Which breed is best for an assistance dog?

It is really all about the temperament of the dog and what tasks you need the dog to do. Ask yourself:

  • Would you like an adult, adolescent or puppy dog?
  • Do you require a dog that can retrieve objects, offer mobility support, block other people from you or scent alert?  This may determine the size of your dog.
  • Ideally, a mobility support dog will be at least half of your own body weight.  E.g. if you are 80kg, your dog should be at least 40kg.
  • Will you be travelling on an aircraft with your dog? Airlines have dog weight restrictions,up to approx. 45kg. (check your airline).
  • Do you have a dog coat preference?  Can you physically care for your dog?
  • Do you wish to have a dog that attracts attention and questions? E.g. exotic looking dogs.
  • Do you prefer a purebred or mixed breed?
  • Do you have other animals in your home that the new dog will settle with?
  • What level of physical touch do you need from the dog or would you like to give to the dog? E.g. Do you like to cuddle your dog? Do you like your dog to seek attention from you regularly?
  • Will your disabilities interfere with or limit your ability to socialize your dog with other dogs? e.g. Golden retrievers and Labradors are generally more socially forgiving.

The following pure breeds cannot be imported into Australia under the legislation of the Department of Home Affairs :

  • Dogo Argentino
  • Fila Brasileiro
  • Japanese Tosa
  • American pit bull terrier or pit bull terrier
  • Perro de Presa Canario or Presa Canario

Source: http://www.agriculture.gov.au/cats-dogs/frequently-asked-questions#what-dog-breeds-cannot-be-imported-into-australia