Are Labradoodles Really Hypoallergenic

by Felesha Scott

Labradoodles are hybrid dogs created by crossing a purebred poodle and a purebred Labrador retriever.

The original intent of this crossover was to produce a seeing-eye dog that was also hypoallergenic.

Hypoallergenic dogs are thought to shed less fur when compared to other dogs and they produce less of the stuff that might be triggers for allergies, such as dander and saliva.

What are Scientists Saying About This?

Several Scientists and Doctors have however come forward with research that suggests that dogs including Labradoodles do not lower the household allergen levels.

There is no such thing as a dog breed that is hypoallergenic. Although some individual dogs may trigger an allergy in people less often than others.

What Really Causes You To Be Allergic To Dogs

The real source of these allergies is often a protein that is in the saliva and urine of dogs and cats.

This protein sticks to the dead, dried flakes also known as Dander from your pet’s skin.” These are words of James T C Li, a medical expert from the Mayo clinic

You must determine if you are allergic to either the dog’s hair or dander or to the protein that is found in a dog’s saliva and urine.

Only your allergist can best help you determine how allergic you are to these types of dogs.

Besides dander or saliva, you may be allergic to grass, dust, and pollen on their coat, all these things are what a dog naturally brings in from the outside, and not the dog itself.

In the case of saliva or outside allergens, all dog breed will increase your allergy symptoms.

What Coat Type Does Labradoodles Have

There are three types of coats in which Labradoodles come in. They are Hair, Fleece and Wool.

The texture of this hair coat is rather similar to the hair on humans and is not as allergy-friendly as the fleece and wool coats.

These two are soft and silk-like and they are usually the go-to for potential owners who already know that they are allergic to dog hair when it sheds.

If a family member has dog allergies, and it has to do with the Labradoodle hair or dander, a second-generation Labradoodle or an Australian Labradoodle with a fleece or wool coat.

For this to happen, you have to get a breeder you trust. You must know the right breed, as there are Labradoodles (hair-coated, fleece coated, wool coated) and Australian Labradoodles (fleece coated and wool coated).

If You Really Had To Choose A Type of Labradoodle

Second generation Labradoodle: A second generation Labradoodle that is as 75% Poodle that is fleece or wool coated is a good choice and will most likely not shed or shed minimally.

Australian Labradoodle: The Australian Labradoodle is the best choice if you or your family want a non-shed allergy-friendly dog.

Breeders select which dogs are crossed by their coat traits and if the parents and grandparents of your puppy do not shed, your puppy should not shed.

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