What is a hypoallergenic animal? Hypoallergenic means designed to reduce or minimize the possibility of an allergic response, as by containing relatively few or no potentially irritating substances,so a hypoallergenic animal is an animal that has a lower count of known allergens (things that cause allergic reactions). (Dictionary. com) How do they make them? Scientists at Allerca Lifestyle Pets have announced that they have engineered hypoallergenic cats and dogs.
They have gotten cats and dogs that seem to produce less Fel d 1 (cats) and Can d1 (dogs) glycoprotein which is secreted by the sebaceous glands, which is the main source of allergens produced. They then administer a western blot analysis. ( Allerca. com)This test is an electrophoretic procedure used for separating proteins. (Dictionary. com) This is the same technology they use for DNA finger printing. This is to make sure that they produce less of the glycoprotein. They breed these animals together. This procedure is called selective breeding. The off-spring is called a genetically divergent cat/dog. Allerca. com) As the above mentions some breeds naturally produce less Fel d 1 or Can d 1. Some of the dog breeds include Irish Water Spaniel, Shih-Tzu, Maltese, any poodle mix, and Allerca’s dog breeds. Some cat breeds are Allerca GD, Chakan GD,Ashera GD. The breeds aren’t “naked or hairless”. (Wikipedia. com) Pros This is a very special cat, exhibiting the same hypoallergenic qualities along with a special twist: they are very rare cats with the look of mini leopards with some very interesting colors. They are pretty large cats weighing up to 25 pounds.
Friendly and playful they surely make great companions. Hypoallergenic animals have many good thing about them. Since these genetically divergent animals produce less allergens many more people can be around them. Rescue workers don’t have to worry about the dogs they send in doing more damage than good. Also, in big cities’ alley cats “do their business ” on the streets. Their feces have very potent allergens. The fumes from them can cause an allergic attack. These animals help prevent that. They also have no undercoat which makes them more sustainable to higher temperatures.
This is good because the dog doesn’t dehydrate as easily, so dogs can stay out side longer. This is good for a shinier coat. This is good for less shedding, too. Most of these animals come spade or neutered before hand which can decrease our population of strays, and decrease the number of deaths because of shelter overcrowding and leave some of the money allotted to animals shelters to more needier causes like homeless shelters. These animals seem to be friendlier. Scientist are not sure why, though. Cons The biggest problem with these animals are they are very expensive.
They can reach prices up to $22,000. The average though, is $200-$700. Another problem is grooming. These animals must be groomed very regularly. This also can be very expensive. Because theses dogs lack an undercoat they can not stand low temperatures. This can cause hypothermia faster than on normal dogs. Since these dogs are very similar to pure breeds, they have many health problems such as lung problems. My Opinion In my opinion the pros heavily out range the cons except with the price. Alleca says that the price may go down when hypoallergenic dogs become more main stream.