Breeds of diabetic alert dogs
Many breeds can excel at being Diabetic Alert Dogs! While the breed is not the most important factor, certain breeds are more likely to succeed than other. The most successful breeds for any type of service work are: Golden Retrievers, Poodles, Labrador Retrievers, and Collies. There is a reason established organizations such as The Seeing Eye, Guide Dogs for the Blind, and Canine Companions for Independence use these breeds – they have experimented with other breeds but have found the “Fab 4” have the highest success rates. Below are other common breeds, and a few pros and cons of each.
German Shepherds – these dogs are very smart and willing to learn. However, they need extensive socialization in order to prevent guarding tendencies. The breed is very prone to guarding but a DAD cannot ever growl or attempt to protect in any way, so there is a risk with using a German Shepherd as a Diabetic Alert Dog.
For more details on breeds for DAD training, refer to our book, Diabetic Alert Dog Training Steps.
7/3/2021 07:27:26 pm
I'm wondering if a small dog, such as a Lhasa Apso or Shih Tzu, can be trained to wake a person who wears a blood glucose monitor, but sleeps soundly (and spends much of the day with headphones on) and often does not hear it - even when it goes into "French ambulance mode."
Michael B. Naragon
3/18/2022 08:41:33 pm
I have brittle diabetes type 1, I live with my mom after my sister passed from brain cancer. After almost 80 trips to the hospital in the passed 3 years. The doctors talked to me about this as an idea. I am asking if there is a hypoallergenic diabetic safety dog available, for this is the only way it will be allowed to live in our home in Clio, Michigan.
6/17/2022 08:24:49 am
The poodle is a perfect choice. Highly intelligent, hypoallergenic, and devoted, they make wonderful service dogs. I actually have a miniature poodle service dog for my diabetes. She has proved invaluable to me.
3/12/2023 08:59:45 am
I read that poodle make good alert dogs and they are hypoallergenic.
4/22/2022 12:22:33 am
I recently lost my husband who always woke me up when my Libre2 alarm went off,because I am hard of hearing, also I am a really deep sleeper. This is now a constant worry for me. I think the ideal solution would be for me to have a small dog as a companion, but who would also wake me up when my alarm goes off.
6/25/2022 04:59:58 pm
Dog help had a people diabetes.Thanks you.This Zhiairre Milligan
8/25/2022 09:52:00 am
I do have aimed Pitt with something else but he easy to handle
12/12/2021 12:36:42 pm
Type 1 diabetes
8/13/2022 10:16:52 am
I’m looking at getting a pointer dog such as a GSP or Brittany spaniel to keep up with my active life style as well. How do these breeds do as DADS?
8/13/2022 06:26:20 pm
I am a type 1 diabetic and have marfans disease and 12 years old and don't have a lot of money
10/10/2022 06:05:55 pm
I'm hoping to hear back from you so I'm all to stop screening my wife. I was so low about three weeks ago my wife had to do chest compressions! Please get back in touch with me ASAP. 6785580376.
10/22/2022 12:54:51 pm
11/9/2022 06:38:08 am
Amazing my new puppy picked up on my high and low blood sugar. But what really got me is she doing my boyfriend and my neighbor. She just alerted two weeks ago that something is wrong with my friend son and he gets his mri results today doctor appointment and I know she been trying to alert me to something else to
6/2/2023 06:14:43 pm
1/27/2023 07:07:54 am
Looking for a service dog for type 1 diabetics child who is is very brittle and hyperglycemiac.. also has stage 5 kidney failure… need help badly with recommendations of a trained dog..thanks and God Bless
4/4/2023 10:55:15 pm
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5/19/2023 11:13:32 am
I'm looking for a diebetic service dog
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Libby Rockaway is the founder of M.D. Dogs Incorporated and the author of Puppy Steps and Diabetic Alert Dog Training Steps