The various poodle hybrid breeds are seeing a dramatic increase in their popularity and with their great temperament and cute appearance, we feel that they are going to just keep on gaining more and more popularity as time goes on. One of the less popular poodle hybrid breeds that is seeing explosive growth in its popularity right now is the cavoodle that comes has the poodle and the cavalier king charles spaniel as its parent lineages. With the breeding getting more and more interest from people looking to add a cavoodle to their family, we have noticed more and more questions being asked about the breed over the last few months.
Although we do see a large number of questions that cover pretty much everything you could ever think of about the breed, the most frequently asked question that we see is almost always based around “Do cavoodles shed?“. Due to this, and the fact that we fully expect more and more people to be reaching out with similar questions in the near future, we have decided to focus this article on the cavoodle and their shedding as well as how you are able to best manage it with minimal shed release around your home.
Thankfully, due to the parents of the breed including the poodle, the cavoodle is classed as a low shedding dog breed with a coat that actually helps you in your fight against your dogs shed release. The majority of reputable breeders of cavoodles will implement selective breeding in their lines to try and increase the chances of the pups they produce taking their coat from the poodle lineage rather than the cavalier king charles spaniel lineage. The curly, wavy coat of the poodle side of the parentage helps your dog naturally catch and hold its shed release for days prior to it being able to work its way loose and fall around your home.
This allows you to minimize the amount of fur that you will find around your house and reduce the amount of cleaning required to keep your home clean and tidy. Additionally, if anyone in your household does have allergies to dogs then the coat of the cavoodle can work to your favor if you implement some of the tips and tricks below. There are multiple reports from people with mild allergies to dogs reporting that they are able to have a cavoodle in their home without having problems with allergies.
Although no dog breed is truly hypoallergenic, the coat of the cavoodle and the first two tricks to manage their shed release below can allow people with dog allergies to have one as a pet without the need of antihistamines and still lead a healthy life. Although we are now going to be taking a look at four different tips and tricks that you can use to manage the shed release of your cavoodle, we feel that the vast majority of people will likley be able to get any issues with the breed under control with the first two and see a dramatic reduction in the amount of shed released from their cavoodles coat.
Dealing With Your Cavoodles Shedding
Although the coat of your cavoodle can definitely hold any shed release for a few days, it still does have to be removed at some stage and this is why we feel that regularly brushing your dog with a suitable de-shedding brush is going to be one of the best steps that you are able to take if you are wanting to manage their shedding. These specialist tools are quick and easy to use and you can usually get away with one or two grooming sessions of five to ten minutes each per week and see some excellent results in the levels of shed that your pet cavoodle will leave around your home.
The idea behind this one is that your cavoodles coat naturally releases its shed as it normally would and you manually remove it while it is still caught in your dogs coat before it can work its way free and end up falling to the floor around your home as your dog goes about its daily routine. You may have seen people saying that they have tried to brush their dogs coat to prevent their shedding and saw poor results but this is almost always down to the owner using a brush that has been designed to remove dirt or debris from a dog’s coat rather than help with shedding. You have to use a specialist de-shedding brush that are actually surprisingly cheap for optimal results, especially if your cavoodles coat takes after the poodle parental line.
We know that a number of cavoodles can be excitable to say the least so we have a little trick that can easily keep your dogs still long enough for you to brush them accordingly to remove all of the trapped shed in their coats. If you get yourself a Kong dog toy and some peanut butter for dogs (human peanut butter often contains Xylitol) and put some of the peanut butter inside of the Kong toy, you can free it and use it to hold your cavoodles attention when you need to groom them.
As the vast majority of dogs love peanut butter, the treat holds your pet cavoodles attention for as long as half an hour and the fact that the peanut butter is frozen and the Kong toy has an awkward shape, your dog will keep trying to get the treat while you brush away. As you will likley only be brushing for five to ten minutes per session, you will end up having a ton of free time left over after brushing. You can also use this trick for clipping your pet cavoodles nails when needed too as well as pretty much anything else where you need you cavoodle to lay or sit still.
Take Advantage Of A Deshedding Dog Shampoo With Your Cavoodle!
Thankfully, these de-shedding dog shampoos have come a long way over the last few years and are actually useful and do what they say on the tin. The original formulas that were developed were expensive and did little to nothing but these more modern deshedding dog shampoos are worth their weight in gold. The brands have perfected their formulas and brought their costs right down offering a quick and easy way for you to treat a number of common causes of shedding in dogs with ease.
Now, easy of these shampoos have slightly different recommended usage guidelines so we would always recommend that you read the label prior to use but the majority of them can be used once per week if your cavoodle is suffering from excessive shedding. If your pet cavoodles hair is not shedding too much then you can use them as little as once a fortnight or even once per month and still see a reduction in the amount of shed that your cavoodles coat will release.
The shampoos can target anything from natural shedding to issues with your dogs skin potentially causing shedding to problems with parasites in your dogs coat too. This means that taking the simple step of replacing your dogs current shampoo with a one of these specialist ones that often retail at a very similar price point to regular dog shampoo these days can make a huge difference.
We are fully aware that just like many other dogs, your cavoodle may have fears of the bath and this is often due to dogs feeling as though they are trapped in an enclosed tub that is slowly filling up with water. Thankfully though, you can often take your cavoodle out into the garden or yard and wash it with a bucket of water or a hosepipe without issue and your cavoodle may actually enjoy the process. This allows you to apply the shampoo to your dog’s coat as required without causing anxiety in your pet while still getting the same benefits that they offer.
Increase The Essential Fatty Acids In Their Diet
One of the leading causes of shedding in dogs is a deficiency in essential fatty acids in their diet due to most dog food brands not having enough Omega 3 or Omega 6 in them that are the essential building blocks for a healthy skin and coat. A deficiency in either, especially in both can lead to excessive shedding in your cavoodle as well as a number of other issues. Unfortunately, due to regulation on the dog food industry, brands have a calorie limit per serving of their food mix meaning after the lean protein and vegetables that offer a ton of health benefits, there’s little room left to pack in enough essential fatty acids.
Thankfully though, out of all of the common causes of shedding in dogs, this is one of the easiest to correct. Switching your cavoodles food mix from its current one over to a tailor-made dog food solution is probably going to be the best option. These services are becoming more and more popular as their prices have reduced massively over the last three years or so and are now very competitive to regular dog food brands.
They allow you to quickly and easily come up with a specific food mix for your cavoodles breed, age, sex, and health needs within seconds. Although the interfaces between these services change slightly, ensuring that you are getting the optimal essential fatty acid content is very easy and the human-grade food ingredients offer a number of other health benefits to your pet cavoodle too. Switching your dog over to one of these foods as its every day meal offers an absolute ton of benefits and it is not surprising that the brands who offer these services are becoming more and more popular with each passing month.
Another option that we can recommend if you suspect that your pet cavoodle is suffering from a lack of essential fatty acids in their diet is to add a oil suppliment to their main meals. They can easily top up your cavoodles Omega 3 and Omega 6 intakes with ease and show improvements in your dogs coat quickly just like a custom dog food option. That said though, once you add the cost of the supplement to the cost of your cavoodles current food, going with a a tailor-made dog food solution can actually end up being cheaper while offering more health benefits too.
Try Restricting The Time Your Dog Is Outdoors
Although both of the parent breeds for the cavoodle are working dogs, most people tend to treat their cavoodle as more of a lapdog than a working dog. That said though, some of our readers may be able to use this next tip to their advantage so we have decided to include it in our article. The American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) has multiple studies showing that dogs that sleep outside usually have a higher than normal shedding level when compared to dogs that sleep insight.
Their research also shows a direct correlation in a reduction of shed released from their coat once they are brought inside to sleep too. Like we said, most people tend to keep their cavoodle as more of a general pet but if you are using your cavoodle as a working dog that usually sleeps outside then consider bringing it inside to sleep for at least four weeks to see if you can see a reduction in the shed that it releases from its coat every day.
That concludes our article answering the question “do cavoodles shed?” as well as going over our top ticks to quickly and easily manage the amount of shed that will be released from your dogs coat too. We hope that you have found this article helpful and that we will be able to help you manage the shedding situation with your dog. We know that cavoodles are a low shedding dog breed but if you do have dog allergies then implementing the steps above can help you live with a cavoodle in your home without having allergy flare-ups making the process well worth it.