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Hypoallergenic dogs 'do not have lower allergen levels'

Tuesday, 12th July 2011

People out there who would like to splash out on dog chew toys for a pup, but who are unable to because of allergies, should not be duped into buying a 'hypoallergenic dog'.

A new study by researchers at Henry Ford Hospital in Michigan has found that hypoallergenic dogs do not have lower household allergen levels than other dogs.

Christine Cole Johnson, chair of Henry Ford's Department of Public Health Sciences and senior author of the study, said: "Based on previous allergy studies conducted here at Henry Ford, exposure to a dog early in life provides protection against dog allergy development.

"But 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 is not borne out by our study."

According to the Daily Mail, breeds considered to be hypoallergenic include Bichon Frise, Poodles and Portugese Water Dog.