If you’re wondering if cocker spaniels are hypoallergenic, the quick answer is no. Their coats consist of fur that sheds and releases the pet dander that can trigger allergies. Hypoallergenic coats are different from cocker spaniel coats and dogs that have fur coats as opposed to low-shed or hair-type coats. Read on to find out more about Cocker Spaniel coats and why they’re not hypoallergenic.
Are Cocker Spaniels Hypoallergenic?
Cocker Spaniels are a small type of companion dog from the Spaniel breed family, known for their doting and loving personalities. Smart and surprisingly athletic, Cocker Spaniels can be great family pets if nobody in the family has allergies. Unfortunately, these adorable, sensitive dogs are not hypoallergenic and can trigger pet dander allergies.
Cocker Spaniel Coat Type
Cocker Spaniels have longhaired coats made of dog fur, which shed and release dander into their environment. Their legs, bellies, and tails have long, wispy feathering, though the American Cocker Spaniels have more feathering than the English Cockers. Spaniels need a moderate amount of grooming to prevent snarling and matting, which helps prevent odors as well.
Do Cocker Spaniels Shed a Lot?
Cocker Spaniels don’t shed as much as a big Golden Retriever, but they do shed moderately for their size. The more their coats are maintained and brushed out, the less they’ll shed. Like most dogs with fur coats, Cocker Spaniels have “shedding seasons” that lead to more fur around the home. If you’re allergic to pet dander, Cocker Spaniels will most likely trigger a reaction simply due to the length of their coats.
Are Cockapoos Hypoallergenic?
Although there’s a chance that your Cockapoo puppy might inherit the Cocker Spaniel coat, many Cockapoos (Miniature Poodle x Cocker Spaniel mix) end up with the hypoallergenic, hair-like coat of the poodle. If you’re looking into a Cocker Spaniels and don’t mind branching out to hybrids, the Cockapoo is a great alternative for allergen households.
What Makes a Dog ‘Hypoallergenic’?
While no dogs are truly hypoallergenic, dogs that have hair-like coats and minimal pet dander are far less likely to trigger pet-related allergies. The dander released from dogs’ coats is (usually) the allergen trigger, so it’s impossible to completely eliminate it. For people with mild to moderate allergies, the minimal amounts of dander from the hypoallergenic coats can live with them and not suffer on a daily basis. If you have severe pet dander allergies, a hypoallergenic dog still could trigger allergies.
Are There Any Spaniels That are Hypoallergenic?
Yes, there is one breed in the Spaniel family that has a hypoallergenic coat. Irish Water Spaniels have a thick, curly outercoat that requires a lot of maintenance, but the coats are similar to the poodle’s curly coat. These dogs are large in size and need a lot of daily exercise but are notable for their goofy and silly personalities.
Purebred Dogs Similar to Cocker Spaniels That Are Hypoallergenic
Cocker Spaniels are a popular breed that can do well in many households, but their shedding coats and pet dander may prove to be too much for people allergic to dogs. They may not shed a lot when compared to a much larger dog, but the dander will probably still trigger allergies. We recommend looking for a dog breed that has a hair-like coat that has minimal dander or a breed that sheds very little if you or someone in your household has pet allergies.
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