Can You Have a Guide Dog If You’re in the Philippines and You are Blind?

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A black Labrador, one example of a guide dog
A guide dog example

A straightforward answer to this question is a “confident yes”! You can have a guide dog where ever you are in the world as long as you really need it and you’re capable of having it. But “is this type of dog available in the Philippines?”

What is a guide dog anyway? Is it a specific breed? If you’re in the Philippines, Where do you get a guide dog? What do they eat? What’s the difference between a guide dog and a regular breed? Those questions will have answers in the following sections of this article.

  1. Guide dogs and their characteristics
  2. Size of the dog, their temperament and their traits
  3. The three most popular breeds used as guide dogs
  4. The main issue, about blind people in the Philippines and guide dogs

Guide dogs and their characteristics

Brown Chiwawa
A small dog

According to my installed dictionary, “A guide dog is a dog trained to guide a blind.” Sounds amusing? Actually, a guide dog is not just capable of assisting the blind but it can also give love and affection. Sounds romantic?

Seriously, when you try to interact with a guide dog, you will feel the mystery of the intelligence they have, and also the unbelievable things they can do. Like helping people with disabilities; blind, hearing impaired, stroke patients, those who have seizure, those who can’t walk and other illnesses. Also, you’ll be amazed when you hear stories of survival in those emergency situations involving dogs. In short, a smart dog is a candidate for being a guide dog for the blind! What are the other characteristics I’m talking about?

Size of the dog, their temperament and their traits

In any field, size does matter. Imagine you are walking with your Chihuahua along the street, and a bigger dog suddenly appeared, what do you think the poor Chihuahua’s reaction would be? For those who are not familiar about this dog breed, here is the link where you can find some information about Chihuahua.
Information about the breed Chihuahua

Let us reverse the situation and say, you own a giant breed and this Chihuahua is suddenly seen by your guide dog, what will happen? The answer should be “nothing”. Why? Because a part of a dog’s training when doing this kind of task is to observe discipline all the time and focus on whatever he is told to accomplish and that is to guide his owner!

So the conclusion is, it would be better if you choose a breed that is not easily intimidated during his work. But the next question is, what are the breeds available for this type of job?

The three most popular breeds used as guide dogs

Labrador Retriever as guide dog

German Shepherd
A German Sheperd can be a guidedog

Number one on my list is Labrador Retriever! Why? Because I own one Labrador and I would say that this breed is definitely one of the smartest breeds. And also it is according to some articles regarding guide dogs on the internet and as suggested by some authors of the popular books about dogs. But there are different rankings on who the smartest is and these rankings change almost yearly so the number one on the list isn’t always the number 1. But because this breed is so easy to train, it’s enough for him to get the reputation as being the number one choice for guide dogs.

Golden Retriever as guide dog

Golden Retriever
Guide dog

Next is Golden retriever. There are many similarities between Golden Retriever and Labrador Retriever. Because of their size, they are intimidating to humans and other dogs, but still, they are very effective and fun to be with.

German Shepherd as guide dog

The number 3 is the guard dog German Shepherd. Yes it is more famous as a protection dog, but there are people who use it as their guide dog. Again, discipline not size.

Now the main issue, about blind people in the Philippines and guide dogs

Let’s make it straight, our environment here would not allow us to bring a guide dog outside our house why? Because of the following factors:

But for example our cities are not polluted, are not congested and the citizens are aware, is it possible now to have guide dogs in the country? Aww still no I’m sorry… Because, as far as I know, you won’t be able to find one school for guide dogs anywhere in the Philippines. My suggestion is, you can still own any of those breeds I mentioned above, but to train it to be a guide dog is another issue.

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Joey G.

Joey is a blind blogger based in the Philippines. He knows HTML, CSS, PHP and WordPress. He loves to blog, that's why he created this website. He wants to help his community. At the same time, he also wants to improve his writing skills.

This Post Has 7 Comments

  1. jessica

    Do you know if someone visiting from the U.S. can bring their seeing eye dog? The airline said it is no problem for them, but I don’t know how to find out if there are immigration/customs issues of bringing dogs into the country even if only for a couple of weeks.


  2. xirlleelang

    Hey there, I’m currently working out for my architectural thesis entitled “School for the Deaf and Blind,” do you mind if I ask you some questions.. Please reply to my post or contact me with [email protected]! Thank you and God bless you! 🙂

  3. Mr.Kalbo

    I have witnessed an nasty incident this weekend at the Robinsons Place in Dumaguete. A blind foreigner with his guide dog was refused entry to the mall because of his dog. What followed was an argument between the blind man and the security guard. The blind man was handcuffed and the police was called.
    I was shocked by the insensitivity of those security people. After that I did a Google search on guide dogs in the Philippines. That took me to this site. I have pictures of the incident.

    1. Joey G.


      Yes it’s very sad news. To me, they should have allowed the dog. Because while it is still an animal, the difference is it is now a trained animal. Anyway, the issue is now a trending topic on PWDs Facebook groups and pages. If the information I got is correct, a representative of the mall is already looking for a person/organization who can give a sensitivity training for their staff. This is a very good move I think. Thanks for the comment.

  4. Raul Dado

    Hi Joey,

    Interesting! I’m a lawyer , veterinärian and the deputy chief of mission for the Philippine Embassy in Norway 🇳🇴

    Norway has lots of Training schools

    Can we adapt these techniques to the Philippines ?

    1. Joey G.

      Hello Mr. Raul Dado and thank you for your comment. I’d like to suggest an organization that could be of great assistance to you – Resources for the Blind Incorporated, located in Cubao, Quezon City, Philippines. You may reach out to them to explore the possibilities they can provide. If they happen to inquire about how you learned about them, feel free to mention this blog. In my opinion, it’s high time for the Philippines to contemplate implementing guide dog assistance for visually impaired Filipinos. When it comes to government agencies, I regret to say that I lack any connections or specific information to offer. Have a nice day!

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