Please believe me when I say that not one dog breed on earth is hypoallergenic. It is utter nonsense, often hyped by irresponsible or impressively misinformed breeders and repeated as if true.
Most allergies are to dander and even saliva, more than hair. All dogs have dander. Dogs with double coats tend to produce more dander, dogs that shed minimally tend to produce less. But they are NOT hypoallergenic. Period. Honest, I wouldn't lie to you.
If you brush every day (preferably outside!), bath regularly, give a good diet to improve skin/coat to minimize shedding and keep skin healthy, you decrease the dander and issues. Keep the dog OUT OF THE BEDROOMS of anyone who is allergic. Have them try to not wear pjs around the pet to help keep their bed allergen free.
Okay, you don't have to believe me.. I can give you some great articles by vets.
A "Hypoallergenic" Dog – Really?
Pet Column for the week of March 8, 2010
Services - Dermatology
Office of Public Engagement
2001 S. Lincoln Ave.
Urbana, Illinois 61802
Source - Domenico Santoro, DVM
After a Portuguese water dog named Bo Obama graced the White House lawn, everyone began clamoring to find hypoallergenic dog breeds. According to the Allergy and Asthma Foundation of America, there are nearly 50 million people in this country that have some form of allergies in general. Although the most common allergy is to cats (approximately 10 million people), there are still a substantial amount of people allergic to dogs. With numbers like that, the thought of having a pet that is less likely to trigger a reaction may be enticing.
Dr. Domenico Santoro is a veterinary dermatology resident at the University of Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital in Urbana. When asked if it is possible to have a hypoallergenic dog, his response was a simple "no." He goes on to say that, "currently there are only "hypoallergenic" cats available that have been genetically modified to not produce the protein that some humans may react to."
As of yet, no one has been able to produce a dog that does not make a protein in its saliva or skin to which allergic humans are known to react. But there are certain dog breeds that, due to their lack of shedding or short hair coat, are less likely to trigger a reaction. Examples are breeds like poodles, Maltese, and Bedlington terriers, and several others.
The situation that the dermatology service at the Teaching Hospital runs into is parents who have a child with allergies, and that child really wants a dog. "In that case, the best question to ask would be: 'how bad is your or your child's allergy?'" says Dr. Santoro. If the child or person has a severe reaction landing them in the ER, then getting a dog should never be considered.
But, "if you or your child's allergy is mild," says Dr. Santoro, "spend time with friends that have a dog, or test the dog out in your house to see how reactive you are." If it doesn't seem to be a problem, then perhaps things may work out for the best for you and your furry friend.
If you know you have a mild allergy to dogs and you end up bringing one home after a trial period, there are a few other things you can do in addition to adopting a breed that does not shed and has short hair. Brushing the dog more often may help to remove stray hairs (hairs and saliva are the parts of the dog to which people react).
Bathing the pet often helps as well, but "bathing too often can be bad for the dog," notes Dr. Santoro. Since every animal is different, you can speak with your veterinarian about how frequently you can safely bathe your dog. For example, bathing everyday is certainly not acceptable, but once every two weeks may be beneficial.
If you or your child really do want a pet and find that a dog triggers too severe of an allergic reaction, all is not lost. Just because you react to a dog, doesn't mean you?ll react to a cat or vice versa. Although if you already have allergies, you are more likely to develop a sensitivity to another allergy. You can always test out different animals to see how you handle them differently.
In the end, it really is not possible to have a hypoallergenic dog, or one that does not produce the proteins to which humans react. But there are steps you can take so you can have a furry friend around without getting an itchy rash or a runny nose.
For more information on hypoallergenic dogs, talk to your local veterinarian.
AVOIDING ANIMAL DANDERS
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People who are allergic to animals react to saliva, skin flakes (dander), urine or feathers. Avoiding the animal(s) causing the problem is the simplest solution, but isn't always possible. If your work requires being around animals, or if an animal is a beloved family member, there are some actions you can take to minimize the symptoms you develop around them.
Dogs and Cats
The most important step is making at least one area of your home where you spend significant amounts of time into an animal-free zone. The bedroom is usually the best choice for this. This permits you to get your needed rest undisturbed by a stuffy nose, wheezing, etc.
A poor second choice, if you simply can't keep your cat, dog, etc out of your bedroom is to hide your pillow someplace during the day (high closet shelf?) so the animal can't sleep on the pillow, shedding dander.
Adding a HEPA room filter will minimize the amount of allergen reaching your nose and eyes.
Brush your pet daily (outdoors, preferably by someone other than the allergic person) and wash the pet at least once a week.
There are no hypoallergenic dogs or cats. Dog breeds that shed less (standard poodle, airedale terrier, etc) are sometimes less bothersome to allergic people.
Pet allergy: Are there hypoallergenic dog breeds?
Are there any hypoallergenic dog breeds?
from James T C Li, M.D., Ph.D.
There is no such thing as a hypoallergenic dog breed, although some breeds may cause fewer allergy symptoms than others. Many people think that pet allergies are caused by a dog's or cat's fur, but the real source of pet allergies is often a protein that's in the saliva and urine of dogs and cats. This protein sticks to the dead, dried flakes (dander) from your pet's skin.
Some dog breeds, such as the soft-coated wheaten terrier, or mixed breeds such as the goldendoodle, are marketed as hypoallergenic dogs because they don't shed fur or they shed very little. Because these dogs don't shed, the allergy-causing dander that sticks to their fur doesn't get released into the air or onto the floor as much as it would with a shedding dog. While you may have fewer allergy symptoms with a so-called hypoallergenic dog than with a shedding dog, no dog breed is hypoallergenic. There's some research suggesting that female dogs and Labrador retrievers might put off lower amounts of dog allergens.
If you're allergic to dogs, but still want to have one, there are some things you can do to reduce your allergy symptoms:
Choose a smaller dog, which will shed less dander than will a larger dog.
Keep your pet out of your bedroom and other rooms you spend a lot of time in.
Keep your pet outside, if weather permits.
Bathe your pet weekly to remove dander from its coat.
Choose carpet-free flooring, or shampoo your carpet regularly.
Use a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) air purifier and vent filters to help reduce airborne pet allergen