Best Dog Breeds for Emotional Support

Do you ever wonder why there are so many people who have their dogs with them?

Best Dog Breeds for Emotional Support

Do you ever wonder why there are so many people who have their dogs with them?  And do you notice the bond the owners have with their animal? For many people, their Emotional Support Animal is their best friend, and their ESA helps them through the difficulties of daily life. Their Emotional Support Dog makes them feel happy and satisfied. Do you have such a friend? Read below to see what animals make great ESA support animals.

Some people believe their dog is the solution to all the stress in their busy hectic life. The act of petting and giving love to their companion calms them and allows them to relax. The ESA basically serves as assistant to the therapist, assisting them in the treatment of mental illness, anxiety issues and multiple disorders thru their calming and nurturing effect.  Not all dog breeds make good Emotional Support Animals. Some breeds do not have the ability to sense the needs and moods of their owner. An ESA must make an emotional connection with their owner. 

The following is a list of several well-known breeds and their suitability as an ESA.

Labrador Retriever:

“Labs” are one of the most effective and best choices as an ESA.  They are trustworthy, loyal, and easily trainable. They bond with their owner quickly and are incredibly sensitive to their owner’s needs. They interact with others and have almost no aggressive tendencies, making them excellent ESAs. They give and take affection easily from those around them. These gentle creatures with training, have excellent behavior in any setting, whether it be a public place or a business. A “Lab” grows to approximately 22 to 25 inches tall, weighing 55 to 80 pounds on average with an athletic build and short coat. 

Golden Retriever:

These gorgeous animals are also very kind-hearted, and mirror Labrador Retrievers in all aspects. They are loving, generous, and obedient, and super simple to train. They have been used for a variety of services from Rescue to Service Dogs. They love everyone around them and make you feel special. They grow to 22 to 24 inches tall and typically weigh 55 to 75 pounds with a longer haired coat.

Yorkshire Terrier:

A “Yorkie” packs a punch in a little package. What they lack in size they make up for in confidence and affection. They expect lots of attention, but they give it back tenfold. They are easy to travel with, which is good for people who require their emotional support animal to accompany them on trips. And they tend to adapt well to change. The average size is between 10 to 12 inches in height and up to 30 pounds. 

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel:

The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is a smaller breed weighing in at 13-18 pounds and standing 12 to 13 inches tall. They are a beautiful animal that loves to cuddle. They love to learn new things and be pampered. Their long coat does require some grooming, but they are easy to train and love to please their owner.

Breed suggestion in a nutshell

These were just a few suggestions for Emotional Support Dogs and by no means a comprehensive list.  Every animal is a beautiful creature. One cannot just choose an animal from the list based on their characteristics. There are so many things to take into consideration when looking for an ESA. It depends on the needs of the individual, their lifestyle, daily working hours and the bond or connection they establish with their ESA. If you presently have a pet that you believe will qualify as an ESA, it is a simple process. Visit to learn how.