One of the reasons that the Cavapoo has become so popular is because of the belief that Cavapoos are hypoallergenic as they do not shed but is this true?
The Cavapoo is a mix between a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and a Poodle.
The Cavalier is a shedder and I know this first hand. Little Tucker loses so much hair that there are hair tumble weeds in my house, even though we vacuum every day.
The Poodle, on the other hand, is a minimal shedder.
Poodles are the breed of choice for people that are allergic to dogs. The reason for this is because poodles shed very little hair because of their wiry and curly coat.
Whether your Cavapoo puppy will be high or low shedder depends totally on which coat type they have inherited.
If their coat is wavy and straight like a Cavalier then in all likelihood your Cavapoo puppy will be high shedding.
On the flip side, if your Cavapoo puppy has wiry curly hair like the Poodle, then there is a good chance that your pup will be very low shedding.
Cavapoo puppy coats up to 6 months
A puppy coat is very different to an adult coat.
When your puppy is younger than six months then there coats will be soft and fluffy. This is to protect them against the cold and to provide protection against injury.
As your puppy starts to mature then they will gradually lose their puppy coat which will be replaced by a harder and denser adult coat.
During this time, your Cavapoo will shed. There is no escaping this.
It is important that you brush your puppy very well daily during this phase.
Brushing will help to remove the puppy hair quicker and avoid matting which will happen if the puppy hair is trapped by the adult hair.
The second benefit is that you will not end up with the hair all over your house.
Thirdly, it will help your puppy get accustomed to being groomed which is important as they will need to be groomed on a regular basis during their life time.
Do adult Cavapoos shed?
Yes, all adult Cavapoos shed but the amount of shedding is totally dependent on a few factors.
As I have already mentioned, if your Cavapoo puppy has wavy hair like a Cavalier then they will shed quite a lot. Spaniels are heavy shedders.
If their coat is curly like a Poodle then the shedding should be a lot less to none.
It is a known fact that animals shed during spring.
The reason dogs shed in spring is because they need to lose their winter coats.
Summer is coming and they will get too hot if they keep their winter coats.
Just like in humans, dogs are heavily affected by what they eat.
Dogs need at least 20-25% protein in their diet. A lack of protein results in weak hair follicles which in turn results in more shedding.
So, it is important that your Cavapoo has nutritious and balanced meals.
Read this post about the best food for your Cavapoo.
Bathing your Cavapoo too often will cause dry skin and this will result in heavy shedding.
So, try to only bath your dog when they go for professional grooming every four to six weeks unless they have been skunked or have had a nice romp in a pool of mud.
Never use human shampoo or soap on your dog as their skin has a different ph level to humans.
Use a natural dog shampoo that will not dry out the skin.
Cavapoos are not 100% non-shedding, no dog is.
But if you are looking for a dog that will not leave a trail of hair all over your house, that is smart cute and adorable, then the Cavapoo is the perfect choice.