It is widely believed that certain breeds of dogs are less likely to cause people with dog allergies to be affected by them, but a new study is saying that this is not true! Dogs such as the Bichon Frise, Poodles, Schnauzers and others have been classified as hypoallergenic breeds because they did not shed and released less dander and saliva.
The purpose of the study was to determine if there was less “dog allergen” in the homes containing a dog breed that was considered to be hypoallergenic. They looked at dust samples from the carpet or floor of 173 homes. Each home contained one dog – some were in the list of breeds believed to be hypoallergenic and others were not.
The study found that there was no improvement in the levels of allergens in the homes with hypoallergenic breeds. In fact, in one group that they studied there were even more allergens found in the home of people containing a supposedly hypoallergenic breed.
The author of the study, Christine Cole Johnson, Ph.D., MPH, did say that there were some limitations in the study as they did not regulate how much time each dog spent in the room that was sampled, and they didn’t have enough data to evaluate specific breeds.
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