9 Best Emotional Support Dog Breeds


The "clowns" of the dog world, pugs delight nearly everyone they come across with their human-like facial expressions and friendly, fun demeanor. 

Standard Poodle

These medium-sized, regal dogs are not just for show — they're smart, obedient, easy to train and are valued as a wonderful mental health companion. 

Labrador Retriever

The lab is smart and obedient with a calm demeanor, which makes for a top-notch emotional support animal for any mental health issue. 

Yorkshire Terrier

Yorkies also rise to the occasion for lap duty, providing caregivers the opportunity to physically embrace them when needed. 

Border Collie

The border collie is a devoted, friendly companion that is easily trainable, affectionate and a people pleaser. 


While their height makes them unsuited for some service dog jobs, Corgis were also bred for herding and make wonderful guide dogs. 


The vizsla is a lesser-known breed in the U.S. but is gaining popularity as a companion pet and emotional support animal. 

English Bulldog

The English bulldog is a delightful emotional support companion that is perfect for apartment living and also for those who don't spend much time exercising or doing other outdoor activities. 

German Shepherd

German shepherds have strong protective instincts, which can lead to aggression if they are not carefully trained. 

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