Dog Breeds Used for Guide Dogs

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Freedom does its own breeding in order to produce quality, healthy dogs that will make excellent guides. Over the years Freedom has had the opportunity to work with several different breeds of dog.

Labrador Retriever: The Labrador is Freedom’s tried and true breed. They adapt well to various situations and are particularly well suited for people with special needs.

Yellow Lab

Smooth-Coated Collie: This herding breed is intelligent, easy going, even tempered and fairs well with other animals and people.


Barbet Puppy

Barbets:  Barbets are French waterdogs.  They have a wooly, curly coat and like the poodle, they do not shed.  Their personality is described as companionable, joyful, goofy, obedient, and intelligent. They are quick to learn and great with children, families, and the elderly.  They are not currently recognized by the AKC.

The following breeds have been used in the past but are not currently available from Freedom Guide Dogs.

Standard Poodle: The Standard Poodle is very trainable and a very good thinker. Poodles also have the advantage of not shedding, creating a hypoallergenic alternative to other working breeds. The Standard Poodle is outgoing, but can also be very serious.

American White Shepherds: The AWS possesses a solid structure and all round good health.  They are intelligent and enthusiastic eaters who also demonstrate a strong work ethic while being responsive and adaptable to a variety of conditions.

Golden Retrievers: Goldens are friendly, energetic, dogs that live to please. This breed has been used for guide work and service dogs, as well as police helpers in narcotics training.