Breeds That Can Make Great Emotional Support Dogs


Labradors are adaptable and devoted companions; they are a versatile breed and, because of their friendly nature, make great emotional support dogs for adults or children, and are well-suited as guide and therapy dogs too.

Golden Retrievers

Golden Retrievers are intelligent, confident, and incredibly friendly dogs; they provide much support to their owners and are a true family favorite, with their affectionate nature and soft coats making them therapeutic companions.


Maltese dogs are empathetic pups that provide excellent emotional support; their compact size, sweet nature, and gentle characteristics make them great companion dogs, especially for those who are less mobile.


Greyhounds, while a little more independent, tend to be affectionate, sensitive, and docile; their calm demeanor makes them supportive pets and best friends for the right owners.


Newfoundlands are known as gentle giants with lifesaving instincts; their calm, patient, devoted, and loyal nature makes them fantastic companions.

Staffordshire Bull Terriers

Staffordshire Bull Terriers are wonderful family pets that provide much emotional support; they are highly intelligent, sensitive, and affectionate, especially with children.

Irish Wolfhounds

Irish Wolfhounds are brilliant empathic dogs known for their uncanny degree of empathy; these gentle giants are sensitive to their owners' emotions and well-being.

Great Danes

Great Danes are gentle giants with a moderately playful, affectionate, and empathic personality; they are intelligent and easy to train, making them loving and supportive family companions.