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Can I be allergic to one type of dog but not another?


Updated June 19, 2014

Question: Can I be allergic to one type of dog but not another?
Answer: Yes. It seems strange, but it is possible for a person to be allergic to one breed of dog but not another. Some breeds of dogs are hypoallergenic, meaning they produce less dander and therefore cause less symptoms in those with dog allergy.

But there's more to it than that. There are even differences in the allergens non-hypoallergenic dogs carry. In fact, the variety is so great that allergy tests must test for allergens associated with 5 different breeds in order to accurately deliver a diagnosis.

It is entirely possible that your neighbor's Labrador Retriever makes you sneeze uncontrollably, but your German Shepard doesn't induce even one sniffle.

Want to learn more? Find out more about dog allergy.


Weber, RW. Dog Dander. Ann Allergy Asthma Immunol. 2007; 98:A4.

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