The Top 10 Seizure Alert Dog Breeds

border collie in a garden

Seizure-alert dogs are that have been taught to inform their owners when they are having a seizure. While it's unclear how dogs can foresee seizures, it's thought that they may detect a change in their owner's scent. Prior to the seizure, these dogs are trained to paw, whine, or bark at their owners, or to engage in behaviors like pacing or circling. This notification allows the owner to prepare by choosing a safe location to avoid injury from a seizure. A seizure-response dog, for example, performs a variety of functions after a seizure, such as standing close to their person to stop their fall or fetching an alarm device or medication.

Here are 10 dog breeds that are commonly used as seizure-alert dogs.


Seizure-alert dogs are frequently identified as trained service animals by wearing specific vests or harnesses. If you see one in public, keep in mind that it is operational. Before approaching or caressing the dog, always ask.

Breed Characteristics

The finest seizure-alert dog breeds (and mixes that contain these types) are amiable and in tune with their owners. They must also be self-assured and friendly enough to accompany their owners in public. Furthermore, these canines must be highly trainable and have a strong work ethic.

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    A German shepherd on a dog bed

    Frequently, German shepherds are utilized as service animals. These powerful, intelligent dogs are fearless, bold, and steadfast, and they have long been regarded as one of the best all-around working dogs. German shepherds can concentrate well enough to carry out a number of orders. Above all, these dogs are devoted to and aware of their owners.

    Breed Overview

    Height: 22 to 26 inches

    Weight: 60 to 100 pounds

    Coarse, medium-length double coat; available in a variety of hues, including black and tan, black and cream, black and red, black and silver, solid black, gray, and sable.

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    The golden retriever, another clever breed, is a dependable, loyal dog that is simple to teach. These sweet dogs only want to accomplish one thing in life: delight their owner. Because of their capacity to adapt to new surroundings as well as their kind, sensitive character, they have become popular service animals.

    Breed Overview

    Height: 23 to 24 inches (male); 21.5 to 22.5 inches (female)

    Weight: 65 to 75 pounds (male); 55 to 65 pounds (female)

    Physical Characteristics: Medium-length double coat; color ranges from light to dark gold; medium to large stature

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    The Samoyed is a very intelligent, gregarious, and hardworking dog. Samoyeds, sometimes known as "smiling sled dogs," were developed to do difficult tasks in the world's harshest climates. However, these athletic dogs have an intuitive desire to put their work ethic to good use by becoming a dependable friend for individuals in need, particularly seizure-alert dogs.

    Breed Overview

    Height: 21 to 23.5 inches (male); 19 to 21 inches (female)

    Weight: 45 to 60 pounds (male); 35 to 50 pounds (female)

    Physical Characteristics: Thick undercoat beneath a soft, fluffy, straight outer coat; primarily bright white, though some are more cream or biscuit (extremely light brown)

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    Border Collie

    The border collie is a highly clever worker with apparently boundless energy and is regarded one of the most agile and strong dog breeds. These dogs are highly driven and trainable, and they are not content unless they are given a task to do. These characteristics are what make them such a reliable seizure-alert dog.

    Breed Overview

    Height: 18 to 22 inches

    Weight: 28 to 48 pounds

    Physical Characteristics: Rough or smooth medium-length double coat with a coarse outer coat and a soft undercoat; can be a solid color, bicolor, tricolor, merle, or sable

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    The Irish setter is a pleasant and outgoing sporting dog with a calm temperament. They feel comfortable in public and with strangers. These dogs are also recognized for wanting to please their owners and responding well to diligent, constructive training. As a result, they can become trustworthy seizure-alert dogs.

    Breed Overview

    Height: 25 to 27 inches

    Weight: 60 to 70 pounds

    Physical Characteristics: Medium-length coat; feathering on ears, chest, legs, and tail; long snout; muscular build

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    The poodle is a very clever and trainable dog that is frequently used as a service dog. Poodles, despite their reputation for being spoilt or delicate, are actually highly athletic and capable of doing a wide range of jobs. These beautiful, nimble canines are people-oriented and attentive to their owners.

    Breed Overview

    Height: Standard: over 15 inches; miniature: 10 to 15 inches; toy: 10 inches and under

    Weight: Standard: 45 to 70 pounds; miniature: 15 to 18 pounds; toy: 5 to 9 pounds

    Physical Characteristics: Curly, dense single coat; may be one of many solid colors, including but not limited to white, black, gray, brown, and apricot

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    Labrador Retriever

    Labrador retrievers are frequently seen as seizure-alert dogs and other service animals. These canines are well-known for their intelligence, trainability, and pleasant personalities. They're in sync with their owners and get along well with outsiders. They also have the strength to assist a person during a medical emergency.

    Breed Overview

    Height: 22.5 to 24.5 inches (male); 21.5 to 23.5 inches (female)

    Weight: 65 to 80 pounds (male); 55 to 70 pounds (female)

    Physical Characteristics: Muscular, square build; short, dense double coat; comes in black, chocolate, or yellow

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    English setters, like Irish setters, are known for being calm, friendly, and devoted friends. They're usually adaptive to a variety of scenarios and get along well with strangers. Plus, with positive instruction, they're eager to please and thrive. They also want to be close to their owners, which is an excellent feature for a service animal.

    Breed Overview

    Height: 25 to 27 inches (male); 23 to 25 inches (female)

    Weight: 65 to 80 pounds (male); 45 to 55 pounds (female)

    Physical Characteristics: Flat, silky, medium-length single coat; feathering on the ears, chest, legs, and tail

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    Gordon setters are somewhat bigger than Irish or English setters, but their temperament are quite similar. These dogs are well-known for being devoted friends. They're kind, compassionate, and devoted to their families. They also live an active lifestyle. They also react well to reward-based training, making them great candidates for assistance dog training.

    Breed Overview

    Height: 24 to 27 inches (male); 23 to 26 inches (female)

    Weight: 55 to 80 pounds (male); 45 to 70 pounds (female)

    Physical Characteristics: Shiny, straight, or wavy single coat; longer feathering can be found on the ears, chest, legs, and tail; black and tan in color

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    A goldendoodle is a cross between a golden retriever and a poodle that was originally produced as a guiding dog. These dogs, like their poodle and golden ancestors, are intelligent, athletic, sociable, and loyal. They are incredibly friendly and loving with children, other pets, and even strangers. They're also quite trainable.

    Breed Overview

    Height: 13 to 26 inches

    Weight: 45 to 100 pounds but can weigh as little as 15 to 30 pounds

    Physical Characteristics: Shaggy and often curly coat; varying colors including gold, cream, red, black, brown, white, gray, or a combination