Best Dog Breeds for Therapy Work

Known for being gentle, patient and eager to please, Golden Retrievers are easily one of the top therapy dog breeds.

Golden Retrievers  

Labrador Retrievers are another highly popular therapy dog of choice due to their affectionate, outgoing personalities combined with high adaptability.

Labrador Retrievers

Loyal, courageous and highly intelligent, German Shepherds make wonderful therapy dogs after temprament testing

German Shepherds 

Standard Poodles in particular have the perfect traits for therapy work - intelligence, hypoallergenic coats and smooth stride for mobility assistance.


The eager to please, sociable and gentle Cavalier King Charles Spaniel excels at therapy work, winning over patients with their sweet, cuddly nature.

Cavalier K. Spaniels

Massive but docile, patient and friendly, the iconic St. Bernard breed brings comfort and cheer as therapy dogs to people of all ages.

St. Bernards  

Yorkies make surprisingly good therapy dogs, as they’re portable, hypoallergenic and their confidence makes them wonderful emotional support animals.  

Yorkshire Terriers

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