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What are the best guide dog breeds for the blind: breeds and photos

Yulia PoteriankoLife
Golden Retrievers, German Shepherds, and Poodles are natural guide dogs

Working with blind people requires a dog to possess a high level of intelligence, patience, and empathy to establish effective communication with their owner. The dog needs to understand the owner's direction, warn about obstacles or dangers, and even interact with people they encounter. This is a significant task, and not every dog is suitable for it.

While the potential for a guide dog depends on the individual characteristics of each dog, certain breeds are more likely to succeed in this profession. OBOZREVATEL has compiled the top five breeds.

Labrador retriever

What are the best guide dog breeds for the blind: breeds and photos

Representatives of this breed excel in effective interaction with humans, which is why they consistently rank among the most popular dogs. Labrador Retrievers are wonderful family pets that can also serve as skillful guides. Labrador Retrievers are the most commonly chosen breed for this profession worldwide. They are renowned for their intelligence, loyalty, ease of training, and love for guiding. Additionally, they are calm, hardworking, and not prone to aggression. They collaborate with a blind owner as full-fledged partners, and caring for such a dog is relatively easy.

Golden retriever

What are the best guide dog breeds for the blind: breeds and photos

Golden Retrievers excel in communication not only with people but also with other animals. They are optimistic, cheerful, and affectionate, making them easy to train while displaying unconditional loyalty to their owners. One of the key advantages of the breed is that, with proper upbringing, Golden Retrievers can bring their exuberant energy under control. The sociability of Golden Retrievers adds even more positive traits to the mix, along with good health.

German Shepherd

What are the best guide dog breeds for the blind: breeds and photos

Versatile dogs like German Shepherds can be trained to serve in various roles if trained from a young age. They can function as strict and effective bodyguards or be completely obedient and patient companions. This adaptability is due to their innate intuition and sensitivity to people. German Shepherds were among the first to master the guide dog profession, particularly after the First World War. Retiring from military service, these dogs began assisting veteran owners who had suffered eye injuries in battles. While they may somewhat lag behind retrievers in this profession nowadays due to their more strict character, German Shepherds still remain among the leaders.

Australian shepherd dog

What are the best guide dog breeds for the blind: breeds and photos

The Australian Shepherd Dog is characterized by good-naturedness and a high level of energy. Therefore, representatives of this breed are recommended as companions for blind people with an active temperament. They are innate empaths, capable of sensing their human's desires and emotions, and adept at managing their own feelings. These dogs are intelligent, easily adaptable, and quick learners. Additionally, Australian Shepherds are fluffy and pleasant to the touch, which can be significant for people with visual impairments.

Poodle

What are the best guide dog breeds for the blind: breeds and photos

Many people who are not familiar with this wonderful breed are surprised that a poodle can be a working dog. However, according to all tests, it is one of the smartest dogs. Poodles learn quickly and get along well with people. They literally strive to please their owners. They also adapt perfectly to different conditions and circumstances. They instantly orient themselves in a situation and react accordingly. An additional advantage of the breed is its hypoallergenicity. But stereotypes about this breed can get in the way. Strangers who would look at the German Shepherd with respect and not interfere with its work may not take the poodle seriously and rush to pet it, for example.

Earlier, OBOZREVATEL talked about the dog breeds that are the worst to train.

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