Q: Which breeds are non-shedding dogs?

June 26, 2010 | By Mary T. | 3 answers | Expired: 2041 days ago

Mary T.

My car seats look like the floor of a barbershop. Can you recommend a dog that does not shed?

Chosen Answer

All dogs shed, no matter what kind of coat they have. Invest in a car vacuum, a lint roller, or a bus pass.

Shedding hair is most pronounced in the spring and fall, especially among dogs that spend a lot of time outdoors and are exposed to seasonal changes in light and temperature. Mostly indoors dogs often shed year-around — with bursts in the spring and fall because that’s what their ancestors did. Shedding begins at the rear of your dog and progresses toward the front (guess which part of the dog will be sitting on the car seat). Regular brushing and periodic bathing will remove loose hair before the dog carts it to your car. (Some dogs shed reflexively under stress, so take it easy around the corners). Get the appropriate brush or comb for your dog’s coat type and. Use a mild shampoo, a good conditioner and rinse well after bathing. But avoid over-bathing. Some of that mess in the car might be dog dandruff, and you don’t want to make matters worse.

Even the Mexican Hairless has some. How about a protective towel on car seats or a removable, washable seat cover?

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Readers' Answers (2)

Jul 10, 2010

I agree with roger s.: all dogs shed. In my experience, however, the hair on some dogs remains in the coat until brushed out, so it doesn't get all over indiscriminately. I've had both kinds of dogs, and I've noticed advantages and disadvantages to each.

My short-haired Jack Russell mix shed all over the place, which, of course, had the disadvantage of requiring a lot of lint rollers and untidy looking clothing. But the dog himself always looked neat and tidy.

On the other hand, my Bichon Frise was a so-called non-shedding breed, but what actually happened was the shed hair lodged in his coat until it was brushed out. The disadvantage of that was that he required brushing all the time or else he got terribly matted and scruffy looking. The advantage was that the loose hair was controlled, meaning I brushed it out and threw it in the trash basket.

Of course, I'm not an expert; just a former dog owner with experience in these two dogs. My advice is to do a lot of research and ask questions, just as you are. Find out which breeds require what kind of care and grooming, and ask yourself honestly if you're willing to do what's required.

But I'd also say not to get too hung up on anything beyond the health requirements of the dog and your own lifestyle preferences. I think the most important thing is for you and the dog to be happy with each other.

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Stephanie  C.

Jul 11, 2010

There are non-shedding dogs, but because the do not shed their hair naturally, they have to be groomed. The most popular non-shed dog is of course the Poodle.
Other breeds are the Wheaton Terrier, Bichon Frise, Dandie Dinmont, Lakeland Terrier, Irish Water Spaniel, Portugese Water Dog, Bedlington Terrier, Bouvier Des Flanders, Inca Orchid, Schnauzer, West Highland White Terrier, Puli, Kommondore, Norwich and Norfolk Terrier, Sealyham Terrier, the Lowchen and many more. Other breeds that shed minimally are the Chinese Crested, Rhodesian Ridgeback, Saluki, Yorkshier Terrier, and more.

It's true that just about any dog will leave something on your car seats -especially dander. When you notice your dog is really starting to shed alot, give him a bath. Really rub that soap into and out of his coat, and rinse, rinse, rinse.

You can also talk to your vet about adding vitamin A and E to his food. These will encourage a healthy skin and coat which may reduce the amount of his shedding.

Good luck!

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