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6 Empathetic Dog Breeds For Emotional Support

Although all dogs provide endless love and companionship, some breeds are more empathetic than others. From Labradors to Golden Retrievers, there are plenty of emotional support dog breeds that will excel at comforting you in times of stress — and understand just how you feel.

“Some dog breeds are particularly well-known for providing emotional support due to their friendly, gentle, loyal and affectionate nature,” The Kennel Club tells Country Living. “Of course, it’s important to note that any dog’s behavior and attitude depend on its training, socialization and individual personality.”

On that note, take a look at the six empathetic dog breeds below…

1. Labradors

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“Labradors are adaptable and devoted companions,” say The Kennel Club. “They are a versatile breed and because of this, alongside their friendly nature, they make great emotional support dogs for adults or children, and are well suited as guide and therapy dogs too.”

2. Golden Retrievers

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“These intelligent, confident and incredibly friendly dogs provide much support to their owners and are a true family favourite,” the team say. “Their affectionate nature and soft coats make them a therapeutic four-legged friend. Similarly to Labradors, they have long been fantastic therapy dogs, providing emotional support to their owners.”

3. Maltese

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Have you considered adopting a Maltese dog? According to The Kennel Club, these empathetic pups provide excellent emotional support.

“A smaller breed, the Maltese can be a good emotional support and companion dog, particularly for those who are less mobile, due to their compact size, sweet nature and gentle characteristics. They tend to bond easily and love to have attention from their owners , too. Grooming their soft white coats can be very therapeutic.”

4. Greyhound


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“While a little more on the independent side at times, Greyhounds tend to be affectionate, sensitive and docile, making them a supportive pet and best friend for the right owners,” the Kennel Club say.



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“These gentle giants have been man’s best friend for centuries, and in fact have lifesaving instincts. Calm, patient, devoted and loyal – Newfoundlands make fantastic companions.”

6. Staffordshire Bullterrier


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“Staffordshire Bull Terriers are known as wonderful family pets and can provide much emotional support. They are highly intelligent, sensitive and affectionate – especially with children.”

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