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Is There Really Such a Thing as a 'Hypoallergenic' Dog?

By joslyngray |

Labradoodle puppy: OH MY GAH it looks just like a Webkinz!

If someone in your family has a dog allergy, the idea of an “allergy-friendly” dog can seem pretty appealing. But a new study shows that it may be just wishful thinking — and that in fact, some of the purported “hypoallergenic” breeds actually produce more allergens.

What are allergic pet owners to do?

The study, published this week in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, measured the level of allergens in environments with hypoallergenic dogs and nonhypoallergenic dogs. The hypoallergenic dogs studied were the Labradoodle, Poodle, Spanish Water Dog and Airedale Terrier. The non-hypoallergenic dogs were Labrador Retrievers, plus a control group.

The scientists found “significantly higher” amounts of allergen (Can f 1) in hair and coat samples from the hypoallergenic dogs. Only one advantage was found, in only one hypoallergenic breed: Can f 1 levels in settled floor dust samples were lower for Labradoodles, but no differences were found between the other groups. No differences in airborne levels were found between breeds.

If you or a family member has pet allergy symptoms, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America recommends keeping pets out of bedrooms, keeping floors and walls as bare as possible, wearing a dust mask to vacuum (with a HEPA-filter vacuum), and considering a HEPA air cleaner. The AAFA notes that HEPA air cleaners will not remove dander or allergens from surfaces, however. The AAFA also says that weekly bathing of the pet can help reduce airborne allergens, although it may not actually reduce the allergy sufferer’s symptoms.

Do you have a “hypoallergenic” dog? Do you still have allergic reactions, or not?

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Joslyn Gray is the mother of four children with a variety of challenges ranging from allergies to ADHD to Asperger Syndrome. She writes candidly and comedically about this and her generally hectic life on her light-hearted personal blog, stark. raving. mad. mommy.. Read bio and latest posts → Read joslyngray's latest posts →

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5 thoughts on “Is There Really Such a Thing as a 'Hypoallergenic' Dog?

  1. Zolie says:

    My son has horrible dog allergy and my parents claim to have the “most hypoallergenic dog.” Whenever we visit them he breaks out head to toe and needs to be put on predinose. I’m so sad because I grew up with dogs and wanted one for our family until we found out he was allergic

  2. Tragic Sandwich says:

    We have a toy poodle, and none of us is allergic to her–my skin tests earlier this year confirmed that! It’s a relief, because we all love her too much to be happy with the idea of limiting her access to the house.

  3. Lorri M says:

    My family is highly allergic to all indoor & outdoor allergens, cats, feathers & quite a few foods. My husband & my son also have known dog allergies. We’ve had Shih Tsu’s for 12 years without any problems, but when my son moved out he wanted a dog with less grooming needs. He investigated a few breeds and then our allergist tested him for those INDIVIDUAL BREEDS. Today he has two beautiful Italian Greyhounds as part of his family. It is really important to have ALL family members tested for EACH BREED. My daughter has no known dog allergies. She just spent 3 months at my son’s house in Hawaii, and to everyone’s surprise she is allergic to his 2 Italian Grey Hounds!

  4. Floridagirl says:

    I suffered from asthma and allergies (cat, dog, dust, etc). I also endured years of allergy shots. Not sure they do anything. My childhood dog was old and we didnt get another pet after she died. I decided I wanted a dog desperately. I looked around and I had noticed that short haired dogs with prickly hair (dry skin=DANDER) bothered me and caused hives to develop on my legs. I was looking into poodles, bichon or maltese. I fell in love with the maltese. I have been absolutely fine. I put my face on her, kiss her and I am totally fine. Maltese have a very fine single layer of hair, non shedding, no doggie odor either. Their hair is a lot of work as I keep her in a long coat but she is beautiful and worth every effort.

  5. Alfonso Becknell says:

    When people say “skin allergy,” they’re normally referring to allergic contact dermatitis. Allergic contact dermatitis happens when you touch something that your body deems dangerous, even though it’s actually harmless. You react with symptoms like rashes, pain, redness, swelling and blisters. Common types of allergic contact dermatitis are allergies to poison ivy, latex and nickel. Meanwhile, pet allergies are most commonly reactions to dander and little bits of protein from dog saliva that you inhale. Your body’s reaction is normally some type of cold-like symptom: coughing, sneezing, runny nose, itchy eyes or congestion….”`-

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