A plethora of traits are linked to the viability of guide dogs, M.E Goddard states in his article regarding this topic that many dogs need to have a score of at least 17. This score is made by a variety of factors and tests ran to assess the dogs. Further findings showed that the score would have very little impact on dogs early on in life however it would have a larger factor later into their lifetime.
Tuesday, April 13, 2021
The analysis of Guide dog efficency
Along with this in another one of Goddard's articles this one regarding how innate fear could play a role in the overall effectiveness of a guide dog. In this article, he states that under 4 breeds of dogs: Labrador, German Shepard, Boxer, and Kelpie. 38 separate measures were taken to assess the overall 'fearfulness of these breeds. Once the tests were taken it was found that overall the least fearful dogs were the labradors.
These articles give a good understanding of how the optimum guide dog is chosen