Top 10 service dogs

Dogs are amazing creatures, capable of so much more than many of us realize — they help ordinary people in extraordinary ways. Read on to learn more about 10 wonderful types of service dogs.

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1. Police dogs

German Shepherd

Popular breeds: German Shepherd, Belgian Malinois, Labrador Retriever, Bloodhound, Beagle, Rottweiler

Informational websites: McGruff’s Dog Blog (kids), United States Police Canine Association (USPCA)

2. Fire Dogs


Popular breeds: Dalmatian

Informational websites: Sparky The Fire Dog (kids), Wilshire The Fire Dog (kids), NYC Office of Fire Prevention & Control

3. Search & Rescue Dogs

Border Collie

Popular breeds: Border Collie, German Shepherd, Bloodhound, Labrador Retriever

Informational websites: National Association for Search & Rescue (NASR)

4. U.S. Customs & Border Protection Dogs

Labrador Retrievers

Popular breeds: Sporting Dogs, Labrador Retriever,

Informational websites: The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Canine Enforcement Program

5. Guide & Hearing Dogs

Popular breeds: Golden Retriever, Labrador Retriever, German Shepherd

Golden Retriever

Informational websites: Guide Dogs of America, Assistance Dogs International, Annies’ Unite for Sight (kids), Patriot Service Dogs

6. Therapy Dogs

Popular breeds: Various

Labrador Retriever

Informational websites: International Therapy Dogs, Inc., Library Dogs, Patriot Service Dogs

7. Seizure Alert Dogs

Popular breeds: Golden Retriever, Setter mixes, Samoyed crosses, Border Collie crosses, German Shepherd


Informational websites: Epilepsy Foundation

Patriot Service Dogs

8. Physical Assistance Dogs

Popular breeds: Labrador Retriever, Golden Retriever

Labrador Retriever

Informational websites: Canine Companions for Independence, Paws With a Cause, Patriot Service Dogs

9. Dogs for Diabetics

Popular breeds: Various

Labrador Retriever

Informational websites: Dogs4Diabetics

10. Military Dogs

Popular breeds: Dutch & German Shepherds, Belgian Malinois

Belgian Malinois

Informational websites: Military Working Dog Foundation, Patriot Service Dogs

Additional working dog sites:

FBI Working Dogs (kids)

Nero — The U.S. Mint Police Dog (kids)

Service Dog Etiquette – Great guidelines for interacting with service dogs