The Guide Dog Breeding Program was first established in 2011 to assist with the growing demand for Guide Dogs.
The Guide Dogs NSW/ACT puppies are bred to inherit the characteristics they need for the extraordinary demands of Guide Dog work. Breeding dogs are selected for their sound health and temperament.
Around 200 pups are needed each year for our Guide Dog program, however with the incidence of vision loss on the rise, this demand is sure to grow.
Combined with our internationally recognised training program, this breeding program gives Guide Dogs NSW/ACT the ability to produce the finest Guide Dogs in the world.
Breed of dogs
Labrador Retrievers and Golden Retrievers are the breeds most commonly used by Guide Dog NSW/ACT. They have many personality and physical traits that suit the guiding role. They are calm, loyal and intelligent, and readily transfer their respect and allegiance from one person to another.
This is why we believe they make the perfect Guide Dog!
The Breeding Centre
Our state-of-the-art facility features seven indoor 'whelping' areas each of which contains comfortable bedding for mums to have their pups. The building is air-conditioned and has under-floor heating, as well as two covered outdoor areas where the mums and their pups can socialise and run free.
For animal welfare purposes, our puppies are born in the raisers homes. This is our Home Whelping program which was introduced in 2017.
The pups and their mum then come back to the centre at six weeks of age for their health checks, vaccinations and temperament assessments.
They stay in the Breeding Centre for two weeks before being placed in their puppy raising homes.
Join our Puppy Sponsor Program and you can help ensure that each of the Guide Dog puppies born through the Breeding Centre will get the best chance to make it to graduation.