According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, as many as 3 in every 10 people in America have allergic reactions to dogs and cats. However, with more and more people looking to have a furry friend, it was inevitable that dog breeders would try to create an allergy-free dog breed. Such breeds are what are commonly referred to as hypoallergenic.
So, is the Labradoodle a hypoallergenic dog breed? No, it is not. In fact, there is no such thing as a truly hypoallergenic dog breed. The term “hypoallergenic” was coined in the 1950s by the cosmetic industry to mean that a product was less likely to cause an allergic reaction.
However, there is still the possibility that they could trigger allergy symptoms. The defining characteristic of hypoallergenic dog breeds is that they shed much less than other breeds.
The Labradoodle was designed to be an allergy-friendly dog. However, due to the unpredictable nature of crossbreeding, there is no guarantee that your Labradoodle will be hypoallergenic—Additionally, the type of pet allergy you have also matters.
To help you gain more clarity on this issue, here is everything you need to know about Labradoodles and allergies.
Origins of the Labradoodle
- The Labradoodle is an Australian designer breed that results from crossing a Labrador Retriever with a Poodle.
- This Labradoodle was created with the needs of people with pet allergies in mind. As you may be well aware, Labradors are arguably the best service dog out there, thanks to their high intelligence and intense loyalty. The issue with Labs, however, is that they are incredibly heavy shedders. As such, this beautiful service dog is of no use to people with pet allergies.
- In a bid to make the Labrador more allergy-friendly, Australia’s Royal Guide Dogs Association came with a brilliant idea; breeding Labradors with one of the most hypoallergenic dog breeds on the planet, the devastatingly cute Poodle. The Poodle sheds once every 3-4 weeks, as opposed to most breeds that shed almost every other day.
- The result was an intelligent, sociable, and more allergy-friendly hybrid. Nonetheless, as mentioned, allergy-friendliness levels vary significantly among Labradoodles depending on the genes they inherit. This is because even pups from the same litter can differ considerably in the type of coat they sport, with some inheriting that of the Labrador and others of the Poodle.
How to Choose an Allergy-Friendly Labradoodle
Allergy-friendly Labradoodles are those whose coat takes after that of their Poodle parent. Fortunately, you can tell the more allergy-friendly ones based on their generation. In fact, Labradoodles can be classified according to generations. These include: