Small Non Shedding Dogs 2 is the second page in a series of three pages on dogs that are very low shedders.
As we have mentioned earlier, there are no completely non shedding dogs, just those that shed so little that you are unlikely to find dog hair around the house.
Here we continue with our list of small non shedding dogs beginning with
the letter C.
For information on individual breeds, click on
the links to be taken to the breed page where you will find information
on the breed description, facts about the breed, history, personality, grooming, health
care and other important information you should know.
As a general rule, terrier type dogs don’t shed, and as you
can see by this list, there are many small breed dogs in this category. Terriers also have a dense outer coat that is
harsh and meant to withstand tough weather conditions which is why they were
developed in the first place. Cairn
terriers like others terriers require grooming, but as a general rule of thumb,
the terrier group as a whole is a safe choice for those who want a small non-shedding
We usually think of the Chinese Crested as being hairless, and
there is a variety that is nearly hairless.
The other kind of Chinese Crested has hair that can grow to a medium
length. Both can be born in the same
litter. The hairless variety requires
additional skin care and protection from the sun. Both types are generally considered low
shedders and safe for those suffering from allergies.
Like most other long-haired dogs, the Coton has a thick coat
that feels like cotton. It requires significant
work and time to maintain. The reason
most long-haired breeds “don’t shed” is that the hair that might ordinarily fall
out is caught in the coat. Regular
brushing will remove these hairs, but if the coat is left for more than a few
days, mats develop. Cotons are an excellent
choice for someone who enjoys grooming, but does not want to see doggie hair
all over their home.
This little terrier does not seem to fit the mold of the feisty,
energetic terrier, but their grooming needs are similar. A well cared for Dandie Dinmont Terrier will
not leave hair around the house and would make a good choice for someone who
needs a dog that sheds little.
You might also see that this breed is also known as the
Havana Silk Dog. They have a dense coat of
hair that needs much brushing. Some are
more wavy or curly, but they do make good pets for those with allergies. These dogs can be clipped short or kept long
depending on the desires of the owner.
Show dogs are not clipped.
Lhasa Apso dogs do not shed all over the house, but they do
have plenty of hair! As with most long-haired
small dogs, they will lose hair, which ends up being caught in the coat. Frequent brushing prevents the loose hairs
from turning into mats. If you do decide
on a long-haired breed, prepare to brush and comb the coat daily or at least 3-5
times per week to keep it looking good.
Since the hair continues to grow, a Lhasa needs to be groomed (clipped
or scissored) about every 6 to 8 weeks.
Nicknamed the Lion Dog, the Lowchen, sheds little but
requires much grooming to prevent those nasty mats and tangles. They have a thick somewhat wavy coat that can
be kept long or clipped into the traditional “lion trim.” When he is clipped short from his last rib to
his rump, he really does resemble a lion!
For someone who wants a low shedder and a hypoallergenic
breed, this might be the one for you. The Maltese does not shed much, but you must brush them, usually daily or at
least three-four times per week to keep mats, and tangles from forming. They have a single outer coat and do well in
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The Mi-Ki is a newer breed developed from the Maltese,
Japanese Chin, and Papillon. Like most
longhaired breeds, they do lose hair, but you are unlikely to find it on your
furniture. They need to be brushed
regularly, so mats and tangles do not form, but most owners of this breed would
say they are minimal shedders.
The Schnauzer has a double coat consisting of hard, coarse
outer coat and soft undercoat. Both
layers continue to grow without shedding so a trip to the groomers about every
6 to 8 weeks will keep the dog looking his best. This is a popular breed and less feisty than
other terriers of the same size. They do
like to bark, but have a sweet disposition and usually make a great family dog.