Service Dogs: Top 5 Service Dog Breeds Guiding the Blind – Guide Dogs 101 – Animal Facts
Service Dog Breeds Guiding the Blind
According to the World Health Organization,
there are an estimated 39 million people that
are blind worldwide.
Of that, an estimated 1.5 million children
under the age of 15 are irreversibly blind.
Throughout human history, when man had a need,
there’s been a dog there to offer a solution.
In many cases, guide dogs offer a life changing
experience for the sightless among us.
I was eighteen, and that was my first kinda voyage of independence.
You know a seeing eye dog when you see him.
Of all the service dogs, the Seeing-Eye Dog
or Guide Dog is probably the most prevalent
in the modern lexicon.
The guide dog has been a benchmark for service
dogs of all types since the foundation of
The Seeing Eye school in Nashville, Tennessee
Since then, a number of breeds have risen
to the top of the class, let’s have a look
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Here’s a Trivia Question: How much money
does it take to breed, train and support a
guide dog throughout his working life?
See how you do by commenting below ad we’ll
give you the answer later in this video.
Well, get to the top guide dogs breeds in
a moment, but first, let’s look at how a
service dog helps his handler maintain independence
despite losing one of our most treasured senses.
Studies show owning a pet or therapy animal
offer many positive effects.
The guide dog especially comes with a variety
of benefits and helps in many ways.
He gives a blind person more confidence, friendship,
Blind people who use service animals have
increased confidence in going about day-to-day
life and are comforted by a constant, consistent
Companionship offered by a service dog helps
reduce anxiety, depression, and loneliness.
Guide dogs make it easier to get around.
As a result, people are more willing to go
places and feel a sense of independence.
Meeting new people and socializing is easier,
and people are more likely to offer a blind
person help when there is a service animal
As a bonus, the animals may also lead to increased
interaction with other people.
Guide dogs make the experience of the unknown
Owners of guide dogs share a special bond
with their animal.
Many reports claim that the dog is a member
of the family, and go to their guide for comfort
To them, the dog isn’t seen as a working
animal, but more as a loyal friend.
Sammy and I are inseparable now. We do everything together and
Even if I’m away from her too long, she just knows if I’m upset.
She comes over to me and sticks her nose in my face.
Now let’s get to our top 5 service dog breeds
guiding the blind.
Across the range of service dogs, the Labrador
has emerged as the top contender for most
service dog jobs.
A Labrador Retriever is a highly versatile
dog, with the smarts and curiosity to do a
wide variety of things.
He is hard-working with an extraordinary intelligence
that makes him a good candidate for training.
A Lab is also known for his friendliness and
The Labrador sticks close and remains loyal,
but doesn’t have the protective instinct
of many other breeds that can make it risky
to take them into public areas.
In fact, he is friendly with everyone, including
strangers, children, and other animals.
As with all service dogs, it is important
to remember that these guide dogs are working
animals and shouldn’t be distracted, while
they are working.
You have to remember that no matter how cute
and friendly a service dog is that there is
a human being who’s life literally depends
on him remaining focused.
Like the Lab, the Golden Retriever is also
highly intelligent and easy to train for a
wide variety of commands and tasks, he is
particularly obedient, he enjoys having a
job and loves completing challenges.
He is also noted for getting along well with
children and other animals.
An attribute that is often cited as making
the Golden Retriever stand out from the pack
is his outstanding ability to tune into the
needs of his two-legged companion, correcting
his guiding style to accommodate even the
slightest discomfort, such as his handler
flinching when rubbing against a branch.
But, the dog saw the bus and sensing danger his protective instincts kicked in.
And this dog literally jumped in front of a bus for his owner.
What traits are we looking for in a guide
A guide dog must remain focused on his tasks,
must be intelligent and obey commands, must
be large enough to lead his companion while
wearing a harness, and should ideally fit
comfortably on public transportation and beneath
tables in restaurants and must be healthy
with enough stamina to do his job, all this
while remaining social and friendly.
The Goldador is a Golden Retriever-Labrador
He is currently one of the most used breeds
for guide dog work.
If you have one great dog and mix it with
another great dog, chances are you’ll get
an even greater dog.
And in the case of the Goldador, that’s
exactly what you get.
According to the UK-based Guide Dogs for the
Blind Association, “Historically the Golden
Retriever crossed with the Labrador has produced
the most successful guide dog of all, combining
many of the great traits of both breeds.”
German Shepherd Dog
Originally guide dogs were primarily German
They were selected because they were widely
available after World War I, they were being
very well bred to work, could work very long
hours, were easy to train, and were good at
working out problems or situations for which
they were not trained.
Later most programs switched to Labrador Retrievers
because the German Shepherds were not suited
for many clients.
Shepherds require confident owners with some
skill at training and handling dogs.
This is not to say he’s still not in use.
He is still one of the most highly intelligent
breeds around and for the right person is
one of the best breeds for the job of a guide
Here’s the answer to your trivia question:
It costs around $64,000 US to breed, train
and support a guide dog throughout the working
life of these highly trained dogs, according
to the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association.
It can take up to two years of training for
each dog, says the Guide Dogs of America.
We are quite fond of the Labradoodle.
You take all the great qualities that make
the Lab an excellent service dog, add the
intelligence and hypoallergenic nature of
the Poodle and you get an A-Class Guide dog
that won’t leave his sightless companion
with watery eyes and sneezing fits.
Originally developed to be hypoallergenic
guide dogs, the first planned crosses of Poodles
and Labrador Retrievers were arranged by the
Royal Guide Dogs Association of Australia.
The result was a smart and sociable dog who
not only possessed a nature appropriate for
a guide dog but also had a low-shedding coat.
Why is he down here at number 5?
As a hybrid, the breed has not yet achieved
consistent results in coat or temperament,
but he’s getting there.
In the future, it’s highly likely that he’ll
become the de facto
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