The lovable Labradoodle — one of the most popular designer pooches in America — does not live up to its hypoallergenic hype. Not only that, a recent study asserts that there’s no such thing as a hypoallergenic canine, which means some dog breeds may be even higher maintenance than originally thought.
A report published last week in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology says dogs marketed as being hypoallergenic actually had higher Can f 1 levels — i.e. dog allergens — in hair and coat samples than did control breeds. “There is no evidence for the classification of certain dog breeds as being hypoallergenic,” the report abstract concluded.
Scientists involved in the study examined hair and coat samples from dogs, as well as settled floor and airborne dust samples from the dogs’ homes.