Everybody knows that a dog is a man’s best friend. A stupendous majority of the hounds that populate our fair planet are happy-go-lucky, loving, playful, affectionate and loyal souls, always eager to support and connect with their human comrades. The wonderful personality exhibited by most dogs is the reason that the majority of support pet owners choose a dog as an emotional support animal.
The superstars of the emotional support dog world are undoubtedly the famous and loved (and deservingly so) golden retriever, collie, Labrador, boxer, terrier and pug. These little guys are the Justin Biebers and Lady Gagas of the dog world.
But there is also a whole host of other breeds that are rarer but equally deserving of consideration when you are choosing a dog breed with a winning personality to provide you with emotional support.
Here is our list of five rare dog breeds (unsung heroes, if you will) that would make a great emotional support dog.
Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever
The Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever is known to its friends and family as the Toller. Its friendliness level is turned up to 12, and its penchant for affectionate face-licking is legendary among aficionados of rare dog breeds.
Despite the Toller’s highly gregarious nature, beautiful auburn coat and cheekily playful temperament, it is still rather rare to find pet Tollers — let alone emotional support dogs — in the United States. They are the smallest of the retrievers and are very low maintenance, so they are suitable for many accommodation types and family situations.
The Norwich Terrier is the quintessential British gentleman (or woman). What it lacks in stature — they only come in sizes small and extra small — it makes up for in intelligence, wit and good manners.
The Norwich Terrier is a very social animal that enjoys the company of humans. It also has a high energy level and loves to play. It enjoys playing fetch in the park, yet it also adores relaxing next to you on the sofa and giving a helping hand with the crossword puzzle.
Due to its high level of intelligence, it is easily trained. It quickly becomes much too sophisticated for pooping behind couches or chewing up slippers! It lives to be the ripe old age of 14 (or 98 in dog years!) and often acquires a rather fetching little gray beard in old age. A Norwich Terrier makes an exceedingly good emotional support dog.
American Eskimo Dog
The American Eskimo Dog is a small- to medium-sized animal, but it can look deceptively larger than it actually is due to its fluffy, snow-white coat, which, like a good pair of stiletto heels, gives its emotional support dog owner a few extra inches when it needs them most.
This breed is intelligent, polite, somewhat reserved, extremely loyal and highly protective. Once you bond with an American Eskimo Dog, you have a best friend for life. It is friendly, cheerful and excellent with children.
Due to its smartness and high level of alertness, an American Eskimo Dog makes a good watchdog. Its big brain made it highly a sought after circus performer in the 1930s and ’40s. American Eskimo Dogs come in toy, miniature and standard sizes, so a version of the breed can be found to suit many different living situations.
Dandie Dinmont Terrier
The Dandie Dinmont Terrier may have a slightly silly name, but make no mistake, this is one fashion-conscious and cool breed of hound. Most Dandie Dinmonts sport a highly in-vogue top-knot hairstyle that would make Conor McGregor jealous. But let’s hope McGregor does not let his jealousy get to him and fly into a violent rage because the Dandie Dinmont Terrier is a very diminutive dog, standing a mere 10 inches and weighing in at a puny 20 pounds — not even remotely reaching flyweight status in the UFC! It would not be an even fight.
Dandie Dinmonts are friendly, loyal and loving and great with kids. So if you want a friendly and fashionable emotional support dog, look no further than a Dandie Dinmont Terrier. Oh, and maybe even grow your own top-knot so you and your emotional support animal can match!
It’s in the name. The Finnish Lapphund just loves to cuddle! This is a “hund” that will happily spend hours snoozing in your “lapp,” enjoying your company and offering oodles of affection in return for a nice scratch behind the ears. These guys are highly affectionate and gentle. They are great with children and are very sociable in general.
Like many Finns, the Finnish Lapphund is highly intelligent. They are easy to train, laidback and always well-behaved. The Finnish Lapphund is a rare dog breed that really deserves to be more popular and would make a perfect emotional support dog!
So there you have it: That was our list of five dog breeds you’ve possibly never heard of but that would make excellently loyal, friendly, loving and adorable emotional support dogs.