It’s hard to imagine that there are large dogs out there that won’t shed their fur all over your carpet. But these dogs do exist! There are several large breeds that have coats that grow slowly and predictably. This means less clean-up for you!
Here is our top 5 dogs that don’t shed, which won’t have you reaching for the vacuum everyday!
- Airedale Terriers: The biggest of the terrier breed, the Airedale Terrier has a double coat- a coarse one on top with softer fur beneath. Ideally the coat should be groomed so that it does not grow too long and become matted. The fur should lie close to the body and be kept short and and straight. Hand stripping i.e. using a serrated knife to pull out loose hairs is necessary to keep the undercoat clean and tangle free.
- Giant Schnauzer: Giant Schnauzers have dense coats, that shed very minimally, and should be trimmed about once a month. Once the fur stays short, they only require brushing and trimming periodically. Schnauzers come in two colours: black and a salt and pepper colour where the fur alternates between black and white. These dogs can be loyal watch dogs and love to be active.
- The Komondor: The Komondor has the most unique coat of any of the breeds on this list. Their fur grows in the form of long cords that look like dreadlocks. Due to this very special trait, the Komondor doesn’t shed. Often referred to as the “mop dog,” the Komodor’s distinctive corded coat takes about two years to develop. Komodors need a little help from their pet parents to help them from becoming a giant ball of matted fur. So if you own one, you will need to periodically separate the dreadlocks so that they don’t mesh together. They hardly shed but their cords can be a magnet for insects and dirt. After a bath, be prepared to wait about a day for their fur to dry. The coat on a mature Komondor can weigh up to 15 pounds and contain 2,000 cords. Komondors require moderate exercise and are better suited to countrysides home where there are fewer neighbours close by. They’ve been bred to protect sheep so their instincts can make them suspicious of strangers.
- Irish Water Spaniels: The largest of the spaniel breed, these large dogs closely resemble one of their ancestors, the poodle. They have brown, curly, waterproof coats which come in handy during their favourite activity: swimming. Water spaniels don’t need much grooming, just a regular brushing and trimming to maintain the shape of the fur that tends to grow longer around their noses and mouths.
- Bouvier Des Flandres: These canines were bred to be working dogs and have a fiercely independent spirit. When mature, they can stand at two feet at the shoulders and have strong, muscular bodies. The Bouvier’s long black coat needs trimming regularly during the year to maintain it. It can be difficult to wash and rinse them because of the thickness of their fur. So, only bathe your Bouvier when absolutely necessary.
Just because these dogs don’t shed, doesn’t mean their coats don’t need to be groomed. Most of them need fairly regular grooming to keep their coats clean and free from matting. Take the time to adequately groom them and you’ll enjoy lots of happy times with your dogs without the hassle of vacuuming up their fur everyday.
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Handle grooming yourself to save money and bond with your dog Brush, bathe, and clip your dog like a pro! Whether your dog is destined for a career in the show ring or a spot on the living room couch, good grooming is important. This friendly guide shows you how to develop a grooming routine that will keep your dog clean – and strengthen the bond between you. It includes detailed, step–by–step grooming instructions for all types of coats