Do hypoallergenic cats and dogs exist? Not at this time

26% of European adults coming to the clinic for suspected allergy to inhalant allergens are sensitised to cats and 27% to dogs (Consensus document on dog and cat allergy

90% of American pet owners perceive their pet to be a “family member,” and greater than 90%, including non–pet owners, believe that a pet contributes to a more “satisfying lifestyle.”

Several US-based companies (Mindeelyn Siberian Cats, Siberian Cat Breeder, Allerca Lifestyle Pets, Kitails Siberian Cattery) market “hypoallergenic pets. For example, Allerca president hoped to sell 200,000 cats, at $3,500 each, annually in the United States. The price tag is as high as $7,950 for a hypoallergenic dog and $6,950 to $22,950 for a hypoallergenic cat.

However, the concept of a “hypoallergenic” animal is not supported by scientific evidence, according to a recent review in the Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.


Do hypoallergenic cats and dogs exist? Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, Volume 108, Issue 2, Pages 74-76, February 2012.

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