No, the cocker spaniel is in no way a hypoallergenic dog. They shed far too much, and they also produce enough dander to activate a person’s allergies.

 Even people who have mild or only seasonal allergies must be aware of their dander before choosing to care for this type of dog breed. 

Are Cocker Spaniels Hypoallergenic? 

Although these beautiful dogs are great to have for the whole family and can be your companion for more than ten years, they are not good for people with allergies. The cocker spaniel is not hypoallergenic. Even people who have mild allergies or seasonal allergies should not have a cocker spaniel. They are very furry dogs, and they shed everywhere they go. 

Their fur also catches a lot of pollen and dirt. These substances could make a person’s allergies worse. Only people who do not suffer from allergies are recommended to take care of cocker spaniels. They’re beautiful dogs, but it is far too easy for them to trigger a person’s allergies. 

Because of their medium-sized stature and long hair, people with allergies cannot take care of them, but there are many other pet dogs that are similar in size and four lengths to cocker spaniels. These dogs are hypoallergenic, so a person with allergies can have them in their home.

Do They Shed a Lot?

One look at a cocker spaniel, and you will know your answer. They have so much fur as well as under and overcoating. This means that they are very likely to shed everywhere they sit or lie down. These dogs have very long strands of fur that come off easily.

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If a person who does not have allergies only cocker spaniel, it is recommended that that person put coverings over the furniture so that their fur does not stick to the surface of a couch or chair. Cocker spaniels also produce a lot of pet dander and can carry dander in with them from outside, which can also activate a person’s allergies and make it hard for them to breathe. Allergies also turn the person’s eyes red and watery and stuff up their nose with snot.

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Can People With Mild Allergies Keep Them?

If you have mild or seasonal allergies and are looking to see if you can adopt a Cocker Spaniel and have it live in your home with you without any issues, then we have bad news. If you have any allergies, it’s going to be difficult to live with this type of dog. These dogs are not hypoallergenic, and their fur carries in a lot of dirt and pollen. Plus, their bodies produce pet dander, which is the main reason why so many people are allergic to dogs. Their skin produces pet dander, but their fur will also capture excess dander from their skin and carry it around with them if they’re not bathed regularly.

If you are still adamant about having a cocker spaniel in your home, then we suggest finding someone who has this type of dog and allowing asking them to allow you to play with it for a few hours. With this method , you can see if you are allergic to the dog itself or if you can handle it just fine. You should be able to allow the cocker spaniel to directly lay on your love for several minutes without any issues.

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If you start sneezing, coughing, or your eyes begin to water during the first few minutes of meeting and playing with the cocker spaniel, then you will not be able to take care of this dog. But, you can find a similar breed of dog that is also hypoallergenic. There are many hypoallergenic breeds all over the world, and they come in different varieties.

How to Care for a Cocker Spaniel’s Fur

If you have spare time with a Cocker Spaniel and you do not have any adverse allergic reactions to their dander and their fur, then you are able to adopt one and take it to your home. However, their firm must be kept up and cleaned regularly. It’ll keep the dog clean, and it will keep allergies from becoming triggered.

First, you must brush this dog every day without exception. Their fur is very long, and they do shed quite a lot. If you brush this dog regularly, which means at least once a day, therefore may not be that big of a problem. You can also place covers on your furniture to prevent the fur from coating anywhere you are cocker spaniel can sit.

Next, you must be able to provide your cocker spaniel with the bath at least once a week. Bathes not only loosen weak fur strands, but they can remove excessive dander and will prevent you from triggering your allergies. Can you take your Cocker Spaniel dog to a florist or you take them hiking with you, then you will have to give your dog a bath after you come home.

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Alternative Dogs That Are Hypoallergenic

It is sad for many people who cannot have cocker spaniels in their homes because they have allergy problems. But as we said, there are breeds that are hypoallergenic. 

  • The Maltese Terrier – take one look into this cute little dog’s eyes, and you’ll forever be in love. They have an unbelievably silky white coat that that does not shed off fur everywhere that they go.
  • The West Highland white terrier – this tiny dog breed has more personality, and pointy little ears than most people do their whole life. They are extremely active and great for families with small children.


  • Cocker spaniels are not hypoallergenic at all.
  • Even people who have mild allergies or only seasonal allergies may not be able to care for this dog
  • Their bodies produce dander, and they shed their fur like crazy
  • If a person has a cocker spaniel, they must constantly be on the lookout for excessive fur on their furniture
  • The cocker spaniel must be brushed at least once a day and bathed once a week, with no exceptions.
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