Best Service Dog Breeds

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SitStay Blog: Best Service Dog Breeds

A few breeds likely come to mind when you think about service dogs, like Golden Retrievers and German Shepherds. While these dogs make excellent service dogs, other breeds have a lot to offer as well.


Poodle

Best service dog breeds includes poodles

Poodles are known for the ability to detect food allergens by detecting their scent. For people with life threatening allergies, this can be a literal lifesaver. The poodle is medium sized, friendly, curious, and eager to please their owner.

This makes them great dogs for other types of service as well. They can be taught to help people with limited mobility by picking up dropped items, opening doors, and turning lights on and off. 


German Shepherd

German shepherds are one of the best service dog breeds

The German Shepherd shines in nearly every service dog category, but it is particularly suited for being a Guide Dog. A guide dog's purpose is to help its blind owner get safely from one place to the next. 

They help guide the person and alert them to potential dangers. their size and strength allow them to provide balance and stability when needed as well. 


Pomeranian

Pomeranian's are one of the best service dog breeds

 Pomeranians are vastly different than most service dogs, but they seem to have a special talent as a medical alert dog. A medical alert dog can let you know if you are diabetic, hypoglycemic, having an asthma attack, or a heart attack to name a few. 

Pomeranians can also be used as hearing dogs. People who are deaf, partially deaf and even those with some mental disabilities can struggle with things like a knock at the door or a ringing phone. Pomeranians can easily let them know when there is a sound they should pay attention to.

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Golden Retriever

Golden Retrievers are one of the best service dog breeds

Golden Retrievers are beloved family dogs, but they are excellent service dogs as well. Their kind and gentle temperament make them wonderful for children with autism. 

They can alert a child to sounds they may not be paying attention to. They can also intervene physically if the child is harming themselves, and distract a child before they have a meltdown. In addition, they provide both physical and emotional stability for the child.


Collie

Collies are one of the best service dog breeds

Collies are friendly, loyal, and highly intelligent. They have been gaining popularity as a service dog in recent years. Collies have been shown to be able to detect seizures in advance. Collies and other breeds used for this purpose are called seizure alert dogs. 

Collies are also excellent psychiatric service animals for those with conditions like anxiety and PTSD. Their herding background also makes them a good choice for search and rescue missions.


Bernese Mountain Dog 

Bernese Mountain Dogs are one of the best service dog breeds

Bernese Mountain dogs are gentle giants. They are a large breed, which makes them excellent for bracing and mobility. These dogs must able to support the weight of their owner and/or pull a wheelchair.

They may also perform other tasks in case of a fall or other emergency situation. These can include getting help, retrieving medications, and opening the door for emergency services.

These tasks require the dog to be good at problem-solving as well as physically strong and to have a patient and gentle temperament.

Some of these breeds aren't what you may picture as typical service dogs. However, they all meet the requirement of performing tasks for the benefit of someone with a disability. Given the right training and proper temperament, a dog can become a service dog to help those with disabilities because there is no set breed for being a service dog. These dogs can make life much easier, and in some cases can even save your life.

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10 Responses

Alli with SitStay
Alli with SitStay

July 10, 2018

Hi Marie,

Sounds like you have two awesome chihuahua’s! If you have a disability that they can assist you with, then you can get them trained to be service dogs. But if they have the right temperament, then they can definitely be therapy dogs! Hope this helps.

Thanks!

Marie
Marie

July 10, 2018

I was a foster parent for 2 rescue chihuahua’s that I adopted. The pups were with me since 1 week old. When I was ill they would alert me of the pain by going to that area, if my asthma would wake me up when unable to breathe if it was my heart they lay their heads on my chest & calm me down. Lay their heads on my stomach for the pain there, reminding me to take my medicine which I sometimes forget. They are so sweet & loving for chihuahua’s that their vet said she never would handle the breed alone but ended up getting kisses & wagging tails while giving vaccinations. I would like to make these 2 sweethearts my service dogs. They were easy to train, housebroken & just adorable. Would like to also take them eventually to nursing homes to pass their kindness & love on. Non-Agressive temperament early on taught them to share toys & not fight, but good nature playing. Age 1 1/2 yrs. I appreciate any advice.

Alli with SitStay
Alli with SitStay

June 12, 2018

Hi Karen,

I’m so sorry to hear about your dog. There are quite a few breeds that can assist with autism, anxiety and epilepsy. Golden Retrievers and labs are notorious for being great service dogs for kids. But, there are so many great breeds out there that have the capability to perform the tasks you want. If you have a certain breed you prefer, then I would get with a service dog trainer and discuss the next steps. Hope this helps!

Thank you!

Karen Bush
Karen Bush

June 11, 2018

My son’s dog was just killed by another dog. He has aniexty and nocturnal epilepsy. My nephew who visits has autism. What’s a good breed of dog to get that can deal with all 3?

Jim
Jim

April 19, 2018

My Boxer Tanga was the greatest services dog and best friend. I suffer from anxiety and depression and she new when I was anxious in crowds and would lead me away to a quite place. When I was depress or anxious and sitting or laying down she was there giving me comfort of course when she was ill she would wake me up and I would have to stay up with her until she could fall asleep. It was like we were connected.

Aaron
Aaron

February 12, 2018

I really think this is a great website!
SitStay Thank you for the amazing article or blog!

Nada
Nada

February 12, 2018

Thank you this supports for my Aunts, Mandy she needs a Service dog and a German Shepard is great for her! Thank you.
-Nada Monda

SitStay Hannah
SitStay Hannah

December 28, 2017

Hi Tammy,
Thank you for reaching out with this great question about where to find a service dog that would work well with your family. Here in Lincoln we work with Domesti-PUPs and we also connect people to a site called assistancedogsinternational.org which helps to connect people to service dog organizations in their area that can help them.
Thanks,
Hannah

Tammy Moon
Tammy Moon

December 28, 2017

Hello ,
I"m a single parenant of 4 kids each with multiple disabilities and disorders. I have been in search of a great service dog. I have yet to come across one. Where can I find a trained service dog?? I’m hoping you can help me . All I have seen is pitbull which doesn’t work for my family . Can u please Help me . Thanks Tammy Moon

Nick
Nick

December 07, 2017

I love it!!!!!!!!!

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