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I have year round allergies, one kid with allergies, and another kid with respiratory issues, so I did some research on this when I started looking into breeds. Youíll want to do your own research based on your own unique health needs, but we decided that since none of us have extreme symptoms, it was worth the risk, and that choosing a hypoallergenic breed lessened that risk. We knew it was possible that one of us would have symptoms even with a hypoallergenic dog. DSís medical treatment team okayíed the idea because of the potential benefits to him emotionally (he is chronically sick and out of school and had been asking for a puppy for so long). DD and I both use allergy treatments. DD uses Flonase year round and prescription oral medication during allergy season and I use both year round. Both of us are symptomatic if we miss doses. But, thereís no way to know if thatís because of our dog or our other allergies. Regardless, both of us have only flares of really mild, completely manageable symptoms with treatment, and both of us have bad enough allergies weíd continue year round treatment whether or not we had a pet. DS has not had any respiratory issues.
Depending on how allergic you are and what specifically you are allergic to, itís possible you could manage some of it. You mentioned possibly being allergic to something at the breeders house, which I completely relate to because I find my nose goes crazy and my eyes burn all the time at other peopleís homes, but in my own home where I know I donít use things that Iím sensitive to, itís much easier. You also have control over how often you bathe a puppy, whether or not you groom him yourself, whether or not he sleeps in your bed, etc. Knowing if you are allergic to dander, saliva, or even dog shampoo might make a difference.
Itís definitely an important factor to consider. Have you spoken to the breeder about it? Or your own doctor? They might have recommendations for you that would help you decide.