What is the best guide dog?
- Golden Retriever. With a friendly attitude and high level of intelligence, this breed is perfect as a guide dog for the blind and in its more recent role as a hearing dog.
- German Shepherd.
- Labrador Retriever.
- Miniature Poodles.
- Border Collie (pictured below)
What breed of dogs are guide dogs? Labradors, Golden Retrievers and German Shepherds have been and remain our most common pure breeds on the programme. 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.
Are guide dogs happy? Guide dogs work very hard every day, but they lead extremely happy lives, full of lots of attention and stimulation. Dogs only end up working as guide dogs if they absolutely love the work. In fact, many handlers report that their dogs leap enthusiastically into the harness every morning!
Do guide dogs know their owner is blind? If the dog’s owner is blind, it is unlikely that he will understand that condition; however, he will recognize that there some things in the world which he sees, but his owner does not respond to and he may, in fact, try to compensate or to assist his owner by providing information about those things.