Is there such a thing as a hypoallergenic dog?

Allergy sufferers who also want to become dog owners have traditionally opted for breeds like Labradoodles, Bichon Frises, and Border Terriers. While these dogs certainly don't shed as often as others, new research seems to have found that the idea of a hypoallergenic dog might be completely false.

“West Highland White Terriers, such as this pup, are considered hypoallergenic dogs.

Some dogs, like this Westie, are considered hypoallergenic because they rarely shed.

According to, a recent study published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology performed by researchers at Utrecht University tested 200 supposedly hypoallergenic dogs with 160 standard canines and examined hair and coat samples. In both groups, the Can f 1 allergen, a protein that stimulates allergic reactions, was the same. While researchers speculated that those who chose hypoallergenic dogs most likely kept their homes much cleaner, they concluded that both groups would eventually accumulate allergens that can trigger reactions and asthma. With this in mind, potential dog parents can still create an environment that can reduce their allergic symptoms while still providing a superior quality of life for their companions. Here are a few tips to keep in mind from

  1. Frequent vacuuming. The build-up of dust, mold and pet dander can play a major role in increasing allergic reactions, so dog parents will have to go the extra mile to keep their homes clean. Vacuuming and dusting every few days can make a big difference in reducing your chance of an allergic reaction.
  2. Clean your linens. One of the places that can be a haven for dust mites and other potential triggers is your bed. Make an effort to wash your sheets, pillow cases, and blankets in hot water each week to refresh your linens each week.
  3. Brush your dog often. Even dogs that are supposedly hypoallergenic will need to have their coats groomed every once in a while, but if you have allergies, this should be a major pet wellness concern. Making regular grooming appointments will reduce the amount of pet dander in your home and keep your canine looking great.
  4. Use an air purifier. Pet dander is much more likely to be kicked up around your apartment if the moisture in the air is too low, so consider purchasing an air purifier or a humidifier. Optimally, a product with a HEPA filter that can trap pet allergens is the best choice to make your home far more hospitable during the peak of the allergy season.

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