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Is a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Hypoallergenic? Breed Facts & FAQ

Written by: Elizabeth Gray

Last Updated on April 11, 2024 by Dogster Team


Is a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Hypoallergenic? Breed Facts & FAQ

With their sweet faces and constantly wagging tails, Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are generally considered one of the all-around best-tempered dog breeds. These dogs make excellent pets for almost anyone, but what about people with dog allergies? Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are not considered hypoallergenic dogs, but truthfully, no breed can claim this title.

In this article, we’ll talk about why Cavaliers aren’t hypoallergenic but have some qualities that might make them easier to live with for people with dog allergies. We’ll list some breeds that typically cause less reaction in allergy sufferers and offer tips to reduce the overall dog allergen load in your house.

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Contrary to popular belief, dog allergy symptoms aren’t triggered by pet hair. Instead, proteins found in the dog’s dander and saliva are the usual suspects. However, these allergens spread into the environment as a dog sheds, which is why low-shedding breeds are generally better for people with allergies.

Cavaliers have silky coats that shed but not as much as many other breeds. Because they’re small dogs, they don’t produce as much dander as large breeds. Fewer allergens in the environment are usually easier for people with allergies to handle.

In addition, dog allergies can be a bit of a mystery because no pup produces exactly the same proteins. If you have allergies, you may find that one Cavalier King Charles Spaniel makes you sneeze uncontrollably while another causes no reaction.

Cavalier lovers with allergies might also consider a Cavapoo, a hybrid of a Poodle and a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. Many of these dogs inherit the low-shedding coat of the Poodle, reducing their chances of triggering allergies.

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel dog close up puppy
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Which Dog Breeds Are Best for Allergies?

As we discussed, all breeds (even hairless dogs) produce both dander and saliva, meaning they have the potential to trigger allergy symptoms. Dogs that shed less are less likely to spread their allergens, making them better matches for those with allergies.

Some breeds considered more suitable for those with dog allergies include:
  • Poodle
  • Bichon Frise
  • Shih Tzu
  • Afghan Hound
  • Portuguese Water Dog
  • Yorkshire Terrier
  • Irish Water Spaniel
  • Maltese

Again, even these breeds can vary in how they impact people with allergies. To be completely safe, you’ll need to spend time with the dog you’re considering adopting to see how your immune system reacts.

Reducing Allergens at Home

If you suffer from dog allergies but have your heart set on owning a Cavalier, there are some steps you can take to reduce potential allergens and, consequently, your reaction to them.

Bathe and brush your Cavalier King Charles Spaniel frequently. Bathing decreases the amount of dander on your dog’s coat and skin, while regular brushing reduces the hair shed around your home. Use a shampoo designed for dogs and consult your vet to determine how often you can bathe your Cavalier without drying out their skin.

Consider restricting your dog’s access to certain rooms in your house, such as your bedroom. Another option is allowing your Cavalier in easy-to-clean locations, such as rooms with hard surface floors.

Vacuum carpets frequently and use wet or static-cling cleaning methods on hard surface floors. Avoid dry sweeping or dusting since they can stir up allergens rather than remove them. Use home air filters designed to trap allergens, and change them regularly.

Final Thoughts

With millions of Americans suffering from dog allergies, it’s no wonder that interest in “hypoallergenic” pets is high. While Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are not hypoallergenic dogs, allergy sufferers may be able to live with one if they take some precautions. If you’re considering getting a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, even with allergies, speak to your doctor about your potential medication options. For many dog lovers, dealing with some allergy symptoms is worth it to enjoy the friendship of an adorable Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.

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