Journal article

GENETIC AND ENVIRONMENTAL-FACTORS AFFECTING THE SUITABILITY OF DOGS AS GUIDE DOGS FOR THE BLIND

ME GODDARD, RG BEILHARZ

Theoretical and Applied Genetics | SPRINGER VERLAG | Published : 1982

Abstract

Many dogs are found to be unsuitable for training as guide dogs for the blind. Consequently the Royal Guide Dogs for the Blind Association of Australia has embarked on a breeding program to produce a strain of labrador dogs which is suitable for guide dog training.The most common reasons for rejecting dogs are fearfulness, dog distraction, excitability, health and physical reasons and hip dysplasia. The selection program seems to have been successful in improving the success rate mainly by lowering fearfulness, but there has not been a continuing improvement. This is probably due to continual introduction of dogs from other populations into the breeding program.Males suffer from a higher rej..

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