First-time, soon-to-be dog owners may not know exactly which breed they want. At Paws Pet Care, we encourage you to always ADOPT…don’t SHOP! There are many pure-bred dogs that need homes in your local shelter.

There are many things to consider in choosing the right dog for your household; will they be good with kids, will they need a big yard, will they be intelligent enough to know exactly when you need a snack and go to the fridge and get it for you– minor things like that. 🙂 One important thing that many consider is whether or not a certain breed sheds badly. Some are worse than others.

Here is a list of five breeds that do NOT shed.

Breed: Maltese

The Maltese is an absolutely adorable breed. With its small body and it’s fluffy fur, it will be sure to steal anyone’s heart. The Maltese generally will not weigh over eight pounds. Consistent grooming is very necessary to keep its coat the way it should be, but finding hair everywhere is not going to be likely with this breed at all.

Breed: Shih Tzu

The Shih Tzu is another toy breed that would be great to own. Shih Tzus are loving and loyal companions, but should be trained very young to have proper behavior. This breed’s long, silky hair will not be all over your house, but be sure to keep their hair groomed out of the way of their eyes.

Breed: Poodle

The Poodle is really an amazing dog to have. Poodles are highly intelligent and skillful in both obedience and agility. Their fur is so thick and curly that, even if it were to shed, it would just get tangled with more thick and curly fur. Because, of this, matting of the fur will occur if frequent grooming is not given.

Breed: Labradoodle

The Labradoodle is a mix between a Poodle and a Labrador Retriever. Labradoodle are usually hypoallergenic – they were bred for that purpose. But there is not a 100% guarantee. Labradoodles are given the great fur coat that doesn’t shed from the Poodle genes, and the loving and energetic spirit from the Lab genes.

Breed: York-shire Terrier

The York-shire Terrier is commonly known as the “Yorkie”. Yorkies have a coat the resembles hair, much less fur, which provides much less shedding. Only when it is brushed, will the hair then come out. They are known to be hypoallergenic, but be careful of being allergic to the dandruff they sometimes get.

These breeds are obviously not the ONLY breeds that don’t shed, so do some of your own research, and discover more breeds! When buying a pet, be sure to look at the other scientific facts about each breed, like their manner and disease tendencies. There are so many varieties of dogs to choose from, and many that will perfectly fit you, your family, and your home.

By Staff Writer Erika Smith
Staff Writer Erika Smith