Airedale Terrier

About the Breed

The Airedale Terrier is the king of terriers, and he is the largest of the breed group.  He originated in England and was likely descended from a now extinct dog known as the black and tan type terrier.  There were likely other terriers and possibly Otterhounds in the mix as well.

This terrier breed was developed  to be one of the more versatile of the terriers.  He was bred for hunting skills and used to kill small vermin like rats, but he also assisted in hunts of other animals like otters, badgers, rabbits, among other animals.  The addition of the Otterhound in his heritage gave him more scenting ability than the common terriers, so hunters valued him greatly.  He not only could scent larger game and go after it, but many hunters also taught him to retrieve it.

In later years he found work in the military as a messenger dog, and he was widely used for police work by the English.  Today the Airedale Terrier is primarily a valued family member for people the world over.

Physical Characteristics

The Airedale Terrier is a sturdy dog, well built and muscular.  He stands about 23 inches tall with males being slightly taller than females.  His tail is normally held high but doesn’t curl or curve over his back.  Instead, it stands ready and at attention.  In the United States, his tail is docked to a shorter length, but in countries that no longer dock, it is left a slightly longer length.

His coat is very harsh and wiry to the touch.  There is a very short undercoat that is soft and lies close to the body.  The outer coat is dense and lies straight against the body although there may be some wave in it.  His coat comes in two color variations: black and tan or black and grizzle.

Personality

The Airedale Terrier presents himself with a curious, alert expression, and as with all terriers, he makes sure he is known to all.  He is friendly and outgoing and makes friends easily.  He is generally very good with all ages of people, but children should be taught to be respectful of him.  He loves affection and being with his family.

The Airedale Terrier is not one to start a fight, but he’s not one to back down from a confrontation either, as is the case with most terriers.  He can normally live peacefully with other dogs in a group, but opposite sex pairings often work best.  He may be able to live with other animals if socialized at a young age, but many terriers have a hard time living with small animals like cats, so how well he will do is really based on the individual dog.

The breed is generally quite joyous and likes to have a good time.  He makes an excellent companion for an active family who really likes including the dog in the fun.  He adapts well to a variety of situations and is a fairly easy going breed.

Training

The Airedale Terrier is a smart dog that learns quickly, but it must be remembered that he was bred to be an independent thinker that was tenacious.  This is a trait that appears in his training.  He can be strong willed or stubborn, and training that is very positive and fun normally works best for him.  He is not a breed of dog that enjoys never-ending training sessions or lots of repetition.  If one does this, the dog very well may find his own activities to do!

Consistency, patience, and respect are all important in training an Airedale Terrier.  It is important that he learn to listen to his owner and respect him, but his owner must also respect the dog.  He will not tolerate or appreciate harsh training methods.

Shedding & Grooming

The Airedale Terrier is not very hard to take care of.  He just requires a regular brushing of his coat for maintenance.  Two or three times a year he will need to have his coat plucked or stripped of the dead coat to maintain the texture of the coat and rid him of dead hairs that have been blown.  This can be done with a stripping tool or by hand, and your groomer can show you how to do it or do it for you.  Additionally, one may trim his coat or shape it.

The grooming routine should be introduced early on to an Airedale Terrier to help ensure that he will be okay with the process as an adult.  Otherwise, he might be more difficult to work with.

Otherwise, an occasional bath, routine nail trims, ear cleaning, and tooth brushing are the other requirements.

Health & Life Expectancy

The breed’s average lifespan is about 10-13 years of age.  While Airedale Terriers are an overall healthy breed of dog, there are a few health concerns to be aware of:

  • Cancer
  • Hip dysplasia
  • Arthritis
  • Skin issues and irritations
  • Allergies
  • Gastric Dilatation Volvulus
  • Hypothyroidism

Belgian Tervuren

About the Breed

The Belgian Tervuren is one of the herding breeds developed within Belgium.  He is very much like the other three breeds, the Belgian Malinois, the Belgian Sheepdog, and the Belgian Laekenois.  In fact, they are all considered basically the same breed of dog with minor differences such as coat length and color.

The Belgian Tervuren variation was traditionally used as a herding breed of dog, but as herding became less of a necessary institution, he (and the other versions) found work with the police and as family guardians.  Today he is an intelligent training companion able to compete in a variety of performance sports with high abilities.

Physical Characteristics

The Belgian Tervuren is a larger breed of dog at 22-26 inches tall.  Males are larger than females, and the average weight is about 40-80 or so pounds.  He is lighter boned like the other Belgian Shepherd dogs and is not a heavy or overly muscled breed of dog.  He should be square and evenly balanced.

The breed is double coated and has a soft, dense undercoat with a longer, straight-haired top coat.  The main difference between this breed and the Belgian Sheepdog is that the Tervuren is a rich mahogany with black overlay and black masking on the face, whereas the Sheepdog is black.

Personality

For those that love the breed, they find him to be a wonderful companion dog.  Belgian Turvuren are excellent family dogs and are good with all ages of people.  When raised with respectful children, he will watch the child as his own.  Indeed he is very loyal to all family members and is naturally protective with those he considers his family.

He wants to be with his family all the time and will follow them eagerly throughout the home.  He doesn’t do well with social isolation and craves family time.  He requires a good deal of exercise and playtime as he is an energetic breed that desires something to do.

The Belgian Tervuren can do very well with other animals in his family.  If he is raised with other animals like cats, he normally has no problems unless he has a higher prey drive instinct.  He generally does very well with other dogs as well although sometimes opposite sex pairings produce the fewest issues.

He is reserved and aloof with strangers until he determines that they are a friend.  With family he is very affectionate.

Training

The Belgian Tervuren does best when trained using positive reinforcement techniques.  He is a sensitive breed of dog that doesn’t handle harsh or punitive training methods.  These can break his spirit.  With the right training methods, he is an eager worker that is highly intelligent and desires to please his handler.

The breed does require a lot of early and ongoing socialization.  This is needed as a sensitive dog but is also required because he is naturally protective.  He needs to have a lot of experiences that help him later make good decisions.

The breed is highly intelligent and responsive to training.  He makes an excellent choice for someone wanting a training companion and can compete successfully in a variety of sports.

Shedding & Grooming

The Belgian Tervuren doesn’t require as much upkeep as one might think, but he should have weekly brushings with a pin brush to avoid tangles forming in his coat.  Otherwise, he will have seasonal shedding, which is heavier, but if you brush every week, you should be able to keep it under control.

He doesn’t require frequent baths, but he does need routine nail trims and toothbrushing.

Health & Life Expectancy

The average lifespan for a Belgian Turvuren is about 10-14 years of age.  He is a generally healthy breed of dog with a few health issues to be aware of:

  • Hip dysplasia
  • Elbow dysplasia
  • Progressive retinal atrophy
  • Epilepsy

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is a smaller version of spaniel, often referred to as a toy version of spaniel.  The breed is an active sporting dog whose primary purpose is that of a devoted companion and lap dog.  He is directly descended from a variety of toy spaniels that can be frequently seen in painted works of famous artists such as Van Dyck and Titian.

King Charles II was quite found of his small spaniels and was often seen with several at all times.  So fond was he that he ordered by decree that all spaniels, then referred to as King Charles Spaniel, be allowed in all public places, including Parliament.  As the pug breed became more popular inEnglandin later years, he was incorporated into the spaniels.  This created a toy spaniel (known as the English toy spaniel) with a shorter muzzle and flatter face.  Breeders in the 1900s began to want to return the small spaniel to how he once resembled in paintings with a longer muzzle, and a quest was begun! This spaniel they produced with the slightly longer muzzle became distinct from the English toy spaniel and became known as the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.

Physical Characteristics

The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is a small spaniel at only about a foot tall and 13-18 pounds in weight.  He should be well balanced in the body and free in his movement.  This makes him wonderful for tasks such as agility.

His coat is silky to the touch and can have a slight wave to it but not curly.  He has feathering that is longer on his ears, tail, and legs, but no trimming is required. He comes in four different color variations: ruby (which is a rich, deep red color), Blenheim (red and white), tricolor (red, black and white), and black and tan.

Unlike the spaniel he is often confused with, the English toy spaniel, he does not have a flat face and shortened muzzle.  This is one of the biggest differences between the two breeds.

Personality

The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is a very affectionate, loving, people-person dog.  He loves to be with his family, and he is excellent with all ages of people from children to elderly.  He is patient which makes him a good little buddy, and he loves lying in laps.  This can make him an ideal dog for therapy work and overall companionship.

The breed is extremely outgoing.  They regard all people they meet as longtime friends.  This attitude also permeates into their relationships with other dogs and animals.  They crave the companionship of other animals, and it is highly recommended to have another dog or cat to keep him company.

As a sporting spaniel breed, he can have far more interest in small animals or birds, so this can pose some challenges if these are members of the same household.  It is often suggested that an owner have a fenced yard or keep the dog on leash in unfenced areas as the breed will still chase after small animals that might be seen due to their hunting instinct.

Training

The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is a delightful companion and is easily trained.  He enjoys being with his person and learning new skills.  He is often viewed in performance events such as agility.

His devotion to his family makes him easy to train as he is eager to attempt to please his owner. He enjoys playing games and is easily motivated by food or toys.

One primary challenge of training is his high degree of social nature.  He will approach all strange people and dogs in the hopes of making a friend.  Care should be taken, especially as a small puppy, with handling and around larger dogs.  Owners will also need to work on the dog listening in distracted or busy locations with people nearby so that he listens even when the chance for a pet from someone else is near by.

Shedding & Grooming

Because of the silky texture of this coat, the breed does require weekly brushing and combing.  His hair can tangle easily if not given this weekly maintenance.  He has a natural coat that doesn’t require any trimming, but often it is suggested that the hair on the bottom of the feet (on the pad) should be trimmed to avoid tangles between the foot pads.  He does shed, but weekly brushing will reduce the light shedding.

Care should be taken to routinely check his ears and clean when necessary to avoid possible ear infections.  Additionally, routine nail trims and tooth brushing should be done.

Frequent bathing is not necessary except when dirty so to avoid drying out his skin and coat.

Health & Life Expectancy

The average life expectancy for the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is about 9-14 years.  He is afflicted with a number of health issues.  This is likely due to the fact that the breed is not very genetically diverse and is derived primarily from very few dogs.  Common health issues include:

  • Heart problems, likely the #1 cause of death.  Mitral Valve Disease is the most prevalent.
  • Syringomyelia
  • Hip dysplasia
  • Luxating patellas
  • Eye issues like cataracts and retinal dysplasia
  • Episodic falling
  • Idiopathic asymptomatic thrombocytopenia
  • Dry eye
  • Congenital deafness
  • Ear disorders like Primary Secretory Otitis Media

Belgian Malinois

About the Breed

The Belgian Malinois is a type of Belgian Shepherd dog.  The primary difference between the breeds is related to the coat.  The Belgian Turvuren is a similar color and long coated; the Belgian Sheepdog is long coated but black; the Laekenois is wire coated.  Otherwise the breeds are fairly similar in structure and type.

The Belgian Malinois is probably the most well known of the Belgian breeds around the world.  He has gained a reputation for being an exceptional working dog and is heavily relied upon for scent detection, patrol work, and protection work within the military, police force, and search and rescue.

In many working environments, he has become the dog of favor.  The breed hasn’t replaced German Shepherds, but many forces prefer the dogs for particular tasks due to its intensity, quick reacting nature, and lighter, more agile body.

Physical Characteristics

The Belgian Malinois is a larger breed of dog measuring between 22-26 inches with males being taller than females.  Females may weigh between 40-60 pounds; males are larger weighing between 60-80 pounds.  Even though he is considered a larger breed of dog, he is lighter boned than some larger breeds and is very agile for his size.

The breed comes in one primary color: fawn ranging into mahogany.  The variation in individual dogs comes down to how much black is on the dog as a complementary color.  The dogs have black masking on the face and ears and may have a variance of black tipping on the coat.

Personality

The Belgian Malinois is a wonderful companion dog for the person looking for an active dog.  They aren’t dogs for the first time dog owner as they require someone willing to be a leader and be consistent.  Additionally, they are usually high energy dogs with a higher than average prey drive.  While this makes them ideal for working environments, it doesn’t always work well within the family environment.

The breed is an intelligent breed that is easily trained.  They are eager to learn new tasks and work for a handler.  They are easily motivated to work and especially love the use of toys as rewards.

The downside for the average owner is that the breed needs a lot of exercise and it has a lot of stamina.  Daily exercise is a must, and plenty of activities to keep the dog busy are required.  You must desire a highly active dog.

Belgian Malinois love to be with their family.  They are excellent companions and protectors.  They can do well with other animals and children, if properly socialized at an early age.  But, because there is a herding instinct and higher prey drive in many individuals in the breed, it is important to note that some dogs will potentially attempt to herd young children that run, cats, or small dogs.

The average Belgian Malinois is more reserved with strangers, but after a few meetings will greet them as a friend.  He should not be excessively shy or aggressive towards strangers.

Training

For someone wanting a dog to train, the Belgian Malinois is a fantastic selection.  Not only are they intelligent, but they want to work with you and are easily motivated.  They do things precisely and well.  Additionally, they are light on their feet and agile making them ideal in competitive sports like agility.

This breed requires a lot of early socialization to new people, animals, places, etc.  It is highly necessary to avoid problems later on.  If not properly socialized, the dog may not be able to discern who is a friend vs. a threat.  With plenty of socialization, he does well with other dogs and people.

Belgian Malinois, although quick learners, can be sensitive in nature.  Harsh corrections are not appropriate, and the breed does well with positive reinforcement training and consistent leadership.

Shedding & Grooming

The breed has a fairly weather resistant coat made up of short, close lying hairs.  The hair will be slightly longer around the ruff of the neck, on the tail, and on the back of the thighs.  He has a dense undercoat underneath.

He will require regular brushing to maintain his coat and catch any loose hairs.  Once a week should suffice for maintenance brushing.  There will be heavier shedding twice a year when the undercoat is blown out, and this will require thorough brushing with a de-shedding tool.

Otherwise, routine nail trims and tooth brushing are what is necessary.  He only requires an occasional bath when dirty.

Health & Life Expectancy

For a larger breed, the Belgian Malinois is a healthy breed that can be expected to live around 10-12 years of age.  There are a few health issues to be aware of:

  • Hip and elbow dysplasia
  • Progressive retinal atrophy
  • Cataracts
  • Anesthesia sensitivity
  • Epilepsy and seizures

Bouvier des Flandres

About the Breed

The large breed that is the Bouvier des Flandres, or Bouvier for short, is a natural herding breed that developed in Belgium in the late 19th century.  He was a multipurpose farm dog that excelled at herding, was able to pull carts because of his size and strength, and also could serve as a protective guardian.

The breed almost became extinct in his native land due to World War I and then World War II as the region was devastated.  Many dogs simply died and others were put to work in the wars for the military.  A few were exported out to other regions where his type was refined with these few dogs.

Today the breed can still be seen herding and working, but he has also found a niche in police work in some locations.  His natural abilities as a protector and ability to scent have proven to be useful.

Physical Characteristics

The Bouvier is a large, muscled, and compact dog.  He averages at about 25 or 26 inches tall and weighs a substantial 70-110 pounds.  His body is well muscled, which combined with body type is why he can make a very good cart pulling dog.

The typical coloration for the majority of the dogs is a dark steely grey or black, but there are some that do range more towards a salt and pepper look and even fewer that are fawn colored.  His thick coat is rough and highly weather resistant.

Traditionally his tail and ears have been cropped, but now this only exists in the United States.  In other parts where such things have fallen out of favor, he is seen in a more natural appearance with a longer tail and natural dropped ears.

Personality

The Bouvier is considered very even tempered by those that love them despite being a naturally protective dog.  This gentle, calm nature makes them excellent guardians as they normally think before reacting.  He makes for a wonderful family companion and normally is comfortable with all ages of people.

With strangers he is most likely to be aloof until he gets to know them on a more personal level.  He is naturally protective of his family and home, so proper training should be undertaken early to curtail any issues from developing.

He is quite social and loving with his family and prefers to be with you.  He does not do well with social isolation and in fact craves being near.

Bouviers are intelligent dogs that train well and they enjoy working with their person.  He is always alert, an attribute desirable in a guardian.  His agility makes him fast and capable and very good in performance sports like agility and herding.

The breed is generally good with other animals but as with any herding breed may chase small animals like cats that run from him.  He can do well with other dogs too, but some individuals can be more dominate in nature with other dogs.

Training

Although very trainable and intelligent, the Bouvier is likely not the best dog for a first time dog owner.  He requires a firm but not harsh, consistent leader to guide him.  He also requires early and on going socialization to ensure he has a good barometer of dealing with new people in order to keep his natural protectiveness and territorialness in check.

The Bouvier does well with consistent training, and if so desired, can be an eager participant in numerous competitive sports.

Shedding & Grooming

The Bouvier actually doesn’t shed very much at all, but this is only because of the nature of his coat.  The dead hair that is shed out becomes trapped within his thick coat rather than falling out all over your home.  He must be brushed out thoroughly each week otherwise his coat will mat terribly.

The breed can be kept in a more natural look with simple brushing, but if you desired the look that is most recognized with the breed, this will take more advanced grooming techniques that you can either learn or have a professional groomer do.

Many individuals also pluck any hairs that are growing within the ear so as to improve air flow.  This is likely more important in those members with natural dropped ears.

Overall the Bouvier is a fairly clean breed that doesn’t require frequent baths, but you should include regular nail trims and toothbrushing into the grooming routine.

Health & Life Expectancy

The Bouvier has an average life expectancy of 10-12 years.  The American Bouvier des Flandres Club (www.bouvier.org) lists the following health issues to be aware of in the breed:

  • Heart disorders like Subaortic stenosis
  • Eye issues like Glaucoma
  • Hip dysplasia
  • Autoimmune disorders
  • Cancer
  • Thyroid problems
  • Gastric Dilatation Volvulus

Bedlington Terrier

About the Breed

The Bedlington Terrier is like no other dog breed and is known for his distinctive wooly coat, tassled dropped ears, and arched back.  He is often referred to as a little lamb or sheep, but he is far from meek as a lamb.

Like many terriers, the breed originated in Northern England as a capable and agile hunting dog.  He was fast and spry enough to catch small prey animals, and he found a purpose as a ratter.  In fact, he was so good at the task that coal miners used the breed to go into mines to rid them of the rats that were inside.

While no one is entirely sure of the breeds that went into his development, it is likely several different terrier breeds like the Dandie Dinmont and Soft Coated Wheaten played a role.  His arched back and high degree of speed and agility may be attributed to Whippets in the mix as well.

Today he is largely viewed as a happy companion breed.

Physical Characteristics

The Bedlington Terrier is a lightweight, medium sized terrier that stands about 15-17 inches tall at the shoulder with males being slightly taller than females.  He has an unusual arch shape to the back.

His body shape gives endurance to the breed that can gallop at full speed yet appear bouncy or springy at more of a gaiting speed.

The preferred grooming style of the Bedlington Terrier provides tassles on their naturally dropped ears, a slight topknot of hair atop the head, and a lamb-like quality to the body coat.

His coat is a mixture of hard and soft hairs that easily curl.  It stands away from his body but is springy to the touch.  The coat comes in a variety of colors including liver, sandy, blue and tan, blue, sandy and tan, and tan.  The Bedlington Terrier’s coat color generally lightens as he ages.

Personality

The Bedlington Terrier is one of the more amiable and reliable terriers who is joyful to be around.  He is energetic and enjoys a variety of activities with his family.  He is smart and attentive and can be trained for a variety of sports like agility, which makes use of his speed and ability to make quick turns.

He does well with all ages of people including children and is very outgoing in spirit and even clownish at times.  His personality endears him to many.  He can also do well with other dogs or other animals is socialized or raised with them.

He is adaptable to a wide variety of living situations from apartment to home so long as he is provided with daily exercise in the form of walks or playtime.  The breed is often quieter than some of the other terrier breeds and can be calmer as well which makes him okay for smaller spaces or close living.

He is sometimes listed as a potential hypoallergenic dog, but those with allergies should spend time around the breed because those that are particularly sensitive may still be bothered.

Training

The Bedlington Terrier is a smart breed of dog that likes learning new tasks.  He can be more trustworthy than other terrier breeds.  He is curious by nature and generally eager to please.  This makes him easier to train than some other terrier breeds, and he is usually easy to housetrain as well.

The breed does best when training is fun and positive, and then he is eager to play along.  He excels in a variety of performance sports including obedience, agility, and earth dog.

Shedding & Grooming

The Bedlington Terrier does require a good deal of routine maintenance for his coat.  It continually grows and will require regular maintenance care in the way of brushing and trimming.  Without regular brushing, the wooly hairs can easily tangle.

The easiest way to maintain coat shape is to have your dog groomed by a professional every 4-6 weeks, but you can learn how to maintain it yourself too.

His soft coat is generally very clean, but an occasional bath is required.  His coat may be blown dry by a hair dryer.

In addition to coat maintenance, routine nail trims, ear cleaning, and toothbrushing round out the routine.

Health & Life Expectancy

The Bedlington Terrier is an overall healthy breed of dog with an average life span of 11-16 years of age.  There are only a few health issues that may occur:

  • Copper toxicosis
  • Eye issues like retinal dysplasia and cataracts
  • Cushing’s syndrome
  • Hyperkeratosis (corny feet syndrome)

Dog obedience training

This is a problem that is usually started by the owner, who thinks it is so cute to teach the cute little puppy how to jump on the couch, not even thinking of the day when that cute little puppy becomes a 70 pound dog!

At that point, since he has been biddable that it is alright to jump up, it is really difficult to teach him not to. I can’t tell you how many times I have been dressed to go somewhere and stopped at a friends house only to sit in a chair covered with dog hair. This is where dog obedience training comes in.

Bad situation of company coming over and the dog won’t get off the couch so they can sit down without a battle. Even small dogs can be a problem when they claim a particular piece of furniture as their own, ever try to remove a Chihuahua from a chair that he thinks is his? It can be a very frightening experience! This is a true sign that dog care has not been taken.

My Labrador retriever knew she wasn’t supposed to be on the couch, and would wait until I was away from home or in bed at night, talk about sneaky! I prefer to use what I call the rattle to train dogs to stay off the furniture, a rattle is simply a can with 15 or 20 pennies in it, tape the top and it is a great noise maker. This works great in your dog training plight!

Dogs don’t like to be startled, and the clatter works perfectly. If you are symbiotic enough to have a dog that jumps up on the furniture in front of you, use the rattle and a firm no, use the no sometimes with the rattle and sometimes without it.

Dog Training can be tricky!
If your dog waits until you aren’t around, just put a couple of them along the rattles at heel of the furniture, when they jump up they knock off the rattle and it startles them. As with any dog training, patience is one of the keys, it takes time, but is well worth the striving. You must always act like a professional dog trainer – even though you’re not!

I have always believed, and still do today, that it is never necessary to physically hurt your dog, as a root of fact, it is against the law to do so! I used to believe that it was alright to smack a dog on the behind with a loosely rolled newspaper, ( it really does make more noise than it hurts them ) until I did it one day and came home the next day to a shredded newspaper.

It is amazing how far a dog can spread one newspaper in a day! To dogs, they live in a world of giants, and the only way to make estimation contact is to jump up, this is not desirable with any dog and can be down right dangerous with a large dog. You should never underestimate how crucial dog obedience is. I have heard many nightmare stories of dogs that jump on people, from the pregnant woman who was knocked down by a Rottweiler to the little girl who was knocked down by a Labrador.

These dogs should have been dog training early on not to jump on people, and were not, at this point it becomes the fault of the owner, not the dog. If you enjoy having your dog greet you in this way, you can teach him later to jump when commanded too, but for now, he must be taught that all jumping is forbidden.

Put 20 pennies into an empty can and tape the top shut, this can be used in several types of dog obedience training situations. The key to training your dog is to surprise him, using the rattle along with a firm no, will usually redirect his attention to something else, the noise of the can. As you can see, you don’t need to be the dog whisperer to know how to train a dog.

Keep one at each door of the house and as he gets ready to bounce, this is front-page, rap the can and tell him no in a firm voice. Using the rattle with no one time and the no alone sometimes will eventually teach your dog to respond to the no rather than the rattle and the no.

Best Service Dog Breeds

Dogs help people in very different ways, some escort owners on the hunt, others are companions, and few breeds are serving in the police, rescue services, etc.  Naturally, certain requirements are imposed on the service breeds, they conduct complex training and not every dog can be successfully trained. When you think about best service dog breeds, a few ones likely come to mind, like German Shepherds and Golden Retrievers. These dogs service excellent, but there are other breeds that have a lot to offer as well.

German Shepherd

This breed heads the service lists – for a long time the dogs are at the peak of popularity, they are smart and easy to train. When such a pet appears in the house, he quickly becomes a member of the family, who only, unfortunately, does not know how to talk.

german shepherd service dogOnce a shepherd dog, the German shepherd has acquired such qualities as endurance, high efficiency, the ability to make independent decisions. And the selective breeding has improved the service qualities, making them almost ideal.

In the police, German Shepherd is especially appreciated for the ability to immobilize an attacker with lightning speed. In addition, they are excellent guards, guides, shepherds and companions.

It is particularly suited for being a Guide Dog to help its blind owner get safely to desired place.

Golden Retriever

Golden Retrievers are excellent service dogs and beloved family dogs as well. Golden retriever service dogThey have gentle and kind temperament and are especially great for for children with autism. Well trained dog can intervene physically if the child is harming themselves, and distract children before they have a meltdown. They also can alert a child to sounds they may not be paying attention to.  In addition, they provide both emotional and physical stability for the child.

Poodle

poodle service dogPoodles are able to detect food allergens by scent. This can be a literal lifesaver for people with life threatening allergies. The poodle is medium sized, curious, friendly, and eager to please their owner.

Poodles have origins as hunting dogs (like Golden Retrievers and Labs that commonly used for service dogs). Poodles are great, but you need to care for the dog’s coat.

Poodle can perform many tasks. He can open handicap doors, pick up dropped items, support a person to a standing position, open and close doors, turn on and off lights, etc. Sometimes owners train their dogs just because they needed something fun to do.

Pomeranian

pomeranian service dogThe Pomeranian is small foxy-faced dog, active, and capable of competing in obedience and agility. They are vastly differ from other service dogs, but they have a medical alert dog talent. Pomeranian dog can let you know if you are having an asthma attack, hypoglycemic, diabetic, etc. They are widely used as hearing dogs. People who are deaf can struggle with things similar to a ringing phone or knock at the door. The dog easily let them know when there is a sound they should pay attention to.

Pomeranians are compact, the owner can always carry them, and the dogs are happy to be constantly next to their master. Despite the fact that these are energetic dogs, they do not require a significant amount of physical exercises. Pomeranian can simply run around the house. However, they like to take a walk and even a long walk cannot tire them too much.

Collie

collie service dogCollies are highly intelligent, loyal, and friendly. Like the Pomeranians, they are be able to detect seizures in advance are called seizure alert dogs.

This kind and wise dog can also work as a guide, a lifeguard and serve in the police. The long-haired Collie is one of the most beautiful dogs in the family of shepherds. They are surprisingly intelligent and very funny dogs with elegant appearance, luxurious hair and graceful gait.

Saint Bernard Dog

Saint Bernard Service DogThe Saint Bernards is Swiss national dog, they love, need contact with people, and helping them as avalanche rescue, therapy dogs, etc.

Saint Bernards are the great choice choice for animal-assisted therapy due to their good-natured, patient character.