Many dog breeds shed quite a bit and can trigger an allergic reaction to the owners when their fur is shed into the environment. But fortunately, there are certain breeds with low shedding that are less likely to trigger an allergic reaction. The trendy thing is to call these animals ‘hypoallergenic’. Pups that are low shedding tend to pose less of a risk to allergy-prone people. You should always do a test run before committing to adoption to make sure your allergies will not be triggered.
The following 7 large dog breeds that are low shedding have been known to be able to coexist with humans that are sensitive to shed fur.
We start the list with the smallest contender. Although he only stands at 17 inches and typically only gets to be about 30 to 40 lbs, they make great furry family members. They are spunky and adventurous, with an absolute heart of gold. Because their fur is both short and fine, they are generally light shedders. While some believe that the Basenji is barkless, this is untrue. They can bark, however, rarely do so. Grooming needs are relatively non-existence, in fact, they are said to have cat-like grooming habits and keep themselves exceptionally clean.
One of the more unusual looking pooches on our list, the Bergamasco Sheepdog is a furry friend you’ll not likely forget. Their felted coat does not usually start growing until about a year of age and the mats or ‘flocks’ must be pulled apart. It can be time-consuming but will only need to be done once. After that, their coat needs very little attention. This is one of the least shedding breeds out there. They are not only fun to look at either, they have fantastic personalities to go with their good looks. They aren’t unusually tall at around 24 inches in height but they can weigh about 90 lbs when they are fully grown.
Much like other Spaniel breeds, the Brittany is highly active with plenty of energy to expend. They enjoy spending time outdoors but also make great family pets. Their flat, wavy hair is typically fairly short and easy to maintain. They rarely shed, so are less likely to trigger allergies than other breeds. If you have the time and energy, these pretty pups would make a terrific addition to your home.
The Cane Corso, with its Latin meaning ‘bodyguard-dog’, certainly lives up to his name. Beautifully majestic, these large dogs are fiercely loyal to, and protective of, their human families. As adults, these big guys are about 28 inches in height and usually weigh more than 100 lbs. Their double-layered, short coat does shed, but it tends to be infrequent and seasonal. A quick brush here and there should keep it under control.
The slightly bigger cousin of the uniquely named Cirneco dell’Etna breed, these regal looking pooches end up weighing around 60 lbs and standing at 25 to 26 inches at the shoulder. Both beautiful and graceful, you can tell that these dogs were quite literally built for speed. Their sleek coat is easy to manage and rarely sheds. Their grooming needs are basic with weekly brushing typically being enough.
At 25 inches in height and around 60 lbs when fully grown, these dogs aren’t extremely large, but their personalities certainly are. Both rugged and fearless, they are natural family protectors and tend to fit in fairly well with how loyal and smart that they are. They have a very manageable coat that requires minimal grooming. They are an excellent choice for people with pet allergies as their shedding habits are relatively low.
This affable and even-tempered guy is a great option for allergy sufferers that still have an affinity for the great outdoors. Although the Redbone Coonhound does extremely well in a family environment, they are still hound dogs and have the energy as such. They need a lot of physical activity to stay healthy and happy. They have a very strong instinct to go after their prey, so they should never be left off-leash in an open environment. While their short smooth coat does occasionally shed, it is typically more seasonal and easy to control.
The joys and benefits that come with being a dog owner have been proven time and time again. No one should be deprived of having a fur-friend. Choosing the correct breed for your needs is the key. All of the above furballs make excellent candidates and they all bring something special to the proverbial table. Most rescues and adoption centers are happy to work with potential pet parents. Explain your situation and head in for a test run. Sure, it might not work out…but then again, it might. And, it will change your life in the best way possible.