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 including many veterans. 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, service dogs have been found to help those with PTSD have fewer symptoms by providing comfort and affection when needed, physically separating their owner from others, and instilling confidence. A type of medical response dog, PTSD service dogs 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 certainly more suited for the job. Check out these top breeds for help in dealing with your PTSD symptoms.

#1 Labrador Retriever

As one of the most popular dog breeds worldwide, the Labrador has been the number one dog 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 pawsome 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 German Shepherd

German Shepherds¬†are born service dogs‚ÄĒwoofderful companions for any PTSD sufferer. With a high intelligence and eager to please attitude, they are adept at detecting and preventing panic attacks. They can also warn you of intruders and be a confident protector. And with lots of love to give, you can't go wrong with this Shepherd!

#5 Pomeranian

These cuddly little furballs, Pomeranians, 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 Border Collie

This intelligent and energetic pup will get you up and moving, even when you don't want to! With their silly antics and loving disposition, its impossible to not smile with this Border Collie at your side. They are also very intuitive and can sense when you need them, making them pawrific in helping you through panic attacks.

#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 Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

These Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are super compassionate and want nothing more than to be with their person all the time. This gentle lapdog can spend hours letting you pet their silky fur, and in fact, its their favorite thing to do! With a lot of love and a calm nature, Cavaliers make great therapy dogs for anyone suffering from anxiety or panic attacks.

#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 Great Dane

These giant pups are super loyal, and love their people fiercely. Calm and easy going, you can always count on this dog for emotional and physical help. Great Danes have been utilized as therapy dogs both for their attention to their owners, as well as their brawn, and can literally support you through anything.