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The Best Breeds for Service Dogs

Find out which breeds excel at being service dogs!

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We’ve shortlisted the best dog breeds for protection, cuddling, active owners, apartments, therapy work, endless adoration, and a whole lot more (links below)! We asked Gina DiNardo, American Kennel Club Executive Secretary and expert on all things breed related, for the low down on which breeds are the best fit for a whole array of activities and situations. Read on in this article to find out which breeds are the best for being service dogs!


Labrador Retriever

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Labrador Retrievers are well-suited for so many different purposes including working as guide dogs, members of search and rescue teams, and narcotics detection. This makes them a very popular breed for service work.


Golden Retriever


Golden Retrievers are equally well-suited for different purposes. Golden retrievers are also hardworking and very good at retrieving objects, which make them suitable for working with those with disabilities.



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Collies have been known to detect seizures in advance. They are excellent psychiatric service animals for conditions like anxiety and PTSD.


German Shepherd


German Shepherd Dogs were bred to be versatile, trainable, willing workers. They have a great ability to ignore distractions and focus on work, which make them suitable for service work. They have been trained to perform an incredible range of jobs.




Pomeranians have a special talent as medical alert dogs to detect diabetes, asthma attacks, and heart attacks. They are also particularly good as hearing dogs for the deaf.


These are some of the best dog breeds for dog owners who need a service animal; thanks Gina! Which one is your favourite?


Find the best breeds for your needs below!

Best Breeds for Apartments

Best Breeds for Running

Best Breeds for Active Owners

Best Breeds for Protection

Best Breeds for Endless Adoration & Loyalty

Best Breeds for Taking Everywhere & Travelling

Best Breeds for Canine Sports

Best Breeds for Cuddling

Best Breeds for Emotional Support

This article originally appeared in the award-winning Modern Dog magazine. Subscribe today!

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