Pet allergies are a big reason why some people are reluctant to get a dog, despite wanting one. However, there are still options for those who suffer from pet allergies. Many dog breeds are claimed to be hypoallergenic, and one of our favourites has to be the Cavoodle.
The Cavoodle has become one of the most popular dog breeds in Australia. This cross between a Miniature Poodle and a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel takes on many of the most lovable traits of its parent breeds. They often have the same gentle approach to life as the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, combined with the intelligence of the Miniature Poodle. Their pleasant disposition makes them good companions for almost any dog owner, whether new or experienced.
One of the most desirable traits of the Cavoodle is its supposedly hypoallergenic nature. The Poodle side of its lineage is considered hypoallergenic, but the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel can be a moderate shedder. So are Cavoodles actually hypoallergenic? Most of them are! But it’s a little bit more complicated than that.
What is a Hypoallergenic Dog?
To answer that question, we need to first understand what “hypoallergenic” really means. “Hypo” means “below” or “slightly”, so when we say that something is hypoallergenic, it causes fewer allergic reactions. When we talk about hypoallergenic dogs, it means that they shed less of the allergy-causing dander that triggers pet allergies.
It’s important to understand that no dog is completely allergen-free. All dogs, no matter the breed, shed dander. Most hypoallergenic breeds will have a coat that doesn’t shed much, allowing the coat to trap the dander instead of releasing it into the air. Allergic reactions also vary from person to person, so what may be hypoallergenic to someone else may not be the same for you.
So are Cavoodles Hypoallergenic?
This leads us back to the Cavoodle and its genetics. Many F1 Cavoodles (meaning a 50-50 mix of Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and Miniature Poodle) inherit the coat types of both parent breeds. This results in a wavy coat halfway between the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and Miniature Poodle that is effective at trapping shed hair and dander. So yes, this type of Cavoodle has a very good chance of being hypoallergenic for most people with pet allergies.
A Cavoodle may still inherit the coat characteristics of the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel as opposed to the Miniature Poodle. This is why it’s important to do your due diligence and visit a responsible breeder and their Cavoodle puppies before committing to an adoption. Repeat visits are encouraged, as you’ll be able to see how the puppies progress and whether or not they grow into a specific coat type that is more suited to being hypoallergenic.