There is the old joke where a man pretends he is blind so he can get his Poodle into a bar by pretending it is a seeing eye dog. When challenged he says: “Poodle? Oh, no! They told me he was a German Shepherd.”
The breeds most often used as Guide dogs for the blind are German Shepherds and Labradors. But Poodles do just as good a job, even though they are often misunderstood by the public.
In fact, because they don’t shed, Poodles may be the guide dog of choice for people who have allergies.
Because of their high intelligence and eagerness to please, they learn quickly the skills needed by a guide dog. The problem is with a public who may not believe that a guide dog or a guide puppy-in-training is really a working dog and not just a pet. Because people don’t take them seriously, Poodles sometimes have problems gaining access to stores and transportation where they are legally entitled to go.
Another problem is that the Poodle seems more approachable than the more formidable looking German Shepherd dog, resulting in people trying to pet the Poodles instead of allowing them to do their jobs.
A New Zealand woman, Diana Wilson, 48, has been working with Poodle guide dogs in-training. The puppies live with their walkers for up to 16 months before they go on to complete their training. She has experienced problems with people trying to deny access to her because they don’t bother reading the coat which identifies the dog as a guide dog in-training.
“It can get very frustrating,” she said. “But it is worth the trouble. It is amazing to learn about their different personalities. They are awesome. It's time-consuming, but good time-consuming." Source