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The Hypoallergenic Dog Myth is Exposed

Bad news for the allergy-prone owners of Portuguese Water Dogs, Poodles, Schnauzers and other breeds that are considered “hypoallergenic.” A new study published in the American Journal of Rhinology and Allergy shows that these so-called allergy-free pooches have just as much allergens as other breeds. “We found no scientific basis to the claim hypoallergenic dogs have less allergen,” says Christine Cole Johnson, senior author of the study. “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.”

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