Top 7 Dog Breeds for People Fighting Depression

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Dogs for depression

As someone who has suffered from depression, I cannot express the value our dog Rollie has brought to my life. The happiness, the companionship, the responsibility, the activity, the touch, and the laughter.

While many of us have heard about the studies proving dogs reduce stress, tension, and depression – I’m here to convince you to take the next step. To jumpstart the mental process of actually picking up a pouch and taking a step toward a depression free life.

Being married to a dog groomer these past 4 years,  she’s taught me an abundance on our furry friends. Anything from breed characteristics and temperament to maintenance and health risks.

The key to choosing a dog to help overcome depression is quite different than choosing one for general needs. You’ll want to find a breed which is playful yet not overly energetic, loving and not independent, low maintenance, and somewhat portable.

Here is what my wife and I put together:


1. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Pros: Very affectionate, portable, easy to train, and great for apartments
Cons: They need to be groomed and they’re prone to heart issues.
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Dogs for depression

2. Pug

Pros: Funny personality, portable, highly adaptable, and very positive temperament
Cons: Shedding, not good in heat, and potential breathing issues
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Dogs for depression

3. Staffordshire Bull Terrier

Pros: Energetic, playful, good with children, and low maintenance
Cons: Their stereotype
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Dogs for depression

4. Golden Retriever

Pros: Loving, athletic, easy to train, love to swim
Cons: Shedding, have been known to nip, need to be groomed, not great for apartments
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5. Poodle

Pros: Adaptable, long life-span, natural performer, great family dog
Cons: Professional grooming, prone to bloat
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6. Labrador Retriever

Pros: Loyal, easy to train, and active
Cons: Potential hip and joint problems, needs space
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7. Vizsla

Pros: Extremely healthy, athletic, very clean, loving
Cons: Needs space, not great with small children
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Dogs good for depression

Dale Partridge

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  1. Jean Robles

    Dogs are great for someone who is fighting depression. Their silent love and companionship gives support to a depressed person. However, not all dogs are like that. Some breeds excel as therapy dogs. I personally prefer Labradors and Retrievers. They are simply depression killers. Thanks for this excellent read!

    1. (Post author)

      I totally agree with you. I have had episodes of depression like many other people. Bella is my mobility service dog but she can elevate my mood by just looking up at me. Labs and Retrievers are excellent therapy dogs. Many breeds can be therapy dogs but I think that the personality of the dog is crucial. The dog cannot be hyper and must be able to learn basic and advanced obedience training. Many people are surprised that Bella is a Doberman. I have had several Dobermans in my life, but Bella has the most loving and laid back personality that I have ever seen in a Doberman. She is just perfect for service. Thank you for your kind words.


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