Thanks for the suggestions on how to help deal with allergies. I've only recently discovered that I have allergies because I had a miniature schnauzer growing up and have mainly been around poodles since then. I recommend these dogs for those with mild allergies. It's important to remember, as others have pointed out, that hypoallergenic is not the same thing as nonallergenic.
I find that pets with short, stiff hair, are the worst for me. This is a bit counterintuitive, but short-haired cats and dogs are worse for me than silkier breeds.
I'm looking into the portuguese water dog as a future pet. If anyone has any experience with these dogs, please post.