My six year old granddaughter was born with no optic nerve development at all on the left and only a small amount on the right. I would love to get her a puppy to grow up with her that would make her more confident about being outside. I have been told a lab would be great. She wants a golden retriver but I feel it may be to spirited for her. Need help please.. Thanks and God bless
My experince with labs and goldens the goldens are more mellow than the labs. The only thing with goldens is they need to be brushed to get all the dead undercoat out. If I was you I would contact some of the places that do service dogs. They are always looking for homes for the dogs that don't make the program. A lot of them don't make it because they get stresses out in the kennel. They are so use to being with someone 24/7 that when they go in for advanced training they don't know what is happening, because they are kenneled 24/7 now except for training. Others have to high of a ball drive a lot of those go to correction facilities and get trained for neacotics. Then there are the ones that have hip problems or they just don't have what it takes to do the job they need to do. It is very hard to make it as a guide dog less then half make it. They usually have waiting lists, but they go by who the dog will fit in with more then who is at the top of the list. Then you can maybe even compromise and you both get what you want. I know CCI and Guide Dogs for the Blind cross goldens and labs together. You might be able to get one of them. It is just an idea for you to think about. Otherwise I don't think it will really matter much witch breed you get. I would take you granddaughter to visit the dog or puppy first. See how they interact. I think you will find that the right dog or puppy will pick her out. They will pick up on her limitations and will automatically take over the protective role. Even at eight weeks of age. I have also seen some kennels that donate dogs to CCI. I think they have labs and maybe also goldens or there were two diffrent places I don't remember I could look them up if you are interested in contacting them. They would probably be able to evaluate a puppy that they felt would work best for your granddaughter. I would definatly go to a very good breeder that can help you pick out the best tempered puppy for the challenge ahaed. Hopefully you will be able to visit the puppies, but if you can't because it is very easy to find back yard breeders near you, but not always easy to find good reputable breeders near you. Anyway I would go with someone that donates their puppies to be service dogs and have had some actually make the program or at least a breeder that does temperment tests on the puppies that way they can evaluate the puppy for your needs. Good luck. Sorry it is so long.
I think contacting a service dog place is a great idea. I have had experience with labs and goldens, and in my opinion they are both high energy breeds. Labs esp, though. Both breeds would need training because they are large and strong, but they are both so smart and willing to please, I think it'd work out great as long as they were trained. That's why a service dog place would be so good..........good luck!
Standard Poodles are great too. And they don't shed. They are very intellegent, and are beautiful in their sporting or kennel clip (much more so then in thier other clips). They are clean dogs. They are about the same size as goldens and labs, they aren't small and yappy like toy and miniature poos. I could go on and on about standard poodles. Few people here know why I would not recommend goldens, won't go into now, got yelled at last time.