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12 Small Dog Breeds That Don’t Shed at All

Did you know that there are some dog breeds that you can own even if you have allergies?

The non-shedding dogs are also called hypoallergenic and represent a great solution for those who suffer from breathing issues caused by asthma.

For many people with allergies, owning a dog seems impossible. However, non-shedding breeds provide a viable solution. Hypoallergenic dogs are less likely to cause severe allergic reactions, and the amount of falling hair is significantly reduced in comparison to what we usually call normal breeds.

The shortness of breath is an insignificant symptom compared to a real asthma attack, which is why you should consult your doctor before making any decision.

We have some really good news for those who are suffering!

This article aims to let you know about these 12 dog breeds that can work well for people with high sensitivity caused by allergies:

1) Yorkshire Terrier

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Yorkshire Terrier is a small dog breed originating from England. Known as a non-shedding breed, it’s a popular choice, especially for people with allergies or for those who prefer to have less fur around their home.

Although no dog is completely hypoallergenic, Yorkshire Terriers are a safe choice. They have also become one of the most popular toy dog breeds in the United States. The production of dander in this breed is significantly less compared to many other breeds. Dander refers to dead skin cells, that are a trigger for allergies. So, for those who are really sensitive, less dander also means fewer allergic reactions.

2) West Highland White Terrier

West Highland White Terrier is a small dog breed originating from Scotland. They are very loving and energetic and are a popular choice for those who prefer a cleaner home environment, less pet hair, and fewer allergic reactions.

It is important to know that to keep it healthy, their coat requires more attention and regular grooming.

3) Toy Poodle

Toy Poodle is a smaller version of the well-known Poodle. The breed originates from Germany and is one of the most popular choices around the world. They are known for their hypoallergenic qualities, but also their intelligence.

Toy Poodles are also a family-friendly breed, having high patience with children’s behavior.

4) Shih Tzu

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Shih Tzu is a toy dog breed originating from Tibet. It is a small and intelligent dog breed, known for its appearance but also their affection for children.

Shih Tzu is a great choice for an apartment because their favorite activity is cuddling and sitting on your lap. Some dogs live for chasing cats or digging holes but this breed just loves sitting around their owners.

5) Scottish Terrier

Scottish Terrier is a small breed known for its appearance and loyalty. They are very intelligent, and independent but also stubborn and can get very aggressive with other pets.

FUN FACT: Royalty loved Scottish Terriers. King James VI and I, Former King of England, was a big fan of the breed in the 17th century and contributed a lot to the process of popularizing the breed in Europe. Also, the breed made its appearance in The White House. President Franklin D. Roosevelt owned a Scottie named Fala.

6) Maltese

This dog breed has its origin in Malta. Maltese are affectionate toy dogs. They weigh less than 7 pounds and have long, straight coats. This dog breed loves playing, is family-friendly, and most importantly is low-shedding.

7) Havanese

Havanese is a small dog breed originating from Cuba. Havanese dogs are known for their affection and playful personalities. They are very friendly, easy to train, and the perfect choice for a kid.

8) Coton de Tulear

Coton de Tulear, also called ”Royal Dog of Madagascar” can form bonds really fast with their family members and are very friendly with children, strangers, and even other pets. They don’t like being left alone and can develop separation anxiety, but the good part is that they can adapt to any kind of apartment as long as they are around their owner.

9) Cairn Terrier

The Cairn Terrier breed has Scottish origins. Because of their small size, they are a smart choice for an apartment. They are adaptable, friendly, and loving. They also have a long lifespan of 13-15 years.

They have hunting origins and that is why they can not resist the urge to chase cats, and sometimes even birds. It is an active, intelligent, and highly social breed.

10) Brussels Griffon

Brussels Griffon is a toy dog breed, named after its city of origin: Brussels, Belgium. They were initially bred as rat catchers, but their personality and cute aspect helped them become companion dogs. They are very curious and LOVE to play.

This breed forms strong bonds with their owners and are highly affectionate.

11) Biewer Terrier

The main difference between a Yorkshire Terrier and a Biewer is the color. Yorkies have a kind of gold shade, while Biewers usually have a combination of white, black, and blue colors.

Biewer Terriers are long-haired, tri-colored and they live just to be LOVED. They are very loyal to their family and friendly to strangers.

12) Bichon Frise

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Bichon Frise is a Franco-Belgian breed of small toy dog. Some legends say that the breed originated in the Canary Islands and was brought to Europe by sailors.

The breed is known for its friendly, playful, and sociable nature. On Amazon, you can find a lot of toys that a Bichon Frise would love. Here is my recommendation for you.

They enjoy spending time with people, which makes them perfect family pets. Bichon’s coat sheds very little, meaning an allergic person can also own one. Their coat is hypoallergenic and silky to the touch.

Why are dogs the best pets?

From providing emotional support to improving physical activity, owning a dog brings numerous benefits to a person’s life.

Even though they offer unconditional love and emotional support, that’s not all, they also become their owner’s protectors. They can use their senses to alert their owners if they feel a danger coming.

Dogs play a HUGE role in assisting and helping humans in various ways. Some dogs are trained to offer emotional comfort to those in need. These are usually called therapy dogs, and they are found in hospitals and nursing homes. Another great thing they can do is help people with disabilities or special needs. In this case, the dog plays a crucial role in improving a human’s life. For example, a person who lost their vision can be assisted and helped by a trained dog. In that way, the daily tasks will become significantly easier to do.

The benefits of owning a non-shedding dog

As an allergic and asthmatic person, all I can say is that a hypoallergenic dog is a lifesaver. My symptoms are under control, and I didn’t experience any worsening of the disease. I am really grateful that I followed my instincts and became a dog owner, even though I was really scared of what could have happened.

With the right breed, you can enjoy the companionship of a dog without suffering from breath issues. Non-shedding dogs are also a great option for those who want to keep their home cleaner.

If you are thinking about getting a dog but are not sure about your health issues, you should FIRST contact your doctor and repeat your allergy tests. Do not adopt a pet if you are not completely sure you can handle the situation!

Dogs follow commands and act as faithful companions, while they LOVE us. They are not willing to change the way we are, and they are seeing the best in ourselves. Doesn’t that mean having a true best friend for life?

While we’re talking about dogs, you can also read on this site about genius cleaning tips that’ll make your life easier as a pet owner.



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