Companion Dogs

Companion dogs do not mean any special breed or type of dog but simply refer to any dog that would make a good companion to their human family. So, basically, any dog could be a companion dog, being the bundles of joy they all are.

For a slightly more concrete definition, a companion dog is kept just for its company, as opposed to a service dog that should have an active occupation (such as guarding or herding). They are very similar to emotional support dogs, but unlike the latter, they aren’t recognized legally. This means a companion dog will not have permission to access places where emotional support dogs can enter.

What Makes a Good Companion Dog

Since a huge part of being a good companion dog is about giving pleasure to the pet owner, the qualities and requirements of a companion dog will vary based on the person’s preferences. It is common for people with mood disorders, anxiety, depression, and even PTSD, to opt for a dog as a close companion. In fact, doctors may recommend and even prescibe a companion dog to people with such issues.

It can be safely stated that there are no set qualifications or requirements for a dog to be a companion dog. Most of the popular breeds kept primarily for the company are toy and miniature dog breeds, maybe because a lot of these were originally designed to be lap dogs. However, that does not mean bigger breeds are not suitable for the job.

But when choosing a companion dog ii is important to keep in mind that your dog would have certain needs as well, and you need to be ready to commit to your pet as much as it will be committing to you.

Types of Companion Dog Breeds

Best Companion Dog Breeds

  1. American Staffordshire Terrier
  2. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
  3. Chihuahua
  4. Dachshund
  5. Pug
  6. French Bulldog
  7. Golden Retriever
  8. Yorkshire Terrier
  9. Maltese
  10. Poodle
  11. Samoyed
  12. Shih Tzu
  13. Boston Terrier
  14. Irish Wolfhound
  15. German Shorthaired Pointer
  16. American Eskimo Dog
  17. Australian Kelpie
  18. Bernese Mountain Dog
  19. English Springer Spaniel
  20. Icelandic Sheepdog
  21. Japanese Spitz
  22. Keeshond
  23. Labrador Retriever
  24. Papillon
  25. English Bulldog
  26. Pomeranian
  27. Greyhound
  28. Saint Bernard
  29. Beagle
  30. American Cocker Spaniel
  31. Labradoodle
  32. Papillion
  33. Havanese
  34. Lhasa Apso
  35. Bichon Frise
  36. Tibetan Terrier
  37. Lowchen
  38. Tibetan spaniel
  39. Miniature Schnauzer
  40. Basset Hound
  41. Cardigan Welsh Corgi

As mentioned above, a lot of these dogs are small in size, but if it comes to the best small companion dog, it would probably include the Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, Pugs, and the Yorkshire terriers

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