Emotional Support Animal Breeds

Since an emotional support animal (ESA) is a pet that provides companionship to a person who suffers from symptoms of a mental or emotional disability, they can be any breed. Unlike other types of service animals, ESA certification is not limited to only dogs.

Another key difference is that emotional support animals do not require any kind of specialized training. In fact, very little training is required at all, provided that the animal in question is reasonably well behaved by normal standards, such as being fully house-broken and does not have bad habits that would disturb neighbors, such as frequent or lengthy episodes of barking.

Emotional Support Animal Breeds- Dog Breeds

Small Breeds:

  • Corgi
  • French Bulldog
  • Pug
  • King Charles Spaniel
  • Dachshund
  • Bichon Frise
  • Beagle

Large Breeds:

  • Golden Retriever
  • Labrador Retriever
  • German Shepherd
  • Greyhound
  • Saint Bernard
  • Poodle
  • Mastiff
  • Bernese Mountain Dog

Emotional Support Animal Breeds- Cat Breeds

  •  Siamese
  • American Shorthair
  • American Bobtail
  • Ragdolls
  • Maine Coon
  • Bengal
  • British Shorthair
  • Tabby

NOTE: Mislabeling or misrepresenting any animal as a service animal is a Federal offense. Emotional Support Animals help with a variety of conditions. Studies have shown they can help with depression, panic disorders, post partum depression, anxiety or phobias and fears and even post-traumatic stress disorder. Having an emotional support animal can greatly lessen these and many more disabilities.

Be careful of sites asking you to pay for an ESA letter without communicating with a licensed medical or mental health official, as these are usually scams. If a licensed mental health professional determines you qualify for an ESA, they will write you a prescription for an emotional support animal and you will be on your way to ending or alleviating your depression. Talking with a licensed medical professional is a great way to tell a doctor what your disabilities are, and seeing if an ESA is the best course of action for you. You’ll be well on your way to getting the help you need and deserve.