Many people praise Poodles and Poodle mixed breeds such as the NewfyPoo as being hypoallergenic dogs. However, the science behind these claims can sometimes be a bit confusing. Today we will be explaining what hypoallergenic dogs are and if NewfyPoos genuinely fit that description.
Generally, Poodle mixes like the NewfyPoo are labeled as hypoallergenic because they shed less than other kinds of dog breeds. However, most people allergic to dogs or cats are not allergic to the pet’s fur or dander. Instead, they are allergic to a protein found in a dog or cat’s saliva.
In this article, we will explain if NewfyPoos are truly hypoallergenic, and we will also present why people claim that some types of dogs are hypoallergenic. In addition, we will also be giving you some tips for what people allergic to dogs can do to reduce their allergies. Let’s get right into it!
What is a NewfyPoo?
Before we get into whether NewfyPoos are hypoallergenic or not, it can be helpful to know what a NewfyPoo is. The NewfyPoo is the cross between a purebred Poodle and a purebred Newfoundland. Although some other Poodle mixes like the Goldendoodle can be a cross between two of the same breed hybrid, this is relatively uncommon in the NewfyPoo.
The NewfyPoo is not yet as common or popular as some other Poodle mixes, such as the Goldendoodle or the labradoodle. However, NewfyPoos are gaining in popularity.
What Makes A Dog Hypoallergenic?
Unfortunately, no dog is truly hypoallergenic. This is because most people who are allergic to dogs are allergic to a protein found in their urine and saliva and not their fur or dander itself. It is usual for people to be confused, though. Oftentimes this protein in the dogs’ saliva sticks to their fur and skin when dogs lick themselves.
The only reason why people claim that dogs like Poodles and Poodle mixed breeds like the NewfyPoo are hypoallergenic is that they tend to shed less than other types of dogs.
So, Is There Such a Thing As A Hypoallergenic Dog?
No, there is technically no such thing as a hypoallergenic dog. However, dogs that shed less often tend not to bother people’s allergies as much. This is because less of the dried-up protein from the dog’s saliva is put into the air and onto things like furniture as their fur sheds. However, dogs that shed minimally can still trigger people’s allergies, especially if they have a severe dog allergy.
Do NewfyPoos Have That Protein?
Yes, NewfyPoos do have the protein that triggers people’s dog allergies in their saliva. Every dog will have this protein, and this includes both Poodles and Poodle mixes like the NewfyPoo, Cockapoo, and Bernedoodle, even though many people consider them to be hypoallergenic dogs.
Do NewfyPoos Shed?
NewfyPoos do shed, but it is a lot less than many other dog breeds and dog breed hybrids. They have received this trait from their Poodle parent. This is why many people consider this designer Poodle mix breed to be Hypoallergenic. However, the amount that NewfyPoos shed depends entirely on their genetics, so some may shed more than others.
How Much Do NewfyPoos Shed?
It has been described that a NewfyPoo’s shedding ranges from moderate to minimal. Considering that most NewfyPoos are a cross between a purebred Poodle and a purebred Newfoundland, how much they shed depends entirely on the genetics of the specific NewfyPoo at hand.
Poodles shed much less than many other dog breeds, so if the NewfyPoo has a coat more similar to a Poodle than a Newfoundland, they are more likely to shed very little. On the other hand, Newfoundlands have a thick coat that does tend to shed periodically.
As a result, some NewfyPoos may be born with a coat that resembles the Newfoundland’s coat more than a Poodle, and these dogs are known to shed moderately.
Are There Any Other Kinds Of Hypoallergenic Breed Hybrids?
Although no dog is entirely hypoallergenic, some other dog breeds and dog breed hybrids shed a minimal amount. Many of these designer breeds are considered hypoallergenic due to their minimal shedding are other Poodle mixed breeds. These Poodle mixed breeds include but are not limited to:
- The Goldendoodle
- The Cockapoo
- The Labradoodle
- The Maltipoo
These dogs are considered better for allergies the more Poodle genes that they have. For example, a Double Doodle, or a Goldendoodle Labradoodle mix, will shed much less than a NewfyPoo will. As a result, a double doodle will be less likely to trigger someone’s allergies than a NewfyPoo will. In addition, sometimes smaller Poodle mixes tend to be more allergy-friendly than large Poodle mixes. This is simply due to less hair and dander due to their smaller size.
Some Tips For People With Dog Allergies
If you have dog allergies and you love dogs, this can be a little discouraging, especially if you would like to have a dog of your own someday. Luckily, there are some things that you can do to minimize your allergies.
These include keeping the areas of your home where your dog spends a lot of its time clean, keeping your dog well-groomed, and keeping your dog away from places that you spend a lot of time, such as your bed.
In addition, it can be helpful to spend some time with the kinds of dogs you are considering adopting before you commit to one. Here are some tips on what you can do to help your dog allergy.
Spend some time with different types of dogs before you decide to bring one home
Spending some time with different types of dogs will give you a pretty good idea if they set off your allergies or not. Remember, some types of Poodle mixes shed less often than others, so some types of doodles may still trigger your allergies. In addition, some people may still experience symptoms of their allergies even when they are around doodles that are supposed to be super hypoallergenic.
Everyone is different, and every dog is distinct, so you may need to do some looking around before you find the right fit for you.
You May Want To Consider a Smaller Dog
Small dogs have less fur and dander than large dogs simply because their skin has less surface area. As a result, you may want to consider a smaller dog such as a Maltipoo over a large dog like a standard NewfyPoo. Of course, you should still always spend time with the types of dogs you consider bringing home before committing to one.
Keep Your House Clean and Keep Your Dog Off Your Bed
Sometimes things like dander, hair, and even just your dog’s dried-up saliva can accumulate in the places where your dog spends a lot of its time. As a result, people with a dog allergy will usually find themselves cleaning their homes more often when they have a dog, even if their dog doesn’t shed. Doing things like regularly shampooing your carpets, mopping, and even washing your blankets more often can help keep allergy symptoms at bay.
In addition to keeping your house extra clean, it can be helpful to keep your dog away from places where you spend a lot of time. This includes your bed, your couch, and any other place where you may spend hours at a time. People with a more severe dog allergy may even want to keep their dogs out of their bedrooms altogether.
Groom Your Dog Regularly
Grooming your dog regularly will keep their dander at bay and prevent your dog from shedding. This includes brushing your dog daily and bathing them the recommended amount. You do not want to bathe your dog too often because this can lead to dry skin and other skin issues. If weather permits, you may want to brush your dog outside, and you should take your dog to a professional dog groomer if they need a lot of work done, such as a haircut.
Keep Your Dog’s Area Clean
Remember when we said that the protein allergen from dogs tends to accumulate where dogs spend most of their time? Well, this includes things like their crate, favorite blanket, and dog bed. As a result, you should consider getting easy-to-clean items such as a dog bed that you can put into a washing machine. In addition, we recommend that you get your dog a standard plastic crate because they are the easiest to wipe down.
NewfyPoos make excellent pets, especially for those with families. However, they may not be the best option for those with severe dog allergies. This is because even though NewfyPoos do shed a lot less than a purebred Newfoundland, they do tend to shed more than many other Poodle mixed breeds.