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Top 5 Dog Breeds to Help You Fight Depression


If you suffer from depression, you know that every bit of help that you receive can be extremely important. And man’s best friend can help tremendously with your fight against depression. Some would say that any and all dog breeds are great for people fighting depression, but we have done our own research here and came up with our favorites: the top 5 dog breeds to help you fight depression.

Please remember that this list is not one created by a doctor and if you do suffer from depression, it is best to talk to your doctor too if you haven’t done so already. But if you want to try a new thing, something that will lift your spirit and help you get past the most difficult days in your life, take our advice and get a dog. Here are our 5 recommended breeds to help you fight depression:

French Bulldog

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Although the English Bulldog can go just as well if you don’t like the cute, long ears of the French Bulldog, I suggest the latter. Smaller and extremely fun, but at the same time loving and affectionate, the French Bulldog will offer you a daily treatment against depression. It’s also a relatively low maintenance dog breed, it’s highly portable and it will become your best friend instantly!

King Charles Spaniel

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The adorable Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is one of the best possible choices when it comes to dog breeds to help you fight depression. They are affectionate and extremely easy to train, perfect for families with children. They do require a bit of grooming, but you all the contact will help you even more get your mind off the problems and enjoy the time spend with your new friend.


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I personally can’t imagine a single person on earth that wouldn’t be charmed by a Pug. Their adorable faces are not misleading: they are extremely fun and positive, but also extremely affectionate and devoted. The pug is extremely portable too and extremely friendly, so they are a great fit for all families. Just like the French Bulldog, the pug isn’t a big fan of warm weather, but you can spend that day indoors and enjoy a great time!

Labrador Retriever

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Known simply as the Lab, this dog breed is probably the largest on this list (so not too portable), but with a ton of other advantages. Labradors are intelligent and kind, friendly and gentle and pretty active too. They need a bit more space than the other dog breeds on the list, but they make great friends and we consider them one of the best choices for people fighting depression.

Yorkshire Terrier

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This was the first ever dog used in therapy – back in World War II a Yorkshire Terrier named Smokey was used to increase the morale of injured soldiers. Today, the Yorkshire Terrier is an amazing choice for those fighting depression: they are extremely affectionate and create very solid bonds with their owners, while still being extremely friendly with other people and dogs. They are energetic and intelligent and extremely portable. As you can see, they are extremely cute, too!

These would be our top 5 recommended dog breeds for people suffering from depression and we really hope that they will help you completely forget all your problems. Now tell us which of these dog breeds is your favorite or maybe you have a different breed to suggest?


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