The Best Dog Breed For Fighting Depression And Anxiety

Did you know that 1 out of 2 people in this world suffered or experienced from some sort of depression and anxiety? I know I have in the past and still do from time to time. I can honestly say that my dogs have been a major help for that.

A while back we wrote an article on, “How dogs can make you more productive”The article received a lot of positive feedbacks and readers messaged me to ask me about dogs that help with depression and anxiety.

I decided to put together an article for all my lovely readers out there on the best dog breed for fighting depression and anxiety.


Labradors are known to be therapy dogs that can help you fight against depression and anxiety. People can get depressed for many reasons, but there are some people out there who are depressed because of a medical condition they are suffering from. The illness may have made them handicapped, which will require something like a service dog to help them out.

Labradors are known to be service dogs and can be extremely helpful to people who are handicapped.

Labradors are the most gentle and nice dogs out there. They don’t require too much maintenance and can take care of themselves quite well.

Another thing about Labradors is that they need outdoor exercise, so that’s an excuse for someone that’s always stressed to go outside and play fetch with your dog. It’s a great way to help fight depression and anxiety.

Golden Retrievers

Golden retrievers are known to be loyal and sweet dogs that can put a smile on a dog owners face. What’s the best way to battle depression? Smile! Their soft and cute face makes this a family dog that blends in well with people of all ages. Golden Retrievers are so friendly that it can help you de-stress and fight anxiety.

Just looking at photos of Golden Retrievers can bright up my day.

These dogs also don’t get angry or bark for no reason, so it won’t make the dog owners mad.

French Bulldog

French Bulldogs are tiny, incredibly loving and comforting dogs that can provide their owners with near-constant companionship and affection. One thing that I love about the French Bulldog is that it is considered to be one of the lowest maintenance dogs. All dogs require time and dedication, but French Bulldog are the ones that require the least attention and can keep itself entertained most of the time.

People who are suffering from depression might always need a companion with them. The French Bulldog is the perfect fit for that because you can easily lift it up and carry it around with you anywhere.


I’m a proud owner of a pug and a pug was always what I wanted growing up. Pugs are similar to French Bulldog. After owning a pug for more than 5 years, I can honestly say that they are my favorite breed and they are filled with energy for their size. They love to run around and it’s a great way to get my mind off the stressful things.

A pug can sense when you are unhappy and come lay next to you.

Yorkshire Terrier

Yorkshire Terrier is known to be therapy dogs. One thing that you probably didn’t know about Yorkshire is that they are World War 2 Veterans! They assisted the military in boosting the morale of wounded soldiers. High five! Plus this breed is super cute and adorable to look at.

Yorkshire is also known to build close bond and relationship with owners. It’s one of those breeds of dogs that know when to come home by themselves!


Poodles make for great, versatile dogs for a variety of owners, mostly due to their portability and versatility. Poodles are unique in a way that they love to stick around with their owners. They will literally follow you everywhere you go and entertain you the entire time. My friend’s poodle follows him all around the house and he loves it.

They make great therapy dogs and can help with fighting depression and anxiety.

English Bulldog

When I was younger I knew I wanted one of these small cute dogs, but I did have a hard time telling the difference between a bulldog and a pug. Nevertheless, I loved how these types of dogs looked.

They’re also super quiet and won’t make you mad. English Bulldog is incredibly endearing and will prove a devoted and comforting ally in your fight with depression or anxiety.

Jack Russell Terrier

To be honest, I’m not sure why this dog breed helps with fighting depression and anxiety, but dog owners swear by it. One of my friends was suffering from an eating disorder and apparently, this breed helped her recover from it. She said she felt happy every single day she spent time with her.

From my research though, it seems as if Jack Russells are incredibly loyal and energetic, always encouraging their owners to play and have fun with them.


The truth is that any dog breed that you put time into will help you fight depression and anxiety. Taking your dog out for a hike or an adventure is a great way to jumpstart your weekend and get your mind off the things that are troubling in your life.

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