Despite the popular notion that certain dogs – like Poodles, Soft Coated Wheaton Terriers, the hairless Chinese Crested, and the various "Doodle" dogs (Poodle mixes) -- are hypoallergenic, the truth is people with pet allergies can be sensitive to virtually any dog or cat.
If you or other family members have allergies and you're thinking about getting a pet, it's important to consider all possible consequences – especially if someone in the household has an extreme or intolerable allergic condition.
You don't want to commit to a new furry family member only to discover you can't be in the same house with your pet thanks to a severe allergy. If you're on the fence about whether or not to get a pet, why not foster a dog or cat first to see how things go?
It's not a good idea to bring a new forever pet into a family with allergies and hope for the best. Children sometimes outgrow certain sensitivities, but for most allergy sufferers, the condition is permanent and won't improve with time or continued exposure to a pet.