Nanny dogs are a specific type and it doesn’t diminish any other breeds or types of dogs that don’t fit the criteria to be nanny dogs. All dogs are a gift to humans, and they assist us in many different ways. A nanny dog might not be what you need.

For instance –

  • You own a warehouse and your products are being damaged and contaminated by rat droppings. What you need is a nimble and fierce terrier to control the vermin.
  • You live on a farm and your flock of sheep is being decimated by predators. What you need is an alert and brave sheep dog to chase coyotes away.
  • You live in an apartment in the city and want a friendly little dog you can take many places with you. What you need is a toy breed dog.
  • You are a physically active person who would love a playmate for jogging, hiking or playing frisbee. What you need is a high-energy hound.

However –

  • If your child has severe autism and you want a safe and gentle companion, you might need a nanny dog.
  • If you suffered devastating physical injuries while serving in the military and have restricted mobility, you might need a nanny dog to assist you in daily activities.
  • If you are a survivor of emotional trauma and want a non-judgmental friend who will patiently listen to your story, you might need a nanny dog.

Why aren’t these types of dogs appropriate candidates for nanny dogs?

  • Terriers – Their strong prey drive and high energy distracts them from focusing on their owner and their owner’s needs. Exception: Soft-coated wheaten terrier
  • Hounds – Hounds were bred to possess a powerful attraction to scents or sights. Exception: Bloodhound
  • Guard or Protective Dogs – These breeds are very courageous and willing to attack, therefore they are unsuitable as nanny dogs.
  • Toy Breeds – While toy breeds make excellent lap dogs and companions, they are too small to engage in service dog work.