It's a fact of dog ownership: all dogs shed. However, the amount and frequency of hair that is shed depends largely on breed. Double-coated breeds, like Alaskan huskies and Bernese mountain dogs, are some of the most profuse shedders. Others, especially those with curly fur, shed far less. Some dogs are even considered hypoallergenic, which means that even though they shed, they won't shower you with doggie dander.
Here are five low-shedding dog breeds that avoid the fuss of all that fur:
The playful poodle. These pooches are easily one of the most popular dog breeds in the country. They come in three sizes: standard, miniature and toy. Their thick, curly hair never stops growing, which means lots of grooming appointments. However, it also means that this breed sheds far less than other breeds and their hypoallergenic coats may be able to reduce some allergic reactions.
The friendly bichon frise. The hair of this little dog also never stops growing. The bichon frise has a cream-colored coat that is lush, curly and considered hypoallergenic. Some bichons may have buff or apricot shades on their bodies, or around their ears and paws. They're extremely friendly and have great personalities, which may make them the perfect pet for young families.
The incredible Irish water spaniel. The hypoallergenic coat of these dogs is dense, double-coated and repels water. Unlike the poodle or bichon frise, their hair grows to about two or three inches — and stays that way. Irish water spaniels are intelligent and playful. They also love going for a good, long swim.
The wondrous whippet. These sleek, majestic pooches have a short, smooth coat. Although regular weekly brushing helps minimize shedding, this breed isn't considered hypoallergenic. Whippets are friendly and gentle, but also have a great ability for speed (just like their greyhound relatives).
The hard-to-pronounce xoloitzcuintli (Mexican hairless dog). These pups are as close to hairless as you can get, with a little tuft of hair on the top of their head, back and tip of their tail. This breed can be both hairless and coated. Just like the poodle, they come in three sizes. They are sensitive, loyal and extremely intelligent.
If you aren't a fan of the loose fur and dander that other dog owners contend with, check out one of these low-shedding dog breeds.
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