Top 10 Dog Breeds for PTSD

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Approximately 25 million Americans have post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), which is 8% of all adults in the United States. Some of the symptoms of PTSD can be debilitating, and without treatment, many who suffer with it are unable to work, have a relationship, or even do everyday activities without an anxiety attack. Recently, therapy dogs have been found to help those with PTSD have fewer symptoms, and some of the best are those that are able to provide comfort and affection when needed. Experts have found that a therapy dog can lower your heart rate and blood pressure, reduce anxiety, and increase the endorphins that make you feel good. These pooches must be naturally friendly, affectionate, calm, obedient, and have the ability to adapt to many situations. While just about all breeds can be trained for this, some are more suited than others. Check out these top breeds for help in calming your PTSD symptoms.

#1 Labrador Retriever

As one of the most popular breeds worldwide, the Labrador has been the number one pooch in the US for years. These sensitive souls have a knack at knowing when you need some cuddling, and seem to sense when you are anxious. Their empathy and cuddliness make them the top dog in this category too.

#2 Golden Retriever

The Golden Retriever is another favorite and is an important PTSD dog because of their ability to sense your moods, and will curl up with you for a cuddle when they know you need it. They also get along with kids and other pets, and are easy to train and care for. These pawesome pups are energetic and loyal as well.

#3 Poodle

One of the most furrific qualities of the Poodle is their cleverness and ability to make someone laugh. They will run around and act silly to get a smile, or just be your shoulder to cry on, whichever you need. They also come in three sizes, so it is easy to fit a Poodle into your life and home.
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#4 Labradoodle

The Labradoodle is a designer dog made from a Labrador Retriever and Poodle, so they have the best of these two breeds in them. They’re not just affectionate but downright lovable and smart too, so they can be trained easily. They know when you are anxious and will snuggle with you until you feel better.

#5 Pomeranian

These cuddly little furballs are so cute and playful that it is hard not to smile when you see them. Tiny and fluffy, they are one of the cutest breeds around, and they can sense your mood and will brighten your day with their silliness. They’re also energetic and fun, so they keep you going.

#6 Pomapoo

Combining the intelligence of the Poodle with the sweetness of the Pomeranian gives you the hybrid Pomapoo with a pawesome personality. A bit calmer than the Pomeranian, these fluffy pups are like a live teddy bear with the ability to sense your moods and act on them by being your cuddle buddy.

#7 Pug

It is hard to even look at a Pug without smiling just because of their cute little expressive face. They also have a silliness that makes them seem like a puppy no matter how old they are, and they do well in any home. They get along great with other animals and children too.

#8 Pom-A-Pug

The hybrid of the Pomeranian and the Pug is the most adorable and fuzzy little bundle of energy you have ever seen. They are also playful, alert, and funny without being overly annoying. They have the qualities of the Pomeranian without the need to brush them so often, and also get along well with kids and pets.

#9 Yorkshire Terrier

The Yorkshire Terrier is a tiny pooch with long silky fur and a sweet disposition that has a ton of energy with a gentleness that keeps them down to earth. They were bred to be hunters, so they are good with changes in the environment, while being attentive and cuddly with everyone.

#10 Pugshire

Mixing the Pug with the Yorkie is absolute genius. These two tiny furballs are both great lap dogs with enough energy to keep you company whenever you need it. They can also sense your feelings like an empath, so they are furrific at knowing when you need a hug or a kiss.