Bo Obama, the 6-month-old Portuguese water dog recently adopted by the First Family, was selected in part for his hypoallergenic fur. Bo’s adoption sparked new interest in a group of dogs known for their non-shedding fur. Below is a list of nine other non-shedding dogs and their basic characteristics.
1. Maltese – A Maltese dog of the toy group is a breed known for its long, white and fine hair. This coat is not characteristic of most dogs that do not shed hair and have curly and curly hair. Maltese coat requires regular grooming due to its tendency to matte.
two. Bedlington Terrier – Bedlington Terriers are bright characters and clowns who love their families and are the center of attention. Its coat is soft and requires little maintenance.
3. Irish water spaniel – The Irish Water Spaniel (IWS) is considered the clown of the spaniel family. Bred to accompany bird hunters, the Irish Water Spaniel has a dense double coat. The undercoat consists of thick curls covered by the long, wavy outer coat. This coat requires brushing every 2-3 weeks and needs a complete trim every few months.
Four. Chinese crested – The Chinese Crested comes in two varieties, the Powder Puff, which has hair on its head, feet, and tail, and the Hairless, which, as its name suggests, has no hair. The Crested has soft, smooth skin that is more prone to irritation and sunburn. They are recommended by the American Kennel Club for people with allergies to dogs. They are alert and good with children.
5. Labradoodle – One of the most popular “designer breeds”, the Labradoodle is a cross between a Labrador Retriever and a Poodle. The fur of these hybrid animals varies from animal to animal, but generally those that most resemble poodles are safe for allergy sufferers.
6. Schnauzer (miniature, standard and giant) – Schnauzers are energetic and intelligent dogs of the Terrier group. Although the three-size varieties are single and separate breeds, they all have a double coat with a wiry top coat and a smooth undercoat. The top coat can be maintained with regular scissor trimmings or by a method called hand stripping which helps preserve the wiry nature of the coat.
7. Poodle (toy, miniature, standard) – Like Schnauzers, Poodles come in three varieties of size. The dense, curly coat of all three sizes requires regular professional grooming. Poodles were originally bred to accompany hunters and they still maintain that high level of activity. As such, they need rigorous, daily exercise and intellectual stimulation.
8. Smooth-haired Wheaton Terrier – The Soft Coated Wheaton Terrier is prized for its soft, wavy, wheat-colored, non-allergenic coat. Wheaton’s coat requires minimal but regular maintenance. Wheatons are less stubborn than most terrier breeds, but require daily exercise to maintain their role as an endearing family pet.
9. Bichon frize – The Bichon Frize is a cheerful and robust puppy. It has a thick double coat consisting of a curly outer coat and a silky inner coat. Bichons hair grows continuously and does not fall out, so it requires frequent brushing to avoid tangling. While no dog is 100 percent hypoallergenic, all of the breeds listed above have a non-shedding coat, resulting in less dander on the skin, the cause of most allergy symptoms.