Top 8 Dog Breeds for Seizures

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For those living with a seizure disorder, help can come in a furry friend- a dog! Trained medical service dogs are able to let you know when you are about to have a seizure due to a chemical change in the body that occurs right before. Some breeds seem to be better than others at alerting you so that you can take proper precautions, like moving you to a safe place, calling someone who can help, and removing any dangerous items that may be near you. Seizure response dogs can also retrieve a phone or your medications, turn on lights, and some other small tasks that are a big help. Check out these top 8 dog breeds that are the best choices for people with seizure disorders.

#1 Golden Retriever

This pawesome pooch is sensitive and intelligent enough to be good at just about any type of job, and they are typically the first choice in any kind of service work. Due to their amazing ability to sense your feelings and needs, the Golden Retriever is the number one on this list.

#2 Labrador Retriever

Following a close second is the Lab, who excels like the Golden at any kind of service work. This friendly pup will stick by your side and can be trained as a seizure alert and response dog. With amazing scent skills, this dog can let you know when to expect an event, and help you before and after it.

#3 Golden Labrador

Trainers often use rescue pups for service work, and this hybrid of the Golden and Lab is the most pupular! Combining the best qualities of both, the Golden Labrador can not only help you before and after a seizure, but is also less susceptible to genetic diseases that both its parent breeds can develop.
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#4 Poodle

The Poodle is pawsibly the smartest pooch there is, and they are excellent at being a seizure response dog too. Even if they cannot tell you are going to have one beforehand, they can get your medication and a telephone afterward, and stay with you for comfort until help arrives.

#5 Goldendoodle

Another cool mixed breed, the Goldendoodle is a mix of the Golden Retriever and Poodle. This breed has the ability to sense your seizure beforehand because they have the sensitive Golden nose, as well as the intelligence to be able to go get you your phone or medication.

#6 German Shepherd

The German Shepherd is a smart dog. These fur buddies are commonly used as police and military dogs because of how well they can sense and smell things. These pups are able to smell that chemical imbalance before a seizure and can alert you, as well as comfort you afterward.

#7 Collie

Another clever dog breed, the Collie can learn just about anything quickly, and is a gentle and loyal pup as well. These excellent dogs make great seizure response dogs and can get you a blanket, phone, medicine, or whatefur else you need. They’ll sit with you as long as it takes for you to feel better.

#8 Newfoundland

This gentle giant is pawtastic as a seizure response pup. The large frame of Newfoundlands makes them great for those who need mobility support too, although their size and drool factor can make them a bit more of a challenge in public, which is why they are the last on this list.