Pets are great…pet hair? Not so much! That is why it is important to invest in a vacuum that will do the job right EVERY time…not just the FIRST time. Before you go spend your hard earned cash though, it is important to keep a few things in mind.

1. Spot or Fluffy?

Research is vital when deciding which pet to pursue! Some cats and dogs shed more than others. Some have longer hair than others. Some are considered to be non-allergenic. The type of pet and the breed you select will help determine the type of vacuum you need. If you have a long-haired kitty, you will need a MUCH different vacuum than if you decide on a short haired one…in turn, if you have a hypoallergenic cat that doesn’t have fur (you know the ones…they look kind of like cuddly little monsters!), you will need a different option altogether.  Here are some breeds on the “shedding” list and some on the “not so shedding” list. 

10 Dog Breeds That Shed A Lot:

  1. Beagle
  2. Border Collie
  3. Chihuahua
  4. Alaskan Husky
  5. Labrador/Golden Retriever
  6. German Shepherd
  7. Saint Bernard
  8. Rottweiler
  9. Chow Chow
  10. Pug

10 Dog Breeds That Shed Very Little:

  1. Poodle
  2. Dachshund
  3. Border Terrier
  4. Scottish Terrier
  5. Yorkshire Terrier
  6. Italian Greyhound
  7. Bichon Frise
  8. Schnauzer
  9. Shih Tzu
  10. Maltese

10 Cat Breeds That Shed A Lot:

  1. Persian
  2. Himalayan
  3. Siberian
  4. Chartreux
  5. Norwegian Forest
  6. American Bobtail
  7. American Curl
  8. Russian Blue
  9. Selkirk Rex
  10. Ragamuffin

10 Cat Breeds That Shed Very Little:

  1. Bengal
  2. Burmese
  3. Bombay
  4. Ocicat
  5. Siamese
  6. Somali
  7. Cornish Rex
  8. Tonkinese
  9. Colorpoint Shorthair
  10. European Burmese

2. Two-Story or Ranch? Carpets or Tile?

Is your home all tile? All wood? All carpet? A mixture of all three? The type of flooring your home has will help you to select the best option when it comes to pet vacuum…after all, if all you have is wood flooring, it will be a little easier to get all the hair sucked up…especially if you are comparing it to shag carpeting from 1972!


Hardwood & Tile Floors:

The name of the game is SUCTION! If you get a vacuum that is sub-par, you will simply blow the pet hair around…this helps NO ONE! It will ultimately mean you spend more time cleaning and less time playing with your new hairy friend! 

Carpets & Area Rugs:

If carpet is your flooring type, then suction alone will not be need a rotating brush as well! This combo will help you not just suck up the hair, but pull it out of the carpet as well. 


In to falling and breaking bones? Most people aren’t! It is vital that, if you home includes stairs, you take that into consideration when buying your vacuum! A lite vacuum with powerful suction and some really great attachments for getting in the cracks is a MUST when it comes to homes with stairs! 

3. How Much $$ Are You Willing To Spend?

A cheap vacuum will be great…the first few times you are vacuuming up pet hair, but what about the 10th, 20th or 100th time? While you may not need the top of the line, you will want to get a vacuum that is time-tested and has good ratings. Many times saving a few bucks is WAY more expensive than spending a few more in the beginning. You may not need ALL the bells and whistles, but you will want to get a vacuum that you like, that works well and that fits your day to day needs. 

So don’t fret! Go ahead and get that puppy for Christmas for your little one! We will be here at Erv’s to help you get the perfect vacuum so you can spend more time enjoying Fido and less time picking up after him!