If you’ve never had a Cocker Spaniel, you might look at their beautiful locks and think their coats require extensive grooming. Cocker Spaniels are considered moderate shedders, so you won’t have to deal with as much fur on your furniture as you might have first thought. However, Cocker Spaniels require regular grooming sessions to avoid tangling or matting. To keep your dog’s fur healthy, you must brush it daily, which can be pretty time-consuming. Below, we’ll discuss everything you need to know about a Cocker Spaniel’s fur.
Do Cocker Spaniels Shed?
Cocker Spaniels do shed; they might not shed as much as a Golden Retriever, for example, but in relation to their size, they are considered to shed moderately. The good thing is, the more their coats are brushed and maintained, the less likely they are to shed, so it’s in your interest to keep up with their grooming routine.
As with most dogs, Cocker Spaniels have “shedding seasons,” which means there are certain times when you will notice more fur around the house. Cocker Spaniels also have delicate coats, so more work is involved in keeping them healthy.
When Is “Shedding Season?”
Cocker Spaniels have a double coat, and you’ll notice it sheds heavily during spring and autumn. This isn’t something isolated only to Cocker Spaniels, however. In spring, shedding keeps them cool in preparation for the summer, and they shed their fur in autumn for the cold winter snap. This means you have to groom them more often during these times.
How to Care for a Cocker Spaniel’s Coat
There are many ways to care for your Cocker Spaniel’s coat to reduce how much they shed.
Are Cocker Spaniels Hypoallergenic?
No dog is truly a hypoallergenic one. However, some shed less and produce less dander that triggers pet-related allergies than other breeds. Unfortunately, Cocker Spaniels are not one of those breeds.
If you suffer from allergies, that doesn’t mean you can’t get a Cocker Spaniel; as we mentioned, you can control their shedding with regular grooming, and there are medications you can take to control your symptoms. However, it is sometimes easier to manage if you pick a dog that is hypoallergenic. There is a Spaniel with a hypoallergenic coat: the Irish Water Spaniel. It is a large Spaniel that requires lots of daily exercise and has a thick, curly coat like a Poodle.
If you’re here because you’re thinking of getting a Cocker Spaniel, we can certainly see why; they’re happy, playful, patient dogs that are an excellent addition to every family they join.
Cocker Spaniels are considered moderate shedders; while they are not the most high-maintenance animals regarding their grooming needs, their coats require significant care and attention, which is sometimes more than some owners can handle. However, the more you care for their coat, the less they will shed, and the healthier they will be.
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