Chemically speaking, the two are very much the same since both fur and hair are made of Keratin, the same chemical found in human skin and nails.
You’ll find some differences in the textures and growth cycles of the two. Dog hair is finer, often wavy or curly, and has a longer growth cycle than dog fur. Dog fur is dense, short and appears to shed more frequently.
Hair: Let it Grow, Let it Grow, Let it Grow When a dog’s coat grows quickly and needs to be trimmed, that’s called hair. For instance, a poodle needs to be groomed every 6 weeks or so because her hair would get longer and shaggier if you didn’t do it. So dog hair grows similarly to the way hair on your head grows.
Fur: what are you sneezing for (fur)? Fur on a dog doesn’t grow long. For instance, a German shepherd’s fur won’t get shaggy and long like a sheep dog’s or a poodle’s. You could compare dog fur to your own eyebrow hair since your eyebrow hair won’t grow long and cover your eyes. (Does this mean you have fur on your face??)
While fur doesn’t grow long, the short hairs shed frequently, creating an allergen for many allergy sufferers.
Hypo-Allergenic Dogs. In general, dogs with fast-growing hair tend to work well for people with allergies. However, a person who has an allergy to dogs will still react to dogs whether the dog has fur or hair.
When you’re choosing a new dog, if you have allergies, it would be wise to spend time around the breed you’re considering, to see how you tolerate that particular breed.
Long hair or short, hairy, furry – or even hairless – at Town N Country we want to keep your pets healthy, happy, and beautiful.