Cocker Spaniels have seen some steady growth in their popularity over the last few years as more and more people opt to add a pet cocker spaniel to their family. Due to seeing so many questions about the breed with each passing month, we doubt that this is going to change any time soon and only expect the popularity of the breed to keep on increasing with each passing year. As we see so many questions about the breed, we have decided to focus today’s article about one of the most frequently asked questions that we see “Do cocker spaniels shed?” to try and help as many of our readers as possible who may be wanting to add a cocker spaniel to their family.
Cocker spaniels do shed and they are moderate year-round shedders that see two seasonal spikes in their shedding around the spring and the fall. This tends to mean that they are not a hypoallergenic friendly dog breed and can cause allergy flare-ups for anyone who suffers from dog allergies. That said though, there are a number of steps that you can take that we will cover below to minimise the chances of a cocker spaniels shed kicking up issues with your allergies and each step can reduce the amount of shed by a surprising amount.
This can often result in you being able to have a cocker spaniel in your home and not have any issues with your health problems. Most people with mild allergies to dogs can be fine if you use the steps below to keep your cocker spaniels coat shedding under control although anyone with stronger allergies will likely require antihistamines to minimize their symptoms and reactions to their shredded coat around the home.
Dealing With Your Cocker Spaniels Shedding
In our opinion, the best way to keep your cocker spaniels shed under control is to ensure that you site your dog down for regular grooming and brushing. This does not have to be daily and often once or twice a week, sometimes three times a week if your cocker spaniel is having one of its seasonal spikes can be enough to minimize the shed that will be left around your home. Each grooming session should last between five to ten minutes and this allows you to collect all of the shed in the coat of your cocker spaniel and put it in the bin at once to prevent it ending up all-around your home.
We would always recommend that our readers make sure that they are using a suitable de-shedding brush for their cocker spaniels fur as a regular brush if often not enough for grooming the cocker spaniel coat. Thankfully, the price tags of the specialist grooming brushes had come down drastically over the last few years and they are almost the same price as the regular grooming brushes now.
Depending on the length of your cocker spaniels coat, it may actually be able to catch large amounts of the shed from your dog anyway. This can work in your favor and keep the shed from your cocker spaniels coat all in on place to make it easier to remove with a good grooming session. Not only will this help minimize the chances of any potential allergies flaring up but it can also help make keeping your home much easier as the bulk of the shed from your cocker spaniel is all collected at once and placed in the bin rather than left to drop around your home as your dog goes around its regular routine.
Now, we know that some cocker spaniels are likely to want to play like many other dogs rather than sit still for five to ten minutes to allow you to brush their coat. Thankfully, this quick and easy trick that you can use to help keep your dog still has ben proven to be effective time and time again and you can use it when it is time to brush your dog. You will need to pick up a Kong dog toy and either some treat paste or some peanut butter for dogs for this to work. We always recommend peanut butter for dogs as human peanut butter will often contain Xylitol and may cause issues for your cocker spaniel.
You simply put some of the treat paste or peanut butter into the kong toy and freeze it overnight so that the treat is solid inside of the toy for the day you intend to brush your cocker spaniels coat. You then give your dog the kong toy and the treat tends to keep your dog still long enough for you to get your regular grooming done with ease and get all of the shed out of your cocker spaniels coat. You can also use this same trick to keep your cocker spaniel still when it comes to clipping its nails or doing any other tasks where you require your dog to sit still.
Take Advantage Of Deshedding Dog Shampoo
Unfortunately, doggy deshedding shampoos have a bad reputation still and this is due to many of the early products being released to the market being close to useless and doing nothing to help combat your dog shedding. Thankfully though, the more recent Deshedding Dog Shampoos that have been released onto the market are excellent and well worth trying in our opinion.
Our recommended dog deshedding shampoo has managed to earn itself one of the best reputations that we have seen in the space due to its excellent performance record of helping deal with multiple issues that may cause your dog to shed. Additionally, a large number of dog owners have also published their own glowing reviews of the shampoo sharing their experiences with it and their own dogs shedding that you can read too.
You simply use the shampoo with your dog once a week during bath time and follow the instructions on the label. The shampoo can help deal with some of the natural causes of your cocker spaniels shedding but some of the shampoos can also help to deal with issues such as parasite infestations in your dog’s fur that can sometimes cause shedding too.
They are quick and easy to use and have a surprisingly high success rate while also helping to keep your dogs skin and coat as healthy as possible too. You can also further improve the results that you can get from using a deshedding shampoo on your cocker spaniel by brushing your dog once or twice per week as we covered above too.
Add A Natural Oil Based Supplement To Their Diet
In our opinion, the second-highest cause of your cocker spaniel releasing more shed than usual is due to a nutritional deficiency of essential omega fatty acids in its diets. This is a natural reaction in dogs as their bodies lack the ingredients required to produce a healthy coat that will often lead to an increase in shedding but thankfully, adding a decent doggy oil suppliment to their diet can fix this issue in as little as two weeks.
Now, we know that many of our readers may be thinking that thy get the absolute best cocker spaniel dog food possible for their pets that come with a premium price tag so this can’t be the issue. Unfortunately, it can be more likely to be the cause when you use the premium price point dog foods as your dog’s primary food source. Although many brands will still include both Omega 3 and Omega 6 in their premium price point food, it is often not enough for what your dog may require.
As the dog food brands replace the fats in the food as their calorie sources that cheaper dog food brands use for higher quicker, lean protein sources, the overall fat content in the higher price point dog foods is reduced. This leaves less room for the brands to get the essential fatty acids in their foods without spiking the calories and potentially leading to your cocker spaniel gaining weight. Although these premium level dog foods do offer a ton of other health benefits to your dog, Omega 3 and Omega 6 content is a common area where they fall short.
Thankfully though, there are a large number of oil supplements for dogs on the market that are not only cheap but perform very well and have excellent reputations too. Our recommended supplement has managed to earn itself a ton of reviews from the community due to its great results while also being able to help treat other issues such as dry skin and hot spots in your cocker spaniel too.
Try Restricting The Time Your Dog Is Outdoors
Now, this last method is defiantly going to depend on your situation and what you have your cocker spaniel for. In this day and age, even if your cocker spaniel is a working dog there is a high chance that you will have it sleeping indoor anyway but if your dog sleeps outside then you can try letting it sleep in the home. The American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) has published some early research that does show a correlation between the reduction in the amount of shed a dog releases if it sleeps inside rather than outside of the home.
The research is in the early stages though and there are many open questions to be answered but we just wanted to point it out. We know some people use spaniels as working dogs and depending on the situation, they may sleep outside of the home and as the AAHA suggests, this may lead to an increase in the amount of shedding that your dog will do on a year-round basis as well as while it has its seasonal shedding spikes too.
Why Do Cocker Spaniels Shed
The majority of shedding that your dog will do is totally natural and due to hormones in their blood telling them to release any dead or damaged hairs from their coat year-round. There is nothing that we are able to do about this and the best option is to just manage the shed of your dog as best you can. With the cocker spaniel, these hormones increase twice per year and is the reason behind their seasonal shedding spikes.
As we mentioned above, the second most common reason that your cocker spaniel will shed is due to nutritional deficiencies in their diet due to a lack of the essential Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids in their food. As we touched on earlier though, this can usually be corrected in as little as two weeks provided you add a decent doggy oil suppliment to their diet to get everything back in order and their coat will naturally improve and a reduction in their shedding can occur.
The final common reason that your dog may shed is due to a parasitic infestation in their coat and although there are a number of shampoos on the market that can help deal with this, we usually recommend a trip to the local veterinarian if you think that parasites are causing your dog to shed. Due to their small size, identifying the type of parasite causing the issue with the human eye is very difficult and some of them require prescription-strength treatments.
That brings s our article going over the question “Do cocker spaniels shed?” to an end and we hope that you have found it useful. Regular grooming of your spaniel’s coat is definitely one of the best options to get their shedding inline quickly and minimize the amount of shed and dander that will be around your home potentially causing you issues. The other treatments in the article can also be effective but they tend to depend more on your situation or the cause of the shedding in your dog.