What breeds are used for 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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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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Guide dog breeds are chosen for temperament and trainability.

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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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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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.

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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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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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No one knows for certain, but Dobermann is thought to have crossed many breeds to get the Doberman pinscher. Some of the breeds thought to be involved include the rottweiler, German pinscher, Great Dane, German shepherd dog, Manchester terrier, and English greyhound shorthaired shepherd.
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