogs, short dogs, tall dogs — there are five breeds with unique temperaments and traits, and one thing in common: no shedding.
The Bischon Frise
An ideal companion for any household. They are friendly and playful, never reaching more than 18 pounds in size. However, their signature double coat of soft hairs mixed with coarser guard hairs requires daily brushing to avoid tangles or matting - a small price to pay for the devoted loyalty they provide!
Miniature Schnauzer Like the bichon frise, this breed does best when living as part of a family. Smart, loyal and loving, mini schnauzers easily adapt to changes in weather conditions or climate. Quick to learn and obedient, a fenced yard and on-leash daily walks are recommended. Plan to groom their double coats every five to eight weeks. Males can weigh anywhere from 11 to 18 pounds, while females are slightly smaller at 10 to 15 pounds.
Lagotto Romagnolo This working breed is active, attentive and eager to please. Renowned in Italy as water-retrievers and truffle hunters, they need mental stimulation and physical exercise. These dogs do best with active, committed owners who, in turn, will be rewarded with an affectionate companion. Typically small to medium sized, males weigh around 28.5 to 35 pounds and females around 24 to 31 pounds. Their curly double coats, which are waterproof, look best when kept 1 to 1.5 inches long.
Soft-coated Wheaten Terrier This breed is intelligent, lively and affectionate, and owners need to give these dogs a great deal of time and attention — and consistent discipline. Their coats do tend to attract dirt and snow, and wheaten terriers need daily brushing and combing. These pups do well with well-behaved children and are medium sized, with males ranging from 35 to 40 pounds and females weighing in at 30 to 35 pounds.
Portuguese Water Dog Highly intelligent, Portuguese water dogs are obedient and often seek to please their owners. Originally working dogs, they don’t tire easily and require lots of exercise each day. They also require a fair amount of grooming and need their curly coats brushed and combed on a weekly basis. Because Portuguese water dogs don’t like being alone, they make very loyal, affectionate companions. Males weigh anywhere from 42 to 60 pounds, and females weigh 35 to 50 pounds.
There are plenty of reasons to love owning a pet, but for those with allergies, it can seem like an impossible feat. However, by doing your research and finding the right hypoallergenic breed for you, it is possible to have an allergy-friendly pup that will bring nothing but joy into your life! Do you or someone you know suffer from pet allergies? Have you considered getting a hypoallergenic dog? Let us know in the comments below! If you need a mobile groomer we are here to help.
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