Active, playful, loyal, affectionate, good with children and obedient are valuable qualities that are essential when choosing a family dog. A dog that doesn't shed hair is an added benefit, especially for those who suffer with allergies or asthma. The bichon frise, Havanese, standard poodle and shih tzu are all non-shedding, suitable family dogs. Although they are non shedding breeds, they do require frequent brushing to prevent tangles and matting.
Entertaining - Bichon Frise
The bichon frise is alert, curious, happy and affectionate with people and other pets in the household. They are little clowns and enjoy entertaining others, making them fun for children to observe and play with. Bichon frises are highly intelligent; children will also enjoy training them to do tricks. They adapt easily to their surroundings and are friendly with strangers. Their non-shedding coat is white, long and curly.
Energetic - Havanese
Happy, curious and energetic, the Havanese breed likes being the center of attention. They are easy to train and eager to please. He's affectionate and will get along with everyone including family, children, other pets and strangers. The Havanese is a non-shedding breed, with a soft under and outer coat that can become tangled easily. The outer coat grows long and can be curly or straight. Brushing is recommended 2 to 4 times a week to prevent matting.
Adventurous - Standard Poodle
The standard poodle is playful, adventurous and has a zest for life. He gets along well with children, family and friends, with the exception of being reserved around strangers. The standard poodle is non-shedding, which means hair gets caught in the surrounding hair, causing matting if not removed with daily brushing or weekly brushing for shorter coats. Pet clippers can be used for trimming the coat every 4 to 6 weeks to assist in maintaining a healthy, mat-free coat.
Spunky - Shih Tzu
The shih tzu is a sweet, spunky, gentle lap dog has an upbeat attitude. His desire to be playful makes him fun, entertaining and a good companion for children. He shows affection to his family and children. His long, luxurious double coat is dense and straight. The coat does not shed, however it does become intertwined within other hair and can become matted. The coat requires combing and brushing every day other day to prevent tangles and matting. Begin brushing the shih tzu as a puppy or from a young age, to get him familiar with experiencing brushing and grooming, an event he will endure throughout his lifetime.
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