White shepherd active as the only seeing eye dog in Japan

Sakurai Yoko and the white shepherd as her seeing eye dog which just came out.
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December 12, 2013

The two-year-old white shepherd completed training as a seeing eye dog in the Kanagawa Training Center located in Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture under the Japan Guide Dog Association came out on December 12.

According to the association, the shepherd is the only seeing eye dog playing an active part in Japan. The shepherd was bought from the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association in the U.S. in May, and had received training.

Sakurai Yoko (桜井洋子), 56, who also lost hearing, uses the shepherd as her seeing eye dog, says joyfully, "I was able to meet the one who will be my eyes and ear. I would like to go to meet an overseas friend together with my seeing eye dog since I love travel."

According to the Japan Guide Dog Association, although many seeing eye dogs used to be shepherds in Japan till the 1970s, Labrador Retrievers, etc. became poplar in use from their tender appearance.

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