Are Cockapoos Hypoallergenic?

This is a very good question that deserves attention because there are a whole lot of adverts out there suggesting that cockapoos are ‘perfect for people who suffer from allergies’ and that they are ‘100% hypoallergenic’. The fact is that people that want to own a dog should look for the dog breeds that shed less than others. Therein lies the key to the whole thing – the words ‘shed less’. So, are cockapoos non shedding? Are cockapoos good for allergy sufferers? The short answer to both these questions is no. But don’t worry, we are not closing the topic right there.

It is very true that because Cockapoos are a mixture of poodles and cocker spaniels and poodles are known to shed less than the majority of other dogs, they may be suitable for people with allergies. This is one of the main reasons why poodles are bred with other dogs, along with the fact that they are known to have high levels of intelligence.

However, that does not mean that there is any truth in the proclamation that Cockapoos are always suitable for anyone with allergies.

Reasons Why it’s not True

There are various reasons why breeders should not advertise their cockapoos as hypoallergenic, including:

  • As there are so many variations in a cockapoo’s coat, it can be difficult predicting the kind of coat a particular puppy will develop
  • There are various and very considerable differences in the type of coat even litter mates have
  • The type of coat a puppy has will be dependant to some degree on whether it’s an F1, F2 or even F3 cross
  • While it’s true that some cockapoos do not tend to shed as much (like their poodle parent), others do shed more (similarly to their cocker spaniel parent)

So, if you are wondering do cockapoos shed? The answer is yes, but the amount they shed depends on the factors outlined above.

You should also avoid being fooled by a cockapoo puppy. All little puppies don’t tend to shed and may not cause allergy sufferers to have a reaction. However, once their adult coat comes through it could cause an allergic reaction.

Allergy Tests

There a number of different allergens (in addition to the coat) that can provoke a reaction in an allergy sufferer, including Dander (dead skin scales), urine and saliva.

If you or someone in your household suffers from allergies and you still want to own a dog, these tips could be of help to you.

  • Choose a breed that has a schnauzer or poodle parent, as they are known as being low shedding dogs and are available in three different sizes. Meaning, the smaller the dog, the less fur there is to shed
  • Get in contact with someone who owns a breed you are looking to invest in and ask if you could perhaps borrow the dog or visit them for a few hours, to see how well you get on with them. To properly test your allergies, you need to make sure the only dog or indeed pet that is around is the one of the breeds you are interested in owning. That way you can be sure no other dogs or pets are setting off your allergies.
  • It’s important to remember though that carrying out any allergy tests with puppies is more or less pointless as they don’t shed hair.
  • If there’s a particular type of coat you prefer, such as a fleece, wavy or flat coat, find an owner with a similar coat and spend time with that dog. Generally speaking, flat and wavy coat cockapoos tend to shed more fur than other types because they are genetically closer to cocker spaniels.

When you meet up with a Dog

When you actually meet the dog, they will undoubtedly want to say hello, so don’t hold back from stroking him or her and letting them lick your hands. This is important, because you want to check whether or not you are allergic to their saliva. Touch your face with your licked hands. Although it may not happen straight away, you should experience some kind of reaction if you are indeed allergic.

Some Tips

Below we thought it might be useful to include some tips for you if you do suffer from allergies and intend on giving it a go with a cockapoo anyway. After all, they are incredibly cute, warm, loving and highly intelligent creatures so we can’t blame you for wanting to make it a success despite allergies.

  • If you suffer from allergies, and still continue to have a dog, it’s a good idea to have your cockapoo groomed at a different location to your home as this will avoid the allergens and fur being spread.
  • Cockapoos with a fleece-style coat need to be clipped short to stop them from carrying allergens in their coat that have been transferred there from licking
  • When allergy seasons begins, wash your cockapoo regularly to remove all pollen and any other allergens from their coat
  • There are also wet wipes you can buy that are designed to remove any allergens from your dog’s coat between their bath times

Please do take the time to check yourself for allergies from cockapoos before you invest in one. There’s nothing quite as bad as falling in love with a dog, taking him home and then having to give him or her up because your allergies flare up from being around them. This is completely avoidable.

 

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