- About 12 percent of Americans are allergic to cats and another 12 percent to dogs
- There are no hypoallergenic dogs or cats
- Some breeds that shed less may be less likely to trigger reactions
About 12% of Americans are allergic to cats and another 12% to dogs, according to the most recent data in The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. Yet 100 percent of folks in the U.S. are obsessed with cute, fluffy animals (based on our highly unscientific estimates), which puts allergic animal lovers in a terrible predicament. If you've got allergies, though, you don't necessarily have to shun (wo)man's best friend. Brush up on this info before you head to the pound or pet store.