Is the Australian Cobberdog/Labradoodle hypoallergenic?
Australian Cobberdogs and Australian Labradoodles are considered hypoallergenic, alongside the Bichon Frise or Poodle. Nobody can guarantee you won't react to one of these breeds, but they're a popular option if you're allergic.
If you are, make sure you adopt a low/no shedding dog as the risk of reacting is much lower.
Nonetheless, regardless of breed, it depends on the individual pup and the severity of your asthma or allergy. We stock specific products that might help reduce the build-up of allergens on your dog and home. Fortunately, simple things like changing bathing products and choosing fish-based food can help a lot.
Fish-based dog food
Asthma and allergies
Roughly 10-20% of the world's population is affected by asthma or allergies from pets. Some people can make adjustments to reduce the impact on their lives. Others, however, struggle when exposed even briefly to something a dog has been in contact with.
Symptoms of an allergy include:
- Watery eyes
- Runny nose
- Shortness of breath
- Stuffy nose
- Inflamed eyes
- Itchiness and swelling around eyes
Labradoodles - do they shed?
It depends which of the four types of Labradoodle you’re talking about. If you’re allergic, avoid British Labradoodles. These will shed. Australian Labradoodles, Australian service dogs and Australian Cobberdogs, however, are low/no shedding.
The most important thing to check if you're allergic, is your dog's coat type. When looking for a hypoallergenic dog, fleece or wool coats are best. If your pup has a hair coat, they will definitely shed.
Just because the dog is a cross-breed, it doesn’t mean they are low/no shedding. There are many cross-breeds that are unsuitable for people with asthma or allergies.
Allergens and Dander
What causes pet allergies?
The immune system finds and removes foreign substances like bacteria or viruses. For people with allergies, their immune system is overly sensitive. They can react to the harmless proteins in a pet's urine, saliva or dander (dead skin cells).
The symptoms that arise is what indicates an allergic reaction.
The most common allergen is dander. It's similar to dandruff but refers to the scaly white skin flakes found all over an animal's body, not just scalp.
Different breeds produce different dander, so it's possible to react to some breeds, and not others. Unfortunately, if you're allergic to dander, some low/no shedding dogs may still cause an allergic reaction. Since you're reacting to the dander, not coat, there are very few dogs that might be suitable.
Dander remains airborne for long periods and can end up on carpets, clothes, cushions - everything! It can also get in your eyes or lungs. Time doesn't really lessen the strength of the allergen, so even months after the dog has left the area, you might still react.
Why is coat type important?
Dogs collect dander, urine and saliva (also dust and pollen) in their coat. When groomed or petted, these allergens can get into the air. Whilst low/no shedding dogs still carry these allergens, it's more problematic if the dog malts. As they shed, the hair and allergens end up all over your home, clothes etc. Hoovering, dusting or other household activities can also make allergens airborne.
If you're also allergic to dust or pollen, having a pet might not be the best option. You can keep your house relatively free of these allergens, but dogs will often carry them on their coats from outside. It would be very difficult to avoid any issues, especially if you're extremely sensitive.
Usually, allergens land on our eyes and nose. Reactions often involve the membranes around these areas swelling and itching. Even a scratch or lick can cause redness. These symptoms are even more common if you pet an animal then touch your eyes.
For some people with asthma or an allergy, the airborne particles are a big problem. Most are small enough to enter the lungs and, as a result, can cause severe breathing problems.
If you're highly sensitive, you might experience:
- Shortness of breath
- Intense rash on face/neck/upper chest
These symptoms can arise within 15 minutes of inhaling the allergens.