Looking For The Perfect Dog?
You want a dog, but can’t decide what kind you want and there are certain criteria that must be met before you get a four-footed friend, like… the shedding problem.
Have you noticed the dog owner who has pet hair on their clothes, in their car, and on their furniture?
We can help you find the perfect pet and here are a few small dogs that do very little shedding that you might look at when you choose your new pal.
These smaller dog breeds are low shedding, and the different types of terriers and miniatures won’t leave handfuls of hair on your clothes after petting them.
There are no small dogs that don’t shed at all, unless it’s a hairless dog, like the American Hairless Terrier.
In our search, we found dogs who have slower growing coats which leads to minimal shedding. They also never have heavy seasonal shedding that other dogs do.
The Yorkshire Terrier
The Yorkies are the most popular of the dog breeds, they (ranked 4th in 2012 by the American Kennel Club) being friendly, smart, and have big personalities in a tiny body.
They have long blue-grey and brown fur which requires daily brushing to keep looking its best. Exercise is not a big priority because they are so small, but they need a lot of love and attention.
Miniature poodle or toy
I bet when you look at the poodle with their fancy haircut, you don’t know that there is a purpose for the poodle cut.
These dogs are water retrievers, the high society hair cut is actually intended to keep their joints warm as they move through the water.
As an owner, never want to give your poodle a full-on shave. You can leave the coat the same short length and needs to be done by a professional groomer as the fur is sometimes hard to work through.
The Shih Tzu
These little guys actually have a double coat that grows slowly so shedding is not a problem. If you let it grow long like a show coat, just know it requires careful brushing each and every day.
More owners than not, choose to keep the dog’s hair short, trimming every couple of months and that leads to less brushing.
The rule of thumb is long or short, never groom their fur dry-and always condition before you brush.
The Miniature Schnauzer
These little dogs are cute, energetic and make great watchdogs. This breed is easy to keep groomed and do best if groomed each month or bi-monthly.
The way to brush their coat is with a short wire brush and it’s minimal brushing. Sometimes the hair will mat, you can cut them out instead of trying to brush them out.
The Mini Schnauzer may also need a beard trimming sometimes to keep it clean after they eat. This little guy loves to play, loyal to their owners and just a good little
The Maltese has soft long fluffy hair but is a challenge in the grooming department. These dogs need to be brushed daily and cleaned carefully to keep up the pearly looking fur.
The Maltese are very happy and playful dogs and they make great companions. they have been owned by royal and noble families for centuries in Europe.
The Shih Tzu
These little dogs are a bundle of joy with a thick undercoat and a curly topcoat they require grooming once a month to keep the hair short and dander clear.
If left longer the dander gets trapped in the undercoat causing tangles and mats. Even if the hair is in a “lamb cut”, they will still need weekly grooming to prevent this.
The Lhasa Apso
These little dogs are independent, beautiful, loyal, regal looking. They could have been the protectors of the nobility and temples near the city of Lhasa in Tibet.
The Lhasa Apsos are perfectly happy by themselves they require less attention than some dogs but is there is a trick to taking care of their coat.
If left long, the coat frequent brushing is a must, if short should only need weekly brushing
The Norwich Terrier
This breed does shed…a little and daily brushing of their waterproof coat is very important.
These terriers don’t need to be clipped or bathed very often so their care is minimal.
They are happy, loving little dogs and work well in the cities because they can get most of their exercise indoors.
The Chinese Crested
Known as the hairless variety of the Chinese Crested, they have fur on their feet, head, and tails, but can also have a powderpuff full coat, these are known as Powderpuff Crested.
Although both types of coats are low-shedding believe it or not, the hairless and powderpuff can be born of the same litter.
The Powderpuff Chinese Crested fine hair needs to be brushed often but the hairless doesn’t have much hair to brush.
If they are going out in the sun for a while you need to put sunscreen on them as they are prone to sunburn.
No matter which breed you choose, these furry little guys will find a melt your heart in no time. You will wonder how you got along without that special bond with “Mans Best Friend”.