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.