What Causes Pet Allergies?

Several dog breeds – including dogs with Poodle parentage such as Goldendoodles, Labradoodles, and Aussiedoodles – are referred to as being hypoallergenic dogs. If you, or someone in your family, suffers from pet allergies, a dog that doesn’t produce allergens sounds like a dream come true. Of course, some people take issue with the term, and insist that hypoallergenic dogs don’t exist. So what causes pet allergies, and what do people mean when they say that a dog is hypoallergenic?

Can a dog be hypoallergenic?

People sometimes assume that hypoallergenic means that something will not trigger allergic reactions. This isn’t the case, and it’s not what the word means. If something is hypoallergenic, this simply means that it is less likely to trigger allergic reactions than the non-hypoallergenic alternative.

Sometimes people confuse hypoallergenic with non-allergenic. Non-allergenic is the term for something that does not provoke an allergic reaction.

So are Goldendoodles hypoallergenic? Every single dog will produce allergens. That’s a biological fact. Even hairless dog breeds produce allergens. It’s easier to manage the things that cause pet allergies with some dog breeds, such as Goldendoodles.

What causes pet allergies?

The proteins in a dog’s saliva, urine, hair, and dander (flecks of skin) are what causes pet allergies. Even if you have a hairless dog or a dog with a non-shedding coat, they will still produce allergens.

There are ways to help manage these allergens, however, and some factors to consider when choosing a dog.

  • Goldendoodles typically have non-shedding coats, or only shed very lightly. This means that they less likely to leave dander from skin and hair around the house than dogs that shed a lot.
  • Larger dogs tend to produce more allergens. Our mini Goldendoodles weigh about 30 to 35 pounds full grown.
  • How often you bathe, brush, and groom your dog will determine the amount of allergens that they bring into your home.
  • Cleaning is the best way to reduce the amount of allergens – pet or otherwise – in your home. It’s easier to remove pet allergens from your home if your dog has a non-shedding or light-shedding coat.

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