None Shedding Dogs
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None Shedding Dogs


Shedding refers to a natural process that allows the older hair to fall making way for newer hair. The term "none shedding dog" or "non shedding dog" is actually a misnomer. All dogs shed their hair. Some shed more and some very less. The none shedding dogs usually refer to the latter variety. These dogs usually do shed little bits of hair. But this hair sticks on their coat till it is brushed. Thus this hair does not float all around the place and stick to everyone and everything at home.

Among the none shedding dogs, the American Hairless rat Terrier is perhaps the most common. Most terriers shed very little, and if groomed properly, they shed little to very less hair. However, if these are not groomed well, you will find even these none shedding dog breeds giving off hair in tufts.

Dogs that have hair as opposed to "fur" are often none shedding dogs. Double-coated dogs have an undercoat that is covered by outside hair. These kinds shed their undercoat at least twice a year, and will shed copiously. So, short hair does not necessarily mean less shedding. Most dogs that do not have an undercoat and have the type of coat that needs clipping will be none shedding dogs. It is the type of coat rather than the length of hair that decides how much your dog will shed.

The amount of hair none shedding dogs shed everyday will approximately equal that shed by most humans - almost negligible. Bichons and Schnauzers are some excellent none shedding varieties. Contrary to popular beliefs, Poodles, Kerry Blue and Bedlington Terriers shed very little, though they have long hair. This hair needs to be trimmed, and grow approximately the same length as a human's hair in a month. Failure to do this will cause matting.

None shedding dog types are the best for people suffering from allergies. In reality, people are not allergic to the hair shed by dogs. It is the dander shed by dogs that are the root of the problem. Single -coated dogs have significantly lesser dander than most other dogs. None-shedding dogs do not trap dander. Double-coated dogs usually have an oily water-resistant coating that helps the dander to stick to their coats.

Many people love to own dogs, but shudder away from the possible mess that dog hair causes. None-shedding dogs also do not leave clumps of unsightly hair on your furniture or on your dress. However, to avoid shedding, they need to be brushed regularly. Grooming is just as important for none-shedding dogs as they are for the shedding ones. The Poodle requires to be thoroughly cleaned with a stiff brush. Regular clipping is also a definite must. Here is a list of some excellent none shedding dogs:

The Cockapoo has a short curly coat. It does not shed much, but requires quite a lot of grooming. These dogs are very friendly, easy to train and good with children. They are a mix of the Cocker Spaniel and the Poodle. The Italian Greyhound has a short and sleek coat, and they do not shed much at all. These dogs are also very good with children, and very loving. The Airedale Terrier is a large dog that has a rough coat. However, he sheds very little.

As a general rule, none shedding dog breeds need regular clipping. This keeps the skin healthy and the coat glossy. Since these dogs typically shed less hair, it is wrong to believe that shedding does not actually take place. The skin and coat of these dogs also need as much stimulation on a regular basis as can be provided.

If you prefer to go for a none shedding dog, it is better to observe the length of hair and the type of coat of the dog you choose. Always remember that even your seemingly none shedding dog is shedding some minimal amount of hair all the time. Keeping his coat healthy ensures that shedding is minimal.

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