First of all, let’s get things clear: there are no such things as totally non shedding dogs. Shedding is natural for dogs and even humans shed hair, although not as much as animals because we are mostly hairless. In any case, having a dog can be a very rewarding as well as heartwarming experience, but there are some people who are sensitive to animal hair such as those afflicted with rhinitis who are allergic to small particles such as dust, pollen and yes, animal hairs. For these people, there are some breeds of “non shedding dogs” or dogs which shed very little that it’s not even noticeable – at least not enough to trigger most people’s allergies. If you wish to become a pet-owner and you are sensitive to fur and other small particles, then non shedding dogs would probably be the best choice for you.
One of the most iconic and well-known breeds of non shedding dogs is the poodle. Of course, most people are familiar with this sleek, bushy canine and its feminine features which make it the perfect showcase dog for the discerning pet-owner, but not a lot of people are aware that the poodle is actually a type of hypoallergenic or non shedding dog. Studies conducted on the general intelligence level of different breeds of shedding as well as non shedding dogs reveal that the poodle is one of the most intelligent breeds of dogs around. This makes it the perfect dog for people who have never owned a pet before as well as for those looking to acquire a new pet. The poodle sheds a very small amount of hair, which is generally not even enough to make a mess of your living room. Furthermore, although the poodle is considered to be a status symbol nowadays, it was actually originally bred to be a working dog – thus, it is actually quite hardy. If you plan to own a poodle as a pet, you should know that it does require your constant attention including daily grooming of its coat and clipping its nails every so often. The dog is also well-suited to an active lifestyle and will want to play around with you a lot. As long as you are prepared for the responsibilities, a poodle is one of the best choices of non shedding dogs that you can find.
The Labradoodle is actually a hybrid type of dog bred from a standard poodle and a Labrador retriever. The Labradoodle is one of the less popular breeds of non shedding dogs, but it is well-liked by dog enthusiasts for its gentle, playful nature as well as its stuffed toy-like appearance. Labradoodles have more moderate grooming needs when compared to poodles and only require grooming 2 to 3 times a week. Since non shedding dogs shed very little hair, it is very important to be quite conscientious in keeping your dog clean and its coat tangle-free. Just like the poodle, the Labradoodle is a very intelligent breed and can be easily house-trained. Due to its mixed breed, the Labradoodle can perform well in a variety of tasks including playing fetch and even socializing with other non shedding dogs. The Labradoodle was actually specially bred to be a non shedding/hypoallergenic dog for pet-owners who are allergic to animal hair. The coat of the labradoodle can vary in color from cream to black and apricot.