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What dog breeds turn out to be the best ESA?

What dog breeds turn out to be the best ESA?
A therapy assistance poodle at the park enjoys being petted by people.

To be considered an emotional support dog, it must be incredibly patient, kind, comforting and especially observant. If a dog has these qualities, it is ideal for ESA status.

Here are some of the dog breeds you should consider before getting an emotional support dog.

Golden Retriever

Golden Retrievers are the most popular dogs in the United States. They are loved by many home and pet owners, as they have established themselves as the best emotional support dogs and family dogs. They have a calm and charming temperament. They are often playful and friendly with strangers, have a great sense of humor and are easy to train. Their patient and reassuring attitude makes them the ideal AEE.

Labrador retriever

Labradors are excellent emotional support dogs. They also make ideal therapy and service dogs. Labradors love, good-natured and friendly. They are the best companions for people with mental illness. They are great playmates and have a great desire to comfort everyone around them. If you are an active person, Labradors are the best choice for you, as they are very athletic by nature and will be your running companion.

Irish wolfhound

Irish Wolfhounds have established themselves as the best emotional support dogs, despite their short lifespan. However, their short life span can leave a negative impression on owners after their sad demise. In addition, wolf dogs are protective by nature, and their first instinct is to offer comfort to their owners in times of need. They are very sensitive dogs by nature and often seek comfort from their owners.

German Shepherd Dog

German Shepherds are not only ideal watchdogs, but also excellent family dogs. Their affectionate and playful nature provides comfort and a certain warmth to their owners, making them the best emotional companion dogs. This dog breed is by nature very eager and curious to learn new things, which can help owners train these dogs to their liking.

Standard Poodle

Poodles are very intelligent, gentle and affectionate dogs. Their calm and soothing demeanor makes them ideal for relieving stress and anxiety disorders in people with mental illness. They are also very easy to care for and do not require frequent grooming.

 Great Pyrenees

According to the American Kennel Club (AKC), Pyrenees are described as “calm, patient and intelligent.”

Pyrenees are affectionate companion dogs that have been shown to reduce stress and anxiety in most dog owners. However, as gentle as they are, their size can be a problem for you. Pyrenees are gentle giants, and if you have plenty of room, getting a large Pyrenees will be the right choice.


Havanese are sometimes called “clingy dogs” because they have a strong desire to be close to their owners 24 hours a day. This dog breed is gentle, affectionate and playful. If you’re looking for a little ball of fur with an adorable but goofy personality, the Havanese Bichon is what you need.

Plus, their charming personality helps reduce stress levels in people with anxiety and other mental illnesses. Most emotional support dog owners recommend the Havanese Bichon to prospective dog owners.


Corgis are some of the most affectionate and active dogs one could wish for. They are easy to train, energetic and incredibly gentle with strangers. Their friendly and affectionate nature makes them suitable for owners of all ages. However, they are active dog breeds and therefore are not usually eligible as an EEE. However, if you like to be physically active, like to go for walks and have a large home, the Corgi may be just what you need.

Yorkshire terrier

Yorkshire Terriers are the most cheerful of all dog breeds, showing their affection with gusto and showering their owners with kisses at every opportunity. They usually form a very strong bond with their owners, are excellent family dogs and are often playful. Their friendly nature makes them ideal emotional companion dogs.

For more information read Dog vs Emotional Support Dog


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