I don't personally own one. However, there is no such thing as a "hypoallergenic" dog. Also, keep in mind that ALL dogs shed (except maybe a Chinese Crested ). In the summer, they have a natural ability to keep cool. Their coats also renew themselves continually.
Hope you find the dog that is right for you. From what I've heard from people who have these, they enjoy them. Sorry I can't give you a more personal experience.
Best of luck!
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I don't have one. I do know a handful from the local agility circuit. They do well, are competitive and drivey. Like to work with their owners, but can be very protective of their families. If you are a first time dog owner you may want to spend some serious time with them to decide if they are the breed for you. They will also need regular grooming.
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I don't own one, but would love to. They are pretty uncommon in my area and I don't believe in shipping. From my research, I can tell you that they can be high energy dogs and need quite a bit of exercise. I've also heard they have a high prey drive, as one rescue site put it, "They will kill your cat!" I have four cats so that scared the heck out of me! While they don't blow their coat twice a year like a shepherd would, they do shed some and usually require professional grooming. (That can expensive for a dog that big!) If you are allergic, you need to spend some quality time around the breed and in the homes they live in to make sure they don't affect your allergies. It's not fair to the dog to loose their home at a year of age b/c of your allergies. You might also want to check out Standard Schnauzers, Black Russian Terriers and Bouvier Des Flandres.