Scientists believe that between 15,000-30,000 years ago, humans began to domesticate wolves. Thousands of years later, dogs are still man’s best friend. We may feed them and give them shelter, but service dogs have been holding up their end of the bargain for nearly 300 years.
Between their two-year intensive training and their impressive skills, it’s hard to believe these smart puppers haven’t taken over the world yet. They’re so smart they even have a price tag similar to your student debt. If you weren’t already convinced that dogs are the goodest animals out there, you’ll definitely change your mind after reading about these service dog facts.
Service Dogs Can Be Any Breed
The most common service dog breeds are Labrador retrievers, Golden retrievers, and German Shepherds, but any dog can be trained to be a service dog. Retrievers and shepherds seem to work best for seeing-eye dogs because they have high-intelligence but also a lot of stamina, which means they can keep up with their owner all day long.
The other most common service dog breed is Labradoodles — a lab crossed with a poodle — which is used for people who are allergic to dogs. But any dog can be given enough attention and training to be a service dog. Boxers and border collies are two other common service dog breeds.