When adding a new dog to the family, several factors go into the decision-making process, including the dog’s age, size, and energy level. Are you a dog lover looking to give your vacuum or your allergies a rest? For many pet parents, whether or not a dog sheds can be a big deciding point. Though there technically aren’t any dog breeds that don’t shed at all, there are several breeds that shed very little.
Your vacuum may get a break, but choosing a low-shedding dog doesn’t get you off the hook for grooming altogether. All dogs need occasional bathing (some more than others) and many low-shedding breeds have hair that continues to grow, which means they need regular brushing and haircuts as well.
The pet hair itself is not actually what causes allergies. People with dog allergies react to a harmless protein in the dog’s dander (dead skin cells), saliva, or urine. It’s important to note that even if they don’t shed much, dog breeds that drool would likely not be a good choice for those with allergies.
The reason allergies may be more pronounced with shedding dogs is because shed dog hair can carry dander and/or traces of dog saliva as well as other allergens like pollen. No dog breed is 100% hypoallergenic because all dogs produce some level of dander, but low-shedding dogs can make a difference for allergy sufferers.
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