Are Hypoallergenic Dogs Genetically Modified? True FACTS

Are Hypoallergenic Dogs Genetically Modified? True FACTS
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Hypoallergenic dog breeds are by far one of the most searched dogs by people who have allergies or who simply want a pup who doesn't shed or drool excessively.

What is actually a hypoallergenic dog breed?
➡ A hypoallergenic dog breed is one that is allegedly more acceptable with allergic persons than other breeds.
➡ Such hypoallergenic dog breed will shed and drool less than an usual dog breed.

The True FACT is: there are no 100% hypoallergenic dogs, dog breeds, or mixed-breeds.

✅ Correct affirmation: Tho', it is confirmed that there are dog breeds that are less allergenic for people that are allergic to dogs, or allergic in general.
What causes the dog allergies in humans is DANDER that is tied to the dog's hair. Well, these hypoallergenic dogs have a non-shedding coat/hair that eliminates less dander.
👉 That's why these dogs are called hypoallergenic.

..But are Hypoallergenic Dogs Natural?

Many people wonder if these dog breeds that shed and droll less are hypoallergenic dogs genetically modified.

Hypoallergenic dogs aren't genetically modified, so they're "natural".

Most hypoallergenic pups are purebreds. Few examples are: Poodles, Maltese, Portuguese Water Dogs, Bichon Frise, Barbet, Lagotto Romagnolo, Affenpinscher and more.

Crossbreeds like Goldendoodles, however, can also be hypoallergenic.

What makes a dog breed hypoallergenic?

A hypoallergenic dog generally:

  • Sheds less
  • Drools Less
  • Has curly coats (it prevents the release of as much hair and dander into the environment)
  • Has less hair (you must know that it can continue to shed dead skin, which can trigger an adverse reaction)

When you call a dog breed hypoallergenic it means it that it has all of these mentioned above: poor shedding, poor drooling and sometimes curly hair. But not every time.

According to Dr. Thomas A. Platts-Mills, head of the Asthma and Allergic Disease Center at the University of Virginia,  "if a person is allergic, they may be best able to tolerate a specific dog, possibly of one of the hypoallergenic breeds. There are cases in which a specific dog (not breed) might be better tolerated by a specific person, for unknown reasons".

What breed of dog sheds the least?

Fluffy dog in front of fire.
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🐩 The breed that sheds less is considered to be the Poodle (Toy Poodles, especially). These curly dog breeds are on the top of the list for good reasons. They're really allergy-safe, and are well-known for being hygienic dogs who do not have the "doggy" scent that many other breeds possess.

Summing up

Hypoallergenic dog breeds are not 100% non-allergic dogs, and they are not genetically modified to shed and drool less. They can be purebreds, mixed or sometimes stray.

Therefore, dogs from hypoallergenic dog breeds shed less and are not genetically changed.


1. Charles, DVM, Emma."Are Hypoallergic Dogs Truly a Myth?"Veterinarian discussion of hypoallergenic dogs. Retrieved 10 November 2014. Can a dog ever truly be described as hypoallergenic?

2. AKC, Hypoallergenic Dogs.

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