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Shedless Dogs

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Wouldn't it be lovely if there really were a "shedless" dog? If you are looking for one then you might want to pair up with Indiana Jones and go on a legendary quest, then make a big summer blockbuster out of it. Sadly, there is no such thing as a hypo-allergenic dog. Even the Hairless Khala produces dander from the skin. There are, however, a few breeds that will ease your itchy eyes and take a break from all that vacuuming!

One of the things that many people complain about is how girly and delicate most shedless dogs appear because they are usually smaller and/or have curly hair. For all you manly men or people that just want a more substantial looking dog, the Basenji may just be for you. They are a bit stockier with short and straight hair. Perhaps best of all, they don't bark. Basenjisdo, however, make noises similar to howling or singing.

Hybrid dogs have been popular as of late because they can be bigger. Some popular hybrid- poodles are:
Goldendoodle (Golden Retriever + Poodle)
Labradoodle (Labrador + Poodle)
Cock-a-Poo (Cocker Spaniel + Poodle)
Malti-Poo (Maltese + Poodle)

Ahhh, the poodle. Luckily this one comes in two sizes, and both are low-shed. These are very intelligent dogs and very agreeable. The smaller poodles tend to be more active than their larger counterparts. Whether or not you decide to groom your poodle into frilly oblivion is entirely up to you!

Bichon Frise is perhaps one of the most fun dog breeds to pronounce. They are also fun little companions that love to be around people. Unlike a lot of small dogs, they do not yap incessantly if the owner is assertive and consistent in reprimanding this behavior and are generally content to play with you all day.

There are many many different types of terrier that are low-shed. To name just a few: Border Terrier, Norfolk Terrier, Airedale, Welsh Terrier, and the American Hairless. Any of these would be good dogs but remember, terriers, as a group, are feisty and need to be controlled by a consistent owner.

When finding your dog, make sure you are realistic about your expectations of finding a "shedless" breed. Whenever and wherever possible please avoid, at all cost, a puppy mill. Puppy mills often sell their dogs to pet stores like you would find at your local mall. Instead, look at your local shelter and consider driving outside of what you would consider "local" to find a pet that fits you. This is a longterm investment so don't settle for a shedless bread that you don't think you want. You can also try to find an independent breeder, check for paperwork, and make sure you meet the parents! Parental behavior in dogs is a good indicator of what your puppy might turn into, much like some families out there. Likewise, this dog will be your family.

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