Dog Mamas- How Much Shedding from a Dog That Requires Clipping?

Updated on March 20, 2019
F.B. asks from Kew Gardens, NY
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Mamas and papas-

How much do dogs that need clipping shed? My only close experience is with dogs that shed- labs, Sheppard’s, Alaskans, greyhounds, and Mutts. Each of them dropped hair daily and mountains in the summer.

Our co op restricts us to dogs under 40 lbs. am looking at medium sized dogs at the pound, but most run either small or large. Hubs wants a dog that has a “soft mouth.” I’m all about disposition and energy. We would get a young dog or young adult, but not a puppy. That said breeds have traits and we wouldn’t want a breed that is too high energy, neurotic, needy, aggressive, or protective.

Our boys are now 8 and 3 if that factors into your recommendations. Thanks for any info/ advice you have to offer.

F. B.

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answers from Washington DC on

Dogs that don't typically shed:

Pit Bulls - mine doesn't shed that much.
Labradoodles - haven't seen one that did shed a lot.
Boxers - mixed with Pits - are typically good at keeping a short coat.

All others shed. I would NOT clip a dogs hair unless the groomer recommended it. You really need to talk with the rescue about what you are looking for in a dog. You live in a small apartment. The dog won't have a yard to run in - so you will need to really talk with the person - even the foster family - to find out WHAT the dog is like.

Good luck!

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answers from Boston on

Poodle, Maltese, and Havanese are all low-shed breeds. Other than a large standard poodle, they run small. You can find combinations/mixed breeds that include one of those. Buying a designer new breed (like a Labradoodle, a Cockapoo or a Maltipoo) can run into big money, just as the usual purebreds are. A friend often posts info on a Poodle Rescue group, so you can look into things like that instead of just your neighborhood shelter. We rescued a terrier mix 7 years ago - she was written up in the paper as a Cairn Terrier mix, but the shelter called her an Affenpinscher mix. I can see both in her. Her body shape and coloring are like an unusual terrier (Dandie Dinmont), and the local pet store owner/groomer felt the dog might have been the result of an intentional crossbreeding that didn' turn out a show-worthy dog, so she got farmed out and passed around to a few owners before we got her. She doesn't shed much, as our prior Cairn didn't. No no-shed, but certainly not a dog that has to be sold with a vacuum cleaner attached.

You have little kids, so I would not advise a dog like ours - if they've been rehomed many times, they can have emotional issues. Ours has PTSD and could not be placed in a home with kids. So go to a really good shelter or rescue group that knows the dogs and their personalities. I would shy away from dogs brought from far away as they can be stressed - but if you go to a good humane society that really looks for a good match, that's great. Our HS made us fill out a 7 page application, asking questions about family make-up, whether someone is home all day, making sure we'd planned on where the dog could go and what parts of the house she might be banned from, asking how much we thought it cost per year for a dog, what we would do if we moved to a place that didn't take dogs, what we would do on vacations, etc. It helped them assess our expertise as well as our lifestyle to be sure it was a good match. So if you are presented with that, consider it a good thing!

I would encourage you to engage a trainer unless you are highly experienced. It's good for the kids to learn from a third party "teacher" that there is a right way and a wrong way to treat a dog. Even loving dogs should never be grabbed around the neck by an aggressive hugger, no matter how well the dog tolerates it the first few times. And a crate for calm time is vital in a house with kids. And so on!

Good luck - hope you find the perfect pet!!

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answers from Portland on

I have friends who have labradoodles - they don't seem to shed (from what they tell me) and have very sweet dispositions - they are with families with small kids. They seem to come in different sizes - small to medium sized.

I do not believe you can get one at the pound. They seem to be bred. They had to go through a breeder.

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answers from New York on

The AKC website has a breed selection tool. You fill out what you want in a dog and they give a list of breeds that have those traits.
We have used this to get an idea of what breed mixes to look for at the pound and rescue sites.
Lots of good breed information on the site too.
( We are currently searching for a new fur baby to adopt since in the last 6 months we had to send our older fur children over the rainbow bridge)

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answers from Dallas on

I have a 13 yr old toy poodle.. 10#. He does not shed, however, he does require regular grooming about every 8 weeks which runs about $60.

3 yrs ago I rescued a lab/shar-par. She’s 55# now. Short hair but she does shed but not too bad. She does have allergy issues and my $25 rescue has already cost me over $2500! She’s on daily RX.

Before these, we always had Cocker Spaniels which do fit in your size preference. Still.. regular grooming involved.

Either way you go, consider the expenses of medical and grooming. The toy poodle has an artificial lens in his eye due to an overnight cataract. Pricey surgery but we wanted to save his sight. One Cocker costs thousands as well with chronic sickness and surgery but he lived to 15!!

I hope you find what you’re looking for and thank you for looking into rescues first!!

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answers from Louisville on

I’m confused by your question but I’m going to try to answer lol. There are very few breeds that actually need clipping. If you have a few breeds in mind we could help more. If you are wanting low shedding, soft mouth, loyal and energetic I would lean towards a doodle. Lab or golden. Hope you share some more info with us!



answers from Boston on

Boston Terriers are usually great with kids and barely shed. Hair is super short. My friend and sister love theirs! And there are rescue societies for the breed.


answers from Washington DC on

the pound should be able to help you. my mutt looks to have some lab, some pit, maybe some hound, all of which are low-shed breeds. she has a short shiny coat with virtually no shedding at all.

she did come fully equipped with hound dog stink, though, so requires a professional bath every couple of months, and brushing with a deodorant spray inbetween. we can't bathe her too often because it dries out her skin.




answers from Miami on

Look up labradoodles. You may not be able to find one in a pound.



answers from Des Moines on

We have a miniature schnauzer (weighs a little over 20 lbs). He has been the light of our lives and I have never found a hair of his (really!). I groom him myself and it's been fairly easy. He is now 3 and very mild mannered...only barks at the doorbell and is very friendly to other people and dogs...but we socialized him from day 1 (got him at 8 weeks)
Some schnauzers can be a little standoffish but not ours (I think the socializing is critical).
He can be a little neurotic about walking on ice but he saw me fall a few times and he remembers it
My husband and daughter have allergies...but absolutely no problem with this dog.

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