Before deciding that dogs are too much maintenance because of their shedding, consider adopting a smaller breed of dog that does not shed or sheds minimally. Shedding can cause problems for people susceptible to pet allergies and can cling to furniture and clothes. Although easy maintenance is an important aspect of pet care, a dog’s intelligence is also something to consider.
The smartest and smallest dogs that do not shed share several of the same characteristics, such as trainability, obedience, and temperament. Some of these small dogs are even therapeutic. Many dogs have been bred for specific purposes and have the natural instincts necessary to complete tasks. It is fairly easy to find a breed of dog that does not shed and has the ability to obey many commands. It is important to make sure that a potential dog owner and dog have similar energy levels; this ensure that both the dog and owner are happy.
Poodles are known for being one of the most hypoallergenic dogs. Of course, they are not completely hypoallergenic, but they do not shed as much as other breeds. People with dog allergies tolerate poodles much better than other breeds. Because a Poodle’s hair is so easily matted, they must visit the groomer consistently. Groomers often end up shaving the poodles due to the amount of brushing that would be involved; dogs are not very patient when they are being brushed.
This cuts down on the amount of shedding and dander build-up on the dog. People with dog allergies are usually concerned with the amount of shedding first and foremost, but then discover that the breed they chose is also highly intelligent. This realization usually occurs during training. Some breeds of dogs are more obedient than others. If training begins early and consistently, a poodle owner should be impressed with their results. They will obey commands and love to do tricks.
2. Miniature Schnauzer
Miniature Schnauzers have a course thick coat that consists of a surface layer, which sheds minimally, and an outer course layer that traps hair. Because of their coat, they need to be groomed often to prevent matting from the shedding of the surface layer. This is good for people with allergies because the hair does not make it past the outer layer, and they are groomed regularly.
These dogs are easy to train and eager to acquire new skills. To maximize their potential, it is best to train them as puppies. They will need a daily brisk walk or light jog to keep them happy and healthy. They are also very vocal, so make sure to be consistent and use rewards to keep them from barking unnecessarily. Schnauzers are very food driven, their food intake should be closely watched. A small backyard is the best environment; these dogs have an instinct to chase smaller animals.
Havanese are very popular among people that suffer from dog allergies. Not only do they shed minimally, but they are also very smart and friendly. Their hair is very soft and smooth; they love to snuggle and be babied. They need daily brisk walks and the freedom to investigate in a small backyard. They get along with cats, other dogs, and children. Children should be careful when handling these dogs; Havanese are very delicate and fragile creatures.
Because they are so loving, they do not do well by themselves for lengthy periods of time. They might get anxious and cry and be destructive. Helping them cope with their anxiety should be part of their training. Do not forget to buy them chew toys because this will help with their anxiety. They are very smart and ready to make their owner happy, so training should be easy. Havanese love to play games and learn new tricks.
4. West Highland White Terrier (Westies)
West Highland White Terriers, also known as Westies shed minimally. They have a course coat that needs regular bath and brush, but they are one of the easiest coats to maintain. These dogs are very smart, but need to be trained as puppies, training should to be consistent. Westies tend to space out. However, they are very smart and make great watch dogs.
They are on constant alert and will bark at any unusual sounds. Of course, this should be addressed during training as well. It is well worth it, once they are trained, they will not let you down. Westies are incredibly loyal and obedient. They are great around other family pets. They often befriend other dogs and cats and are a fantastic addition to family situations or single dog owners. Havanese love brisk walks, light jogs, and the dog park.
5. Yorkshire Terrier (Yorkies)
Yorkshire Terriers, also known as Yorkies, are little dogs with fine brown silky hair. Their hair is similar ours in that they do not have an undercoat. Yorkies need their hair brushed daily to avoid tangling. Their hair can get very long, just as we go to the salon, these dogs need to visit the groomer regularly. Yorkies are one of the most popular dogs. They are very smart and vigorous when it comes to training.
They have a good disposition which makes them excited to learn and understand commands. However, training should always start as young pups. These dogs need to be socialized when they are young. They are very courageous and will defend their owner to the death. Otherwise, they are very friendly if they do not feel threatened. They are very good at chasing smaller animals and love to run after the ball. Take them for daily walks and to the dog park.
6. Bichon Frise
Bichon Frises are loving white little fuzzy dogs with curly hair. They shed very minimally but need to be taken to the groomer often. They also need to be brushed daily. These dogs are not overly hyper; a daily walk should suffice. They are very cheerful which makes them easy to train. Bichon Frises are very sensitive to their owner’s emotions and are willing to do anything to make them happy.
Do not leave them alone for too long because they can get very anxious. This can be addressed during training, and they can get better. They love to play games and do tricks. They tend to get along with other dogs well, but always be cautious when making introductions. Take them to the dog park and on light to brisk walks. Be aware they do not like water. Do not expect them to go swimming.
Bolognese dogs are another type of dog that sheds minimally but needs frequent trips to the groomer. They are white with wavy to curly hair. They need daily brushing and daily walks. They are very dedicated to their owner. Bolognese are great family dogs, but children should be careful when handling them. They are delicate. They are easily trained and love to play games.
Because of their calm demeaner and ability to read their owner, they will snuggle for extended periods of time. They should be socialized while they are young to avoid any skittishness. Bolognese are smart and will need daily mental stimulation, so do not forget to buy them new and exciting toys. A small backyard would help them get out their extra bits of energy. They have the instinct to herd, so it is important to give them some freedom to roam.
Basenjis are medium size dogs with brownish copper hair and white spots. They have a narrow head and a curly tail. There are several characteristics that separate the Basenji from other dogs. One is that they groom themselves like a feline. They are very feline-like because of their independent attitude. They only choose to develop a few relationships with people. However, once they develop a bond with their owner, they are very affectionate.
They may be difficult to train but they are very intelligent. They do not have an odor, unlike some dogs that let off specific scents. They also choose not to bark, but they are very protective. It is important to socialize them as puppies. Basenjis can be competitive with other male dogs of the same size. They are also very fast like a big cat. They can run at incredible speeds, so make sure this dog will obey commands. Basenjis need brisk walks to light jogs regularly; take them to an open field to play Frisbee.
9. Italian Greyhound
Italian greyhounds are twig-like dogs with a very short coat. They shed very minimally and rarely need a bath. Training should be done when they are puppies because they more independent than other breeds. They are not willing to go the extra mile to please their owner. They are loving and affectionate and crave a great deal of attention, but they will not beg.
These dogs can run at incredible speeds but prefer to snuggle with their owner instead. Socialize these dogs while they are young. Italian Greyhounds can be shy around new people. They are very timid in new surroundings. They are happy to go on fast-paced walks or light jogs but be careful when taking them to the dog park. It would be in their best interest to frequent the same parks to help them with their anxiousness.
10. Shih Tzu
Shih Tzus are known for their long hair but still shed less than most breeds. They need to visit the groomer regularly. Sometimes Shih Tzus get their hair tied back instead of trimming the bangs. They will need to be brushed daily to avoid tangles. These dogs have a calm and playful disposition. They are very smart and in tune with their owner. They are naturally happy and will snuggle with for lengthy periods of time.
Train this breed when they are puppies and be consistent. To enhance this breeds intelligence, make sure and feed them quality food. This goes for any breed of dog, but because this breed is less active, their diet should be closely watched. They are not hyper, so a daily walk will do. They will bark when they are surprised or hear something outside. Socialize them as puppies, so they can make friends at the dog park.
Maltese are soft little white dogs with fine hair. The fine texture of their hair helps keep shedding to a minimum. They need a daily brush and to visit the groomer. These dogs are very loyal. They thrive on attention. Maltese are very clever, they will find a way to get into anything. Do not leave them alone too long. They are very social and love to be around people and other small dogs.
Be cautious with introductions around bigger dogs because they will bark at them in a high pitch tone. Training should be start when they are puppies and be consistent. Maltese can be defiant, but they want to make their owner happy. Make sure to give them plenty of chew toy options. Do not leave anything out. If a Maltese happen to make a mess, they are always very sorry. They do not want to disappoint you. Make sure to take them for brisk walks and snuggle them.
12. Coton De Tulear
Coton De Tulears are one of the softest little dogs with a calm and sweet demeaner. These white fuzzy dogs need regular visits to the groomer. They should be brushed with care regularly; Cotons are prone to matting. Because of their good nature, these dogs are very therapeutic. They are naturally at ease and happy.
They are friendly with other animals and children. This dog is not high energy; the Coton would rather lay around or play with their owner. Take them for short walks and throw the ball for them. Cotons also enjoy going swimming. Not only are they fast learners but they are naturally obedient and love to learn tricks. After they are trained, they will jump at the chance to show off for treats and verbal rewards. Their most popular trick is that they can stand on their back legs.
13. Brussels Griffon
Brussels Griffons are unique breed of dog that come into two textures, soft and course. The dog with the course coat is better for allergies. They should visit the groomer regularly but are relatively low maintenance. They do not need a great deal of exercise, just a daily walk will do. They have flat face and are known for being very animated.
Because Brussel Griffons are so sensitive and responsive, they are easily trained. They love to play and are not as delicate as other little dogs. Brussels Griffons like other animals and will quickly make friends with cats, dogs, and people. However, they may only develop a strong bond with one or two care givers. Children should be cautious; these dogs might get defensive if they are not handled with proper care. Take them to the dog park and play games with them.
14. Portuguese Water Dog
Portuguese Water Dogs are a small to medium size breed with curly to wavy hair. They shed very minimally but need to be brushed thoroughly every day. They also need to see a groomer regularly because their hair is very high maintenance. These dogs are high energy and need a daily brisk walk or run.
It is obvious from their name that they instinctually love to swim; they will jump in any water area without asking. They are friendly around cats, other dogs, and children. The Water dog is very loyal and will protect the owner and the home. Take them to the dog park and play games with them. They are extremely smart and easy to train. The water dog is very happy to receive treats and verbal rewards. They are also content to lay around and can be very calm and snuggly.
15. Chinese Crested Dog
Chinese Crested dogs have some hair around the ears but are mostly hairless. They should still visit the groomer because their hair can get long around the eyes, and they need regular baths. Do not forget to take care of their skin; they can get dried out and sun burned. Because they want to make their owner happy, they are easily trained and are excited to do tricks.
The Chinese Crested love their family and are very sweet. They are laid back and comfortable in most environments. These dogs are not overly hyper, so they do not mind napping and snuggling for lengthy periods of time. This breed loves to be social and can easily make friends. Take them on regular walks and to the dog park.