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‘Hypoallergenic’ Dog Breeders Full of Fluff

Written by PETA | July 12, 2011
A devoted rescued dog is just what the
doctor ordered.

It turns out that the hypoallergenic dog fad is something to sneeze at. Henry Ford Hospital’s Department of Public Health Sciences analyzed dust samples from homes with alleged Benadryl-banishing pups and homes with regular dogs and found no difference in allergen levels.

Dogs like poodles, bichons frisés, and Labradoodles are marketed as “hypoallergenic” because they shed less (their long hair takes longer to grow to its full length and fall out). But of course, these dogs still shed, shake, scratch, and do all sorts of other dog activities that release dander. According to the chair of the Division of Allergic Diseases in the Department of Internal Medicine at the Mayo Clinic, “There is no such thing as a hypoallergenic dog breed …”

Rather than supporting breeders and puppy mills, which rake in money with no thought for the millions of dogs in shelters literally dying for a good home, people who want to share their lives with a dog should adopt a good old-fashioned mutt and experience a whole different type of watery-eye moment.  

Written by Michelle Sherrow


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  • Responsible breeder says:

    Oh Please, Thank you for that. I also become annoyed by people who claim that any breeder is an irresponsible one. I am a rescue and part time breeder. I say part time, Because my females will only ever put out 1, maybe 2 litters in their lifetime. I have adopted personal dogs from shelters, yet cannot find one that is suitable for my family. A large majority of shelters won’t adopt out their dogs if you have babies in the household… What does that tell you about the temperament of dogs forcefully kept in kennels? Would you bring a dog into your house to sleep with your children, If you got it from a shelter and had NO IDEA of its history? Because lets face it, Shelters do not know the history of the dogs they rehome. Like Oh Please stated, I would rather have a dog that I can raise from a pup, Which will understand the hierarchy of the household and respect the rules it is taught growing up. I’ve owned 3 shelter dogs, 2 of them would growl and snarl at my kids when they walked by their food bowl… from 5-10 feet away… But I have NEVER had that problem with any of my dogs that I have bred or purchased from my small network of responsible breeders.

  • NT-NASA says:

    There is no such thing as a “responsible” breeder. If you breed animals, you don’t love animals, you love MONEY. If you truly cared about animals, you’d adopt from a shelter. How can a breeder call themselves “responsible” when there is an epidemic of unwanted pets in shelters everywhere. Wake up!

  • Oh Please says:

    I am SO tired of PETA grouping in breeders with the problem. A responsible breeder may breed each female MAYBE once per year and typically only every couple of years. Irresponsible breeders, however, ARE part of the problem. I don’t adopt mutts. I have looked to adopt mutts before but never found a dog suitable for my household. I own a smooth collie and a bluetick coonhound. Both dogs are perfect for my lifestyle and my family. One time in 20 years I have found a purebred smooth collie in my local shelter and could not adopt him because he was a known fence jumper (I have 4 foot tall fences) and he didn’t get along with other males (my smooth collie is also a male). Being brought up by myself from pups, I have been able to teach my dogs from the start to respect fences of all heights. As far as poodles and other hypo dogs go: They do have less dander. We have friends with poodles who cannot come over to our house for very long because (even though our dogs are some of the cleanest you will find) they still cause a stronger reaction in those who have dog allergies. Our friend (the wife) can get away with living with 3 poodles with only mild allergies.