Scratch Dog or Not – Are Cockapoo Dogs Hypoallergenic

Millions of us suffer from pet allergies but the good news is; there are certain breeds and cross-breeds that can share your home without triggering a sneezing fit. Here, we take a look at the allergy friendly Cockapoo and answer the question posed by many, looking for the perfect pooch.


These cheerful, affectionate, playful dogs can be an excellent solution for those who who break out in a rash after a doggy cuddle. Of course, reactions vary from person to person and dog to dog but with a little research and patience you might just find the right canine companion for you.​

Is It True, Are Cockapoos Hypoallergenic?

No breed of dog is 100% allergy friendly but those mixed with the Poodle which has a low-non-shedding coat and produces less dander come pretty close. So, while the Cockapoo may cause a reaction to a few allergy sufferers they are much less likely to than other breeds and therefore the answer is yes, Cockapoos are hypoallergenic, however there are different types of Cockapoo and it is worth noting some are better for allergy sufferers than others.

  • F1 Cockapoo - First generation Cockapoos are equal amounts Cocker Spaniel and Poodle and can inherit either of their parents looks and characteristics, they are recommended for people with low to moderate allergies because if the coat is more spaniel-like it will shed to some degree.
  • F1b Cockapoo - This is a first generation which has been crossed back to one of the parent breeds most commonly the Poodle as they are 75% Poodle they are normally non-molting and are the best choice for the more sensitive sufferer.
  • F2 Cockapoo - These are second generation Cockapoos once again being 50% Cocker and 50% Poodle and again are more suitable for those with less severe allergies.

Of course, not all allergic reactions are caused by the dog's coat which is why it is vital to spend time with an individual dog before making a commitment.

What does hypoallergenic actually mean?

But, I can hear you ask, "how can they be hypoallergenic if they can (rarely) trigger a reaction?" The answer is simple, hypoallergenic doesn't mean no chance of symptoms occurring it means a lower or reduced risk of it happening. so, while certain breeds are correctly classed as hypoallergenic, it is essential to spend time with your potential pet before bringing them into your home.

3 Reasons Why the Cockapoo Is a Choice Breed Among Allergy Sufferers

Be it Asthma or Eczema the fact the Cockapoo is likely to have inherited the Poodle coat (It's a dominant characteristic) means it will not shed significantly. The curlier the coat the coat the better as the curl prevents any dander becoming airborne when your pooch scratches, shakes or rolls around the ground and with regular grooming these pups can happily live alongside allergy sufferers.

Due to the variations of this crossbreed there are sizes and personalities to suit everyone an English working Cocker Spaniel x Miniature Poodle will be totally different to an American show Cocker Spaniel x Toy Poodle. There have even been cases of a Standard Poodle being used producing a larger dog.

As well as being a non-shedding dog Cockapoos produce no doggy odor so are perfect for those who do not like their home having that distinctive "eau de dog" smell.

Cockapoos and allergies - What should I do?

If you are serious about getting a dog when you or anyone in your family suffers from allergies it is important to get it right. Cockapoo shedding varies and there is nothing more upsetting than realizing a few weeks or months after you bring a pet into your home that you can't be in the same room without breaking out in a rash. Impulse buys are a big reason many dogs end up in shelters. Take your time, patience will result in getting the right dog for you. It is essential to spend time with the breed or even better your chosen pooch before bringing them home. Things you could try, include:

  • Conduct your own t-Shirt test, when you visit your puppy or potential rescue dog ask the breeder or shelter worker if you can leave an old t-shirt with the dog and leave a stamped addressed envelope with them to post it back to you after a couple of days. When the t-shirt is returned, you can see if it triggers a reaction either immediately or a day or two down the line.
  • Spend some time around the breed there are Cockapoo fun days, events and shows around the country so go online join forums and groups there will likely be some locally. Not only will you have a great day out but you will establish if a Cockapoo has potential as your new canine companion.

5 Ways to Reduce the Risk of An Allergic Reaction from Your Pooch

  • Cockapoos need a lot of grooming not only to reduce allergens but also to keep their thick coats from becoming tangled and matted. Try to get someone else to do this for you or if it isn't possible groom your pooch outside, wear a dust mask and have a shower immediately afterwards.
  • Use a HEPA filter both to filter the air of those pesky particles and also one in your vacuum cleaner to get rid the ones stuck to floors and surfaces.
  • Wash your dog's bedding weekly on a hot cycle (above 60 degrees) to reduce build up.
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    If your allergies are seasonal, wipe your dog after walks, with a damp cloth soaked in a little conditioner to remove any pollen particles that have attached themselves to Fido's coat.
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    Consider some over the counter medications, antihistamines may help to control symptoms if the reaction is not too severe.

All about the Cockapoo - Origin of the Breed

The Cockapoo is one of the oldest hybrid dogs or so called "designer breeds" dating back to the 1950s. The original concept of crossbreeding the Poodle with various breeds to produce a non-shedding canine companion has potentially worked best in this particular cross with Cockapoos becoming one of the most popular dogs in the USA.

This unfortunately, has seen them become one of the dogs most exploited by puppy mills and backyard breeders. Although they are not recognized by any of the official breed registries such as the AKC or the United Kennel Club there are associations dedicated to the welfare and continued development of the breed. The Cockapoo Club of America was founded by Mary D Foley in 1998 and continues working towards the goal of producing the "perfect family pet".

One thing for sure with its friendly, happy-go-lucky nature and good looks this small to medium hypoallergenic dog is 100% here to stay.

General Appearance

Being a crossbred dog the Cockapoo comes in all shapes and sizes depending on which type of Cocker Spaniel and which size of Poodle was used in the mating. They can inherit the features of either breed but most have the sturdy square appearance of the Cocker, with dropped ears and large expressive brown eyes.

Cockapoo weight and size varies but it should be noted that tiny variations also known as teacup Cockapoos should be avoided these are achieved by breeding the smallest toy poodles to produce a mini Cockapoo which are much more prone to health issues.

The coat of a Cockapoo can be tightly curled, consist of medium curls or be wavier and flatter like that of a spaniel it can come in a wide variety of colors both solid and multi-colored. Black Cockapoos, Red Cockapoos, and Buff Cockapoos are among the most popular.


Cockapoos are known for having one of the best temperaments of any dog they don't have a bad bone (pardon the pun) in their body. Intelligent, loyal, gentle and loving they get on with everyone, children, senior citizens, the postman, burglars, other dogs and cats. The Cockapoo temperament makes them easy to train and adaptable, they don't require too much exercise but are lively and active enjoying retrieving games and swimming.

A companion dog they love being with their humans and don't do well left for long periods. The hypoallergenic Cockapoo is a great choice for first time dog owners. In short, they are just about the sweetest, kindest, most lovable dogs around.

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The Cockapoo life expectancy is one of the longest for dogs and it is not unusual for them to live up to 18 years. That being said, there are a few Cockapoo health problems to be aware of especially if you have obtained your pooch from an unreliable source such as a private advert or pet store, these include:

  • Luxating Patella - Both parent breeds can be affected
  • Hyperthyroidism - Cocker Spaniels are prone to this condition
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy- Both parent breeds can be affected
  • Allergies - Poodles are susceptible
  • Ear Infections - environmental
  • Familial Nephropathy - English Working and Show Cocker
  • Phosphofructokinase (PFK) - American Cocker Spaniel
  • Von Willebrand disease - Miniature Poodles

The majority of Cockapoo health issues can be avoided by choosing a good breeder who has conducted the necessary DNA tests on both parents.

Like many hypoallergenic dog breeds Cockapoos are susceptible to allergies themselves so feeding the correct diet and keeping an eye out for any redness to the skin, excessive licking or scratching is important so you can prevent the problem becoming worse.​


Cockapoos are not known for being picky eaters but as with any dog you should feed the best dog food you can afford to ensure your pooch lives a long and healthy life.

The amount of food required will depend on your dog's activity level usually this small dog requires around 1/4 - 3/4 cups of premium kibble per day.

As the Cockapoo lives a long time it is essential you alter the diet as he ages, older dogs have different nutritional needs to their younger counterparts.

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Finding A Good Cockapoo Breeder

Just because the Cockapoo is not a pure-bred dog does not mean that when you are looking for Cockapoo puppies for sale, the breeder you choose should not be the same standard as any breeder of pedigree pooches. The American Cockapoo Club is a great place to start as it has a breeder's directory and after purchase you can register your Cockapoo puppy with them.

As an allergy sufferer, it is important you get what you pay for and unfortunately due to the popularity of this small hypoallergenic breed there are folks out there selling any little curly mixed breed and passing them off as Cockapoo puppies, so don't be tempted by bargain basement puppies you will probably spend hundreds of dollars on vet's bills.

Speak to a few Cockapoo breeders initially, they should be happy to answer questions, ask them how long they have been breeding, are the parents AKC registered, what about health and temperament and of course discuss your allergy issues. A good breeder should also ask some questions of their own, do you work, have children that sort of thing. Trust your instincts, ask for references, perhaps a copy of their sales contract. A Cockapoo puppy is a long-term commitment so it is important to get it right.

3 Red Flags to Look Out for When Searching a Cockapoo Breeder

  • Denial of genetic defects, a Cockapoo can inherit either parents looks and temperament so why not health problems yes hybrid vigor may eliminate some issues but using it as an excuse not to conduct screening is irresponsible and shows the breeder is not interested in the welfare of the breed.
  • Not letting you see where the puppies are raised. Anyone who is only interested in showing you the puppy you are interested in buying should raise serious doubts. A healthy, well-rounded adult dog, happy puppies and clean home environment are a breeder's best testimonial.
  • Avoid anyone who seems more interested in the finances than answering questions and spending time talking to you. A good breeder with a Cockapoo for sale, will be happy to talk and listen to your requirements before asking for your credit card details.

Adopting a Cockapoo from a Rescue or Shelter

People assume that there are few Cockapoos in shelters as they are rarely given up. However, you might be surprised to learn there are quite a few. Full grown Cockapoos and puppies that have been rescued from bad breeding environments, dogs whose owners have died or are too ill to care for them, ones that have escaped or run off and not been reunited with their owners sometimes dogs end up in shelters for no other reason than bad luck.

That being said, you can be taking a risk getting an adult Cockapoo from a shelter in that any curly-haired cross could be mistaken for one so it is even more important to spend time with your chosen rescue to see if your allergies are triggered.

A good place to start when looking at Cockapoo adoption are online forums and groups they often have information on dogs needing a new home and you will be able to find out a bit more history about the dog this way, while checking out cute Cockapoo pictures. You could also contact a breed specific Cockapoo rescue or the American Cockapoo Club which has recently launched a rescue page. That special dog might be out there, just waiting for you to give it a second chance.​

How Much Will a Cockapoo Set You Back?

There is a saying that states "You get what you pay for" and this is definitely true when it comes to Cockapoo price. There are Cockapoo puppies available for sale at a couple of hundred bucks but you could end up with some large vet's bills so these are best avoided.

Of course, if you decide to adopt a Cockapoo adult it will much cheaper and you could end up with a fantastic four-legged friend either free or for a nominal adoption fee.

However, purchasing a Cockapoo dog from a reputable breeder will cost between $500-$1250 but it really is worth it for peace of mind.

For this you should receive everything you would expect from a breeder of purebred puppies. The pup should be clean and healthy, have been wormed and had their first shots. You should receive a sales contract and information regarding their diet and socialization along with the results of any health screening results.​

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It's a Wrap

That's it then, we have established the Cockapoo is one of the best dogs you can get and answered the question "are Cockapoos hypoallergenic?" They are, in fact, one of the best choices for those of us who sneeze when in the same room as a Samoyed or wheeze when walking a Weimaraner.

Sweet-natured, affectionate, lively and easy to train these small hypoallergenic dogs love children, get on with other pets and make great therapy dogs. They come in various sizes and colors so there is something for everyone.

While no dog is completely allergy free the hypoallergenic Cockapoo is a good bet for those who want to experience the unconditional love dogs give us.​

John Devlin

Husband, father and avid dog lover. Currently the proud owner of George a pedigree Golden Retriever that barely leaves my side. However, cute this sounds a little break from the dog hairs every now and then would be nice!

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