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Research into number of guide dogs in Europe

A survey conducted by EGDF in 2013 revealed 14,299 guide dogs and 4,105 other types of assistance dogs in Europe.  This information helps us in planning and lobbying for appropriate services for guide dog users and allows best practice to be shared to those countries with new and emerging guide dog organisations.  

We know that numbers are increasing regularly and update the data as new information becomes available and plan to carry out a complete survey every three years.  Although there are fewer of other types of assistance dogs, their numbers are increasing at a faster rate.  

The map below shows the number of guide dogs per million of population throughout Europe. This report is supported by the European Union Programme for Employment and Social Solidarity - PROGRESS (2007-2013),  implemented by the European Commission.

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Map of Europe highlighting Guide Dog Populations