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Sunday, March 09, 2014

Dog Breeds That Don't Shed Much

There are some dog breeds with minimal amounts of shedding. While no dog is completely hypoallergenic, these breeds can be more compatible with humans with allergies because they produce less dander or shed less fur than other dog breeds.

Bichon Frise - Known for their cheerful disposition and sweet nature, are happy little clowns. They love activity and require regular exercise. The hair grows continually and does not shed, so extensive grooming is a must to prevent mats. The Bichon Frise loves human company and demands much of your attention. They were bred to be companion dogs and do well with children and other animals. They are social, intelligent, train easily. Here is a cute little Bichon with a shorter clip.

Dachshunds - Standard and Miniature, aka Doxies. They are curious, clever, lively, affectionate, proud, brave and funny. Devoted to its family, it can be slightly difficult to train and housebreak, but not impossible. Dachshunds travel well. Prone to spinal disc problems so always be aware when you pick them up, lift them, and don't let them jump off of furniture. Very little grooming needed.

Poodles - Toy, Miniature and Standard (There is no such thing as a "teacup" poodle. That term was used to described very small poodles but it's not an official size variation of the Poodle. It only describes a toy poodle that is smaller than the standard.) Ever wonder why poodles were in so many circus dog shows? Because they are a very smart breed and train easily. Being one of the most trainable breeds, it is highly responsive and loves being around it's people. They live to please. They do need grooming but you can get shorter cuts that are easier to manage. But it needs to be done regularly. Since they don't shed, their fur will continue to grow like a human being growing out their hair. If not regularly cut it becomes less manageable.

Portuguese Water Dogs - is a swimmer and diver of exceptional ability and stamina. This highly intelligent utilitarian breed is distinguished by two coat types, either curly or wavy. They have a spirited disposition, self-willed, brave, and very resistant to fatigue. Rugged dog, well built. They require grooming. This would be a great dog around an active young family as long as they have time to spend with their PWD.

Standard Schnauzers - The medium sized Schnauzer between the Giant Schnauzer and the Miniature Schnauzer. Sociable and affectionate, especially loves children. Naturally protective, they will also alert members of the household to any potential danger. The breed is very intelligent but can be strong-willed. Requires grooming.

Yorkshire Terriers - is a small terrier that was bred to catch rats in English clothing mills. They should convey an important air. The Yorkshire Terrier is active, very overprotective, curious, and loves attention. They are not recommended for a household with young children because they are terriers but are easy to train. They need activity, physically and mentally. They tend to be yappy and require grooming but the barking makes them good burglar alarms and it can be controlled as long as you give them good exercise to mellow them out. Your Yorkie doesn't have to sport the show cut. You can cut your Yorkie in a short and easier to manage haircut.

Maltese - Gentle, loving, trusting and devoted to it's owner. Very intelligent, can be trained, very alert to suspicious noises which makes them good burglar alarms. They need grooming. Watch out for sunburn on any exposed skin (like at a hair part). May be difficult to house train and the family needs to beware of the dog becoming the leader of the pack (the household). They can become snappish, jealous, unstable, separation anxiety, obsessive barking. These are not Maltese traits but developed when they are not trained well. It requires daily grooming because it's silky hair can mat easily and daily wipe the eyes to prevent stains and around the mouth to prevent staining. Here is a Maltese with a short cut.

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