Dog Health Issues – Are you allergic to your dog? Did you buy your dog because it was supposedly hypoallergenic? In other words, was that specific breed supposed to cause fewer allergies in humans than other breeds?
I feel this is an interesting subject. We all know of President Obama and his family’s purchase of a Portuguese Water Dog because that breed was categorized as “hypoallergenic.” I wonder how that is working out for them?
I have quoted a portion of an interesting article below. The title of the article is. “Hypoallergenic pets may be only a myth, according to a study of 60 dog breeds.” The author is Carolyn Butler of the Washington Post.
The article points out that a study by the American Journal of Rhinology & Allergy has determined that certain dog breeds do not produce fewer allergies than other breeds. I find that very interesting.
I am very allergic to dust and grass. I have owned dogs for around 40 years. But I have never felt that I had more allergies with one breed over another one. In fact, I haven’t experienced any symptoms of allergies around any of my dogs.
Unfortunately, cats are a different story. Although I really like cats and like to pat them, I suffer allergy symptoms immediately when I come into a room with a cat.
Here is the quote from the article:
I’ve been suspicious of all so-called hypoallergenic pets ever since my husband first came face to face with his parents’ ragdoll cat, Posey — an adorable fluffball of a kitten who, the breeder improbably guaranteed, would neither shed nor cause allergic symptoms. He took one look and promptly started sniffling and sneezing.
There has been very little hard research on the topic, even as the market for supposedly allergy-free animals — which often sell for hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars — has boomed. (Even the White House succumbed to the trend , with First Pooch Bo, a Portuguese water dog who was chosen because of Malia Obama’s allergies.)
But a study in the American Journal of Rhinology & Allergy suggests that there may be no such thing as a hypoallergenic canine, after all.
The entire article can be found here.
I would like to hear your comments. Do you find that one breed produces more allergies in humans than others? Thanks for your input.