Experts' Top 9 Anxiety-Relieving Dog Breeds

Labs are popular service dogs because they are clever, hardworking, and sensitive to their owners' moods and body language. She recommends them for active folks. 

Labrador retriever

These are smaller so they make great apartment dogs and are usually small enough to travel with which can help people who get anxious away from home.

Cavalier King Charles spaniels

Due to their intelligence, loyalty, and perceptiveness, these lovely dogs make great anxiety dogs. Dr. Louviere believes these dogs are clever and attach with their families. 

Poodles

Need a little lap dog to cuddle when you're nervous? Ellis says this breed is gregarious and loves laps. Their flat faces make them unsuitable for travel or intensive activity.

Havanese

Ellis adds retrievers are another preferred breed for service dogs because they are not frightened, quick learners, easy to train, and gregarious and love humans. 

Golden retriever

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These "gentle giants" are ideal for anyone seeking a huge, low-energy dog. “These pups are smart and kind. "They love spending time with their families," adds Dr. Louviere.

Mountain Dog

Dr. Louviere believes beagles are a joyful breed and a mid-sized dog that can sit on your lap or go for a jog. She adds beagles are sweet, friendly, lively, energetic, and interested.

Beagle

Dr. Louviere said these dogs love to cuddle and give affection. For long-term companions, they live longer than some of the bigger breeds on this list.

Bichon Frise

These clever and sensitive pups are ideal for anxiety training. Dr. Louviere says that they're confident and like to be near to their people so they can respond swiftly.

Lhasa Apso

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