Rare Dog Breeds

Shedding In Different Breeds Of Dog

Almost all dogs shed. That’s just one of the things that all dog owners have to learn to live with in order to live with their pet. For some who have dog allergies, this could pose a problem. Most people with allergies aren’t really allergic to the animal’s hair, but rather to the dander that comes with it. Different breeds shed different amounts. Some shed seemingly every few weeks, others shed seasonally, and some seem to not shed at all (this is only an illusion, however). In this article, you’ll find out the reasons for shedding, as well as the types of shedding in different kinds of dogs. This should give you an idea on what kind of canine would be alright to have in the house even if you have allergies.

What is shedding?

Most dogs have two coats of hair, an undercoat and an overcoat. All these hairs are produced from hair follicles. Hair follicles die with age and are shed by the dog and replaced with new living follicles. The follicles do not all become replaced at once (like a snake shedding it’s skin) but rather comes out in strands and clumps. Despite the belief that dogs with longer hair shed more, shedding is dependant the types of coat they have (some have both outer and under coats while others have just the primary outer coat), the dog breed, the dog’s age, and the environment in which the dog lives.

How can you prevent a dog from shedding?

There’s really no way to make a dog not shed. All dogs shed (even hairless dogs shed, only in much finer amounts and shed more skin than hair). Dogs that are considered as “non-shedding dogs” are often either hairless, or have only a very short and curly primary outer coat that catches loose hair and keeps it on the body, dropping only small amounts. You can, however, keep the dog’s hair from ending up all over the house and activating your allergies, but keeping them well groomed. Many dogs need only bee groomed once a week or less, although there are some (like ShihTzu, Yorkshire Terrier, and Collie) that should be groomed every day to keep their hair levels where they ought to be. To groom your pet, make sure that they are well washed, and use a shedding comb, an undercoat rake and a dematting rake to remove loose hair before it has a chance to be left on the floor and furniture. Even hairless dogs should be well cared for as they are prone to sunburn and are easily chilled.

Hypoallergenic dog breeds

While there’s no such thing as a non-allergenic dog, there are many breeds which are considered to be “hypoallergenic” (or less allergenic). These include mostly hairless dogs, dogs with only a primary outer coat which seldom ever sheds, and dogs who’s hair has the same pH levels as human hair (and therefore their shed hair has only the effects on the owner as their own hair would). Here is a comprehensive list of these breeds:

· Affenpinscher
· Airedale Terrier
· American Hairless Terrier
· Australian Terrier
· Basenji
· Bedlington Terrier
· Belgian Shepherd Laekenois
· Bergamasco
· Bichon Frise
· Bichon/Yorkie
· Bolognese
· Border Terrier
· Bouvier des Flanders
· Brussels Griffon
· Cairn Terrier
· Cesky Terrier
· Chacy Ranior
· Chi-Poo
· Cockapoo
· Coton De Tulear
· Dandie Dinmont Terrier
· Doodleman Pinscher
· Giant Schnauzer
· Glen of Imaal Terrier
· Hairless Chinese Crested
· Hairless Khala
· Havanese
· Irish Terrier
· Irish Water Spaniel
· Italian Greyhound
· Kerry Blue Terrier
· Komondor
· Labradoodle
· Lagotto Romagnolo
· Lakeland Terrier
· Lowchen
· Maltese
· Malti-Poo
· Manchester Terrier
· Mi-Ki
· Miniature Poodle
· Miniature Schnauzer
· Norfolk Terrier
· Norwich Terrier
· Peruvian Inca Orchid
· Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen
· Poos
· Portuguese Water Dog
· Puli
· Schnoodle
· Scottish Terrier
· Sealyham Terrier
· Shepadoodle
· Shichon
· Shih Tzu
· Soft-coated Wheaten Terrier
· Spanish Water Dog
· Standard Poodle
· Standard Schnauzer
· Tibetan Terrier
· Toy Poodle
· Welsh Terrier
· West Highland White Terrier
· Wire-haired Fox Terrier
· Wirehaired Pointing Griffon
· Xoloitzcuintli
· Yorkshire Terrier