There have been many claims about hypoallergenic dogs over the past five years at least; some are older breeders while others are new mixes/hybrids, and they have grown in popularity. The basic concept behind a hypoallergenic dog is its tendency to either not shed at all or shed so slightly that it is not a problem. There are also breeds that do not produce dander which is a major allergen culprit. But is there really such a thing as a hypoallergenic dog? Based on Purebredbreeders.com’s reading, there continues to be much debate on this.
The Nay Sayers
The experience of some dog owners as well as the skepticism of many has caused a two-sided debate about whether or not it is possible for a dog to be hypoallergenic. This debate has led a team from Utrecht University in the Netherlands to carry out a study. Lead by researcher Doris Vredegoor, the study included 360 dogs; 200 thought to be hypoallergenic and 160 that are not.
Based on Purebredbreeders.com’s understanding the researchers found that hypoallergenic dogs had a higher level of one the proteins responsible for allergic reactions and asthma. Known as Can f 1; this allergen was found in the homes of both groups and although there was less on the floor in the homes of hypoallergenic dogs, the air contents were the same for houses with both groups. In fact, homes with Labradoodles and Poodles seemed to have the highest levels. The team also believes the greater tendency to vacuum accounts for the lower levels on the floors. Overall, there is still a lot to research that needs to be done for a conclusive study.
Those Who Believe
While the study suggests that hypoallergenic dogs are possibly bigger allergy culprits, there are many people with these dogs who believe they truly are hypoallergenic. Others have opted for hairless breeds to eliminate any doubt. What Purebredbreeders.com recommends is that potential owners, if allergies are known to be a problem is try to interact with the dog on several different occasions before acquiring one. This is a great way to tell if they trigger asthma or allergies especially in the case of mixed breeds with a parent that sheds even slightly.
Remember also that tolerance levels will vary, so it is best to make sure that each person who must live with the dog is exposed to it before he or she is taken from the breeder, this way the poor pooch will not be returned due to health issues. The Purebredbreeders.com team also urges persons to keep their lifestyle and the breed’s needs in mind before choosing one.