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Old 11-19-2016, 11:43 PM
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What are you opinions on these breeds as Service Dogs?

I need a psychatric service dog for PTSD, Anxiety, and Depression. I have afew dogs that I prefer to have and I've read about all of them but I have information that has been contradicted by multiple sites and I don't really know what to believe haha. Please do not ask why I want specific dogs and why I don't want specific colors for some dogs. My reasoning for their appearance is my own preference and it doesn't need to be explained.

An asterisk (*) will be put beside favored breeds.

What I am considering:
Anatolian Shepherd *
Kuvasz
Great Pyrenees *
Newfoundland *
Yellow Labrador - preferably an English Lab.
Golden retriever
German Shepherd
Chinook *
Belgian Tervuren *
Doberman*
Belgian Groenendael
Plott Hound
Alaskan Malamute *
Rhodesian Ridgeback
Utonagan *
Canadian Eskimo Dog
Karakachan
Saint Pyrenees
Great Bernese
Akbash *
Shiloh Shepherd Dog
Possibly a Mastiff

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What I'm looking for:
A large/Giant breed
Long/medium fur - short fur accepted in some cases
Dog friendly - especially with the same gender
Long tail
Cat friendly
Somewhat okay with strangers if they have been introduced well.
Easy to train

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What I'm not looking for:
A small breed or a breed under 25 inches.
Hairless
Wrinkly face
Designer/Crossbreed. Pure breeds only unless they are mentioned in the breeds I am looking for.
Pitbull - I know they are amazing dogs but I would rather not have any issues with the public because of this specific breed.
Aggressive dogs.
A dog that will bite children or my smaller dog (miniature dachshund).
An overly athletic dog
One that will jump over or dig under fences
A territorial breed that will harm people in our household or try to expand the territory out of my yard.
A dog that can't make due with a medium to large yard.
A dog that will cost a fortune.
Collies of any kind
Wire coats or scruffy faces
Ugly dogs
Komondor
Bloodhound
Great dance
Bernese Mountain Dog
Irish wolfhound
Scottish deerhound
Cane Corso
Dogs with high attack rates.
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Thank you for any input you can supply on any of the dogs I mentioned wanting or any dogs you can suggest. Please respect eachother and respect me.
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Old 11-20-2016, 12:30 AM
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Service dogs are highly trained animals that usually come from a few specific breeds (and specific lines within those breeds) for good reasons.

From your list those would be

Yellow Labrador - preferably an English Lab.
Golden retriever
German Shepherd
Belgian Tervuren *
Doberman*

Additionally lots of the breeds you mentioned would make very bad service dogs and pretty much every one of the listed dogs violates one of the "not looking for" conditions

Regardless, I think you're going at the problem backwards. Instead of starting by deciding on a breed, the better approach to the problem of getting a service dog would be to contact service dog providers in your area and ask if you can meet their dogs in person. Not all dogs of the same breed are the same and you might connect with one and not the other.
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I appreciate the input but I'm looking for more of a detailed idea of what certain dogs will saddle me with. Most of dogs you mentioned are exactly my preferred dogs and I would prefer information on the dogs that I do. Also, I have no intentions of contacting a provider for a dog because it will be my own decision regardless. I don't want a standard service dog breed as evident through my list. Furthermore, for those of you who are struggling to find out which dogs to supply input for, I am most interested in the Antolian shepherd, Kuvasz, Pyrenees, Rhodesian and Akbash.

Also, the things I am not looking for don't apply to the dogs I listed as interests, Esand. Please give me a reason as to why those dogs are not good Service dogs rather than simply stating my decision isn't a good one.

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Old 11-20-2016, 08:45 AM
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Please give me a reason as to why those dogs are not good Service dogs rather than simply stating my decision isn't a good one.
They're hard to train. Service dog training is very hard even for the most trainable dogs. It would be near impossible with a dog like a pyreneese
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I do not know where you live but some of the breeds you mention would be high priced and not dog friendly breeds.
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They're hard to train.
Let me be more emphatic, they're all but impossible to train for service tasks.

Antolian shepherd, Kuvasz, Pyrenees, and Akbash are live stock guardian breeds. They are working dogs who have been bred to do a specific job. That 1 job they can do with almost no training, every other job is swimming against the current.

Look here. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Intelligence_of_Dogs Service dogs almost always come from highest category of dog intelligence.
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Can I ask, will this dog be performing specific tasks or be for emotional support only? Also, are you planning on training yourself or obtaining a trained dog from professionals?
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They're hard to train. Service dog training is very hard even for the most trainable dogs. It would be near impossible with a dog like a pyreneese
I've seen all of the above dogs used as SDs by multiple people so it's not exactly impossible to train them. It's not impossible to train any dog if you are smart enough.
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Can I ask, will this dog be performing specific tasks or be for emotional support only? Also, are you planning on training yourself or obtaining a trained dog from professionals?
The dog will have specific tasks and I will be training it myself but may use some help from a professional if some aspects are too difficult.
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I do not know where you live but some of the breeds you mention would be high priced and not dog friendly breeds.
They aren't too expensive compared to $50,000 Professionally trained service dogs that aren't what Im looking for. Socialization can take care of a lot of aggression towards dogs.
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