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.
Are Cockapoos hypoallergenic? Although Cockapoos are hypoallergenic low shedding dogs because of the poodle gene, it is actually the dander that people have allergic reactions to and still produce dander which are the dead skin cells.
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. Let’s have a closer look into why it can’t be said that a cockapoo is a hypoallergenic dog.
Reasons Why it’s Not True
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There are various reasons why breeders should not advertise their cockapoos as hypoallergenic, and that it is the best dog for people with allergies, 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 coat type a puppy has will be dependent 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)
- It is not just dead skin cells that people are allergic to, as some can be allergic to a dog’s saliva or the fur.
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.
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. It is more important to consider what will happen when a puppy becomes an adult dog and their coat changes.
- 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. After all, you will want to be able to cuddle your cockapoo, knowing you are safe from having a serious reaction.
Although it may not happen straight away, you should experience some kind of reaction if you are indeed allergic.
Below we thought it might be useful to include some tips, based on the experiences of other dog owners and experts, 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.
- Always look for a reputable breeder. A good cockapoo breeder will be one that knows, based on past experience with previous litters, whether the dogs they produce are good for sufferers of allergies or not.
- 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 every time you try to cuddle him or her or even worse just from being around them. This is completely avoidable.
Even if the sad reality is that you can’t take on a cockapoo, there are various other designer dog options out there. As it is a cocker spaniel/english cocker spaniel and poodle cross, you could consider other dogs with similar parents. For instance, other spaniel and poodle mix breeds include the Labradoodle, Cavachon, Cavapoo and Spoodle! Research them and find out if one of them may have the right coat type for you.
As we all love cockapoos here at Cockapoo HQ, we do hope you are able to take home and enjoy a wonderful releationship with one of these adorable dogs.