Matching guide dogs to owners

Guide dog owners develop a very close relationship with their guide dogs, which in itself can be an extremely rewarding and fulfilling experience.

Guide dogs are working dogs, but just like other dogs, they need plenty of love and attention. Spending time relaxing and playing together not only helps strengthen your bond, but establishes a level of respect and trust, which you’ll need for when you’re out working together.

Which dogs are guide dogs?

We mainly use Labradors, golden retrievers and crosses of these two breeds as assistance dogs, with a small number of other breeds that we use less often. Different breeds of dog have different characteristics, which means we can meet the needs of the many people training with guide dogs.

There are lots of different things we consider when matching dogs and owners, but typically we’ll look to: 

  • pair active dogs with active people
  • use bigger dogs as stability aids for those with mobility and balance difficulties
  • account for allergies by using curly-coated dogs or poodle crosses

When you start the process of getting a guide dog, we’ll work with you to make sure we understand all of your needs and give you the best match possible.