Is There Such A Thing As A Hypoallergenic Dog?


TaeWoo wrote a post about the Portuguese Water Dog not too long ago – The Obama’s new pet pride of the family. The claim is that Bo, the First Dog, is hypoallergenic. I decided to do a little further investigation to see if this is in fact true.

According to a Fox News article, the findings are quite contrary.

All dogs produce proteins that can cause allergies. These proteins are found in dogs’ dander — which is dead skin cells, not fur — and saliva and urine, explained Dr. Elizabeth Matsui, a children’s allergy expert at Johns Hopkins Children’s Center.

Grooming and bathing can remove much of the dander and cause fewer allergic symptoms, and some breeds tend to be groomed and bathed more often. But it’s that treatment rather than the breed that makes the difference, doctors say.

People with general allergies but not a specific allergy to dogs will probably do fine with a dog, said Dr. Robert Naclerio, a University of Chicago allergy specialist.

But for those with a true dog allergy, diagnosed by a skin test, “then I wouldn’t recommend bringing it in,” he said, “because you are going to have symptoms.”

Those include a runny nose, teary eyes, sneezing and coughing. goes on to say the following:

The fact that this myth has been widely spread by the media means many people will be attracted to this breed, in particular, on the basis that it won’t aggravate an allergy could cause a LOT of heartache (and possible rehomings, GENUINE rehomings) down the line.

So there you have it folks. Hypoallergenic dogs just don’t exist. It makes me wonder how Malia is holding up.

I can handle being allergic to cats just because I don’t have any personal desire to have one, but I can’t imagine being allergic to dogs. This may sound dramatic, but if I were allergic to dogs, I would feel like I’d lost a part of what makes me happy.

I was reading this other controversial article about how Obama chose not to adopt a mutt – a rescue for that matter. Since there is an overpopulation of dogs that need to be rescued from euthanization, why did Obama choose to get a pedigree, especially when it’s all too clear that the hypoallergenic dog is just a myth. Yes, it’s really an individual choice what kind of dog or pet one gets, but Obama? C’mon. Represent. Don’t Disappoint.

Yeah, the debate is ridiculous, but since he is President it would make sense for him to set an example to help the millions of dogs that need homes too. Maybe it was hard for Obama to say no to Kennedy’s gift? Regardless, Obama tends to impact the world with any decisions he makes.

The also has an articule that speaks about Obama’s decision.

Bo’s arrival puts to rest months of anticipation from various animal organizations that were eager to see the president make good on his word that the new puppy would be “a mutt like me.” When reports surfaced that the dog was not adopted from a shelter, the criticism started.

Madeline Bernstein, president of spcaLA, expressed her disappointment Monday in a Letter to the Editor, stating: “Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Los Angeles (spcaLA) is dismayed by the decision of the White House to obtain a purebred dog …Choosing a shelter dog would have saved lives.”

So really it isn’t about his statement (true or not) about getting a “mutt like me,” but it’s really about the principle. Obama is supposed to help change lives and since humans have soul connections to dogs, they are affected too. At least that’s what I think.

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