Cockapoos have seen a massive increase in their popularity over the last few years with many breeders struggling to actually keep up with the new demand for the breed. Due to so many people saying that Cockapoos are hypoallergenic, we have seen a number of people considering adding a Cockapoo to their family reaching out and asking questions such as “Do cockapoos shed?”. Due to this, we have decided to focus on this for today’s article to try and help any of our readers that may be wanting to add a cockapoo to their families.
Now, allergies to dog fur may not be the only reason that you may want to know if the breed sheds or not, many people want a dog with minimal shedding due to it making it much easier to keep their home clean and tidy. That said though before we go any further, we just want to point out that cockapoos do shed but they have a few advantages over other dogs to make them as close to being hypoallergenic as you are going to get without getting the actual tick in the box.
Due to cockapoos being a hybrid breed based around a spaniel and a poodle mix, the curly hair of the poodle line can make your life much easier if you do have allergies as well as drastically reduce the amount of shed around your home. This is due to the rougher, wavy coat of the poodle usually being able to catch large amounts of what your cockapoo sheds. This results in their being much less fur around your home and less chance of an allergy flare-up or a large cleaning operation to collect all of your cockapoos shed.
Many people who do have allergies to dogs report being able to have a cockapoo in their home without issue and even if you have severe allergies to dogs, many people tend to be ok with a cockapoo provided they take antihistamines too. Now, this is due to the fact that a reputable breeder of cockapoos will usually implement selective breeding to try and increase the chances of the pups having the poodle coat from their parents to offer you these advantages. That said though, some less reputable breeds may not be as strict with this so try to always make sure that the breeder that you are getting your dog from has at least three generations of cockapoo as the puppies lineage rather than it be a first-generation cockapoo.
We are now going to be going over what we feel are the four main tips and tricks that you are able to implement to help further minimize the amount of shedding from your cockatoo. These tips and tricks can be advantages for both people who like to keep a clean house as well as families with a member with allergies to dogs too. There is no need to implement all of these methods and in all fairness, the first one or two are usually enough to help keep your cockapoo’s coat in tip-top condition and work like a charm anyway.
Dealing With Your Cockapoos Shedding
In our opinion, there isno better way to deal with the shed from your pet cockapoos coat than to ensure that you are regularly brushing and grooming them. This allows you to quickly and easily collect all of the excess shed in your dog’s coat at once and place it in the bin as required before it ends up all over your home. Just make sure that you are using a suitable de-shedding brush that has been designed for the type of coat the cockapoo has and you should be able to get your cockapoo shedding under control with ease.
Our recommended de-shedding tool has one of the best reputations going while also enjoying the largest market share in the space due to offering excellent results. This has ensured that the tool has managed to rightfully earn itself an excellent reputation amongst the community. It is ideal for a cocker spaniel and a poodle mix as it has been specifically designed for use with double-coated dogs with a thick undercoat and makes light work of the coat on your cockapoo.
Now, we have lost count of the number of people who own a cockapoo who think that it will be a pain for them to keep their dog still long enough to correctly groom their coat. Thankfully though, brushing your dogs coat between once and three times a week for five to ten minutes is plenty to get the benefits and reduce the amount of shed around your home. Additionally, we also have a little trick that you can use to keep your cockapoo still long enough for you to brush its coat as required.
You will need to get yourself some peanut butter for dogs or one of the popular treat pastes for dogs as well as a regular Kong dog toy. You then put the peanut butter or the treat paste inside the hole in the kong toy and then place it in your freezer the night before you plan to brush your cockapoo’s coat. Although you don’t have to freeze it, we find that freezing the treat prior to use can keep your cockapoos attention for much longer.
When the time comes to actually brush your cockapoo’s coat, you simply give it the kong toy and the delicious treat can easily hold your dog’s attention for you to get your brushing done with plenty of time to spare. You can also often use this trick for other tasks with your dog such as keeping it still for you to be able to clip its nails as required too. One thing that we do want to say is that peanut butter that has been designed for people usually has Xylitol in it that should not be given to your dog, this is why we always recommend that you go with a peanut butter specifically designed for dogs.
Take Advantage Of Deshedding Dog Shampoo For Your Cockapoo
Next up, we have switching your regular dog’s shampoo over to a specialist Deshedding Dog Shampoo to help get your cockapoo shedding under control as quickly as possible. Although the original deshedding shampoos on the market really didn’t do much to help get the shed of your cockapoo’s coat under control, the newer shampoos on the market are excellent and really can help to reduce the amount of shed that you can expect from your cockapoo.
Our recommended deshedding shampoo is by far the best one on the market at the time of writing and none of the compeating brands are currently even close to being able to match its performance and results. It has an excellent reputation amongst the community that is just getting better and better as time goes on and enjoys a massive number of glowing reviews from other dog owners due to performing so well.
It is so easy to use too as you simply use it during bathtime with your cockapoo once per week and then you are done. If you have a cockapoo that is not a big fan of bathtime then you can get similar results by simply taking your dog out into the yard or garden and washing it with the garden hose while lathering it up with the shampoo. This can often be a suitable workaround to bathing your cockapoo if needed and allow you to get the same benefits of using the shampoo while bathing your dog.
If you want to minimize the amount of shed released from your cockapoo’s coat then you can usually use the shampoo and regular grooming covered early at the same time. This can work wonders and drastically reduce the shed around your home and reducing the amount of cleaning you have to do or the amount of allergies issues that you may have.
Add A Natural Oil Based Supplement To Their Diet
The next tip is a specialist treatment that will only work if the reasons that your cockapoo is shedding its coat more than usual is due to it having a deficiency in its Omega 3 and Omega 6 intake. A large number of dog food, even the premium price point dog food lacks the essential fatty acids that your cockapoo needs to naturally grow a healthy coat with minimal shedding. Thankfully, adding a decent oil suppliment to your cockapoos diet can be an easy way to reduce your cockapoos shed with ease.
You can usually expect to see an improvement in the shed of your cockapoo in as little as only two weeks if your dog is shedding due to nutritional deficiencies. In addition to this, adding these doggy oil supplements to the diet of your cockapoo can also help to treat other issues in the breed such as hot spots and dry skin as well as help deal with a dull coat too. The modern oil supplements are also very budget-friendly and well worth trying to with your dog as they tend to have a springing high success rate and can work wonders on your cockapoos coat.
Try Restricting The Time Your Dog Is Outdoors
Now, this next one may not really be a realistic option due to many people keeping cockapoos as pets rather than working dogs as they do with their parent breeds. That said though, if you are using your cockapoo as a working dog and letting it sleep outside then bringing your dog indoors to sleep may be able to help reduce the amount of shed released from its coat.
The American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) has recently published early research on the topic with a correlation between bringing a dog indoors to sleep that would usually sleep outdoors and a reduction in their shedding. Again though, due to most people keeping cockapoos as pets rather than working dogs, it is only very specific circumstances where this may work for you. That said though, depending on your situation, this may be able to help you reduce your cockapoos shed so could be worth trying.
Why Do Cockapoos Shed
Cockapoos shed for three main reasons with the main one being the natural shedding hormone in its blood that all dogs have that tell your dog to shed any old or damaged hairs in its coat. All dogs do this but due to the wavy coat of most cockapoos that we explained before, their coat can often catch large amounts of your cockapoos shed and make it seem like they are not shedding as much as other dog breeds. This is a normal process and there is nothing that we can do to stop this from happening, all we can do is try to manage it as best we can and tips one and two covered above will usually do this for you.
The second most common reason is due to having a deficiency in omega fatty acids in their diet as we have covered above. As explained, this can cause your cockapoo to produce a poor quality coat due to not having the essential building blocks required for a healthy coat. Thankfully though, as we explained, you can usually fix this with ease by adding a doggy oil supplement into their diet with results starting to show in as little as only two weeks.
The third reason is the least common and is due to parasites taking hold in your cockapoos coat and will usually require a trip to your local veterinarian. Although there are a number of treatments you can get from local shops or online, some parasites require specialist, prescription treatments so we usually recommend that our readers check in with their local vet.