Pet allergy sufferers have a real problem if they are puppy lovers. Pet allergies have led breeders to try to create a low or no allergy dog breed, a common practice when we want a new breed to suit a specific purpose. In truth, an allergy-free dog does not exist. However, a few breeds are classed as hypoallergenic. , this means these breeds are less likely to create an allergy flare-up for those who suffer from pet allergies, which is terrific news.
Hypoallergenic, what does that mean?
Hypoallergenic doesn’t mean completely allergy-free. First used around the 1950 Hypoallergenic described and promoted skincare products that were less likely to cause an allergic reaction. The term hypoallergenic was a great way to advertise skin care products; the consumer felt like it was safer to use. Even though it just meant that when you use those products, you had less of a chance of an allergic reaction. Whoever came up with the term was a genius. By this definition, a dog breed can be hypoallergenic even though some insist there is no such thing. In fact, there are several breeds of dogs that don’t bring on the sniffles.
The question still remains; Are Labradoodles hypoallergenic?
Let’s break down a few different types of Labradoodles; F1, F1B, F2, and F2B.
F1 Labradoodles – (first generation)
An F1 Labradoodle is a cross of equal parts Labrador and Poodle. Which produces a puppy that may shed if they inherit the Labrador coat; the puppy won’t be hypoallergenic.
F1B is created when an F1 (first generation) Labradoodle is crossed back with a Poodle creating Puppies that are 75% Poodle. These puppies have a low-shedding coat. They are what you are looking for in a puppy that will be around someone with allergies.
F2 Labradoodles are the result of two F1 (first generation) Labradoodles being bred with each other. So they are two F1s from different families, making the percentage 50/50. Having the mix of two F1’s makes the puppies coat shed less than F1B puppies.
An F1 (first-generation) bred with an F1B (the Poodle cross back) creates the F2B Labradoodle. These puppies have more Poodles in the mix, and this makes them very low shedding. They are fantastic for people with allergies.
Why are Labradoodles Hypoallergenic?
We first have to understand what a pet allergy is. The Mayo Clinic says, “Pet allergy is an allergic reaction to proteins found in an animal’s skin cells, saliva, and urine. Signs of pet allergy include those common to hay fever, such as sneezing and runny nose. Some people may also experience signs of asthma, such as wheezing and difficulty breathing.” Goodness, this is awful for those who love fur babies and suffer with a pet allergy.
Seeing that dander and shedding leads to the pet allergy symptoms that are not pleasant, you may be asking, What is dander exactly? It is dead flakes of skin, the proteins found in pet’s dander are also found in saliva and urine. So when your pet grooms themselves, they are coating their fur in saliva. Then that fur gets spread all around the house, leaving the proteins that cause flare-ups to spread along with the fur. It is so easy for pet dander to be spread. A dog that sheds a lot will spread more dander than a low shedding dog. Dander can be found on furniture and carpet for months after a pet has not been in the area. Dander can be carried to areas where no pets have been via clothing.
But Why are Labradoodles Hypoallergenic?
The Labradoodles Poodle parent are why. They naturally help curb the dander issue. Labradoodles hardly shed, which, as we just learned lessens the spread of dander. Less puppy hair laying around, the less dander is around. Also, having gorgeous curly hair helps to believe it or not. The curls trap the dander, so they don’t become airborne. Who knew? You should definitely give your Labradoodle a bath at least once a week.
A Labradoodle may trigger some folks pet allergy symptoms; while others may not, this will vary with every single puppy. So when it is possible, spend time with the puppy you plan on bringing home before you do so you will know for sure if they will affect your allergy. Labradoodle breeders are conscious of the fact that you are probably looking for a Labradoodle because someone in your family suffers from allergies. The breeders will be glad to work with you to find the best puppy.
Five tips to reduce the chance of an allergic reaction
- Keep your Labradoodles skin in good condition by making sure they have omega-three fatty acids in their diet. Regular grooming will help keep their skin healthy too.
- Use a spray for pet dander removal.
- Give your dog a weekly bath. You may even consider using the same towels and washing them separately from your non-puppy towels.
- Don’t forget saliva can trigger an allergic reaction. Make sure to wash your hands after playing with your puppy or handling their bedding. Consider washing your hands after petting your Labradoodle too.
- Keep your puppy off the bed and furniture. It’s hard to wash a couch or a mattress. Make sure to wash your bedding if your puppy does sneak in and take a nap.
So there you have it, the answer to the question, Are Labradoodles Hypoallergenic? Yes, some are, which is excellent news!
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