As someone who has suffered from depression, I cannot express the value our dog Rollie has brought to my life. The happiness, the companionship, the responsibility, the activity, the touch, and the laughter.
While many of us have heard about the studies proving dogs reduce stress, tension, and depression – I'm here to convince you to take the next step. To jumpstart the mental process of actually picking up a pouch and taking a step toward a depression free life.
Being married to a dog groomer these past 4 years, she's taught me an abundance on our furry friends. Anything from breed characteristics and temperament to maintenance and health risks.
The key to choosing a dog to help overcome depression is quite different than choosing one for general needs. You'll want to find a breed which is playful yet not overly energetic, loving and not independent, low maintenance, and somewhat portable.
Here is what my wife and I put together:
Top 7 Dog Breeds for People Fighting Depression
1. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
Pros: Very affectionate, portable, easy to train, and great for apartments
Cons: They need to be groomed and they’re prone to heart issues.
Short Video on Cavaliers: http://youtu.be/rd5dR7YR2ig
Pros: Funny personality, portable, highly adaptable, and very positive temperament
Cons: Shedding, not good in heat, and potential breathing issues
Short Video on Pugs: http://youtu.be/8Kkrmubsgf8
3. Staffordshire Bull Terrier
Pros: Energetic, playful, good with children, and low maintenance
Cons: Their stereotype
Short Video on Staffordshire Bull Terrier: https://youtu.be/wNWQMs2kRvQ
4. Golden Retriever
Pros: Loving, athletic, easy to train, love to swim
Cons: Shedding, have been known to nip, need to be groomed, not great for apartments
Short Video on Golden Retriever: http://youtu.be/kI4EbABtJQ0
Pros: Adaptable, long life-span, natural performer, great family dog
Cons: Professional grooming, prone to bloat
Short Video on Poodles: http://youtu.be/74mx2OWM6mE
6. Labrador Retriever
Pros: Loyal, easy to train, and active
Cons: Potential hip and joint problems, needs space
Short Video on Labrador Retrievers: http://youtu.be/0cj81wHmfXc
Pros: Extremely healthy, athletic, very clean, loving
Cons: Needs space, not great with small children
Short Video on Vizsla: https://youtu.be/zEn4WXXhKmQ