For those of us who have been struggling against the constant shedding of our pups, armed with Swiffers and lint rollers, the news that dog hair is a commodity may be too good to be true. Apparently, dog hair spun into yarn (or “chiengora”) is an old art form that dates way, way back. (Before sheep wool was the thing to spin in the U.S., people would use the hair of a dog.)
Fans of the stuff claim that it holds in warmth and repels water better than other fibers. (When found for sale, however, it is usually combined with sheep’s wool.) Believe it or not, fans of spinning dog hair are a very helpful group (just check out Knitting With Dog Hair, a book that shows you how to cut, collect, spin, and use dog hair for everyday knitting projects). There has been some question as to the legality of selling dog hair (big surprise), and states like New Jersey actually have language forbidding the sale of dog or cat fur.
So how do you go about selling (or even buying) dog hair? The verdict on this one is similar to other items on our list. Ask around, place ads in places that don’t specifically prohibit it, and make sure that the state you’re listing it in allows it. If it’s not possible to sell the dog hair straight out, you may be able to spin it first and offer it as a yarn.