Hypoallergenic dogs…the term gets thrown around a lot, but what does it even mean? And do bernedoodles fall into this special category? Keep reading to find out the answers!
What Does Hypoallergenic Mean?
This word causes a lot of confusion and misunderstanding. So before we answer “Are bernedoodles hypoallergenic?”, we need to sort out what this word even means!
Hypoallergenic means something is less likely to cause an allergic reaction. The keywords in that sentence are “less likely.” That’s because if something is hypoallergenic, it doesn’t mean you won’t have a reaction. It means that steps have been taken to reduce the chances of an allergic reaction taking place. For example, there are hypoallergenic earrings, bedding, cosmetics, and so on. They aren’t guaranteeing you won’t have an allergic reaction, just that they’re less likely to induce one – similar concept with dogs!
Why Are People Allergic to Dogs?
So, why are people allergic to dogs?
It’s sad, but it’s estimated between 15% and 30% of all Americans have a pet allergy, and allergic reactions to dogs are more of a concern because they tend to be more severe. Many think that hair is the main culprit to dog allergies, but it’s actually the protein found in dog dander and saliva. Dry skin and saliva (when they give themselves a lick) stick to their fur. So naturally, if a dog sheds, the allergens will be left on your furniture and clothes and ultimately trigger an allergic reaction.
An allergic reaction can look like itchy eyes, sneezing, and a rash. In severe cases, one may have difficulty breathing and feel the throat swell up. This is a terrifying and distressing experience, which is why pet allergies are no joke.
Many allergy-suffering dog lovers know the pain of loving the animal but struggling to find a pet that suits their lifestyle. Luckily, that’s where hypoallergenic dogs come in!
Are Bernedoodles Hypoallergenic?
We get to the big question: “Are bernedoodles hypoallergenic?” The answer is yes, they can be!
Again – it’s not going to be guaranteed. But bernedoodles are generally a great option for those looking for hypoallergenic dogs. Here are some qualities that make them so great:
- They don’t produce much dander. We know that dog dander is a big culprit for allergies, so dogs (like bernedoodles) that produce less dander are good news for allergy sufferers.
- They have a low-shedding coat. Even though we know that dog hair doesn’t cause allergies, a low-shedding dog is good news for those with allergies, as it reduces the risk of contact with allergens.
- They have a single coat. Dogs with double coats usually have a thick layer of fur under their topcoat. This fur dies and is replaced twice a year. However, like poodles, bernedoodles don’t have this layer.
Note: If you’re looking for the most hypoallergenic and low-shedding bernedoodle to spare your allergies, it’s probably best you get an F1B type as this type is 25% Berner and 75% poodle.
Want to test and see if you’re allergic to bernedoodles? We can help! If you’re in the Montrose, Colorado, area, our dog Marley is happy to be a test dog. If you’re further away, we can also ship you a towel rubbed over one of the F1 and F1B bernedoodles. The cost for the allergy test towels is $20 and is a good option to let you know if your allergies can handle a bernedoodle or not!
Tips to Reduce Allergy Symptoms
Hypoallergenic dogs, like bernedoodles, are a great choice for those with allergies. But even if you get one of these sweet dogs, there are measures you can take to reduce the risk further.
Invest in a Good Vacuum Cleaner
If you have pet allergies, a good vacuum cleaner can really help make the difference. A standard model won’t do the trick, unfortunately. You need a specially designed pet hair model or at least one with a HEPA filter. These filters are fine enough to trap tiny particles, like dog dander.
Daily brushing helps get all those loose hairs from your bernedoodle’s coat, as well as keep their coat and skin in top condition. You can bath them, but keep in mind bathing too frequently will strip the essential oils that keep the skin hydrated. And you need your pup’s skin to stay hydrated because when it’s dry, it becomes flaky – and this increases dander and your allergy troubles.
Wash Pet Bedding Regularly
By washing your pet’s bedding frequently, you’re getting rid of the saliva and dander that sticks to them. Wash them with dog-friendly detergent, and you and your pup will be good to go!
Avoid Kissing Your Pup
Say it ain’t so! We know – this is not a fun tip. But if you have allergies and you regularly allow them to give you kisses all over, those allergens will be in your eyes and nose within seconds. And you could risk your allergies getting worse by doing this. Remember, you can still show affection by petting your pup as much as you wish!
On the Hunt for Hypoallergenic Dogs?
If you’re searching for a hypoallergenic dog that you can add to your family, Alpine Bernedoodles is here to help you. We are located in the beautiful town of Montrose, Colorado, and it is our passion to produce exceptional quality bernedoodles. Our bernedoodles are bred with responsibility and integrity to be cherished family companions. Every puppy is raised with attention to physical and mental health and nurtured with love and care. Thank you for your interest in our puppies!