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Study: No Such Thing as ‘Hypoallergenic’ Dog Breeds

One of the attractions for hybrid dog breeds like Labradoodles and Golden Doodles is that they are better for people who suffer from allergies.

When the First Children wanted a dog, the Obamas chose a Portuguese Water Dog, another breed that has been identified as allergen-friendly.

A new study, though, casts doubt on the allergy theory, suggesting that there’s no significant difference in the amount of allergens between dog breeds, including those that are said to be hypoallergenic.

The senior author of the study adds this interesting point:

“Based on previous allergy studies conducted here at Henry Ford, exposure to a dog early in life provides protection against dog allergy development.”

It makes me that much more grateful that my parents got me my first dog when I was a year old. It was a Collie puppy and we grew up together. That dog treated me like I was her puppy, and did her best to protect and guard me.

I’d hate to think what it would be like to want a dog but not be able to have one because of allergies. I think I’d have to just stock up on Kleenex and have the dog, anyway.

3 Comments

  1. @AislíngeKelloggdeGómez True, but I think that according to the report, poodles do, too. I wonder how much of it is a mental thing, if the report is actually correct.

  2. Well… there are hypoallergenic cats… if you like them without a stitch of fur. It’s the dander in the fur that does it. Unfortunately, taking care of a furless cat is… daunting, to say the least, especially in an area that has winter. The cats can’t survive well under certain temperatures and I’m not talking about having an outdoor cat!

    I understand that many people want dogs and can’t really have them. Although my uncle, who is terribly allergic to just about every living thing, has two miniature poodles and seems to have no trouble with them. Maybe it is all the weird mixes – labradoodles and such. A labradoodle will still have half of the genetics of the lab, and labs have dander.

  3. I always did feel like the hypoallergenic thing was a big hoax. Like you, I need a dog in my life. My husband doesn’t understand it; neither do I, for that matter. But life without a dog is not an option for me, at least so far. Now that we’re retired, a time may come when I simply can’t afford one.

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