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Top 10 Breeds for Therapy Dogs

 

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Top 10 Breeds for Therapy Dogs

Looking for a four-legged friend to be your service or therapy dog, but don't know where to start? Our list of perfect pooches will help you track one down.

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You’ve probably noticed the surge in service and therapy dogs around the United States. Take a flight just about anywhere and you’re sure to see furry companions of various breeds—and sizes—walking around the airport and riding with passengers in airplane cabins. Our desire to cuddle and pet these sweet companions is irresistible, but service dogs have important and even lifesaving jobs (that go far beyond making us say, “Aww!”) and they take their work very seriously.

We call them man’s best friend because canines have loyally worked for and alongside humans for centuries. From serving in the military and as police officers, to assisting people with disabilities and providing emotional support as trained therapy animals, dogs have proved capable of performing a variety of tasks beyond pet and guard. But which breeds are the best choices for a service dog?

When choosing a dog for therapy or service work you’ll need to look beyond their adorable exteriors. Experts say that key traits to look for are smarts and loyalty.

Golden Retrievers (Air Bud) and German Shepherds (Rin Tin Tin) get most of the press in movies as well as other professional endeavors, but have you ever considered a Pomeranian or even a Poodle? These friendly pups are very responsive to training and eager to please, which helps make them a popular pick for service and therapy fields.

Other breeds have special character traits that can make them a perfect match for your family and lifestyle. The key word is “match.” Your therapeutic fur baby must be a good match for your personality and needs. For example, if loyalty and love are high on your list of must-haves, a Rottweiler might be your ideal companion.

Ready to meet your perfect furry match? Click on the video above to learn why these breeds make the top 10 list for best service dogs. Maybe you’ll make a tail-wagging connection today!