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Service Dogs: Top 5 Service Dog Breeds Guiding the Blind – Guide Dogs 101 – Animal Facts

Service Dogs: Top 5 Service Dog Breeds Guiding the Blind – Guide Dogs 101 – Animal Facts


Service Dog Breeds Guiding the Blind According to the World Health Organization,
there are an estimated 39 million people that are blind worldwide. Of that, an estimated 1.5 million children
under the age of 15 are irreversibly blind. Throughout human history, when man had a need,
there’s been a dog there to offer a solution. In many cases, guide dogs offer a life changing
experience for the sightless among us. I was eighteen, and that was my first kinda voyage of independence. You know a seeing eye dog when you see him. Of all the service dogs, the Seeing-Eye Dog
or Guide Dog is probably the most prevalent in the modern lexicon. The guide dog has been a benchmark for service
dogs of all types since the foundation of The Seeing Eye school in Nashville, Tennessee
in 1929. Since then, a number of breeds have risen
to the top of the class, let’s have a look at them. Hi, I’m Leroy and I’m Rosie and this is
Animal Facts. Let’s get started. But, before we start, take a moment to like
and subscribe for more fun, fauna facts. Here’s a Trivia Question: How much money
does it take to breed, train and support a guide dog throughout his working life? See how you do by commenting below ad we’ll
give you the answer later in this video. Well, get to the top guide dogs breeds in
a moment, but first, let’s look at how a service dog helps his handler maintain independence
despite losing one of our most treasured senses. Studies show owning a pet or therapy animal
offer many positive effects. The guide dog especially comes with a variety
of benefits and helps in many ways. He gives a blind person more confidence, friendship,
and security. Blind people who use service animals have
increased confidence in going about day-to-day life and are comforted by a constant, consistent
friend. Companionship offered by a service dog helps
reduce anxiety, depression, and loneliness. Guide dogs make it easier to get around. As a result, people are more willing to go
places and feel a sense of independence. Meeting new people and socializing is easier,
and people are more likely to offer a blind person help when there is a service animal
present. As a bonus, the animals may also lead to increased
interaction with other people. Guide dogs make the experience of the unknown
more relaxing. Owners of guide dogs share a special bond
with their animal. Many reports claim that the dog is a member
of the family, and go to their guide for comfort and support. To them, the dog isn’t seen as a working
animal, but more as a loyal friend. Sammy and I are inseparable now. We do everything together and Even if I’m away from her too long, she just knows if I’m upset. She comes over to me and sticks her nose in my face. Now let’s get to our top 5 service dog breeds
guiding the blind. 1. Labrador Retriever Across the range of service dogs, the Labrador
has emerged as the top contender for most service dog jobs. A Labrador Retriever is a highly versatile
dog, with the smarts and curiosity to do a wide variety of things. He is hard-working with an extraordinary intelligence
that makes him a good candidate for training. A Lab is also known for his friendliness and
sociability. The Labrador sticks close and remains loyal,
but doesn’t have the protective instinct of many other breeds that can make it risky
to take them into public areas. In fact, he is friendly with everyone, including
strangers, children, and other animals. As with all service dogs, it is important
to remember that these guide dogs are working animals and shouldn’t be distracted, while
they are working. You have to remember that no matter how cute
and friendly a service dog is that there is a human being who’s life literally depends
on him remaining focused. 2. Golden Retriever Like the Lab, the Golden Retriever is also
highly intelligent and easy to train for a wide variety of commands and tasks, he is
particularly obedient, he enjoys having a job and loves completing challenges. He is also noted for getting along well with
children and other animals. An attribute that is often cited as making
the Golden Retriever stand out from the pack is his outstanding ability to tune into the
needs of his two-legged companion, correcting his guiding style to accommodate even the
slightest discomfort, such as his handler flinching when rubbing against a branch. But, the dog saw the bus and sensing danger his protective instincts kicked in. And this dog literally jumped in front of a bus for his owner. What traits are we looking for in a guide
dog? A guide dog must remain focused on his tasks,
must be intelligent and obey commands, must be large enough to lead his companion while
wearing a harness, and should ideally fit comfortably on public transportation and beneath
tables in restaurants and must be healthy with enough stamina to do his job, all this
while remaining social and friendly. 3. Goldador The Goldador is a Golden Retriever-Labrador
Retriever Mix. He is currently one of the most used breeds
for guide dog work. If you have one great dog and mix it with
another great dog, chances are you’ll get an even greater dog. And in the case of the Goldador, that’s
exactly what you get. According to the UK-based Guide Dogs for the
Blind Association, “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.” 4. German Shepherd Dog Originally guide dogs were primarily German
Shepherds. They were selected because they were widely
available after World War I, they were being very well bred to work, could work very long
hours, were easy to train, and were good at working out problems or situations for which
they were not trained. Later most programs switched to Labrador Retrievers
because the German Shepherds were not suited for many clients. Shepherds require confident owners with some
skill at training and handling dogs. This is not to say he’s still not in use. He is still one of the most highly intelligent
breeds around and for the right person is one of the best breeds for the job of a guide
dog. Here’s the answer to your trivia question:
It costs around $64,000 US to breed, train and support a guide dog throughout the working
life of these highly trained dogs, according to the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association. It can take up to two years of training for
each dog, says the Guide Dogs of America. 5. Labradoodle We are quite fond of the Labradoodle. You take all the great qualities that make
the Lab an excellent service dog, add the intelligence and hypoallergenic nature of
the Poodle and you get an A-Class Guide dog that won’t leave his sightless companion
with watery eyes and sneezing fits. Originally developed to be hypoallergenic
guide dogs, the first planned crosses of Poodles and Labrador Retrievers were arranged by the
Royal Guide Dogs Association of Australia. The result was a smart and sociable dog who
not only possessed a nature appropriate for a guide dog but also had a low-shedding coat. Why is he down here at number 5? As a hybrid, the breed has not yet achieved
consistent results in coat or temperament, but he’s getting there. In the future, it’s highly likely that he’ll
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Comments (14)

  1. Do you or anyone you love use one of these amazing dogs?

  2. Excellent video. Keep it up!

  3. Awesome! Keep it up!

  4. Lovely content! Keep it up!

  5. These dogs are heros💖

  6. Thatś extremelly stupid usually went you mix to breeds the newbreed has a lot of health problems. Goldadol , Labradodles you cant stop beying in love with labradores and all their mixes … Your videos are BIAS and NOT based of facts. FACT FOR YOU the only breed that can do it all and excel at all task servive dog,guard dog , familly dog , rescue dog, law enforcement, sheperd dog , hell even show dog is the German Shepherd.
    That said . What if some one follows youŕe Bias advice and getś the wrong dog and there are bad consequences ??? Have you thougth about that? If you are responsible you take these videos down. Period.

  7. I know exactly how much a guy dog is whether training at whether your veterinarian or whatever exactly $50,000 on up I think

  8. Wanna see more Service Dogs? Check out this playlist: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=34vaXt9FH3A&list=PL3gSmDymCHCeW67E6r77viydcnAILlsFs

  9. $64,000 U S that's a lot of money to people in detroit.

  10. from what i researched seizure dogs are the most expensive and rare at 60,000..

  11. interaction with other people is a distraction. i find with my dog she waits til i tell her its ok. but, its annoying trying to get things done. small dogs can do the work of a large dog except balancing of course. i have a 8 lb morkie and she led me home today when i lost 80% of my vision on a walk

  12. I think only first generation poodle mix is hypoallergenic so be careful.

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