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Hypoallergenic dogs don’t exist. Period.


Finally there is proof. Actual proof that what I long believed to be true was actually true… hypoallergenic dogs don’t really exist. According to a new study conducted by Henry Ford’s Department of Public Health Sciences, “Hypoallergenic dogs don’t actually produce fewer allergy-provoking proteins than other dogs.” In fact, a previous study out earlier this year (also conducted Henry Ford’s) indicated “exposure to a dog early in life provides protection against dog allergy development.”

So much for all that clever marketing done by the AKC and puppy mills everywhere. That $1000 Labradoodle, Bichon Frise, Poodle or Portuguese Water Dog? Yup. Just a dog. Like any other dog.

You can read the more about the study here when the July/August edition is published.


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  1. July 9, 2011 at 12:08 AM

    Actually I kind of figured that. 🙂

    • Mel
      July 9, 2011 at 2:37 PM

      LOL!

  2. Kristine
    July 9, 2011 at 6:43 AM

    This isn’t really new news. Ask any vet and they’d tell you the same thing. I’ve had quasi-arguments with people about this in the past, including one of my former roommates who kept insisting she was allergic to all dogs but her parents’ miniature poodles.

    I hope this study doesn’t prevent people from adopting dogs, however. I guess the true animal lovers will continue to do so anyway. My best friend is allergic to cats and yet she sleeps with one every night. Pets are totally worth the stuffy nose.

    • Mel
      July 9, 2011 at 2:34 PM

      Agree Kristine. Not new news really, but the marketing that has been done to sell people on the idea that a hypoallergenic pet has been quite extensive. The President and his family is a good example. When they went looking for a dog they said they needed to find a hypoallergenic one because one of their daughters had allergies. I am allergic to both dogs and cats, but I choose to deal wit it because like you said, they are totally worth it.

  3. July 9, 2011 at 6:52 AM

    Regarding early exposure–my sister has even managed to dampen her cat allergies as an adult by managing her exposure.

    They took in a neighbor’s cat who had to be quarantined (and he wasn’t quite up to the job). At first, they confined him to their courtyard and garage. They eventually allowed him into other parts of the house but kept him out of the bedroom.

    My sister has found she’s gotten less sensitive over time and she does fine as long as they keep their sleeping area cat free and she always washes her hands after petting the cat.

    I suspect people could do the same things with dogs if they’re patient and their family cooperates.

    • Mel
      July 9, 2011 at 2:31 PM

      How interesting Pamela. I think perhaps the biggest mistake I made was letting my cats into my bedroom. Now I pay holy hell if I don’t let Nick in. I think allergies can be worked with if they are not completely severe. After all, isn’t that what allergy shots do? Increase our body’s ability to deal with them?

      I think what is sad that many pets end up at shelters because someone finds out they are allergic to them. I chose to work with my allergies and keep my pets. 🙂

  4. July 9, 2011 at 8:51 AM

    I saw this study announced this week and I’m wondering if the “placebo” affect was strong with people who really wanted dogs, but were allergic. We have allergies in our house, too, and surprisingly, our short-haired dogs seem be less of a bother than our Siberian Husky – but they shed like fiends.

    Stopping by on the blog hop today. I’ve posted the very best cat song ever – it features the cat band and the cat lady. It’s destined to be a wildly popular song! Be among the first to see it!

    • Mel
      July 9, 2011 at 2:27 PM

      That’s a great question Cherie. I hope to read more about the study when it is published.
      Will stop on over on the blog hop!

  5. July 9, 2011 at 9:49 AM

    I’m not surprised. I agree though, early conditioning to a cat and dog certainly helps when someone in the family is allergic. We had allergists tell us to get rid of the cats when our daughter was young. We didn’t and she is is able to be around cats as an adult.

    • Mel
      July 9, 2011 at 2:26 PM

      Sage – I am allergic to both cats and dogs, especially cats. I have had dogs all my life and only acquired my cats about 13 years ago. I have to agree with you about early conditioning. I have had less problems with dogs and my allergies because I have had dogs my whole life. It was only when I got cats as an adult (my mom is allergic to cats too) that I had to start taking Claritin-D or the generic version of it. It’s so interesting how science is changing our beliefs. Thanks for stopping by!

  6. jan
    July 9, 2011 at 3:50 PM

    I’ve believed this always.

    Unfortunately there are a lot of Poodles and Oodles sent to the shelters because of the misinformation that they did not contribute to allergies, misinformation spread by breeders. Every dog is different and every human allergy is different. I hope this puts some of the Oodle breeders out of business who are passing their dogs off as just what the allergy sufferer is looking for.

  7. July 9, 2011 at 10:03 PM

    Same here! Most people think its the fur when it’s really the skin cells shedding. I had asthma as a child brought on by major allergies. I had to take a shot once a week for a year to build up my tolerance. My doctor said we needed to get rid of my little dog. We put plastic covers on my bed under the sheets, filters in my air vents, etc. I got stronger and my little dog stayed!

    Stopping by on the blog hop!

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