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Emotional Support Dogs: These are the 10 breeds of cute pup that can help owners with anxiety and mental health issues - including the loyal Labrador 🐕

The Scotsman logo The Scotsman 09/06/2022 David Hepburn

If you are looking for a puppy that will benefit your mental health, these are the dog breeds that make the best emotional support animals.

a close up of a dog © These are the breeds of dog that can make the best emotional support animals.

A huge number of us decided to welcome new puppies into our homes over the last couple of years – Kennel Club figures show dog ownership soared by nearly eight percent.

There are a whopping 221 different breeds of pedigree dog to choose from, alongside numerous crossbreeds, so there’s plenty of thinking to do before you select your family’s latest addition.

a close up of a woman looking at the camera © The Labrador Retriever is arguably the most empathic breed of dog, with an innate skill to know how ...

Our lifestyle has a huge bearing on which type of dog will work best for us – if you have limited space you might want to look at small dogs, while the more elderly pet owner should place certain breeds at the top of their wishlist.

a person holding a dog © For a smaller emotional supprt animal it's hard to beat the Yorkshire Terrier. Yorkies are very affe...

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But if you are looking for a dog to benefit your mental health you should consider one of the breeds that are proven to make good emotional supprt animals.

These are gentle, laid-back and sociable pets that provide their owners with therapeutic benefits, including anxiety relief and making them feel more comfortable in certain social settings.

They’re also thought to sense when you are not at your best, lavishing you with extra affection to help you feel better.

a dog lying on a bed © Another small dog able to provide support in most social settings, the Chihuahua needs little in the...

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