Are Springer Spaniels Hypoallergenic?

August 21, 2022

Have you always dreamed of owning an English Springer Spaniel, but are prone to allergies? Or are you trying to convince your family member to consider Springer Spaniel breed, but they are worried about shedding and dog allergies?

The short answer to whether English Springer Spaniels are hypoallergenic is no, they are not. This breed sheds their coat twice a year and may not be suitable for some people as this dog's coat can trigger allergies.

However, this article will give you information regarding allergies and may give you some ideas how life with an English Springer Spaniel can be possible.

Who Is A Hypoallergenic Dog?

American Kennel Club states that there is no dog breed that is 100% hypoallergenic. However, there are many dog breeds that are less allergenic for allergy sufferers.

The main cause of allergies is pet dander (dead skin cells) in hair. So, those dogs who have non-shedding coats are more likely to have lower dander levels. Some people can be confused thinking it is the hair that causes the allergies, when this is not the case.

Hypoallergenic dog breeds are less likely to cause allergic reaction.

It is not only dander that can trigger an allergic reaction. It is possible to also be allergic to dog's urine or saliva.

Also, it can sometimes depend on the dog's breed as well as specific dog itself. It is feasible, that if you have been allergic to a Springer Spaniel in the past, you may not be that allergic to the next Springer you meet. This can even be the case for dogs from the same litter.

Symptoms of Allergy Sufferers

Allergies happen when a person's immune system reacts to a substance in the environment. Other people around may feel nothing.

Allergic response can range depending of the individual. An allergy sufferer may have such mild symptoms that they might not even realise their pet is the cause.

However, for some people the allergy may be causing allergic reaction that is extremely severe.

You will likely have an allergy, if after contact with a dog you have these symptoms:

  • Sneezing
  • Runny nose
  • Watery or red eyes
  • Rashes
  • Shortness of breath
  • Cough
  • Wheezing
  • Itchy eyes

Remember, those who do not have allergies may not feel any of this, while for some people it can be a real struggle.

Examples of top popular hypoallergenic breeds are:

  • Scottish Terrier
  • Shih Tzu
  • Maltese Terrier
  • Irish Water Spaniel
  • Labradoodle
  • Schnauzer
  • Havanese
  • Bedlington Terrier

Remember, none of these are 100% hypoallergenic dogs.

If you have mild symptoms, they will reduce when you are no longer in contact with the dog. However, in some cases you will require antihistamines or a visit to the doctor to get stronger allergy medication.

Is English Springer Spaniel Hypoallergenic?

Are English Springer Spaniels hypoallergenic? Unfortunately English Springer Spaniel is not a hypoallergenic breed.

Springer Spaniel was originally a working dog from the sporting breed for flushing game birds.

Because of this the English Springer Spaniels have a double coat. The coat sheds regularly.

However, it is not the coat of the English Springer Spaniels that cause allergy symptoms. The dog allergy is caused by the dander that is released when the dogs shed.

Due to the shedding, English Springer Spaniels are not hypoallergenic dogs.

This is similar to some other medium sized dog breeds like Cocker Spaniels and Welsh Springer Spaniels. Both Welsh Springer Spaniel and English Cocker Spaniel can cause pet allergies.

Do Springer Spaniels Shed A Lot?

English Springer Spaniel sheds moderately. This is the main reason why English Springer Spaniel is not a hypoallergenic dog.

English Springer Spaniel requires grooming and brushing. You should be brushing your English Springer Spaniel couple of times a week as well as get their coat groomed often.

Regular brushing can help to keep the coat hair under control and reduce shedding.

If you want to learn more about Springer Spaniel shedding we have an in-depth resource on it.

You Are Allergic but Love A Springer Spaniel?

So, does this mean that if you are allergic, you cannot own an English Springer Spaniel when deciding on a new dog?

This may not be the case. Firstly, it really depends how allergic you are. Also, there are some solutions that can help to minimise allergy symptoms.

Below we will cover areas to consider if you are worried about allergies.


As discussed above, not everyone is allergic to all dogs. So, although English Springer Spaniel is not hypoallergenic, it does not mean you will be allergic to Springer Spaniels.

You can always try visiting the breeder of English Springer Spaniel and spend time with the dog and see if you have any reactions.

You might be perfectly fine after spending time with an English Springer Spaniel and may not have any allergic reaction to this particular dog breed.

Grooming English Springer Spaniels Coat

If you have mild symptoms of allergy around Springer Spaniels you may also be able to minimise symptoms by regular grooming.

Regular grooming may reduce the shedding and hair in your house. Get into the habit of brushing you dog since he is a puppy, so he will feel comfortable with it.

You can also take your dog do the groomer and have the hair clipped short.

Apart from grooming and brushing, you will also need to bathe your English Springer Spaniel. This can have real impact of minimising your allergy as it will help to wash away some dead skin flakes.

Ensure you pick a good quality shampoo for your English Springer Spaniel. There are even some specially designed to combat dander.

Setting Limits and Training

You may also want to set limits of what is allowed for your English Springer Spaniel. For example, you can set some areas of the house which are off limits for the pup.

If you have minimal allergies, but want to still improve your well being you may want to avoid letting the English Springer Spaniel to some places.

An English Springer Spaniel puppy is eager to explore every area, so you need to incorporate training to teach the pup where he is not allowed to go.

Maybe you want to avoid letting your English Springer Spaniel on furniture or block access to the bedroom to keep these areas dog hair free.

Remember to be gentle when training your English Springer Spaniel and never use harsh words as this can make your dog's stubborn side come out.


Cleaning your home regularly can help to minimise allergies too.

Dusting and vacuuming often can help reduce the amount of hair around. Also, remember to mop the floors after.

Your dog's toys can also be a source of your allergies. Dog's toys can carry around their saliva and hair. Remember to wash your dog's toys as well as bedding often.

Below are some extra tips to keep your home clean when you have an English Springer Spaniel:

  • Get a good quality air purifier designed for pet allergy sufferers
  • Do not forget to hoover your sofa to keep dog hair at bay
  • Use a mask and gloves when cleaning to minimise exposure to dander
  • Wash your hands after touching your English Springer Spaniel
  • Purchase a hoover with a HEPA filter
  • Talk to a doctor to find out the exact cause of your allergy (dander/saliva etc)


Unfortunately Springer Spaniels are not hypoallergenic dogs. Springer Spaniel breed can cause allergies in some people.

This does not mean you cannot have a Springer Spaniel if you have allergies as not every person is allergic to every dog the same way.

If you do suffer from allergies and already own a Springer Spaniel you can take some steps to reduce the chances of allergic reactions.

The best tips are to maintain a regular grooming schedule as well as ensuring your home is clean at all times.

Yes, you may keep a Springer Spaniel as your pet even if you have allergies.

Allan  Noble
Hi, my name is Allan! I am the owner of Spaniel Advisor and I've got over seven years experience of owning Spaniels.  
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