Having a dog can be a truly rewarding experience, especially when you find the right breed for your home. One important factor to consider when choosing a dog is just how much shedding you are willing to tolerate. For people with busy schedules, bad allergies, or an aversion to vacuuming, a dog that sheds very little or not at all may be a good option. If, however, you love the thought of an extra furry friend and don’t mind a little extra grooming, one of these breeds might be a perfect fit.
The affectionate Akita has a fluffy undercoat and a waterproof outer coat which makes for both superb swimming abilities and serious shedding. This ancient breed has a courageous nature and makes a great watchdog.
The extra-large Bernese Mountain Dog can weigh up to 110 lbs and has a thick, wavy double-coat that requires regular brushing. This breed makes an excellent family pet but will also do a well in a single-owner home because of their strong sense of loyalty.
The Boston Terrier’s smooth, tight-fitting coat might lead some to believe that their shedding is minimal. In fact, these short, compact dogs kick up quite a bit of fur. Nevertheless, the Boston Terrier makes a wonderful companion pet. They are easy to train and have such an agreeable temperament that they earned the nickname of “people pleaser.”
The charming Chow Chow has a massive head and a long, thick coat that sheds like crazy but is oh-so-soft. These dogs are protective and can also be a bit bossy, but with the right training they make good family pets.
The darling short-legged Cardigan Welsh Corgi is a loyal and intelligent breed that often bonds most closely with one special human. Their medium length coat is prone to heavy shedding, but regular brushing can help with that. These dogs are energetic and surprisingly athletic considering their small stature.
Despite their tendency toward serious shedding, the Labrador Retriever holds the title of most popular breed in America. Gentle, loving, alert, and eager to please, these dogs make fantastic family pets and get along beautifully with children and other animals.
The hulking Newfoundland is a gorgeous breed that can weigh up to 150 lbs. Their flat, heavy coat can be a lot of work, but you probably won’t mind after being around their warm personalities. These dogs are mellow, smart, and very friendly.
These famous working dogs were built for cold weather with a thick double-coat that needs lots of brushing. Huskies make great family pets due to their kind and tender personalities, but they require plenty of exercise to sap their high energy.
Other heavy shedders: American Eskimo, Alaskan Malamute, Australian Shepherd, Beagle, Border Collie, Collie, Dalmatian, German Shepherd, German Shorthaired Pointer, Golden Retriever, Great Pyrenees, Keeshond, Kuvasz, Old English Sheepdog, Pomeranian, Pug, Rottweiler, Samoyed, Shetland Sheepdog, Saint Bernard
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