For a long time, people have known that sharing a home with a canine companion can be extremely rewarding. Not only is a dog a great source of interest and amusement, but they help keep their owners fit and healthy too. However, for some people the thought of having dog hair all over the place can be a bit “off putting” which is why they hold back on getting a dog. The good news is there are quite a few breeds that don't shed or shed very little hair making them the perfect choice for house proud owners. Below are just 4 of the breeds that are known to be none or low shedders:
The Bichon Frise is a little dog that only stands at around 28 cm at the wither and they don't weigh much either which is anything between 3 and 5 kg. They are enthusiastic little characters with playful natures which means that most Bichons get on well with children providing kids are well behaved too, that is. Bichons are also clever, they are capable of learning new things quickly which means they are easy to train which includes training them to be clean around the home.
When it comes to the "cute" factor, the Bichon Frise is one of the breeds that's top of the list in the looks department especially if their coats are kept in good condition. They are one of the breeds that don’t shed or shed very little throughout the year, making them a good choice for house proud owners. There is a downside to sharing a home with a Bichon though, because they are high maintenance on the grooming front and need to be taken to a professional groomer several times a year to keep their coats looking so good.
The Schnauzer is a handsome dog and one that never fails to make an impression on everyone they meet. They stand anything from 44 to 50 cm at the wither and can weigh in at between 16 to 23 kg with males being slightly heavier and taller than their female counterparts. Schnauzers are extremely intelligent characters and they have a tremendous amount of energy too. There's never a dull moment for anyone who chooses to share their home with one of these distinguished looking dogs.
They are also renowned for being good around children because of their placid and laid back natures, but kids need to know how to behave around dogs too. The really good news is that Schnauzers shed virtually no hair throughout the year although they can drop a little more during the Spring and then again in the Autumn, but far less than other breeds do making them a good choice for house proud people to share a home with.
On the downside, Schnauzers are quite high maintenance in the grooming department in that their coats need to be handstripped and trimmed by a professional groomer several times a year, but the upside is that by doing this, not only is a dog's coat kept in great condition, but it makes it that much easier to keep things tidy in between visits to the parlour.
Miniature Poodles have long been a firm favourite not only with house proud owners, but other people too. They are so much fun to have around and are rated the most intelligent of all the breeds. Miniature Poodles only stand at anything from 28 to 38 cm tall at the wither and they typically weigh in at 7 to 8 kg which makes them the ideal companion for people who live in apartments. They are also known to be good around children and being such fun-loving characters, Miniature Poodles enjoy playing games with the kids, providing things don't get too boisterous, that is.
When it comes to shedding and leaving hair around the home, Miniature Poodles simply do not shed like other breeds at all which is why they are such a good choice of companions for house proud people. The downside is that they may not shed, but their coats are high maintenance which in short means a Miniature Poodle needs to be professionally trimmed and groomed several times a year which is typically every six to eight weeks or so.
Kerry Blue Terriers are one of the lesser known breeds, but at one time they were extremely popular. They are a nice size, standing at anything between 44 to 48 cm at the wither and they typically only weight 10 to 15 kg. They have lovely coats with the good news being they don't shed like other breeds which in short means they don't leave hair all over the home making them a great choice for house proud owners.
However, they may not shed, but their coats are high maintenance in the grooming department. Kerries need to be professionally groomed several times a year which involves a clip ever 6 to 8 weeks or so to keep things looking tidy. The other thing is that because of their gorgeous and copious facial hair, it's important to keep things clean by wiping a dog's mouth after they've had a meal.
Kerries are also good around older children, but being such confident and outgoing characters, they need to be handled with a firm yet gentle and fair hand because these lovely looking dogs need to know their place in the pack and who is the alpha dog to be truly happy, well-balanced and well-behaved dogs.