The question on many minds when searching for their very own “furever” friend is, “is this dog hypoallergenic”? So, why then do we see low-shedding synonymously used with hypoallergenic? Good question. No dog is truly 100% hypoallergenic as the allergens, which is often a protein, is in the saliva and urine of dogs and not necessarily in the dander of their coats. So while, they are not true allergen free, they certainly are great options for aspiring pet parents who suffer with pet allergies as they shed very little. Let’s compare then, five of the most popular, low shedding lap dogs below.
Height: 9.5-11.5 inches
Weight: 12-18 pounds
The Bichon Frise has made onto the list of hypoallergenic dogs, as this breed sheds very little. The Bichon has a double coat, and so all loose hair gets trapped in the undercoat. This pup will need a regular weekly brushing to prevent any mattes and tangles and to keep their ever popular silky soft top coat.
Height: 7-9 inches
Weight: under 7 pounds
While this breed has plenty of hair it is not one to shed very much. The Maltese does not have an undercoat like most dogs of its size and are considered to be one of the hypoallergenic dog breeds. Their fur does require some grooming and maintenance and if it isn’t maintained it come become matted.
Height: 10-15 inches
Weight: 10-15 pounds
The Miniature Poodle’s relatively non-shedding coat makes this breed a good choice for people with pet allergies. In fact, the Poodle has inspired so many designer dog breeds because of their coat, that there are now over 25 recognized Poodle crossbreeds.
Height: 9-10.5 inches
Weight: 9-16 pounds
The Shih Tzu breed, like the Bichon Frise, also has a double coat. That means that the shedding hairs on the undercoat don’t fall to the ground or furniture. Instead these hairs will stick to the coat itself and must be brushed out during regular grooming to prevent mattes and tangles.
Height: 7-8 inches
Weight: 7 pounds
The Yorkie has what is considered a slower shedding cycle than most breeds. This means that their coat will grow evenly throughout the year and thus shed very lightly throughout the year. In contrast, many breeds sheds very heavily twice per year.
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