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Ask the Expert - Hypoallergenic Dogs?

Q.Is there such a thing as a hypoallergenic dog?

A. There are many dog-allergic people who love the companionship of a “house dog” and have been considering the so-called "hypoallergenic" dog breeds, such as Samoyeds, Portuguese water dogs, Afghan hound poodles, Airedale terriers and Malteses. However, homes containing these theoretically less allergenic breeds may have the same dog allergen as houses where fuzzier breeds curl up at the foot of the bed, according to a recent study of residences around Detroit, Michigan.  The researchers from the Henry Ford Health System in Detroit in conjunction with the Georgia Health Sciences University examined the content of homes for the common dog allergen Canis familiaris 1 (Can f 1) and found detectable levels in 94% of the 173 homes they tested. In fact, the levels of common dog allergen, Can f 1, were not statistically different between houses inhabited by hypoallergenic dogs and those harboring other breeds!

 

Nicholas CE, Wegienka GR, Havstad SL, Zoratti EM, Ownby DR, Johnson CC. Dog allergen levels in homes with hypoallergenic compared with nonhypoallergenic dogs. American journal of rhinology & allergy. Jul-Aug 2011;25(4):252-256.

 
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