The PON is a longhaired mid-size breed dog. Technically, the fur does not shed and this is good for people with allergies. However, it does tend to pick up water, mud, leaves, and any other things that are outside the home. Since the PON must be exercised daily, if you have allergies, this dog should be kept away from any areas with weeds that might stick to the hair and be brought into the home. Other than that, the breed really doesn't shed, as such, the coat merely mats and needs to be groomed regularly to keep in good condition.
The dog is considered non-shedding and hypoallergenic. By non-shedding people usually mean that the dog sheds minimally. This makes it a good dog for people who normally have dog allergies. If you are allergic to other breeds of dogs, you may find that the PON does not aggravate your allergies the way that other breeds do.
The dog is a rare breed and difficult to locate. Even if you do manage to locate a breeder, you will probably be placed on a waiting list. This may make it difficult to ascertain whether the dog does or does not trigger your allergies. You can ask a breeder to let you pet one, but they do not like strangers much. It is a sizable investment to buy a PON and if you are just buying one because you want a dog that won't trigger your allergies, that is probably not the best of reasons.
Before you buy a dog, you will want to research the breed to see if you are a good owner for one. This particular breed needs an owner who can be very assertive, firm, kind, and most importantly, consistent. It wants an owner that is active for all of the year. If your allergies keep you indoors for part of the year, you will not be able to attend to the dog's exercise needs, so this is also a consideration. A bored PON is a troublesome PON and you want to keep them active and engaged as much as possible.
Some PON owners do like the non-shedding and hypoallergenic features of the dog. However, they do have to maintain the coat regularly. To avoid some of the mess that the dog can pick up outside, they have the coat cut back during the summer months and let it grow out for the winter. This will not only help to cut down on what the dog brings into the house, but it will help them to see better since they won't have fur in their face. A PON loves water and will eagerly get into any muddy pool it sees and bring that back to your house too. So, despite the fact that the dog's coat is hypoallergenic, it doesn't necessarily mean it's a clean dog.