There is no restriction on the therapy dog breed, however, many cases indicated that a perfect therapy dog alway contains certain qualities below:
High socialization. They must be very sociable and friendly to people. When interacting with different people, they ought to be eager to be touched and cooperate with patients and staff gently. This quality can be inherited or acquired through proper training.
Strong adaptation. Additionally, a qualified therapy dog should adapt quickly to various new environments and follow the handlers instructions. Therapy dog handlers should also ensure that the dog can calm down anytime, anywhere.
Some dog breeds are inherited with the above mentioned important characteristics, which makes them suitable for therapy work. Here are the top therapy dog breeds:
1. Golden Retriever
A golden retriever is one of the most popular family dogs, they are very gentle, always eager to please people and a good companion of children. They are also very energetic and intelligent, they like swimming, running and other outdoor activities. Their kindly face also makes people feel loved.
Poodle’s pretty cute fur and lovely face win children’s affection, and at the same time they can please people around them easily. They are very smart and adapt perfectly to their surroundings. Additionally, the poodle has a hypoallergenic physique, which is one of its advantages.
3. Labrador Retriever
Labs are excellent for retrieving and they can be used as the best loyal friends of humans. They can be classified as big size dogs, have a monochrome fur, and their appearance looks calm and sturdy. As a rule, they are trained to be working dogs.
4. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
The reason why this small dog is called Cavelier King Charles Spaniel, is that King Charles II worshiped this fluffy puppy in the 16th century and named it after him. They are trainable and can help people in many ways to recover from depression. They are also dogs preferred by children.
Grape-like eyes and wrinkled skin, that is what most people remember after seeing a pug for the first time. In fact, they are very sociable, very natural with strangers and enjoy being petted. Maybe that is why people always like to adopt a pet like a pug.
6. German Shepherd
German Shepherds can be trained to be very strong because they are very intelligent and show a stable behaviour. That is why many of them work in the military or are police dogs. Thus, this kind of canine can protect the owner because of its great capability. At the same time, they are happy to be obedient and athletic, and to work all the time.
Beagles also look very friendly with their floppy ears, and they are easy-going and eager to please. This kind of pet dog wants to play with other dogs and children and is also very suitable as a therapy dog for the elderly.
Greyhounds are rarely known as therapy dogs, and are mostly used as racing dogs. Greyhounds are peaceful and have a sweet character and often work in hospitals, nursing homes and laboratories. They provide companionship to people in need and are a hugging dog that gives people warmth.
9. Saint Bernard
This "Gentle Giant" has the reputation of an avalanche rescue dog, but can treat patients of all ages patiently. This fabulous dog can assist people to overcome stress during a difficult time. It is caring, trainable and obedient, loyal and patient. Besides, kids like to hug these adorable big dogs.
Apart from those breeds, there are some other popular therapy dogs breeds such as Yorkshire Terrier, Corgi, Pomeranian, French Bulldog, Viszla, Bichon Frise, Great Danes, etc.
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