Small Non Shedding Dogs 3 is the third page in a series of three pages on dogs that are very low shedders.
As we have mentioned earlier, there is really no completely non shedding dogs, But there are many small dogs that shed so little that you may go weeks without seeing a single hair.
Here we continue with our list of small non shedding dogs beginning with the letter N. Click on the links below to go to the other pages in this series of articles.
For information on individual breeds, click on the links or the picture to be taken to the breed page where you will find information on the breed description, history, personality, grooming and health care.
[There are a few breeds on this page that do not have corresponding breed pages. We apologize for this and are busy researching, talking to owners, and writing these pages, so please check back soon.]
As with many terriers, the Norwich Terrier has an outer coat
that is straight, wiry, and hard which
lies close to the dog’s body. There is
an additional undercoat. Brushing is
necessary and should be done several times a week, but you won’t notice any
hair on the furniture. As with most
terriers, owners choose to keep their coats neat by clipping them with a pair
of clippers or stripping them with a stripping knife. Show dogs are never clipped.
Scottish Terriers or Scotty for short has a thick,
insulating double coat that does well in cooler climates. Most people think the Scottish Terrier is the
black version of the Wet Highland White Terrier but Scotties come in other
colors, including black.
Most of the terrier breeds we have today originated in Great
Britain and were working type dogs.
Their coats needed to be harsh, weather resistant, and able to withstand
the harsh, wet climate of the British Isles.
Like other terriers, the Sealyham has a long hard outer coat and soft, dense
undercoat. They shed little, so their
coat needs to be clipped or stripped to be maintained.
Most people think of the gorgeous long flowing coat of a
Shih Tzu show dog with elaborate top knots and a rare arrogant demeanor. Anyone who owns one sees a loyal, loving
companion that needs lots of time on the grooming table. These dogs have a
double coat with fine inner coat that tends to mat if not brushed
regularly. Any shedding they might do
goes directly back into the coat, so there is little hair on the furniture, and
they usually make a good choice for someone with allergies.
They might look like Yorkshire Terriers, but the Silky is a
distinct breed. They have a single soft
silky coat that does need to be brushed regularly. Their hair will come out, but like most other
longhair breeds, the loose hairs lodge in the coat and can turn into mats if
not groomed regularly.
The Tibetan Terrier is not a terrier at all but is
classified in AKC’s non-sporting class. He
has a thick double coat that kept him warm in the snowy terrain of Tibet where
he originated. The thick coat requires
much brushing to keep those mats away.
Most owners will also clip or trim the coat to make grooming tasks a
little easier to manage.
One of the breeds that are closest to being considered a small non
shedding dog, the poodle continues to grow a dense, curly coat throughout the
year. Grooming any size poodle is time
consuming and most people will have their coat clipped at least 8 times a
year. A trip to the groomer is usually
needed about every six to eight weeks to keep them looking their best. Of course, you can save a lot of money if you
learn to clip and groom at home.
Like many of the other terrier breeds, the Westie sports a
hard top or outer coat and a soft fur-like undercoat. They do not shed much at all, and grooming
requires less time and effort than for some other longer haired breeds. Many owners prefer to have their Westies
clipped in a shorter style especially in the summer months. This is a good choice for someone needing
both a hypoallergenic and non-shedding dog.
Like other terrier coats, the Welsh Terrier is a very low
shedder. Clipping the pet dog or
stripping the show prospect is needed to keep him looking his best. Brushing a
couple of times, a week, will help bring out his good looks.
You won’t see much if any shedding in these dogs because
they are one of the few hairless varieties.
Their grooming needs are minimal, but they do need skin care and
protection from the sun. Most will need
a coat or sweater in the winter and sunscreen in the summer.
Even though they are called a “terrier,” they are classified
in the Toy class by the AKC. They were first
bred to catch rats and other small vermin but unlike other terriers that
performed these tasks, the Yorkshire Terrier or Yorkie for short grows a soft
long coat. They need brushing, but their
coats do not mat as easily as other long coated breeds. This breed would be good for someone looking
for a small, non-shedding, mostly hypoallergenic dog.