Any Kind of Dog Could be a Service Dog
While there are some dogs that are used most commonly as service animals (labradors, etc.) this doesn’t mean that any other kind of dog can’t be a service dog, as long as they meet the definition or criteria under the ADA, Fair Housing, or Air Carrier Acts.
Not everyone who has a disability requires a large dog to perform tasks for them. For some people a smaller dog would work just as well. So it all depends on your needs.
Americans with Disabilities Act
Under the ADA, a service animal is defined as a dog that has been individually trained to do work or perform tasks for an individual with a disability. The task(s) performed by the dog must be directly related to the person’s disability.
An assistance animal is not a pet. It is an animal that works, provides assistance, or performs tasks for the benefit of a person with a disability, or provides emotional support that alleviates one or more identified symptoms or effects of a person’s disability.
Air Carrier Access Act
Under the Air Carrier Access Act (ACAA) a service animal is any animal that is individually trained or able to provide assistance to a person with a disability; or any animal that assists persons with disabilities by providing emotional support. Documentation may be required of passengers needing to travel with an emotional support or psychiatric service animal.
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