Am I allergic to my dog?
My dog is a hypoallergenic breed, but I still feel itchy and sneeze while she's around. Is it possible I'm hyper sensitive to all dogs? Is she not hypoallergenic afterall?
There is no such thing as a non-allergenic dog.
The reason for this is that animal allergens mainly come from the skin/dander and from the saliva, which is consistent across breeds, and not from the hair, which varies by breed. The hair itself is not actually allergenic but merely collects and transports the skin and saliva allergens. Breeds that are claimed to be non-allergenic are ones that do not, or rarely, shed, such as poodles. If allergic patients notice fewer symptoms around poodles it is because less of the dog allergen is getting dispersed compared with a golden retriever, which sheds frequently. But even with poodles, allergy symptoms can appear. Regular bathing of the dog may be helpful in removing these allergenic proteins from the hair.