The Friendly Guys

Dogs are amazing creatures, capable of so much more than many of us realize — they help ordinary people in extraordinary ways. Read on to learn more about 10 wonderful types of service dogs.

Golden Retrievers are not only one of the best dogs for those with eyesight needs, but they are one of the best for children with disabilities as well. Their happy attitude and kind appearance help when a child needs to have their helper with them at school. (source: Dogster) 

Labrador Retrievers are also a great guide dog and hearing support dog. They are relatively healthy, and they are a friendly dog that shouldn’t startle anyone on the street. These dogs are also one of the easiest to train. (source: Dogster)

Natural Leaders

German Shepherds are great pets – but they can use more forceful training than other breeds. They are one of the best for people with PTSD, according to many. They are one of the most forceful when it comes to protecting their families. (source: Dogster)


Boxers are a breed that are not usually thought of when it comes to Guide Dogs or Therapy Dogs, but they are a great breed to have around. However, they do need more forceful training and since they have a short nose, they are prone to health issues. (source: Dogster)

The Big, Furry Guys

Border Collies are big, kind, and furry – and great for those who are in need of a therapy dog. One caveat of a Border Collie is their coat – it needs a lot of maintenance! (source: Dogster)

Standard Poodles

Standard Poodles are also high maintenance, coat-wise. Also, due to the fact that they don’t scream “Guide Dog”, thanks to their appearance, many tend to approach these dogs on the street thinking that they are pets – and not working dogs. (source: Dogster)

The Happy Guys

Australian Shepherds are lovely (they also have coat maintenance issues) and super friendly. For those in need of a happy-go-lucky guide dog, an Australian Shepherd may be one of your better choices. (source: BarkPost)

Chesapeake Bay Retrievers

Chesapeake Bay Retrievers are also very loving and loyal dogs. They are also very smart and protective – which makes them a great choice for a guide dog for children and adults. While not as easily available to rescue as a Lab or Golden, these retrievers are a great choice for those who fall in love with them. (source: Barkpost)

The Lesser-Known Guys

Vizslas are a great breed – and rather a mystery to those who are not dog enthusiasts. Known as “The Velcro Dog”, these dogs are loyal, smart, and protective. They have a low grooming requirement – which is also a big plus! (source: Barkpost)

Airedale Terriers are lovely dogs – and their personality matches. They were used in World War I and World War II as rescue dogs. These guys are great at working under pressure, which makes them a fantastic choice for a guide dog. (source: Barkpost)

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