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Dog Breeds That Shed the Most
Shedding is one of the most serious concerns for people who are allergic to pet fur, dander, or hair. The choice between a breed that doesn’t shed and one that does is an important one to make when picking your next dog.
While nearly all dogs shed to some extent, there are a few dog breeds that are known to be hypoallergenic, meaning that they don't shed at all. While there are debates about which dogs are best for people with allergies, there's pretty universal agreement on which dogs shed the most.
Do Heavily Shedding Dogs Make Good Pets?
Shedding should hopefully not be the only factor you consider when choosing a breed, as there are a number of other factors to consider as well. For instance, I love German shepherds, even they are very heavy shedders.
But then again, it seems nearly impossible to avoid shedding entirely with a dog. Sharp observers of supposedly non-shedding dogs will notice that even so-called hypoallergenic dogs shed hair at certain times of the year. After all, even people lose and regrow hair.
What makes the heavy-shedding breeds such a nuisance is the fact that their shedding is excessive, and that the dander they give off irritates the skin and can cause allergies. For children in particular, pet allergies can be devastating, and it is therefore necessary to pick the right hypoallergenic dog.
Do All Dogs Shed?
The heaviest shedders tend to be bigger dogs with heavy coats. But if you have your heart set on getting a larger breed, there are some that don't shed very much. If they are easy to train and have a good temperament, then they're perfect for families.
Below you can find a list of heavy shedders that I would avoid if you have a family with pet allergies.
List of Dog Breeds that Shed the Most
The following dogs make great pets but are considered the heaviest shedders.
- Golden retrievers
- German shepherds
- Great Pyrenees
- Labrador retrievers
- German shorthaired pointers
Already Have a Shedding Dog?
If you already own a dog that sheds heavily, there are steps you can take to slow the rate at which it loses hair. If possible, keep the dog in lower temperatures and in stress-free environments. Also, make sure that your dogs is receiving adequate nutrition, as explained in the video below.