I just read an article in Heart My Dog that there is actually no such thing as a non-shedding dog because all dogs lose their hair to some degree.
But for those who would love to have a dog, and do not want to deal with cleaning your floor, your bedding all the time because of your dog, there are some breeds that shed a lot less. In fact, some call them hypoallergenic dog.
And people allergic to pet hair would appreciate being around hypoallergenic dogs. They produce a lot less (or none) of the substance that cause allergy in some people. Among them are Havanese, greyhound, and Boston terrier.
Here’s an excerpt from the article:
While there is in actual fact no such thing as true non-shedding dogs, as all dogs lose hair to some degree, several dogs can be considered hypoallergenic because they produce less of the substances that cause allergies. Many people believe that hair is what causes the allergies, but it’s actually a certain protein found in the dog’s dander (dried skin and hair) or saliva that makes people allergic.
Hypoallergenic dogs are termed as such because they produce little to none of this dander that causes allergies, though many of them also shed a small amount of hair. It’s not surprising then that the majority of non-shedding dogs are smaller breeds, as they by a function of their size produce less of these allergy-causing materials. These following hypoallergenic dog breeds are the 10 most popular choices around the world for people with dog allergies.
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Article source: Heart My Dog
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