Allergies to cats and dogs are common. This is a problem, since many people would like to have a pet. This is why so-called 'hypoallergenic' dogs and cats are popular. In this article, we show that the existence of these 'hypoallergenic' animals is actually a myth and that these animals are not a good option for people who are allergic to those pets. We also especially describe the negative consequences for the wellbeing of cats and dogs because of their specific external characteristics and the way in which they are bred.
Nederlands Tijdschrift voor Geneeskunde
Erasmus MC: University Medical Center Rotterdam

Liem, O. (Olivia), Kessen, K. (Kelly), & de Groot, H. (Hans). (2019). Hypoallergenic animals, fact or myth? Hypoallergene dieren behoren tot het rijk der fabeldieren. Nederlands Tijdschrift voor Geneeskunde, 164. Retrieved from