There isn’t a single dog breed that is completely 100% hypoallergenic, including the Bernedoodle. However, Bernedoodles tend to be more hypoallergenic than other dog breeds because one of the parent dog breeds is the Poodle which is considered mostly hypoallergenic and nonshedding. Depending on the generation of your Bernedoodle (F1, F1B, F2, F2B, etc.), some Bernedoodles will be more hypoallergenic than others. It highly depends on the amount of Poodle genetics that your Bernedoodle inherits.
Before we discuss whether Bernedoodles are hypoallergenic, let us understand what the term hypoallergenic means. If you aren’t familiar with the term, that’s alright. After all, hypoallergenic is not a word you hear every day. We will give you an in-depth answer on “Are Bernedoodle hypoallergenic?” and also tell which generations of Bernedoodles to buy if you want a hypoallergenic puppy.
Hypoallergenic: What Does It Mean?
- Approximately 10% to 20% of the human population is allergic to dogs. If you are told that your dog is hypoallergenic, this is a good thing. There are two types of pet allergies: dander and proteins. Most people with dog allergies react poorly to dog dander. Pet dander is essentially dead skin cells that are shed by a dog, including Bernedoodles. People can also have allergies to pet proteins from sources such as their saliva and excrement. You’ll know if you’re allergic to these proteins when a dog licks you.
- When pets have short hair or hair that sheds, their dander has finds its way on floors, beds, couches, carpets, and everywhere else. These microscopic flecks have no trouble becoming airborne and triggering allergic reactions in people. Common symptoms of dog allergies are sneezing, a runny nose, or itchy eyes.
- The term hypoallergenic means “unlikely to cause an allergic reaction.” If your Bernedoodle is hypoallergenic, that means you or anyone else in your family who is prone to allergic reactions will most likely not have allergies. However, not all Bernedoodles are hypoallergenic, and it highly depends on the amount of Poodle genetics they inherit.