The main reason we chose a poodle was to alleviate allergies in our severely-asthmatic daughter. We owned a pair of Labrador Retrievers when she was young who had to be confined to one room in our home or outside--not the life we wanted for our furry family members. Upon their passings, our research into hypo-allergenic dogs led us to the standard poodle. We are just sorry that we missed years of poodle joy by believing they were anything but sporting dogs. Each one has been everything we hoped for in a retriever and family member.And, they come with the added bonus of no shedding.Owning a poodle will change your opinion too.