Allergies and Shedding
The struggle to find the unconditional love of canine companionship for dog lovers with dog allergies is one that many can relate with. Beyond that, service dogs help many people with disabilities go about their daily lives with the support of a faithful four-legged friend, but people with special needs who suffer from dog allergies face even more difficulties finding the perfect pup. The Australian Labradoodle is an answer to that struggle.
The Australian Labradoodle was originally bred for the sole purpose of filling the need for a hypoallergenic service dog. In addition to being remarkably intelligent and very friendly, the Australian Labradoodle was bred to have a low or no-shed coat, limiting the amount of dander they contribute and making the aid of service dogs available to those with dog allergies and special needs.
Many people are familiar with pet dander as an allergen. The allergenic proteins adhere to the dander and dander adheres to hair, making heavily shedding breeds difficult to own for people who suffer from allergies. While the Australian Labradoodle’s non-shedding or lightly shedding coat and its calm demeanor when held (less agitation, less dander) address this allergy concern, please keep in mind that it is not always the dog dander that someone may be allergic to, but the highly-allergenic dog saliva.
The saliva of dogs is the most prominent source of allergens. If you feel that you might be allergic, you can do testing to diagnose your allergy before making a puppy part of your family. it is always best to not let the dog lick your face or hands, and that is where the intelligence and intuition of the breed come into play. The ability to train service dogs is imperative, but what about companions for those who have allergies but no other special needs? The Australian Labradoodle is predisposed to be calm and quiet when handled and can be trained not to lick the face or hands, making it easier to avoid contact with saliva and still enjoy the many benefits of owning a dog.
As for shedding, again, the Australian Labradoodle is known for its low to non-shedding coat. The breed has been developed over generations to maintain an allergy friendly coat that is a blend of the lab, spaniel, wheaten and poodle coats.