One of the biggest questions families face when deciding to get a pet has to do with allergies — namely, will this particular animal give their loved ones the sniffles?

A number of factors determine whether your pet is hypoallergenic or not, but the chief allergy triggers are dander and saliva. Many of the hypoallergenic breeds are hairless or shed less than their allergy-causing peers. But according to Dr. Clifford Bassett, founder and medical director Allergy & Asthma Care of New York, it’s hard to find a truly hypoallergenic pet.

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