The Breeds of Southeastern Guide Dogs

Posted by Mary Beth McAndrews

Since 1982, Southeastern Guide Dogs has been training puppies to be guide dogs to those with visual impairments and veterans with PTSD. Their extensive training program pairs puppies with families to raise and train them into future service dogs. Southeastern Guide Dogs used three specific breeds in their programs, Labrador Retrievers, Golden Retrievers, and Goldadors. Learn more about these breeds and why they are suited for the program below!

Labrador Retrievers


With a temperament perfect for families, the Labrador has been crowned the number one breed in the United States. In fact, the American Kennel Club describes the breed has having "kind, friendly eyes, expressing character, intelligence and good temperament." They are also very active, very obedient, and keen to learn, making them great candidates for guide dogs.

They can be black, chocolate or yellow in color. While they have a short coat that requires minimal grooming, Labradors do shed seasonally.

Since Labradors love to play, they need daily exercise. The breed is also prone to obesity, so keeping them active is good for both their body and their mind. If taken care of properly, these dogs can live to 12 to 15 years old.

Golden Retrievers


Similar to the Labrador, golden retrievers are well-loved dogs across the United States. According to the American Kennel Club website, this breed is "outgoing, loyal and eager to please, which makes them easy to train and a great part of any family." Their outgoing attitude gives them a puppy-like disposition even into adulthood. They're also kind, friendly, and gentle, making them perfect candidates for guide dogs, too.

They are a larger breed than Labradors and require a similar amount of grooming. They're also very active and need plenty of exercise to stay healthy.



The goldador is a mix between two of the most popular breeds in the United States: the Labrador retriever and the golden retriever. They were bred to create "a sensitive and tolerant working dog." They inherit many of those breeds' characteristics, from friendliness to an eagerness to learn and please.

Goldadors inherit the golden retriever's size and their coat. They're very loving and loyal, getting along with everyone, from kids to other animals. Goldadors have been described as the perfect breed for first-time dog owner. They do need structure and routine, though.

All three breeds have great dispositions and are eager to please their owners. To keep breeding and training these puppies, Southeastern Guide Dogs needs help. That's why Subaru works with this foundation to help sponsor events that fund the training and development of these guide dogs. Visit the Southeastern Guide Dogs website to learn more about how you can help.

Learn more about Subaru's efforts to support pets around the country on their website.