Twelve states have named official State Dogs, but New Jersey has become the first one to pass over selecting a specific breed, instead choosing to honor the "Seeing Eye Dog" as the State Dog of New Jersey.

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There's a deeper NJ connection for seeing eye dogs too, as the country's oldest guide dog school is located in Morristown. The Seeing Eye was founded in 1929 and is dedicated to breeding, raising, and training puppies to become Seeing Eye Dogs, as well as instructing blind people on the proper use, handling, and care for the dogs.

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