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10 dog breeds that may make great emotional support animals

Published by Business Insider on Thu, 15 Nov 2018


According to the American Kennel Club, the legal definition of "emotional support animal" is a pet "prescribed by a licensed mental health professional to a person with a disabling mental illness." Domestic animals ranging from dogs to cats to ferrets can qualify as emotional support animals (ESAs). Unlike service dogs (which are taught to aid people with disabilities) and therapy dogs (which volunteer with their owners at schools, nursing homes, and other facilities), ESAs provide emotional support to owners by comforting them and do not need to be trained in a specific task. But the qualities that make canines suitable service and therapy dogs, like loyalty and adaptability, also serve them well as ESAs.Keep reading to learn about 10 dog breeds that experts say make great emotional support animals, from poodles to Pomeranians. Poodles are adaptable, with a good intuition.An adaptable breed with a good intuition, poodles have the added benefit of being hypoallergenic. Since they come in three sizes ' standard, miniature, and toy ' you can choose the pooch that suits your emotional support needs. The only caveat is that poodles require lots of grooming.Labrador retrievers are gentle and outgoing.Labrador retrievers are favored for their gentle and outgoing demeanor. Those characteristics, paired with their intelligence, make Labs an excellent emotional support breed. Collies are loyal and intelligent. A loyal, intelligent breed, collies can be trained to work with individuals with mental illness. Their strong work ethic and gentle temperament make these herding dogs attentive personal assistants.See the rest of the story at Business Insider
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