Whether a prospective pup sheds or not can make or break taking home a dog, especially if you’re prone to allergic reactions. But what if you’ve got your heart set on taking home a dog with long, silky hair? Get the details about shedding and a few breeds that may work for you.
How much a pet does or doesn’t shed can be a concern for a variety of reasons, with housekeeping issues and potential allergies being the most common. Unfortunately, there’s no such thing a completely non-shedding or hypoallergenic dog. All dogs lose at least a little hair throughout their lives because of hormonal changes, temperature and their level of nutrition and general state of health, according to dogchannel.com.
All dogs also produce dander, the primary cause of dog allergies in people. Dander is dead skin that falls from a dogs coat and can collect around a home and irritate a person’s eyes and nose. There are a variety of dogs that produce less dander and shed much less than other breeds. These dogs are considered hypoallergenic and are the most desirable for people who are concerned about shedding and allergies.
Long-haired dogs that spend a good deal of time outdoors are likely to pick up pollen, dust and other particles that can cause allergies, but with proper grooming can still make perfect companions for those who are concerned with runny noses and watery eyes. Plus long-haired dogs come in all shapes and sizes. Small dogs that are long haired and shed minimally include Malteses, Shih Tuzs and Yorkshire Terriers. Medium-sized dogs that are low-shedders include the Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier and the Portuguese Water Dog. Large long-haired, slow shedders include the Irish Water Spaniel and Komondor, a breed that can be recognized by its white corded coat.
To help keep shedding at a minimum and your allergies at bay, be sure to regularly groom your pup to keep its long coat healthy and any stray hairs off your furniture. Dogchannel.com also recommends regularly vacuuming your home using high efficiency filters and installing air purifiers that use HEPA filters if you do have dog allergies.
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