Top Dog Breeds for People With Anxiety

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Anxiety has become a common condition for many Americans, with over 40 million people suffering from its effects. It's normal to be anxious and look for ways to try to combat the vicious consequences that can come from it. One of the best medicines for this illness has been the love and care we get from man's best friend. Dogs give unconditional love, and theirĀ calm and easygoing demeanors are enough to soothe most people, whether they are just a household pet or a service pup with a job to do. These top dog breeds may just be the best medicine for people with anxiety.


Bulldogs are known for their heavy wrinkles and lazy personalities. Not only do they prefer to stay indoors with you, but these pups will also be sure to snuggle up and lay on the couch when you need some love. Bulldogs also don't require much exercise and are super soft to pet!

German Shepherd

Although these dogs may look big and intimidating, they are actually big teddy bears who have plenty of fluffy fur to pet and cuddle. As natural protectors, German Shepherds are trained easily and will be sure to stick by your side and make you feel safe if you need to hang on to your dog.

Golden Retriever

TheĀ Golden Retriever is the most popular dog breed in the US, Canada, and England. This top dog breed is also one of the top picks for people with anxiety thanks to their calm and compliant personality. They are good at listening to commands and are eager to please their fur parents.
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The Maltese isĀ one of the smaller dogs on this list, but that doesn't mean they are any less capable of helping you with your anxiety. They make great cuddle buddies and will prefer a spot on your lap, where you can hold on and focus on petting their super soft fur.

Labrador Retriever

When you get aĀ Labrador Retriever, you'll soon realize how great of a dog they can be for calming your nerves. They make great therapy dogs that not only stick around for cuddles and long hugs, but will also protect you and listen well for your commands and needs.

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

TheĀ Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is a popular breed for dog show contests, but also makes a good companion if you're battling anxiety. They are easy to groom and get along with, and thanks to their previous years in dog contests, have developed an adaptable and patient personality that listens well. Not to mention their playful side will be sure to make you smile.


Greyhounds are known for their petite size and running capabilities. Not many people know how sensitive they can be. They can pick up on their fur parents emotions and adapt to how they are feeling, offering cuddles or attention when you may need it most. Although they do need a good walk, they will stick by your side when you're out with them.

Saint Bernard

Saint Bernards may be large and bark loud, but they are very gentle and sweet dogs. They are super fluffy and fun to hug, and don't usually bark much. Thanks to their easy-going and calm attitudes, they are fun to train and make great pups to play with, keeping your focus on them.


The Poodle makes a great show dog thanks to their easily-trained personalities and lovely fur coats, but they also have a loving and playful side. They are very intelligent dogs and are instinctive to your feelings, and will take initiative to cuddle or grab your attention when they sense you're feeling anxious.

Pembroke Welsh Corgi

TheĀ Pembroke Welsh Corgi may be last, but certainly ins't least on this list, as they are a loving and goofy dog breed. Always smiling, these pups are playful, optimistic, and calmĀ breeds that enjoy cuddling or going out for a walk, and will generally adapt to your schedule easily. They listen to commands and have some soft fur to pet when you need cuddles.