What breeds make the best hearing dogs?
Just about any breed of dog can be used as a hearing dog, and there are also many hearing dogs that are mixed breeds. The breed is not so important as the dog’s health and temperament. A good hearing dog has a strong work ethic, is naturally drawn to sound, is quick to respond to sound and commands, and has a high energy level. Since the dog will have the right to public access, it will need to be calm in crowds and able to handle stress and noise when it is put in new situations. Many hearing dog programs use dogs rescued from shelters.