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Q: Is there really such thing as a hypo-alergenic breed?

October 15, 2008 | By Vbspcablog | 15 answers | Expired: 2100 days ago

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and if so what are they?

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Nichole
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Oct 21, 2008

poodles are non-sheddng and hypo allergenic ad dont have dog dander. there are some great websites out there abou poodles. There is also laberdoodles that are supposed to me non- shedding. Poodles being hypo allergenic and non shedding is one of the reasons that everybody is breeding different breeds to the poodle.

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beverly y.
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Oct 18, 2008

sure there is

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Anonymous
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Oct 16, 2008

Most dogs with hair not fur, are hypo allergenic. Maltese, Shi Zu,etc.

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Sarah B.
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Oct 16, 2008

Yes there are hypo-Allergenic animals available. Dalmations, Chinese Crested hairless, & other dogs. There are cats also but I cannot remember them. There was an article on Zootoo that covered this & listed them. You'll have to look back in the arcives to find the article. I'll also look for you. You didn't mention if you were interested in cat or dog? Or what you were allergic to? Good luck.

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Linda C.
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Oct 16, 2008

I grew up in a family with animal allergies and I believe there is no TRUE hypoallergenic breed. All dogs have dander, and that is what causes the allergen. It seems that those who have animal allergies are more sensitive to some animals than others - even those of the same breed. My husband has mild dog allergies and we have had 7 different Labradors in the house over the years. Some he has been fine with, others have really bothered him. Certainly, the non-shedding breeds are LESS allergenic, because they're not blowing hair, and therefore, dander, all over the place on a regular basis, but the dander is still there, and a person with high sensitivity may still be bothered by them. My advice, borrow a dog, or otherwise be around the type of dog an allergic person is thinking of acquiring, before actually purchasing.

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Cindy
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Oct 16, 2008

I don't understand how an animal can be totally non-allergenic since all shed hair and skin to some degree, and all have saliva. Any living creature or plant can be a potential allergen since they are made of protein. I do agree there are probably animals out there that are less allergenic. And what one person can tolerate, another can't.

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Jessica P.
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Oct 16, 2008

There are "less-allergenic" dogs and cats as others have said...There was big news story on "genetically engineered hypoallergenic cats"...turns out that some cats NATURALLY produce whatever the allergen (I am not an allergist), and the engineers, just found and bred those cats....they are NOT pedigreed cats, just some random mutation. As far as dogs go, people are allergic to different thing, the salvia, fur, and/or dander, also consider that animals with fur carry allergens like dust and pollen....if you really just want a list of breeds, for dogs (size doesn't matter, other than less surface area, less space to carry allergens) schnauzers, poodles (PLEASE don't buy any "doodles" or such, go to a shelter and find one and the mixes SHED!), pulis, and some others (these are dogs with "hair" "not" fur....)and there are more...do research and spend time in different settings with any pet before you buy.

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Sheltervt
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Oct 15, 2008

response to Linda B:

If you actually visit the Lifestyle Pets homepage and read their fine print, even they say that their genetically modified dogs and cats cannot be gauranteed free from allergens.

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LINDA B.
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Oct 15, 2008

Actually yes according to a company called Lifestyle Pets. They claim they have produced both hypo-allergenic cats and dogs (for those that can afford them).

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Sparky72
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Oct 15, 2008

Another breed that might not bother someone with allergies is a bichon frise. As someone else mentioned Poodles are usually pretty hypo-allergenic and the wheaten terrier. The smaller the dog the most likely you won't be allergic to it! Do your research though before you get one. It would be horrible if you had to give the dog up. And please try your local animal shelter before buying one at a pet store or from a breeder.

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