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Medium Low-Shedding Dog Breeds
Looking for a medium dog breed that doesn’t shed? Pet Insurance Australia takes a look at the top medium low-shedding dog breeds.
It’s important to abolish the popular myth about all low-shedding dogs. They do shed. All dogs will shed, however some breeds shed a lot less than others. Many low-shedding dogs also possess double coats that actually trap the hair and require daily grooming to remove this hair that would normally just fall to the floor in other breeds.
A low-shedding does not mean that the dog will not require grooming. All dogs require grooming, while some may shed less than others, for good skin and coat care your breed will require coat maintenance and possibly daily/weekly brushing. Read below for the list of breeds and the care needed for their coats.
Hypoallergenic Dog Breeds?
It is essential to remember when it comes to allergies to check with your doctor exactly what you are allergic to. Some possible pet owners are actually allergic to dander (skin) and even dog saliva or urine, so purchasing a pup that has limited shedding issues may not stop your allergies. It’s best to get a clear picture of your exact allergies. Also visit the breeder and have as much interaction with your chosen breed as possible before purchasing. Take note of your reactions and determine if your allergies can cope with this constant contact.
Medium Low-Shedding Breeds
The Basenji certainly has a punchy and loveable nature and is a master at keeping his coat clean and groomed. In saying this, they will require a weekly brush to remove dead hair. They are considered a typical low-shedding breed, however don’t be fooled, the Basenji does shed but the hair is so fine and short that the shedding is not easily noticeable compared with other dog breeds.
2. Kerry Blue Terrier
This feisty and friendly wee Terrier makes a wonderful addition to many homes. As a low-shedder they are popular amongst those who dislike the sight of family fur around the home. But be warned; they do require daily brushing and a trip the experienced and professional groomer for clipping every four to six weeks.
A popular and relatively new breed to the low-shedding category. They were originally developed as a hypoallergenic guide dog with a low-shedding coat. Like with all dog breeds, the breeder is vitally important when purchasing a Labradoodle to check for quality with coat and breed. They have three different coats – Hair Coat, Wool Coat and the Fleece Coat. Fleece and Wool are the lowest of the shedding varieties for this breed. All coat types will need to be brushed weekly to promote healthy skin and remove dead and loose hair.
4. Irish Terrier
This tough terrier bares wiry and dense hair that comes in the form of a double coat. Like all double coated breeds, the dead hair will become trapped in the undercoat, so the ‘shedding’ will need to be manually removed by brushing your Irish Terrier weekly. They will also require a professional pluck or strip every six months to remove the loose hairs and promote healthy hair growth.
The Puli is certainly a head turning with their long dreadlocks and wonderful nature. Their ‘cords’, however, will need some attention. As young dogs you may need to help the cords form by separating them until the adult coat appears. When still fluffy; the coat will need to be brushed regularly to remove dirt and matts. The formed corded coat will not need brushing but it will need to be separated and cleaned. Ask for advice from your professional breeder about coat care with this specific breed.
6. Standard Schnauzer
This popular breed is also a wonder when it comes to shedding. Having a double coat, the wiry exterior will help trap the loose hairs of the soft undercoat. They will require a good amount of grooming to keep them looking their best and also free from painful mating. Their beard and legs will need daily grooming and the coat will require hand stripping every six months. Remembering that if you choose to clip instead of strip your pup will shed more.
7. Tibetan Terrier
This precious canine companion has a lovely long and beautiful coat. The hair can be wavy or straight and will need daily grooming to prevent tangles and matts from forming. This breed takes a lot of time and energy to keep them looking beautiful. If you do not have the time to dedicate to this breed on a daily basis it’s best to look for another low-shedding breed. Having a double coat, it is important to ensure you reach the undercoat to remove tangles. Many Tibetan Terrier owners enlist the expertise of a professional groomer to help.
8. Welsh Terrier
This breed is well known for their funny antics and lively characteristics and, like most low-shedding breeds, will require a fair amount of grooming attention. They need to be brushed three times or more per week unless they are clipped. Remembering that clipping will make your chosen breed shed slightly more. Some owners opt out of clipping and have their dogs coat professionally stripped every six months to remove dead hair.
9. Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier
The stunning and silky coat of this adorable breed is certainly a head-turner. Only having a single coat grooming isn’t too difficult however they will require daily grooming to prevent matts and tangles from forming. Some owners prefer the scruffier look of their adorable pooches meaning you can reduce this to three times per week. Some owners opt to have their dogs taken to a groomer to help with the trimming and clipping.
The Whippet is a popular and energetic dog who is a favourite amongst low-shedding owners. They are a wash and wear breed, meaning they only require minimal grooming to keep them in tip-top shape. A weekly brush will do the job to help remove dead or loose hairs. Care needs to be taken to keep your Whippet’s skin in good condition as the coat is so short and thin that it is not uncommon for their skin to have small injuries and tears.