Service Dogs: Top 5 Service Dog Breeds Guiding the Blind – Guide Dogs 101 – Animal Facts

Service Dogs: Top 5 Service Dog Breeds Guiding the Blind – Guide Dogs 101 – Animal Facts

Top 5 Service Dog Breeds Guiding the Blind

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1. Labrador Retriever
2. Golden Retriever
3. Goldador – Labrador Golden Retriever Mix
4. German Shepherd Dog
5. Labradoodle – Labrador Retriever Poodle Mix

Guide dogs, (also known as service animals, assistance animals or colloquially as seeing-eye dogs), are assistance dogs trained to lead blind and visually impaired people around obstacles.

Although dogs can be trained to navigate various obstacles, many are (red–green) color blind and are not capable of interpreting street signs. The human does the directing, based on skills acquired through previous mobility training. The handler might be likened to an aircraft’s navigator, who must know how to get from one place to another, and the dog is the pilot, who gets them there safely.

In several countries, guide dogs, along with most service and hearing dogs, are exempt from regulations against the presence of animals in places such as restaurants and public transportation.

Guide dog breeds are chosen for temperament and trainability. Early on, trainers began to recognize which breeds produced dogs most appropriate for guide work; today, Golden Retrievers, Labradors, and German Shepherds are most likely to be chosen by service animals facilities, although other breeds such as Standard Poodles, Collies, Border Collies, Australian Shepherds, and Vizslas may also be selected.

Crosses such as Golden Retriever/Labrador (which combine the sensitivity of the Golden Retriever and the tolerance of the Labrador Retriever)[9] and Labradoodles (Labrador/Poodles bred to help reduce allergens as all breeds shed but levels vary) are also common.

The most popular breed used globally today is the Labrador Retriever. This breed has a good range of size, is easily kept due to its short coat, is generally healthy and has a gentle but willing temperament.[

14 Comments

  1. Mystic Maria Simma: #5 “Dogs are the most hated animals by the devil and the demons because they are the closest and most helpful animal to mankind.”

  2. interaction with other people is a distraction. i find with my dog she waits til i tell her its ok. but, its annoying trying to get things done. small dogs can do the work of a large dog except balancing of course. i have a 8 lb morkie and she led me home today when i lost 80% of my vision on a walk

  3. Thatś extremelly stupid usually went you mix to breeds the newbreed has a lot of health problems. Goldadol , Labradodles you cant stop beying in love with labradores and all their mixes … Your videos are BIAS and NOT based of facts. FACT FOR YOU the only breed that can do it all and excel at all task servive dog,guard dog , familly dog , rescue dog, law enforcement, sheperd dog , hell even show dog is the German Shepherd.
    That said . What if some one follows youŕe Bias advice and getś the wrong dog and there are bad consequences ??? Have you thougth about that? If you are responsible you take these videos down. Period.

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