Hypoallergenic Dogs – is it true or just a myth?
We’re in the hypoallergenic decade, with ample dogs toting the “allergy free” label – many of them mixes containing a parent of poodle in their lineage. (Doodles aren’t a new thing: Labradoodles were the earliest created, referenced in 1955, popularized in 1989, with cockapoos becoming popular in the 50s & goldendoodles arriving in the 60s. As of 2006, there were over 220 poodle mix variations!).
Less allergy creation = less reaction of amplified allergies of the owner. Dog allergy people rejoice!
But are these dogs actually hypoallergenic?
Per the Mayo Clinic & the AKC – there are no 100% hypoallergenic dog breeds. Instead there are some dogs that lend to fewer allergy symptoms than others. The oodles of poodle hybrids could still be causes of allergies, though they may be far less than notorious heavy shedders & slobbery droolers. Less shedding means less dander getting released into the air. There will still be dander that occurs, rendering all dogs NOT hypoallergenic.
Hypoallergenic dogs = myth
Did you know – the source of pet allergies isn’t caused by a dog’s fur, but by a protein that is in their spit & pee along with dander? This lovely protein sticks to the dander from the dog’s skin, which flakes off when shedding occurs and activates the allergies found in sensitive people. Any dog can potentially cause an allergic reaction!
Luckily if you do have allergies, there are some dogs you can consider adding to your family that may cause you to have less allergy flare ups. There’s also a whole pack of them that may be best to avoid. We’ll start with the ones to avoid.
Don’t fall in love with these dogs – they may make your allergies flare up badly!
The worst of the pack:
- St. Bernards
- German Shepherds
- Boston Terriers
- Basset Hounds
- Siberian Huskies
- Springer Spaniels
- Great Pyrenees
- Chow Chows
- Cocker Spaniels
- Alaskan Malamutes
If you are set on having one of these breeds and have dog allergies, be prepared for a bit more active maintenance. No slobbery kisses (spit = allergen), very frequent brushings and nearly as frequent baths, no cuddle buddies in your bedroom. Or on the couch. Rip out all the carpets, invest in HEPA filters and deep clean all the soft surfaces on a regular. You may have to take an allergy medicine as well to avoid being a stuffy mess. (You could get a doodle mix of one of these breeds, just note they won’t carry the look of said breed.)
Below doodle mixes: Newfypoo (Newfoundland x poodle), Shepadoodle (German shepherd x poodle) & Saint Berdoodle (St. Bernard x poodle)
(*images are not ours, using for illustrative purposes: images found via a Google search & used for reference, newfypoo from https://www.petguide.com/, shepadoodle from https://populardoodle.com/, St. Berndoodle from https://www.goldenacresdogs.com/)
Aside from the various doodles – these dog breeds may be perfect if you have dog allergies:
- wirehair dogs
- Chinese Crested
- Miniature Schnauzers
- Shih Tzus
- Portuguese Water Dogs
- Scottish Terriers
- Giant Schnauzers
- Afghan Hound
- Cairn Terrier
- Bedlington Terrier
- Irish Water Spaniel
- Lagotto Romagnolo
- Lhasa Apso
- Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier
Remember, these dogs can still produce dander, spit & have accidents around the house which can cause allergies to amplify, but their overall dander production will be lower than those on the previous list.
No dog allergies in myself or my partner, but we do know people who have active allergies to dogs & cats. Introduce the curiosity.
- Do you have dog or cat allergies & own a pet? Do you do anything to help lessen the allergens from Sir Woofs Alot & Pretty Purrington?