Are Cobberdogs Hypo-allergenic?
Trace Coat Development in the Australian Cobberdog
Allergy triggers are not confined to coat dander and skin cells alone. Rarely it's possible to be allergic to dog saliva. I am not aware of any studies done which could indicate saliva being different in various dog breeds. If you are severely allergic to dogs in general but still want to live with one, I suggest that it could be helpful to test for dog saliva sensitivity as your first course of action. No dog breeder can - nor should they - ever guarantee that their dogs will not affect your allergies.
ORIGINALLY the root stock had two major coat types - either short hair which shed profusely, or tight dense wool which didn't. The wool was high maintenance, needed regular clipping each few weeks, and ear infections were chronic.
The American Cocker Spaniel gave me the results I was after. More substance, broader heads and muzzles, and significantly improved temperament. But of course coat quality was affected negatively with at least half of any litter being hair coated and shedding. I brought wool coats back in then and this worked. The job is now completed for wool coats in the breed development process and in 2020 there should be no need to use them in breeding programs.
About 2008, selective breeding using Borderline coats produced the early Curly fleece. These dogs had the new silky textured non shedding coats at maturity and were curly. Several puppies were kept from each litter to run on to adults so that their mature coats could be trial clipped to observe the way they grew back in. I would scissor cut one side of the dog and clip with electric clippers on their other side so I could compare how they grew back on the same dog. I was fascinated to discover that the electric clipper sides grew back more curly than the side I'd trimmed with scissors! The curls were looser on some and didn't tighten into matting circles like others. These looser coated dogs were selected from the litters, to breed on with.
Progress was slow, and obviously very expensive, but what I learned along the way made it worthwhile. For instance, I'd never heard of "Improper Coat" (I.C.) genes back then, maybe no one had, but when DNA tests became available, I sent away frozen semen I had stored, for testing and I discovered that the sires most influential in producing the thinner easier care wavy fleece coats I was pursuing, were all I.C. carriers. Without knowing at the time, by purely good fortune I had instinctively mated them with the right partners!
CURLY FLEECE coats were the first progression stage from the wool to wavy fleece and as of 2017 there were as many being bred as the wool, while hundreds of new breeders still experimented in different ways in their search for the ideal allergy friendly non shedding and thinner Wavy fleece.
Some curly fleece coats still have the thick dense coat with its higher maintenance requirements, while others are getting silkier softer, thinner and more easily manageable, depending on each breeder's strategy and outcomes with the dogs they have in their breeding programs. Understandably, what works with one breeder's dogs may not work with another's, due to individual genetic combinations so there is not one method that fits all at this point in time, barely 30 years into breed development.
Coat type is not related to colour, temperament nor size and is consequential.