Hypoallergenic Dogs Do Not Exist, Study Saysthe daily dish
Sorry, allergic dog lovers. A new study published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology claims that "hypoallergenic" canines had more allergy-causing protein in their fur than did dogs without the label.
According to Live Science, the report concluded that "the term 'hypoallergenic' is a misnomer that is not based on evidence."
Dog breeds classified as 'hypoallergenic' -- Poodles, Spanish Water Dogs, Labradoodles -- were believed to produce less dander and saliva, and shed less fur. However, researchers at the Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Mich. found no scientific basis to support this claim.
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Researchers tested the theory by measuring environmental allergen levels in 173 houses of dog owners one month after a newborn baby was brought home. After collecting dust samples from the floor of each baby's bedroom, scientists measured the levels of the dog allergen Can f 1.
The study found that in homes where the dog was not allowed in the baby's bedroom, the allergen level for supposedly hypoallergenic dogs was slightly higher compared to allergen levels of non-hypoallergenic dogs.
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