Dogs are majestic creatures that work their furry little ways into humans’ hearts and become part of the family.
However, this can be a bit of an issue, especially if you suffer from pet allergies. Most allergy sufferers choose to adopt a hypoallergenic dog, but are King Charles Cavaliers hypoallergenic dogs?
King Charles Cavaliers are not hypoallergenic dogs. There is no such thing as a hypoallergenic dog, but there are dogs that are better suited for allergy sufferers.
In fact, King Charles Cavaliers can be bred with a hypoallergenic breed so that those who suffer from allergies are less reactive to their pet.
We’ll take you through the ins and outs of King Charles Cavaliers and how you can own one even if you have allergies. That way, you can still own one, as long as you aren’t highly allergic to pet dander.
Do King Charles Cavaliers Shed?
King Charles Cavaliers are a breed that moderately sheds. This means that you won’t find hair everywhere all over your couch, bed, and floors.
However, they aren’t low shedding like French Bulldogs or Bichon Frise.
All dogs shed as it’s a normal process. The good thing about this breed is that they’re easy to groom, so you can keep the shedding more manageable.
The Charles Cavaliers don’t have a thicker undercoat, so grooming is easier.
How To Control The Shedding
While grooming can help control the shedding of your beloved pet, you can also ensure that they are eating an optimal diet.
Check with your veterinarian to choose the best diet for your King Charles Cavalier. This will ensure that your furry friend is in optimal health, which will help with the skin and coat.
Can King Charles Cavaliers Cause An Allergic Reaction?
Realistically, any dog can cause an allergic reaction as people are most often allergic to their saliva and urine, not just the pet dander that exists on the skin.
However, since they are moderate shedders, it’s a toss-up on whether they can cause you to have an allergic reaction.
But if you bought a pup that was bred with a poodle (a cavapoo), then this breed would be less likely to cause a reaction.
Are King Charles Cavaliers Bad For Allergies?
Whether or not this breed is bad for allergies depends on the individual. People with asthma and allergies respond differently.
Sometimes, people adjust to whatever it is that’s ailing them, while others may grow even more sensitive to a pet’s dander.
However, if you’re able to keep your dog out of your bedroom or off the couches in the living room, this might help with the allergy situation.
Also, implementing air purifiers that use HEPA filters and changing to hardwood instead of carpet will help.
What To Do For Pet Allergies
The most important thing to remember if you develop significant symptoms is to seek medical attention as soon as possible.
However, if your face, eyes, or lips swell, or if you cannot breathe well, then you should call for an ambulance immediately.
How To Reduce Allergy Symptoms
If you find that you are allergic to your dog or that you’re experiencing uncomfortable symptoms, there are a few things that you can do.
- Put HEPA Filters throughout your home. Cleaning your air will help get the dander and the dust out of your breathing space. Also, take care to clean around your house to get the dander and dust off your furnishings and the floor. Wash your bedding and clothing regularly and use hypoallergenic sheets.
- Bathe your dog often. To clean off your dog, people typically bathe them once a week. However, with a Charles Cavalier, you shouldn’t bathe it more often than once every other week. You can use other products, such as waterless shampoos and hypoallergenic products to groom during the week you cannot bathe them.
- Treat your symptoms. Always check with your doctor before taking any type of medicine, regardless of if it’s internal or external. You can take allergy medicine such as Claritin or Benadryl to help counteract your symptoms. Also, taking a multivitamin and eating a healthy diet will help boost your immune system, which can help stave off allergy symptoms.
- Create a no-dog zone. Having an area in your home where your dog isn’t welcome will help you tremendously. However, always make sure you’ve washed your hands and changed your clothes before entering so that you don’t bring the dander into the space since it would defeat the purpose of your allergen-free zone.
What Causes King Charles Cavaliers To Shed?
Shedding is common with all dogs since they need to shed their old fur and allow their new fur to exist.
With King Charles Cavaliers, their coat is so long that they can overheat, which is another reason why they shed; to regulate their body temperature.
You will notice how much shedding is ‘normal’ for your Charles Cavalier.
However, keep in mind that there is such a thing as excessive shedding, which is an indication of something more serious such as medical problems or allergies.
What Are The Signs Of Excessive Shedding In Cavaliers?
If Fido seems to be shedding a lot more than usual, you’ll want to observe your pet to see if you need to bring them to the doggy doctor. Some signs to look for include:
- Open sores
- Bald spots
- Thin coat
- Their coat lacks luster
- Slow coat growth
If you notice any of these signs, it’s a good idea to get your fur baby to the vet for a checkup to see what’s going on.
How To Tell If You Are Allergic To Your Cavalier
Allergies can slowly develop over time, just as they can go away. Sometimes, you can all of a sudden have an allergy to pet dander.
The symptoms of a pet allergy can greatly differ depending on the individual. If you’re showing any of the following symptoms, chances are you are allergic to your dog:
- Watery or itchy eyes and face
- Dry cough
- Sinus pain
- Hives or body rashes
- Chest tightness
- Shortness of breath or wheezing
- Runny or stuffy nose
Ask For An Allergy Test
Allergy tests are more available now than ever. Talk with your doctor to ask if they can test you for an allergy to pets.
This should also let you know whether you’re allergic to the dander or just the saliva or urine.
For instance, if you are allergic only to saliva, you can sleep with your puppy, but you can’t let them lick or kiss you.
Keep Your Home Clean And Pristine
If you’ve decided to give it a go with your King Charles Cavalier, then you’ll want to spend the extra time to clean up the shedding and dander.
You can use a vacuum but make sure you clean out the canister. Also, take the time to wash the dog bedding, your bedding, or anywhere else your dog spends time.
People also often forget about the lint trap in the dryer. You’ll need to take that out and run it under hot water at least a couple of times a week to wash out the dander.
This will help ensure you’ve done everything under the sun that you possibly can to make it, so that pet allergies don’t affect you.
Will Supplements Help With Shedding?
If you are looking for something to help with healthy shedding or excessive shedding, then yes, you can buy shampoos and supplements for your dog.
These simply help your dog to stop scratching and help the skin irritation that sometimes occurs during shedding season.
However, if you are looking for something to completely stop the shedding, even if the product claims to do this– it won’t.
Shedding is a natural process that’s necessary for your pooch to have a nice and healthy coat.
Do King Charles Cavaliers shed?
Yes, King Charles Cavaliers are considered ‘moderate shedders.
However, you can brush your pet regularly in order to control the shedding so that the dead hairs and dander don’t stick all over your furniture and floors.
Furthermore, you can bathe your Charles Cavalier every other week and feed it an optimal diet so that you can ensure it sheds a healthy amount and doesn’t over shed.
How often should I groom my Cavalier King Charles?
If you want to groom your Cavalier at home, you’ll want to bathe it every other week, or at least once every six weeks. But make sure that you brush it every day.
If you want to bring it into the groomers, this should happen every four to six weeks. But still, make sure you’re brushing their coat every single day.
How do I stop my Cavaliers from shedding?
You cannot stop your Cavalier from shedding; however, you can make sure you brush them every day, which will help with the amount it sheds.
Also, making sure you use a high-quality shampoo and bathing them every other week will help reduce the amount they shed.
Heather is an animal lover that has many of them herself. She currently has her Blue Nose Staffy named Bootsie, but she’s catered to many animals over the years including guinea pigs, alpacas, cockatiels, cockatoos, bunnies, chinchillas, hedgehogs, and more. She believes that knowledge should be the foundation of caring for any pet.