The 11 Best Guide Dogs in the World

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Dogs are not just men’s best friends; they are of big help also in the society. Some dogs can be trained to do some police work. They can be trained as service dogs and hearing dogs. Some dogs can be trained also to lead visually impaired and blind pe

Dogs are not just men’s best friends; they are of big help also in the society. Some dogs can be trained to do some police work. They can be trained as service dogs and hearing dogs. Some dogs can be trained also to lead visually impaired and blind people. These dogs are called “guide dogs” or “seeing-eye dogs”. Here’s the list of the most notable dog breeds trained as guide dogs.

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These dogs are Labradoodles. A Labradoodle is a cross between the popular Labrador and the well known Poodle. They are trained as assistance dogs.

1. Labradoodle

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Labradoodles, which is the mixed-breed dog created by crossing the Standard or Miniature Poodle and Labrador Retriever, were first introduce in the 1950s. They became more popular in the late 1980s when an Australian breeder crossed the Standard Poodle and Labrador Retriever at Guide Dogs Victoria.

2. Border Collie

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The Border Collie is a herding breed of dog from the United Kingdom known for athletic, energetic and acrobatic abilities. Often regarded s the most intelligent of all dogs, it is one of the most valuable and important guide dog in the world. According to experts, Border Collies have learned 1,022 words, and act consequently to human citation of those words. It can live up to 17 years.

3. Golden Retriever

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One of the most popular dog breed in the world is the Golden Retriever. This medium-sized dog breed was bred for hunting. It is known for its versatility and intelligence making it one of the most reliable guide dogs in the world. It is also an effective hearing dog, search and rescue dog, illegal drug detector among others.

4. Poodle

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One of the most recognizable dog breeds in the world is the Poodle because of its distinctive coat. Poodle size can be toy, miniature and standard. It is highly intelligence and is world famous in dog shows having won several top honors such as “Best in Show”. Because of its intelligence and energetic characteristics, it is also an important assistance dog for the blind and visually impaired.

5. German Shepherd Dog

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The German Shepherd Dog is probably the most popular dog breed in the world that originated in Germany. This dog of huge size is bred for herding but became popular as a police and military dog due to its intelligence and strength. In addition, because of its loyal nature and obedience, it is one of the breed chosen almost exclusively to be used as a guide dog. It is also called Alsatian or simply German Shepherd.

6. Airedale Terrier

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The unique-looking Airedale Terrier is a dog breed from Yorkshire, England in the United Kingdom. As the largest terrier breed in the world, it is often considered as the “King of Terriers”.  It can weigh up to 30 kg and can reach a height of up to 61 cm. Originally bred for hunting, Airedale Terrier is also used as a police dog in the UK. Today, Airedale Terriers are important and popular guide dogs too. It has a lifespan of 11.5 years. It is also called Airedale for short and Waterside Terrier.

7. Labrador Retriever

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The Labrador Retriever is one of the world’s most popular dog breeds. This unique dog with webbed paws is the most popular dog in UK, US and Canada. Because of its intelligence and loyalty, it is also the most popular guide dog in Australia, Canada, UK, the USA and many others. It is also called Labrador or just Lab.

8. Rottweiler

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Another dog used as a guide dog that originated in Germany is the Rottweiler.  It is formerly called Rottweil Butcher’s Dog because it was used in herding and pulling carts laden with butchered meat and other products to market. Today, this trainable dog is used as a guide dog for the blind aside from herding. In addition it is also used as a guard dog, police dog and used in search and rescue.

9. Boxers

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The Boxer is a muscular and stocky dog breed that originated in Germany. It is one of the most popular dogs in the world. Despite its tough-looking appearance, this dog breed is friendly and lively making it one of the most popular family dogs. This versatile dog is used as a guide dog because of its intelligence and strength. In addition, Boxers are utilized also as service dogs, police dogs and therapy dogs.

10. Doberman

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The Doberman Pinscher is a dog breed from Germany which is well known for its intelligence, loyalty and alertness. Because it ranked highest in trainability and is regarded as one of the most intelligent dog breeds in the world, the Doberman Pincher is a valuable and one of the best choices for a guide dog.

11. Vizsla

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The handsome-looking Vizsla is a dog breed from Hungary. It was originally bred for hunting and is well known as a loyal companion and a sporting dog. Because of its gentle nature and protective instinct aside from outstanding trainability, it is one of the most popular and important guide dog for the blind and visually impaired.

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Posted on Mar 3, 2012