Top Big Dogs That Don’t Shed (Care Guide Included)

There are many types of big dogs amongst us. However, not all of them are great for specific people.

And if you are in the group of the “specific,” you might be interested in not just any big dog, but a big dog that doesn’t shed.

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As a result, there may be many reasons that can send you towards this direction. But here are just three of which may make your mind ticker:

  • One, you are allergic, and you can’t stand anything that is a carrier or will aid in spreading of allergies
  • Two, (bear with me here) you are a clean-freak. So, you can’t stand anything that can bring dirt leave alone smearing it to you, but anything closer than a meter is intolerable.
  • Three, in any case of both reasons, it is obvious you are into large dogs.

Having laid down the reasons you may be interested in this type of a dog breed, let’s first understand why and how dogs shed.

Understanding dog shedding

It is a fact that shedding is a big factor when deciding which dog to own. This holds true for the elderly and those people who are prone to allergies.

However, there is nothing like a dog that doesn’t shed completely. One way or another, your dog will drop hairs here and there. But some dogs shed lighter than others. This will depend on the several factors surrounding the question “why shedding?”.

In most cases, the level of shedding depends on the dog’s health, the breed, and the season. Although there are many more other reasons that may result in shedding, these three remains the topmost courses of shedding.

Here is an in-depth explanation of them.

When it comes to health problems, your dog may shed excessively. If such kind of shedding happens especially for no reason at all, you shouldn’t take it lightly. Something like mange might be on loose and attacking your dog piece by piece. Therefore, before an ant hill becomes a mountain, find quick help from a qualified vet near you.

On the other hand, different breeds of dogs behave differently and also have different types of coats. For instance, a small dog like Dachshunds barely shed at all. On the contrast, a breed like Golden Retriever has a thick fur and will shed all around the year regardless of the season.

Further, different seasons also affect shedding dogs differently. In most cases, many dogs will shed their fur during fall and Spring. During Spring, you will realize that a shedding dog will shed in welcoming of warmer weather. In contrast, during colder seasons, a dog’s fur will thicken to form a tighter coat to protect itself from cold. 

Do Dog Shedding Causes Allergies?

If you are a visual guy, here is general pet allergies explained by Paul Cochrane.

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As we all know, the effect of coming into contact with dog allergies may range from subtle to severe depending on the sensitivity of a person. In the early stages, the allergic signs may include sneezing, tears, asthma attack, rashes, or red-tomato swellings, etc. Even after going through treatment, you’ll still hear some people claiming it is the dog’s hair that causes their body to react to allergens.

However, that is not true.

Even though there is a correlation between dog shedding and allergy. The reality is that allergies are not directly caused by hair your dog sheds. Instead, the culprit is either urine, saliva, or dander. In either case, the problem lies with the excretion of a dog’s proteins. Normally, it is harmless to the dog, but to people, it may lead to an irrational reaction.

Among the three ways a dog can directly spread allergies, dander is the most common among them.

Here is why.

You see, by its physical form, dander is powdery (it is released as the result of losing the dead skin and the effort of regenerating a new one). At this state, it is easy to spread through the air, while still, drop it anywhere within the house. For instance, the carpet, your clothes, and on the floor.

You should also note, in most cases, spreading of the dander or dead skin is rampant among dogs with thicker coats. For hypoallergic dogs (dogs which don’t shed), that may not be a big problem unless sick or suffering from hypothyroidism or follicular dysplasia.

There is also another rare case that it is important for you to know. If you are an outdoor person, your dog may act as a pollen agent. Like dander, it is also easy to spread. In most cases, it happens when you take a trip to the woods or the garden accompanied by your dog.

The normal drill goes like this.

  • You walk or play happily with your dog in the garden.
  • Your dog will rub shoulders with bushes.  
  • The bushes flowers will release pollen grains.
  • The dog’s fur will trap the pollen grains.
  • When you return home from your exploration, your dog innocently will bring these dreaded elements back with it in your house.

Can you help it?

Off course no.

But there are many ways you can use to prevent the spread of allergies and hairs by your dog. But first, let’s look into the top five big breeds of dogs that don’t shed.

List of Big Dogs That Don't Shed

1

A Standard Poodle.

A Picture of A Standard Poodle Dog Breed

The poodle is a fun-loving dog that many people describe as intelligent, mischievous, friendly loyal and very loving. Because of this, it is more of a friendly as that name possibly mean.

If you are worried about its behavior in an apartment, fear not. A Poodle can live in any type of house ranging from an apartment to an estate. Besides, Poodles prefer to stay indoors. Nevertheless, they require regular exercise and companionship.

Like the rest of the dogs in this list, a Standard Poodle dog does not shed. However, it requires regular grooming and brushing to keep it healthy, clean, and happy.

2

Bouvier Des Flandres.

A picture of Bouvier Des Flandres Dog Breed

If you are looking for a laid-back dog which prefers quiet over silly antics, then this is your dog. It is an intelligent, agile, compact, and powerful dog which is very light on its feet.

The Bouvier was originally bred as a working dog. In early days, they worked on farms, butchers, and cattlemen. As you can guess about their brevity, they also make excellent guard dogs and police dogs.

Bouvier’s early name Vuilbaard (dirty beard) should give you an idea of how much grooming this dog requires. So, make sure you are ready for regular grooming before you get this dog.

Nevertheless, you’ll find it comfortable when it comes to living with it if you are worried about dogs that shed.

3

Saluki.

A Picture of A Saluki Dog Breed

A Saluki is another breed of dog in our list that doesn’t shed. It is characterized by devotion to a single family and it does not like strangers. The good thing about it, you don’t have to worry about running away from you.

Unlike a lap dog that enjoys cuddling and sitting on the lap, a Saluki is more independent as it prefers sitting by your side. Further, it is less demonstrative thereby being quiet and gentle.

Salukis come in various colors like white, red, tri-color, grizzle, cream, black, and tan.

Maintenance of its coat is fair enough. All it needs is normal grooming to keep it sparkling tidy.

And here comes is a tidbit for you.

If you consider owning this independent breed, you should know that it makes a good watchdog than a protection dog.

4

A Giant Schnauzer.

A Picture of A Giant Schnauzer Dog Breed

Before you decide to get a Giant Schnauzer, make sure you are ready to deal with a dog whose intelligence is above average leading to a creative and sometimes stubbornness.

Because of these qualities, it equally needs an intelligent, creative, and firm owner. Generally, a leader to counter its mischief. Even more, while considering keeping its manners at bay, consistent training is a must.

Although it does not shed a lot, this dog requires regular grooming to keep it looking at its best. When grooming, you will need to brush its fur and legs regularly. And don’t forget to wash his/ her beard after every meal. A nice brush afterward will also come handy to those mischievous beards.

On final count, Schnauzers are very protective of their families, affectionate, and enjoy being the center of attention.

5

Goldendoodle.

A Picture of a Goldendoodle Dog Breed

A Goldendoodle is a hybrid of the poodle and the Golden Retriever (Golden + doodle – invited p form poodle and flipped to form a, d).

It is a friendly, gentle, patient, and a highly affectionate dog which enjoys spending time with humans. It can be mischievous and playful but very loyal when trained well.

Goldendoodles have longer hair on the tail, body, ears, and legs plus a non-shedding wavy-curly coat of about 2-3 inches that requires grooming to keep it in the best possible condition. They have a black, white, cream, red, golden, apricot, copper or golden coat (the most common).

The bottom line of the Goldendoodle is that you will not deal with frequent shedding or disquieting dander that leads to allergy.

6

Komondor.

A Picture of A Komondor Dog Breed

The last in the list of the big dogs that don’t shed comes Komondor.

With a long and noble history of being a flock-guarding dog in his native country, Hungary, the Komondor makes an excellent protective dog. A male Komondor grows up to 27.5 inches and weighs 100 or more pounds while the female is 25.5 inches and 80 or more pounds. The dog’s large size, independence, calm nature, slow maturity, and aggressiveness - especially to other dogs, make them a bad choice for timid or first-time owners.

Komondor’s cords require regular grooming. You will need to separate the cords frequently to remove dirt and avoid matting. You can choose to trim the cord around the mouth to avoid staining from food. Make sure you are also prepared to spare a whole day bathing and drying the cords.

Here is a little bit more about Komondor Dogs.

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DIY Tips On How To Handle Dog Hair For People With Allergies

Beside that this section will be more into those people who are highly concerned about dog allergies and shedding, it will also be informative even for hypoallergic dog’s owners.

As we said earlier, there is no dog which is shedding proof. Therefore, you’ll still deal with issues of hair in your house, clothes, and dog resources.

Therefore, below are tips you can use to deal with the problem of dog hair in your house. And the good thing about them, they are all DIY.

Train your dog on no-dog-zones – this means, you should have at least space where it is dog free. If the allergy is the problem, you should train your dog to keep off areas like your bedroom or your coaches.

Use air purifier fitted with HEPA (high-efficiency particulate arresting) filter – this kind of purifier ensures that your rooms are always free from allergens.

Clean your carpet regularly – Ensure you own the best carpet cleaner to clean dog hair and aids allergen that may have found their way in your apartment.

Clean your clothesit is easy, every interaction with your dog will lead a few hairs and allergens sticking to your clothes. This will, in turn, lead to your clothes getting stuffy or aid in allergy spread. So, to prevent this misfortune, wash your clothes before sending them to your closet.

Keep your dog tidy – in the grooming section, you will learn how to groom your dog. As you might guess, grooming goes beyond brushing or bathing. It also includes activities like tidying your dog bed and beddings. Nonetheless, ensure you maintain the best dog shampoo in the house.

Wash your hands regularly – after interacting with your dog, it is best you wash your hands with a disinfectant before you find yourself wiping and squeezing your nose and eyes with allergens (hands).

Health and Nutrition for Big Dogs

Big dogs require a different type of care. They require larger space to play, more exercise time, and training compared to small dogs. They are also susceptible to joint and other health conditions because of their body size. Hip dysplasia is one critical health concern you should pay attention to if you are considering getting a large dog. The hereditary disorder leads to malformed hips which cause intense pain to the dog and also osteoarthritis. You can avoid getting a dog with hip dysplasia by checking the hip certificates and learning more about the dog’s family tree.

You can also help minimize your dog’s suffering by:

  • Avoiding strenuous exercise
  • Control the amount of your dog's food intake to control your its weight
  • Also, by asking your veterinarian for advice on the best course of treatment.

The other health concerns that big dogs are prone to are ulcers, cancer, and epilepsy. Pay close attention to your dog so that you can catch symptoms early and have a better chance to treat your dog.

Whether you have a large or medium or small dog, your dog's nutritional needs should be a priority. One major concern should be preventing health issues that result from overweight or obesity or anything relating to foods. Therefore, if you own a big dog, it is important you stick to its feeding habits, nutritional requirements, and steer away from habits of overfeeding. This is paramount to support a steady rate of growth over its lifespan.

Quick Tips About How To Treat Your Big Dog

Before I wind up, here are a few tips to help you provide maximum care for your big dog.

Washing A Big Dog Tips

Cleaning a large dog can be a tedious task that is most likely going to consume a lot of your time. It is highly likely that your dog will not fit in the bathtub. So, to ease the burden from yourself, train them how to bath outside when they are still young. This will help them adapt to this type of bathing. Also, to keep the process tidy, make sure that your dog is on a leash. It will further help you keep your house cleaner.

Before your dog takes a bath, brush your dog’s fur to remove matted fur and make sure you rinse off the shampoo to avoid skin irritation.

If your dog is double coated, it is going to be difficult to get the soap into their fur. Two rounds of diluted shampoo instead of one are not only easier, but it also makes rinsing less problematic and leaves your dog so much cleaner.

It is also very important to trim your dog’s nails. Do it frequently, ideally, several times per month to get the best results.

Training A Big Dog Tips

Training is of at most important not only to big dogs but also to all dogs.

In this case, a big sized dog translates to more energy and power. Without taming it, you are going to deal with issues like aggression and anxiety problem.

So, start training your big dog when is still a pup. Take your it through a series of positive reinforcement, leadership skills, and more importantly, if you are going to appear in public places, give it socialization trips frequently. Through this training, your dog will learn to be calm and used to people. As always, a calm dog is less likely to hurt anyone.

Socialization training will help your dog learn how to get used to people and how to be calm around other dogs. As a result, it will less likely bully your kitten leave alone hurting anyone.

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Treats And Equipment For Big Dogs Tips

Another aspect of having a big dog is that it requires big of everything. For instance, a bigger living space, transport, and even more food. Even more, their toys, beds, feeding items also have to match their size. These are obvious needs that come with big dogs.

So, make sure you plan ahead for that extra penny you will have to spend to ensure that your dog lives as comfortable as possible.

Final Thoughts

I believe you have the most valuable piece of information about big dogs that don’t shed.

As a result, you can now not only take care of your big dog much easier but also enjoy its company.

Keep in mind that big dogs have a shorter lifespan compared to small dogs. So, make sure you enjoy the precious time you have with yours.

Also, as we’ve discussed, big dogs like any other breed of dog needs special attention to details. So, be proactive and try to learn much about them.

Pay close attention to their behaviors. Pay a regular visit to your vet. Pay attention to the efforts you are giving towards ensuring the best pet care.

As always, we value your feedback, don’t forget to give us your thought in the comment section below.

In and out, give yourself a smile of the best pet care for your big dog.

Cheers!

  • Jeffry
  • Updated a few months ago
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