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Top 10 Emotional Support Animal Dog Breeds

In Dogs, Emotional Support Animal by Emotional Pet Support Team15 Comments

Top 10 Emotional Support Animal Dog Breeds

Ever wanted to know what the top 10 dog breeds are? Well, here’s the list:

1 Labrador Retriever

Labrador Retrievers are happy and energetic and will encourage you to perk up even when you’re not feeling too great. Not only do these dogs make good pets, but they are also great as Emotional Support dogs due to their intelligence and gentle demeanor.

Emotional Support Animal Labrador Retriever

2 German Shepherd

The German Shepherd is a highly versatile breed, namely because its intelligence enables it to be trained for a variety of different purposes. These guys can surely make great emotional support animal dogs!

Animal dog German Shepherd

3 Poodles

Poodles are also born performers, super social, great with kids, hypoallergenic, great at adapting to their environment, and they typically live longer than most other dog breeds, too. However, like the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, poodles require some serious grooming. (Their hair literally never stops growing, and they don’t shed.) If you don’t mind being responsible for a dog who’s more high maintenance than you are, then you should seriously consider adopting one of these cuties.

Emotional Support Animal dog poodle

4 Yorkshire Terrier

Did you know that Yorkshire Terriers can help ease the symptoms of depression? Their intelligence and tendency to form strong bonds with their owners makes them one of the most loyal, loving, and trainable breeds out there. Also, Yorkshire Terriers are a very small and cute kind of dog to have if you live in an apartment or are renting a housing room in a house.

5 Beagle

The Beagle is a small dog known for its floppy ears and being pure and soft. They’re also so loyal and beautiful. These little guys are very active and entertaining and they’re also content to cuddle up with! Beagles are very friendly with new people and they also tend to get along well with other animals, all qualities that make for an excellent therapy dog.

6 Corgie

Corgis can make excellent therapy dogs. A member of the herding group, the corgi is an even-tempered and affectionate breed. These short and sturdy dogs are known for both their obedience and friendly attitudes. Originally bred to be herders on farms, Corgis make excellent companion dogs for people in nursing homes or with disabilities.

7 Pug

Pugs are a small breed that are well-known for their wrinkled skin and big, puppy-dog eyes. These guys are very energetic, and they also have a natural desire to make people feel better. Pugs get along well with people of all ages, though they work particularly well with children.

Emotional Support Animal pug

8 Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

These lovely little guys are named after King Charles II of Britain. They were bred to be a loyal companion dog. These dogs are quite noble and royal as well! These centuries of companionship have given the King Charles spaniel lots of practice in providing comfort to their owners. That’s why they may be considered an Emotional Support Animal dog or a Service dog or even a therapy dog!

Emotional Support Animal dog Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

9 Pomeranian

The Pomeranian is a very small breed often favored by elderly individuals who need a companion at home. These little dogs require relatively little exercise but they will take all the love and affection they can get.

10 Golden Retriever

Coming in at number one is the golden retriever, which is well known for being energetic, loving, and comforting. They’re super social and if you can handle a lot of dog hair in your house they’ll be perfect for you.


  1. Exactly what I was looking for, appreciate it for posting.

  2. Thanks !! I’m a disabled guy with depression looking for a therapy emotional support dog thanks

  3. Thanks for this article! I’m a disabled guy looking for an emotional support dog because I have anxiety and depression

    1. Dave,
      All though undergrad school, I did lab work in veterinary hospitals where I was exposed to countless dogs and all breeds imaginable. Golden retriever. Hands down, hard to go wrong. Many years later, my wife and I volunteer with our golden as a therapy dog. She’s our second and I doubt we’ll ever have anything else.
      Give them a good look and all the best,

  4. My Papillion is perfect. He loves being held like a baby, and would let me hold him all day long if needed. Very comforting.

  5. Thank you so much for this article! I have anxiety and needed this information to know what type of dog would be good for my Anxiety.

  6. I have a Cattle dog mixed with a German shepherd, Black lab, and a Aussie! He’s in training to be my ESD.

  7. I have pretty severe Anxiety and depression, as well as moderately severe hearing loss, would I qualify for a emotional support dog or a service dog? Either way id love a golden retriever for the comforting vibe they put out
    – a disabled teen

    1. Author

      But, you would have to take our online assessment so that one of our mental health professionals can determine whether you qualify or not.

  8. I’m glad German Shepherds are on the list, since I’m thinking of adopting one and training it to be a service dog! 🙂

  9. My daughter suffers from extreme anxiety and she has a prescription/letter for us to match her up with a dog that must be hypoallergenic. We were told to consider getting a golden retriever-poodle mix…a labradoodle. They are so wonderful, friendly, very hypoallergeniic!! She/we’d love dog that she can take to school and anywhere she goes.

    Any suggestions?

  10. I have an Australian Shepherd named duke and he’s not trained but he helps me so much when i have panic attacks or my anxiety or depression gets really bad i love him soooooo much!

  11. Great site. I suffer with PTSD and have a German Shepherd support dog. Just in the process of getting another for her to work with before she gets to old. Wondering if I should get another GS.

  12. My doxie has been a wonderful ESA. I have had her since she was 8 weeks old and I am training her to be a therapy pet for my private Counseling practice. She is a perfect lapdog and very affectionate as well as playful. She greatly improves the quality of my life. Doxies are also incredibly smart, and with patience can be trained very well. My Doxie knows a couple of personally created signs (sign language signals) to indicate what she wants.

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