Did you know your dog could have a hidden talent for easing anxiety?

Now, of course all dogs can offer a sense of companionship. Helping boost your mood and reduce feelings of loneliness.

But some special pups are better than others when it comes to stress and anxiety. As certain dog breeds have a unique calming presence. 

So let’s take a look at which breeds exactly have this special talent…

Labrador Retriever

Labrador Retrievers are famous for their friendly and loving nature. 

They are great companions and are often used as therapy dogs. Their gentle temperament can bring a sense of peace and comfort.

Golden Retriever

Golden Retrievers are another popular breed for anxiety relief. 

They are loyal, kind, and very patient. Their soothing presence can help reduce stress levels significantly. Plus, they love to cuddle!

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

These small, affectionate dogs are perfect for those who need a calm and loving dog.

 Cavalier King Charles Spaniels have a unique gentle demeanour. And they’re even able to sense their owner’s emotions. 


Poodles, especially the standard size, are intelligent and trainable. 

They are also hypoallergenic, making them a good choice for people with allergies. Poodles are great at providing emotional support and can adapt well to their owner’s needs.

French Bulldog

French Bulldogs have a calm and affectionate personality. 

They don’t need a lot of exercise, which makes them perfect for those who prefer a more relaxed lifestyle. Their playful and loving nature can bring joy and reduce feelings of anxiety.

Yorkshire Terrier

Yorkshire Terriers may be small, but they have big hearts. They are very affectionate and form strong bonds with their owners. 

Their loyalty and love can help soothe and provide a sense of security.


Corgis are playful and cheerful by nature. 

They are great at lifting spirits and bringing joy to their owners. No wonder they were the late Queen’s favourites. 

Choosing the Right Dog 

If you’re looking to get a dog to help with stress and anxiety, it’s always important to consider your lifestyle and preferences. 

What does your day to day look like?

Here are a few tips:

  • Energy Level: Choose a dog whose energy level matches your own. If you prefer a calm environment, opt for a breed which is less active. So you can enjoy those long cuddles on the sofa. 
  • Size: Consider the size of the dog. Are you living in a house with a large garden or a small flat? Smaller dogs are easier to manage in small living spaces. And they’re less likely to make a mess of your living room. 
  • Allergies: If you have allergies, look for hypoallergenic breeds. Poodles are the best for this. So you can still enjoy the love of a dog, without worrying. 

And remember:

The best way to find your new furry friend is through adoption. 

UK shelters are filled with dogs of all breeds and sizes looking for a loving, forever home. By adopting, you can give a dog a second chance at life.

And who knows, some of them may even have some unique skills hidden under their luscious coats and dog smiles.