Best Emotional Support Dog Breeds

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Emotional support dog breeds come in all shapes and sizes. And even though most pups can offer support, certain breeds are hard-wired with traits that make them especially fit for the role.

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Whether you’re looking for a protective pup, a fluffy cuddle buddy, or a goofy dog to help cheer you up when you’re down, these breeds will provide you with extra emotional support.

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Great Dane

Great Danes are protective, loyal, and affectionate. If you want a furry bodyguard or a buffer zone between you and other people, this is the dog breed for you.


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Yorkshire Terrier

Yorkshire Terriers are feisty, energetic, and confident. They make good emotional support dogs because of their small size.


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American Staffordshire Terrier

American Staffordshire Terriers are confident, good-natured, and smart. They are deeply devoted to their owners, and they pick up on their emotions.

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German Shepherd

German Shepherds are smart, loyal, and confident. They are hard-wired with strong protective instincts, which can lead to aggression if not well-trained from an early age.

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Border Collie

Border Collies are energetic, friendly, and smart. Many consider them to be the most intelligent dog breed. They learn quickly and respond well to praise. 

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