Top 7 Service Dog Breeds

We already know that dogs make great companions, but that is only the tip of the doggy biscuit when it comes to their abilities and skills.

The canine species is now being used in many areas to help better serve humans. These include search and rescue, police work, therapy, sniffing out illegal substances at border crossings and airports, as well as alerting people to oncoming medical issues.

Check out the top 7 service dog breeds that may just save your life one day.

Labrador Retriever

The friendly nature, willingness to please its human companion and intelligence are just a few of the reasons why the labrador retriever makes a good service dog.

Historically, the Lab started out as a Fisherman’s helper, hauling in nets, fetching ropes and retrieving fish from the icy waters of the North Atlantic. Today, this awesome pooch is being used as a guide dog for the disabled, a retriever for hunters, on search and rescue missions and even for sniffing out particular types of insects for pest control companies.

German Shepherd

 

The German Shepherd isn’t just striking to behold, the talents of this pooch are undisputed. He possesses a natural tendency to guard and protect, while still being a loving family pet.

In his professional capacity, the Shepherd can be trained in several areas such as for search and rescue work, the military, police department’s, drug detection at border crossings and airports, guide and assistance work, as well as herding and obedience competitions.

It’s no wonder why the German Shepherd has held its place as one of the most popular dog breeds.

 

Border Collie

Known for his intense eye stare, the Border Collie was first developed in the border country between Scotland and England. Here he was used as a working dog to gather and control the flocks of sheep.

This dog has unlimited stamina, energy and a working drive that enables him to excel at most any area a person is willing to train him in.

The Border Collie is still widely used around the world as a herder; however, his talents have branched out into search and rescue missions, as a seizure alert dog, and for those that suffer from PTSD and anxiety disorders.

Plus, he is second to none when it comes to competitions like agility, flyball, tracking and the flying disc.

Beagle

 

Merry, fun-loving and smart, with a bit of stubbornness thrown in. These qualities are what you will find in the Beagle breed. Being in the Hound family, this dog will follow his nose wherever it leads him. In fact, the Beagle’s sense of smell can be up to 10,000 times stronger than a human’s.

His super-sniffer is why the Beagle is used in a professional manner. He can detect hidden bombs and drugs, and he will also be the one to find any illegal agricultural products coming through an airport or border crossing.

Of course, the Beagle still makes an excellent hunting dog, which is what he was originally bred to do.

Pomeranian

Sure, the Pomeranian is small, but don’t let his lack of stature fool you, This feisty little breed makes an excellent alert dog. He can be trained to alert people to the effects of a chronic illness, to someone ringing a doorbell, sirens, alarms, telephones and much more.

Nicknamed the little dog who thinks he can, you know the Pom won’t give up until the job is finished. This tendency for tenacity could be because the breed was descended from larger sled dogs.

If you are just looking for a cute little pet, the Pom can do that, too. He’ll even take watch over your home when you’re away.

Rottweiler

He may look intimidating, but under that rugged exterior beats the heart of a loving family companion.

The Rottweiler was once used to drive cattle to market. He later became the means to pulling a cart for the butchers. Today, this handsome fella is used in police work and the military.

Despite his portrayal as a savage beast on television and in the movies, the Rottie has a calm demeanor and does want to be a part of the family unit.

 

Greyhound

 

Known for his speed on the race track, the Greyhound may not be thought of as anything more than a sports bet. However, he has so much more to offer.

The Greyhound is a quiet and affectionate dog, which makes him an excellent companion for veterans that suffer from PTSD and other health issues that limit mobility.

This breed has been described as being more cat-like in the independence and intelligence categories, but not so much so that he isn’t sensitive and quick to react to any tensions in the home.

 

Canines, At Your Service

Where would we be without the dogs? They not only make the best pets, but they help us in so many other ways. The next time you see a dog at work, smile, and know that no matter what we do, we will always have a loyal and faithful canine at our service.

 

We hope you’ve enjoyed this featured article by our guest writer, Alexandra Seagal. Check out more of her writing at animalso.com.