Are Cockapoos hypoallergenic? It’s important to know if your future dog will be allergy-friendly or not. If so you’re in the right place.
Keep on reading to learn more.
Are Cockapoos Hypoallergenic??
Cockapoos, a mixture of Cocker Spaniels and Poodles are sought after dogs are often advertised as being Hypoallergenic.
Hypoallergenic, strictly speaking as a moniker, means any product. In the case of dogs, it is an animal that causes fewer allergic reactions than another.
Does this mean that getting a Cockapoo is a guarantee that you will never experience allergy problems from your cute, new and incredibly adorable Cockapoo pup? Are Cockapoos hypoallergenic?
Nope. There is no such thing as a hypoallergic dog breed. At least that’s the humble opinion of a popular medical group known as the The Mayo Clinic .
Perhaps you’ve heard of them?
Research On Dog Allergies
It turns out that being hypoallergenic is a half-truth when it comes to dogs such as a Cockapoo.
While it’s true that Cockapoos don’t shed, and thus less of the allergy-causing dander that sticks to their fur doesn’t get released into the air or onto the floor as much as with a shedding dog, there are still problems.
The dog isn’t truly hypoallergenic. It’s simply less of a problem than other breeds of dogs.
First, even if you select a Cockapoo, because the dog is a crossbreed, there is no guarantee that they don’t have more of the non-molting poodle coat, and less of a Cocker Spaniels coat, which does shed.
Second, according to the Docs at the Mayo Clinic, the real source of pet allergies is primarily a protein contained in the saliva and urine of dogs.
Sticking to the dander from your pet’s skin, this combination of dander and saliva or urine can spread through the house even if your Cockapoo does not shed.
So, Are Cockapoos Good For Allergy Sufferers?
The answer is definitely yes. Owning a Cockapoo is one of the best dog breeds for those who suffer from allergies.
But how do you know if you’ll be affected or not by allergies with your Cockapoo?
The answer in part is to seek out a breeder of Cockapoos. Call them up, and ask if you can visit.
Explain that you (or someone in the family) are subject to allergies. Tell him that you want to experience for your self whether you have a reaction or not.
Try to visit a breeder who has both adult Cockapoos and puppies.
Some serious interaction with some Cockapoos should help you determine whether you and the breed are truly compatible or not.
In fact, just to be sure, visit twice. If you experience any type of reaction just playing and petting the dog, imagine what kind of reaction you will have if you bring the dog home.
If there is some kind of reaction, don’t give up on pets entirely. There may be other dog breeds that you are less sensitive too.
But by all means, don’t suffer if you are truly allergic to the dog. Some people manage to get a dog and live with it by keeping it outside or restricting it to certain rooms such as keeping it out of your bedroom.
But generally, it’s better not to get the dog at all if someone is truly sensitive to dog allergies.
Other Things You Can Do To Keep The Allergies Of Your Cockapoo Down
Find Out If It’s Really The Dog
It may take some bold actions to keep pet allergens down to the minimum. One of the first is to see a professional allergist and get tested, particularly if an allergy just suddenly pops up.
Your dog can become engulfed in tree allergens. It’s entirely possible while your kids took the dog for a walk or a romp around the park.
So, even if you get rid of the dog (the last resort), you may not have eliminated the true source of the allergen.
While you are at it, talk to your allergist about allergy shots.
James Sublett, past president of the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology says 80 percent of people who go through a full course of allergy shots experience significant levels of relief and adjustment to a dog or cat.
Establish No-Dog Zones In Your House
Just because you have a Cockapoo doesn’t mean he or she needs to own the entire house.
Some doctors suggest keeping the pet outdoors, in many parts of the country, and in most household situations. That’s not really practical.
However, keeping your dog out of the bedroom is an absolute essential.
Wash Your Hands Often
There’s a reason besides COVID-19 while you want to wash your hands often. If you wash your hands thoroughly after playing with or petting the dog, you will experience much fewer allergy symptoms.
Ditch The Carpets Or Pay The Price Of Frequent Vacuuming
Carpets are natural pet allergen magnets. If you have a sensitivity to pet allergies, you are much better off ditching all the rugs and going with hardwood floors.
If hardwood is just not your thing, and you can’t live without the plush, carpeted work, be prepared to vacuum your carpets. While the recommendation, in general, is to vacuum once a week, if you have pet allergies, go for a minimum of twice a week.
Buy a high-powered vacuum with a HEPA filter. Hire a professional to shampoo all of your rugs, your soft furniture, your curtains, and your bedding at least once every two months.
Groom Your Cockapoo
If your Cockapoo is a puppy, for the first six months grooming is a snap.
The main thing to do is to get a puppy grooming kit. Then, brush your Cockapoos coat for around 10 minutes, four or five times per week.
Your puppy may not actually need that much brushing as a pup, but you will definitely need that when his adult coat comes in, so it’s good to acquaint your dog with brushing now.
A gentle washing should be done once a week, and initially, you have your choice of simply using plain water or water with mild puppy shampoo.
Sometime around the 8th month or so, your Cockapoos adult coat will come in, and although your Cockapoo will not shed (generally good for allergy sufferers) if you don’t remove the moulted puppy coat, your dog will get serious dreadlocks.
Your Cockapoo needs continuous brushing as he gets to be an adult, but to remove the puppy moult, you will need a detangling spray and a detangling rake to make sure that all tangles are promptly dealt with.
You also may need a slicker brush and a pet grooming scissors kit.
Typically, an adult Cockapoo needs bathing around once every three months.
Hepa Filters Are Your Friend
For allergy sufferers, HEPA filters are your friend. Consider them for all your furnace and air conditioning outlets, as they will filter out tons of dander and allergens.
Some people also purchase Air purifier machines, which are often more effective than merely installing a Hepa Furnace on their air vent.
HEPA vacuum cleaners are also a must, as they not only pick-up find dirt and allergens, but you don’t get “reinfected” so to speak, when you dispose of the dirt.
Change Your Clothes
Many people find a way to live with and enjoy their Cockapoo despite having allergies, but wearing pajamas or other clothes while petting or playing with their Cockapoo.
The minute they are finished, they change clothes, take a shower, and change into different clothes. Meanwhile, the PJ’s go into the wash.
So are Cockapoos hypoallergenic? They can be but maybe not as much as you think.
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