hypo dog Allergy free dogs may be a myth, new study claimsAnother popular medical belief is under threat as a new study claims that allergy-free dogs, known as “hypoallergenic” breeds, are a myth. In other words, allergy-sufferers who spend big money to buy so-called hypoallergenic breeds as poodles, schnauzers and Portuguese water dogs may be wasting their money.
The study is published online in the American Journal of Rhinology and Allergy. After exhaustive research involving collection of samples from 173 homes, it concluded that there was no significant difference in the amount of a dog allergen known as “Can f 1” present in houses which had hypoallergenic breeds and those which did not.
“We found no scientific basis to the claim hypoallergenic dogs have less allergen,” said Christine Cole Johnson, chair of Henry Ford Hospital’s department of public health sciences and senior author of the study. Although she was open to the possibility of a resistance to allergy developing by exposure to dogs at childhood, she found “the idea that you can buy a certain breed of dog and think it will cause less allergy problems for a person already dog-allergic” as unsubstantiated.
Christina Duffney-Carey, spokesperson for the American Kennel Club, said that it “does not recommend or endorse any specific breed, nor does it claim that ‘hypoallergenic breeds’ will not affect people with allergies.” At the same time, she added that, “there are many breeds with consistent and predictable coats that we suggest for allergy sufferers. These breeds have non-shedding coats, which produce less dander (bits of hair and skin).” While this may be true, it seems this does not translate into the absence of allergies.
Allergy-free dogs may be a myth, new study claims