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The myth of the hypoallergenic dog

It turns off that there are no hypoallergenic dogs, but keeping yours off of the bed will prevent allergy symptoms.

If you suffer from allergies to dog dander, you may have been attracted to the idea of a so-called hypoallergenic breed. According to myth, there are a number of dog and cat breeds that do not produce allergens and won't irritate their owners. However Dr. Karen Becker, an integrative wellness veterinarian wrote today in the Huffington Post, that this is no truth to back such stories.

According to a study authored by Dr. Christine Cole Johnson in 2011, though 60 of 161 recognized dog breeds are listed on various different internet websites as being hypoallergenic, scientists were unable to find any significant differences in allergen levels between any of these dog breeds.

The results of the study found that dog dander levels vary significantly from one animal to another, but that no specific breed showed a difference in allergen levels.

So if you're a dog lover who suffers from allergies, there is no specific type of pooch that is completely allergy-free. This shouldn't stop you from having a four-legged friend though. A much better solution is to lessen your exposure to their allergen-rich dander.

Keep your dog outside of your bedroom, where dander allergies are the worst. It is also helpful to make use of a whole house air purifier, which can remove allergens directly from the air. When you clean, always wash bedding in hot water, and make use of a respirator mask, which can help you from breathing in allergens that are stirred up in the air at the time.

So while the hypoallergenic dog is a myth, an allergy-free home is still achievable if you have follow the best advice and have the right products.

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