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Non-Shedding Dogs: A List of Small, Mid-Sized, and Large Dogs That Don't Shed

Updated on December 5, 2014

Looking for Dogs That Don't Shed?

Looking for dog breeds that don't shed? We have both good and bad news for you:

  • The good news is that there are dogs breeds that shed very little. These are commonly known as hypoallergenic dogs. They are going to leave very little hair around your house, and usually not set off your allergies (at least not too badly).
  • The bad news? The dogs that don't shed outwardly will shed inwardly. Dogs that don't shed outwardly actually shed into their undercoat. More on that later.

A hot recent trend for some dog breeders in marketing their dogs is to advertise them as non-shedding. We have seen countless ads for "Goldendoodles" (a designer dog "breed") and other breeds that are being labeled as hypoallergenic. The problem with this label is that actually all dogs will leave varying degrees of dander around your house—dander is the cause of dog allergies, not the hair itself. Now, many of these designer breeds do not leave a lot of dander, but there is still enough that your allergies could be affected.

So, in this article, you'll find a list of dogs of all sizes that shed very little (as well as some bonus information and media, including a list of dogs that are prone to shedding a lot). But, keep in mind: an actual non-shedding dog doesn't really exist.

Non-Shedding Small Dog Breeds

Shih-Tzus are a small dog breed that don't shed that much.
Shih-Tzus are a small dog breed that don't shed that much. | Source

Here is a list of small dogs that don't shed, or shed very little:

  • Chinese Crested
  • Silky Terriers
  • Cavachons
  • Shih-Tzus
  • Border Terriers
  • Boston Terriers
  • Miniature Schnauzers
  • Miniature Poodles
  • Malteses
  • Australian Terriers
  • American Hairless Terriers
  • Scottish Terriers (Scotties)
  • Welsh Terriers
  • Norfolk Terriers
  • Havanese
  • West Highland Terriers (Westies)
  • Yorkshire Terriers (Yorkies)
  • Cairn Terriers
  • Bichon Frises
  • Italian Greyhounds
  • Miniature Goldendoodles

Non-Shedding Medium and Large Dog Breeds

Greyhounds are a mid/large-sized dog breed that don't shed that much.
Greyhounds are a mid/large-sized dog breed that don't shed that much. | Source

Here is a list of mid-sized to large dog breeds that don't shed or shed very little:

  • Kerry Blue Terriers
  • Bedlington Terriers
  • Wire Fox Terriers
  • Airedale Terriers
  • Soft-Coated Wheaten Terriers
  • Basenjis
  • Irish Water Spaniels
  • Greyhounds
  • Standard Poodles
  • Bergamasco Shepherds
  • Standard Schnauzers
  • Bouvier des Flandres

What are Designer or Hybrid Dogs?

You may have noticed that our list(s) include some designer or hybrid dogs, such as the Cavachon or Miniature Goldendoodle. So, exactly what are designer dogs or hybrid dogs?.

"Designer" dogs were created in the latter part of the last century in an attempt to breed out undesirable hereditary traits and to create hypoallergenic dogs. Up until recently, the Poodle was involved as one of the parents. Now, all different kinds of breeds are used, like Beagles and Pugs that make a "Puggle," or Cavaliers and Bichons that make "Cavachons." These new breeds, or "hybrid dogs," are not recognized by the AKC or any other major canine governing body. However, they could make a great dog for you if your main concern is owning a hypoallergenic dog.

Grooming Tips: How To Brush Your Dog

The Final Word on Non-Shedding Dogs

You are probably asking yourself: "what will I have to do if I get one these 'non shedding' dogs?" That's a good question. The answer is, you will have to brush it. Ideally, you will brush it every day, or every other day.

  • Matting: If you don't brush it a lot, the hair that the dog sheds goes into the undercoat. The undercoat builds up. Very soon, your dog will turn into a matted mess. Matted hair can be painful for a dog, as it sticks to the dog's skin and can pull the skin when the dog moves. Soon, the dog will be so matted you can't do anything with it. So, you take it to your local grooming shop if this happens. Unfortunately, getting matted hair off a dog isn't easy, and it can be painful for the dog. Sometimes, the dog is so matted that all it's hair has to be shaved off, which sometimes leaves you with an ugly dog!

So, fellow dog owners and seekers of non shedding dogs, remember this: When you get that new puppy, look into purchasing a new vacuum or brush immediately.

A List of Dog Breeds That DO Shed a Lot

Labradors are a dog breed that do shed a lot, unfortunately.
Labradors are a dog breed that do shed a lot, unfortunately. | Source

If you don't care about shedding, the dog breeds listed below will make great pets. However, if you are allergic to dog hair (or to a vacuum cleaner), you might want to steer clear of these dogs:

  • German Shorthaired Pointers
  • Labrador Retrievers
  • Dobermans
  • Rottweilers
  • Dachshunds
  • Beagles
  • Golden Retrievers
  • Huskies
  • Samoyeds
  • Malamutes
  • Corgis
  • Collies
  • Shelties
  • Dalmatians
  • German Shepherds

If you choose one of these, good luck!

Not Relevant But Still VERY Useful for All Dog Owners: How to Brush Your Dog's Teeth

Last Things to Consider: Thinking of Getting a New Dog?

Consider Rescuing a Homeless Dog!

If you are considering a new pet for your home, then consider the fact that there are literally millions of homeless dogs and cats that need a good home. If you are looking for a certain breed, or a designer dog, they are available too. Yes, adopting a pet can be a serious pain in the patootie, and the process you have to go through might make you think you are applying for a job at the CIA, but the good folks at your local dog rescue are just trying to assure that once adopted, the dog will stay adopted and in a loving home. No, you can't just walk in and pay your money like the pet store at the mall, but then again, you won't be supporting your local puppy mill.

Adopt a pet!

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      Ann seabolt 16 months ago

      Don't let anyone tell you Cairn Terriers don't shed. I have one and she sheds quite a bit. You can minimize it by keeping them clipped and brushing them daily but they do shed.

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      davenjilli lm 4 years ago

      we had a bichon frise for many years..now we have outside dogs

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      socialcx1 4 years ago

      Hi just found your lens that I really enjoyed .Thanks

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      lamontcranston 4 years ago

      Shedding is a big issue - people who have allergies are much more likely to be okay with a non-shedding dog. Thoroughly researched.

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      Margot_C 4 years ago

      I can attest to Basenjis being dogs that don't shed much. I've had a red/white and a black/white. We barely even knew the red/white was in the house. He did shed, but you couldn't see his fur unless you looked very closely. The black/white not so much. We can see her fur everywhere, but it's still not like a long haired dog.

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      Teddi14 LM 4 years ago

      Nice lens. I am allergic so I think this list is great. I have a Westie. Our Westie, Dudley

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      Michelllle 4 years ago

      Drool is almost as good as hair.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Just a warning to everyone who gets a Yorkshire Terrior (Yorkie) they get excited over just about anything and as puppies they will accidentaly pee in random places.. so it is wise to potty train them as fast as possible!!!

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      PrepareToGo 4 years ago

      My favorite breed is the Tibetan Spaniel but they shed in the spring. I have a long haired chihuahua now and it doesn't shed much at all.

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      kabbalah lm 4 years ago

      My Siberian husky doesn't stop shedding

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      SteveBuilding 4 years ago

      The poodle should definitely be at number 1! ;)

      You can always link to my lens on Poodles as it is informative - Everything you need to know about Poodles. I included a link to this lens in there :)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      i have pretty bad asthma, but my kids want a dog so bad...this has been a very useful read to help me decide which dog is best for us. thank you

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      AstroGremlin 4 years ago

      The bichon frise really does not shed. They have hair. They still require substantial brushing and get black crud in the corners of their eyes. But they do not shed.

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      kimark421 4 years ago

      @paulgrossman: Haha! I love that story!

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      paulgrossman 4 years ago

      Great lens! Dogs are so awesome so please make more dog lenses! Love to read about them! Quick story...I've got a toy poodle and even though he doesn't shed, he loves to dig around the house so when he's done digging, he always leaves a little fur behind....But it's cute because it's like evidence at the scene of the crime when I wonder how the bathroom rug got shredded! :)

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 4 years ago from United States

      My pups shed, but they are worth it! I do know a lot of people though who want non shedding pets only.

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      Deborah Carr 4 years ago from Orange County, California

      Great info about non-shedding dogs!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Woofie says that German Shepherds need a lot of patience time and love.

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      HomeDecorKnight 5 years ago

      Great resource of dog shedding, I like this lens.

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      webnaturally lm 5 years ago

      Great lens! I didn't see Labradoodles on the list. Maybe I just overlooked it! They are great non shedding dogs. I have had standard and mini sizes.

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      TK2012 LM 5 years ago

      This was a great lens!

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      Background-Check-Lenses 5 years ago

      I was here :) Nice list of dogs :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      You might know...all my favorite breeds are on the 'sheds-a-lot' list. Oh well, I love them just the same. Nice lens - lots of good info.

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      Find-Online 5 years ago

      Great resource for anyone researching about non-shedding dogs.

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      poorwendy lm 5 years ago

      Great lens. I'm partial to the Australian Terrier myself.

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      Melissa Miotke 5 years ago from Arizona

      Great info for a family that has animal allgergies!

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      OliviaDaughter LM 5 years ago

      What a lovely lens. Thanks

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      cynthiannleighton 5 years ago

      Thanks. Enjoyed your lens.

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      steph-naylor 5 years ago

      Great lens

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      CristianStan 5 years ago

      I have a French Bulldog and though it sheds, not excessively though, is so fun to have it around the house!

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      ansruthi 5 years ago

      thanks for sharing this valuable information.....

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      Love this. It can be really helpful to people with dog allergies.

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      anooptu 5 years ago

      dog cute.....love it

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      samuelp 5 years ago

      Great information and list! I have a Cocker Spaniel and they are really a great breed of dogs that do not shed.

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      alina nicoleta92 5 years ago

      Such cuties and love the lens.

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      leibwood 5 years ago

      Very informative and useful lens indeed! Now, I know which breed to give my youngest son for his 5th birthday.

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      IQplusone 5 years ago

      Canine Kudos - Great info

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      petsworld 5 years ago

      @JonTempleton: big upssssssssssssssssss!

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      JonTempleton 5 years ago

      Great lens! Big ups!

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      sheezie77 5 years ago

      Great lens! love it!

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      jakealoo 5 years ago

      Standard poodle here!! Love the hypoallergenic, non shedding coat!!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @lauragreene97: WE had a carin terrier and a westie, and both of them did shed...

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      WE had a carin terrier and a westie and they both SHED.....

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      AnimalHouse 5 years ago

      Great lens. For people who are allergic but want to have dogs, these non-shedding dogs would be good for them.

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      mary-humphrey 5 years ago

      awesome lens great job

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      dream1983 5 years ago

      Amazing lens, well done!

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      Doc_Holliday 5 years ago

      Outstanding lens. I love it

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      LynetteBell 5 years ago from Christchurch, New Zealand

      There is a lady in our neighbourhood who has a miniature and standard poodle. They look so funny out on their walks. I must say the standard poodle looks very regal!

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      tinypawspuppies 5 years ago

      Good lens. A lot of people need to know which breeds are hypoallergenic.

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      JonTempleton 5 years ago

      We just rescued a Cairn! Such a nice little pup. He is great with kids and was already potty trained!

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      GRM 5 years ago

      Sure this list is very useful for many people. We have a Golden Retriever who we absolutely adore, but she does shed -- don't think Goldens are going to make it on this list! :-)

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      trendydad 5 years ago

      this is great my ;ab sheds a lot

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      candidaabrahamson 5 years ago

      Thanks for this helpful information. I wonder if in the end it would even make a big difference to my daughter, who's allergic--or if it's more about the dander. Either way, nice not to have dog hair all over onesself after a visit to doggie-lovers!

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      Millionairemomma 5 years ago

      Awesome lens! Great job!

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      faber80 5 years ago

      Beautiful animals... I love all breeds.

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      Kathleen Hiler 5 years ago from Mountain Home

      Love the lens !!!

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      dogsrspecial 5 years ago

      Nice lens. Good information to have before you get the dog. Lots of dogs end up in shelters because owners didn't understand how much was involved in being a dog owner. Please check out my new lens on adopting older dogs. They are my special passion but I love all animals. Thanks for the good info!

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      lunaspuppiesparadise 5 years ago

      Thanks for the useful list! Hair brushing is an important part of dog grooming. Feel free to visit my lens that talks more about it!

      How To Keep Your Dogs Coat Healthy and Shiny

      Thank you!

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      CorkFlooringTips 5 years ago

      Wish my dog didn't shed its like having a spare dog lol

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      jholland 5 years ago

      All the breeds I love are shedders - guess I am stuck living in a world of hair.

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      Fcuk Hub 5 years ago

      This is reasonable list of dog that don't shed :)

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      Clairissa 5 years ago from OREFIELD, PA

      I can vouch for Scottish Terriers, they do not shed very much at all.

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      lauragreene97 5 years ago

      It's awesome that several terriers are on this list! I've been considering getting another dog, and I want a terrier after reading the book "The Nose Knows" by Holly Lewitas (http://spunkymysterybooks.com). The main character is a terrier mix, and it was so full of personality that I want one, too. Good to know that they don't shed, because I don't want to constantly be covered in fur!

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      apuppyslife 5 years ago

      Miniature daschunds do shed but not bad. We have had this breed of dogs for years. They are woth every little bit of shedding! Great lens btw!

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      christie11 5 years ago

      here's all of em shout, bark arf!!! woof - my italian greyhound sheds just a wee bit, but you don't notice it at all - ever, ever, ever!!!

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      orangewho 5 years ago

      I have a welsh terrier and from experience he sheds but very little :) especially when compared to a golden retriever! I have really bad allergies but I'm able to hug him tight whenever I want!

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      jordanmilesbask 5 years ago

      Wow, I learn something new again..I'm glad I found this lens..Thanks for sharing it!

      Great lens!

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      aquarian_insight 5 years ago

      Excellent info, but I have to admit, I love GSDs to mind the shedding too much.

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      tifebrown 5 years ago

      Great info! I didn't know there were that many non-shedders. I have a Miniature Pinscher and a German Pinscher, I swear they shed their own body weight every day.

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      rpmweb 5 years ago

      Thanks for the list of dogs, lots of good info!

      -Ryan from Fish oil for dogs

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      kayla_harris 5 years ago

      Thanks for sharing! Great Lens!

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      HalloweenRecipes 5 years ago

      Nice lens, but you are too late! I have had a white German Shepherd for 12 years and wouldn't recognize my self without some white dog hair somewhere on my clothing...lol!

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      mel-kav 5 years ago

      Thanks for the very informative lens.

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      AlokaRuwanpathi 5 years ago

      Sweet doggies!

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      PennyHowe 5 years ago

      Great idea for a lens. Thanks for the info. My pup, Josito, is a mix of Bichon and Poodle. He does not shed much and is very mild tempered. Of course he is my baby and so I am on his side! I think he is a sweetheart, but sadly getting old and losing his hearing. Still love him!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      What a helpful lens for people with dog allergies! Well done!

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      biminibahamas 5 years ago

      Maltese are the BEST non shedding dogs! Of course I am partial because I am owned by one, LOL!

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      cao2fine 5 years ago

      Very fun and upbeat, and love your sense of humor!

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      Rosaquid 5 years ago

      Portuguese water dogs are considered hypo-allergenic. We raised a wonderful PWD, along with our children, through the 1980s and '90s. He required regular grooming, but he was perfect for our allergic household. He was a challenge to train but a joy to have. We loved him.

      We had a standard poodle until he died of old age last year; also great for allergic homes, and so lovable and easy to train.

      Thank you for the lovely lens.

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      puppyprints 5 years ago

      This lens really caught my interest today because my dog has started her annual "shedding of the winter coat". Hair everywhere for a few weeks...

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I just lost a boxer to cancer and I want to get a different breed.I want a medium size dog that gets along great with kids, cat and other small dog.Also one that doesn't shed bad. I know it will shed some just don't want a lot of shedding.

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      jordanmilesbask 5 years ago

      Such a lovely lens..Very informative!

      please come and visit my lens - https://hubpages.com/animals/cute-pet-dog

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      MGuberti 5 years ago

      My Shiz Tzu doesn't shed. I wonder how it would be to have a dog that sheds?

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      Sam 5 years ago from Australia

      A great lens, I enjoy Dogs but can't stand (and am slightly allergic) the hair.

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      kevingomes13 lm 5 years ago

      Great lens. I love dogs and this was a great read.

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      goo2eyes lm 5 years ago

      just coming back to share the blessings for these cute dogs.

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      Lee Hansen 5 years ago from Vermont

      As Rose mentioned. it's generally the dander and not the hair that trigger my allergies. The hair shedding or matting is a cleaning and pet care task that comes with having a lovely doggie family member. I have the dander allergy issue but I've found that I can get myself desensitized if I spend time with the same pet on a regular basis. I'd love a smallish to mid-sized mixed breed lab or golden.

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      claudiatuli 5 years ago

      Great lens!

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      kimmanleyort 5 years ago

      Great resource for people looking for non-shedding dogs. We have a cairn terrier for just that reason. I could have used your advice earlier for how to prevent matted hair. Blessed.

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      kimark421 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Very true on the dander. My main concern on this lens is Non-Shedding dogs, and I believe I address the fact that there is no such thing...they either shed out, or in. As far as Goldendoodles and other designer dogs not being a "breed", I address this in my designer dog lenses. They are mutts in the eyes of AKC, but there are hundreds of thousands of people who consider them "breeds", and they are willing to spend purebred dog money to get one. Personally, I think those looking for a dog should adopt.

      Thank you for your comments!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      It is usually the DANDER that people are allergic to, not the hair itself. So really, if you are allergic to animals then you probably should not get one. There is no such thing as a Hypoallergenic dog nor a NON-shedding dog as was stated above.

      Also, please note that the GoldenDoodle is NOT A BREED !! it is a Mixed bred dog, aka mutt

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      DIY Mary 5 years ago

      Great lens! Although I'm not a dog owner, I know what a problem shedding can be for many breeds.

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      mohamedm 5 years ago

      @oceansky lm: Amazing Lens

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      ifuturz 5 years ago

      Nice Lens

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      transcriptioncity 5 years ago

      I should have read this before I got my dog!

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      TTMall 5 years ago

      nice lens!

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      Lisa Morris 5 years ago

      A great lens. It would be nice to have a dog that did not shed.

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      MelonyVaughan 5 years ago

      What a great and helpful lens!

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      athena2011 5 years ago

      Excellent lens. Thanks for this great information. I notice that the older I get the more allergic I am becoming to dog fur so this is very handy stuff. Gave you a Squidlike.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Tibetan Terriers do not shed but are not on the list. These are a great breed but difficult to find. The perfect pet if you are looking for a companion and great with children.