Are labradoodles used as guide dogs?

Asked By: Kitty Muller
Date created: Fri, Dec 4, 2020 1:13 AM
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The most popular breed of guide dog is a Labrador.

However, other breeds of dogs are also used including, Golden Retrievers and German Shepherds.

Labradoodles (a cross between a Labrador and a poodle) are a common crossbreed to provide guide dogs with less shedding for people who have allergies.

Answered By: Elinore Harvey
Date created: Sat, Dec 5, 2020 3:16 AM
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The Labradoodle is not only one of the most popular mixed breed dogs, but they are also one of the friendliest and gentle breeds out there.

Mild-mannered breeds like the Labradoodle make great therapy dogs, but that is not all they are good for – they can also be trained as guide dogs.

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Guide Dogs assist blind and visually impaired people by avoiding obstacles, stopping at curbs and steps, and negotiating traffic.

In this partnership, the human's role is to provide directional commands, while the dog's role is to insure the team's safety even if this requires disobeying an unsafe command.

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German Shepherd Dogs, Labrador Retrievers, and Golden Retrievers are some of the most common kinds of dogs used as guide dogs. Standard Poodles are also used sometimes for people who have allergies.
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Trainers recognize that Golden Retrievers, Labradors, Standard Poodles, Border Collies, Australian Shepherds, Boxers, Airedales, Collies, Dobermans, and other appropriately sized breeds work quite well as guide dogs.
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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.
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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 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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