In addition to dog coat characteristics, many other factors influence dog shedding:
Dogs that continuously shed have short anagen (growth) phases. Both types of dogs are constantly growing hair, just one makes room for new hair on a much shorter interval. If you’re on the hunt for which dogs shed the least, you’ll want to avoid these breeds of dogs. They will constantly be shedding hair (like my miniature bulldog!) and just by petting them you’re at risk of getting a handful of loose hair. So which dogs shed the least? Check out the sections below to find out.
For example, dogs that don’t shed, or shed so little that it isn’t noticeable, have much longer anagen phases than dogs that do shed. That means their hair just keeps getting longer and longer (until you take them to the groomer or bring out the clippers). If you’re looking for a dog that doesn’t shed much, this is the ticket. You’ll want to find a breed whose coat has those characteristics. You could even get a dog that is almost entirely hair less. This is because most of their hair is in the telogen (resting) phase. But not everyone is a fan of the hairless look!
Is there such a thing as a dog that doesn't shed is hypoallergenic?
How to Control Dog Shedding Through Nutrition
How much a dog sheds is one of the criteria people use to choose a dog. Dog shedding is a factor for two major reasons: allergies and the time it takes to clean up hair that has shed.Healthy dogs do not shed as much as unhealthy dogs. Some unhealthy dogs have parasites that rob them of nutrition that would go toward nourishing the skin and hair follicles. These dogs benefit by . Others have high fevers that damage the skin and follicles. These dogs benefit from drugs that control fever, such as aspirin, and antibiotics that fight infection. Some dogs have chronic conditions, such as a misaligned spine, that prevents blood from circulating through all parts of the skin. These dogs benefit from acupuncture, herbs, and chiropractic care. Sunlight and temperature influence dog shedding because day length triggers growth of a new coat and shedding of the old coat. Some breeds are triggered by sunlight and temperature to shed once every year or two (Northern breeds). Other breeds are triggered to shed twice a year. As dogs move indoors with constant temperatures and limited amounts of natural light, many experience increased continuous dog shedding and decreased annual dog shedding.Nutrition and what dogs are fed helps to influence the texture of their dog coat and skin health. Healthy skin has healthy follicles that support long-lived lustrous hair. Unhealthy skin has sickly hair follicles and poor skin oils. The hair is brittle, and lackluster. It breaks off and falls out readily. While it's obvious that a dog that's starving and lacks calories will not have a healthy coat, it's equally important that are full of nutrients. For a dog coat to be healthy and not to shed, dogs require proteins that are absorbable. Dogs need carbohydrates from whole grains and fats that contribute healthy to help nourish the coat and prevent shedding.