Number 10 – The Rottweiler
Given the popularity of the Rottweiler in police- and military roles, finding it on today’s list might surprise you. And yet - highly intelligent, trainable and versatile, this breed makes an amazing service dog. Whilst reserved towards strangers, the Rottweiler comes with the calm and confidence needed to remain unfazed by any distractions such as traffic, other dogs or lots of people. Solid in character and fairly calm in temperament, Rotties can stay focused over long periods of time. As an added bonus, they also will ensure their owner’s safety from robberies and burglaries.
Number 9 – The Doberman
Bred to protect their handler and popular for their excellence in guarding- and police service roles, Dobermans are superb working dogs. On today’s list, they rank slightly higher than the imposing Rottweiler, simply because they have a sweetness of character to them that makes them slightly easier to train and handle. Also, a Doberman’s deep affection for its owners is a wonderful benefit to have for anyone suffering from a disability.
Number 8 – The German Shepherd
And on the number 8 spot of our list of the TOP 10 service dogs, we have one of the most world-renowned working breeds in existence today: the German Shepherd. This breed is the ultimate service dog – not only for the Armed Forces and Rescue Organisations, but also for people with special needs. Extremely versatile, intelligent and teachable, German Shepherds come with a strong work-ethic and are highly dependable. Always eager to serve, they are immensely keen, focused and easy to handle – even more so than the elegant Doberman.
Number 7 – The Border Collie
And at number 7 on our list of the TOP 10 service dog breeds, we have a British sheepdog reputed to be the most intelligent breed on the planet. The Border Collie’s ability to learn and remember a multitude of different commands is legendary. Combined with its extremely high trainability and working drive, this makes the Border Collie an outstanding service dog. Opening doors for their owner or bringing them pretty much every object in reach, is a piece of cake for this super-smart high achiever amongst all the utility dog breeds.
Number 6 – The Great Dane
Our number 6 spot goes to another outstanding breed – in this case, the term “outstanding” can be taken quite literally, as the Great Dane is the largest dog breed in the world. Which makes this smart and gentle giant able to fulfil tasks for their owners that smaller breeds cannot. Great Danes make outstanding service dogs for people with coordination- and mobility challenges. In assisting these men and women in achieving greater independence, they greatly contribute to their quality of life.
Number 5 – The Bloodhound
On our number 5 spot, we have perhaps the best tracking- and search & rescue dog breed in the world: Famous for its outstanding sense of smell, the Bloodhound is a laid-back, friendly and loyal companion. As service dog, this breed’s forte is their ability to detect a diabetic person’s fluctuations in blood sugar levels. The dog alerting them to these levels dropping dangerously low, can save that person’s life. Their calm, stable temperament is another plus of this beautiful large hound.
Number 4 – The Flat Coated Retriever
And on the number 4 spot, we have a stunning black beauty of a gundog from England – the amazing Flat Coated Retriever. Gentle, sociable and quick to learn, these loyal dogs form close bonds with their owners. Always eager and willing to please their favourite human being, Flat Coated Retrievers are a joy to work with – and a pleasure to have by one’s side. Quite often, this breed is used in the role of assistance dog for people with limited mobility.
Number 3 – The Labrador
And here we are, at the TOP 3 positions on our list of the TOP 10 service dog breeds in the world. The Bronze Medal goes to another Retriever who is one of the most popular dog breeds in existence today – the Labrador. Smart, very trainable and versatile, the Labrador makes a quite wonderful service dog. Quick to learn new tasks and ever eager to please its owner, this beautiful, mellow Retriever has more than earned its place on the podium.
Number 2 – The Golden Retriever
And right here on the Silver Medal spot, we have yet another Retriever - the beautiful Golden one. Extremely social and friendly towards people, these dogs make marvellous family companions, therapy– and service dogs. Bright, reliable and devoted, Golden Retrievers are wonderful dogs to have around, and amazing canine assistants: Their natural knack for retrieving objects can be easily channelled into the dog bringing needful items to its owners. Which makes this amazing breed particularly well suited for the role of mobility assistance dog.
Number 1 – The Goldador
Now, we have reached the pinnacle of excellence in the world of service dogs. And there could be no better candidate for our Gold Medal Spot than the immensely kind, patient and affectionate Goldador: A breed created by crossing the Golden Retriever and the Labrador, the Goldador is an extremely social, smart and trainable dog. Which is why this breed makes absolutely superb service dogs. With their easy-going and friendly nature, Goldadors have gained a well-deserved reputation as outstanding therapy- and guide dogs, search and rescue dogs as well as service dogs.