Report: There's no such thing as an allergy-free dog

07/12/2011 | New York Times (tiered subscription model), The

Several dog breeds including poodles, soft-coated wheaten terriers and Portuguese water dogs have become known for their supposed lack of allergens, but a new study found that homes with breeds thought of as hypoallergenic had the same amount of dog allergens as other dog-owning households. "Allergists, based on their experience, really think that it's just individual dogs who have some variations based on genetics or behavior, who produce more allergens than others," said lead author Christine Cole Johnson.

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