We love a good pet, but we understand why a common complaint among pet owners is shedding. If you’re wearing black, you have to avoid your dog at all costs before going out unless you want their fur ruining your outfit. My parents even got white carpet so our Yellow Lab’s fur wouldn’t show up on it. As much as we love our furry friends, the fur can be quite a hassle. Here are some breeds that have almost no fur, which makes shedding a minor concern at most.
1. American Hairless Terrier
As the name implies, these cuties have no fur. These dogs are a lovable breed, and there is a club dedicated to them titled the American Hairless Terrier Club of America (AHTCA). The AHTCA states that American Hairless Terriers are trainable and enjoy agility activities. The club also warns that the breed has some health risks, including deafness, epilepsy, and diabetes. Also with all hairless dogs, be sure to use sunscreen, since they are particularly vulnerable to the sun’s rays.
These guys are also called Xolos or Mexican Hairless dogs. They grow very little fur and are very beautiful. Xolos can be spotted and solid colors. Purina states that they come in mini and standard size and that the reason they were bred to repel evil spirits. If you like this breed but don’t like bald dogs, you can get a coated one too. Although their energy level is average, be sure to give them exercise, which is applicable to all breeds.
3. Chinese Crest
These look a lot like Chihuahuas, but with far fewer allergy risks. Hill’s Pet says that this cute breed also has a coated variety but the hairless Chinese Crest has soft skin. This skin does require maintenance and can get blemishes if it is not cared for properly. Hill’s Pet says this breed is “lively and loving.” This beautiful breed is great for small dog lovers, but hairless dogs come in medium sizes too.
4. Peruvian Inca Orchid.
The American Kennel Club (AKC) calls this breed “affectionate, loyal, and noble.” They’re also stronger than they look, and because of this, the AKC says to be careful of small pets that live in the same house as the Peruvian Inca Orchid. They will likely get hunted. Peruvian Inca Orchids are an energetic breed that needs frequent exercise and acts reserved around people they don’t know. As you’d imagine, they require little grooming, but be mindful of their exposed skin. Just like yours, it can burn, blemish, crack, and peel.
No dog fur = no allergic response to dog fur. However, there is no such thing as a truly hypoallergenic dog; dog saliva can still cause reactions and hairless dogs can still have dander. A hairless dog may be an unconventional option, but they’re very sweet and provide all the companionship of a coated dog. These breeds may not have a lot of hair, but they do have a lot of heart.