Are guide dogs always labradors?

Asked By: Ramon Jerde
Date created: Sat, Apr 17, 2021 5:37 AM
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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.

Answered By: Candace Witting
Date created: Sun, Apr 18, 2021 7:40 AM
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The reason why is because Labradors, Goldens, and GSDs have a suitable temperament and physical structure for the job, and were common enough to establish breeding programs of each when the guide dog organizations starting breeding their own dogs. The rest is history.

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The Labrador Retriever is not only a loving and loyal companion but also a quick learner and a proactive thinker. These qualities, combined with the dog's strong and ready physicality, predispose the breed to success as guide animals.
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Today, Golden Retrievers, Labradors, and Golden Retriever/Labrador crosses are most likely to be chosen by service animal facilities.

Some schools, such as the Guide Dog Foundation, have added Standard Poodles to their breed registry.

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The reason why is because Labradors, Goldens, and GSDs have a suitable temperament and physical structure for the job, and were common enough to establish breeding programs of each when the guide dog organizations starting breeding their own dogs. The rest is history.

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A report today has found that there may well be a biological reason that we see more fat or overweight Labradors than other breeds of dogs. Around one in four Labradors apparently have a gene variant that leaves them feeling constantly hungry with no 'off-switch' when they're full.
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Although most Labrador Retrievers are predisposed by their breed to be good guide dogs, some have characteristics in their family line that make them less matched with the job.

The Orthopedic Foundation for Animals issues such certificates, as well as ratings that tell a potential owner about the dog's joint health.

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The reason why is because Labradors, Goldens, and GSDs have a suitable temperament and physical structure for the job, and were common enough to establish breeding programs of each when the guide dog organizations starting breeding their own dogs. The rest is history.

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