Looking for an assistance dog

wheelybabe Community member Posts: 13 Connected
edited August 2018 in Everyday life
Hello my name is Nicola John and I am a wheelchair use I have condition called Fredrcks Ataxia and I am looking for an assistance dog The only issue I am finding at the moment is that I am looking for a King Charles Cavalier spaniel, I was hopi that you would be able to point me in the right direction?


  • OldMotherTucker
    OldMotherTucker Community member Posts: 8 Listener
    It takes 2 years and £10K to train a canine partner and not all puppies make it through training so if you are looking for a specific breed you could have a long wait.

    A lot of time and effort goes into pairing the right dog with the right partner so, if I were you, I'd take the approach that you can't pick a breed or have set expectations. 

  • wally
    wally Community member Posts: 2 Listener
    Personally I would be happy with any assistance dog
  • Pin
    Pin Community member Posts: 139 Empowering
    I don’t think you get to choose the breed...
  • atlas46
    atlas46 Community member Posts: 821 Pioneering
    Hi @wheelybabe

    There is no national body that deals with assistance dogs.  There are a number of local charities, that train and provide assistance dogs.

    Try googling your post code followed by "assistance dog".

    There are waiting lists, for charities that I have viewed.

    Let us know how you get on.

  • Pippa_Alumni
    Pippa_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 5,778 Championing
    Hi @wheelybabe, this FAQ page from the ADUK may help to answer some of your questions and help you to move forwards!