If you suffer from allergies and have ever mentioned the idea of getting a dog, you have probably been told (repeatedly) about hypoallergenic breeds. 

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Or maybe you remember hearing about the Obamas getting a Portuguese water dog in 2008 to accommodate Malia's allergy needs.

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You should be aware that there are no such things as hypoallergenic dogs.

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However, there are breeds that are less prone to set off someone's allergies. This is what you need to know.

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Exactly what characteristics do dogs need to have in order to be considered "hypoallergenic?"

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The American Kennel Club (AKC) notes that the practice of designating specific dog breeds as "hypoallergenic" is a new development

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 The dander (skin cells) and even the saliva of dogs can cause allergic reactions in certain people.

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Most people who are allergic to dogs aren't reacting to the hair itself, but rather to the dander and specific proteins present in dogs' urine, feces, and saliva

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Dogs and cats with short or no hair are considered hypoallergenic because they don't shed fur, which carries dander. 

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This helps to explain why the major dog allergen (Canis familiaris) was discovered at the same levels in all families with dogs

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