Pet allergies are common; according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, cats and dogs cause allergic reactions in as many as 30 percent of Americans. If you have a severe pet allergy, you probably won’t be able to own a dog, regardless of the breed. However, hypoallergenic dogs like Goldendoodlesmay be a good option for people who are mildly allergic to dogs.
Non-allergenic dogs do not exist.
There is no such thing as a dog that won’t cause allergic reactions for people with pet allergies. Dogs that don’t shed and even hairless dog breeds trigger allergies.
This is because pet allergies are not caused by pet fur or hair.
People with pet allergies have allergic reactions to proteins in the urine, saliva, or dander (dead skin cells) of animals. All animals create these allergens.
Dogs that shed create more dander and introduce more allergens into the home. Fur collects dead skin cells and allergens from urine or saliva. When a dog sheds fur, these allergens accumulate on furniture, floors, and fixtures in a home.
This is why people mistakenly associate pet allergies with pet fur or hair.
Goldendoodles are hypoallergenic dogs.
Most Goldendoodles develop a non-shedding coat, or they shed very lightly. They inherit this trait from their Poodle parentage. Some Goldendoodles are more likely to develop a non-shedding coat than others, however.
For example, F1b Goldendoodles have more Poodle heritage than F1 Doodles. This means that F1b Doodles are less likely to shed.
Hypoallergenic dogs produce less dander. Dogs that do not shed also help reduce the amount of allergens that enter to home due to dog saliva or urine.
Fewer allergens means fewer reactions for people who are allergic to dogs.
Can you own a Goldendoodle if you are allergic to dogs?
Goldendoodles are a good choice for people with mild pet allergies. However, it’s a good idea to talk to your doctor or allergist before bringing an adorable Goldendoodle puppy into your home. Adding a puppy to your family is a big commitment, and it’s not a decision that can be easily undone.
Remember that even hypoallergenic dogs like Goldendoodles produce allergens. There are things that you can do to reduce the amount of allergens in your home if you are allergic to dogs.
- Regular washing, brushing, and grooming for your Goldendoodle.
- Replace the air filters in your home regularly: every 60 days for pet owners.
- Consider having an outside dog. The less time your dog spends indoors, the fewer allergens get trapped in your home.
- Get in the habit of housekeeping; establish a routine to sweep, dust, mop, vacuum, and wash linens to remove pet dander and allergens from your home.