10 Great Service Dog Breeds
When we set out to train a reliable service dog for adults and children who require a specialized, high quality canine companion to live an independent life, we do not allow ourselves to get hung up on one specific breed. This is because many different breeds of dog can make for excellent service animals depending on their human handlers’ unique needs and special abilities.
Sometimes we will use a purebred canine with official bloodlines, and other times we will find a mixed-breed canine in a shelter that turns out to be an excellent service dog by the time it graduates our intensive training program. However, the following 10 types of dogs have earned a reputation for being great service dog breeds for various situations. Please take a look at this list to learn more…. and we welcome you to contact us to discuss your service dog needs, or if you would like to make a tax deductible donation.
Creme and Golden Retrievers
Creme and Golden Retrievers are naturals at being service dogs because of their calm, gentle and loving demeanors. This includes working with people with autism and PTSD who need a supportive, understanding companion. Their large body stature also makes them perfect mobility and guide dogs.
Much like Creme and Golden Retrievers, Labrador Retrievers also have calm, gentle and loving demeanors that make them excellent service dog breeds. In addition to being one of the most popular family dog breeds in the United States, Labradors are extremely smart and incredibly trainable, which makes them one of the most popular service dogs breeds as well for a variety of applications.
Although this breed is widely known as a police and military assistant, German Shepherds are gentle, loyal, obedient and protective. These traits make it an excellent service dog breed. Their large, strong physical statures make them an excellent choice for mobility assistance and guide dogs, as well as an outstanding seizure alert dog.
Many people do not know that greyhounds are quiet, affectionate and extremely sensitive to the circumstances around them. Their ability to pick up on subtle behavioral cues makes them excellent service dogs for people with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, children and adults with autism, as well as health issues like allergies or seizures.
Say it isn't so Charlie Brown. Well, it most definitely is! Beagles combine a keen sense of smell detection with athleticism and stamina, which results in a service dog breed capable of detecting allergens for people at risk of life-threatening reactions to foods, as well as seizure alert dogs. They are also great for children and adults with autism due to their friendly, playful demeanors.
Like German Shepherds, Rottweilers have earned a reputation for being dogs largely associated with law enforcement and military duties. But their calm, gentle and loyal dispositions make them excellent service dogs for people with all sorts of unique abilities and needs. This includes being excellent mobility assistance and guide dogs due to their solid physical stature.
Although they gained their reputation as canine helpers on the ski slopes, St. Bernards have protective, nurturing demeanors that make them excellent service dog breeds for people with mobility challenges, sight or hearing trouble, and anyone else who needs a protective, loyal animal with a lot of affection to give.
We know that due to their small size, Pomeranians are not what many people think of as great service dog breeds. However, these dogs can be trained to help people with life-threatening allergies, as well as chronic medical conditions. Additionally, they can also alert the hearing impaired to alarms, sirens, doorbells and more.
Poodles are just overall great dogs because of their temperament and ability to learn. However, their hypoallergenic coats make them excellent options for people with allergies that might prevent them from having another kind of service dog. Poodles make great mobility assistance and guide dogs, as well as medical alert animals.
Following in the footsteps of perhaps the most famous animal of all time, Lassie, Collies are one of the most intelligent, loyal dog breeds. Specifically, Border Collies are gaining a reputation for their ability to perform service dog duties for people who have a risk of seizures, PTSD and anxiety. They are also becoming popular for animal assisted therapy purposes.
Non-Profit Service Dogs in AZ
At Northern Arizona Service Dogs, we strive to train and place the most reliable, highest quality service dogs in AZ and nationwide. Being a non-profit charitable organization, we rely on support from people like you to help us help as many adults and children in need of these amazing animals as possible.