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Dog Breeds That Don’t Provide Emotional Support

Many dog lovers believe that there is no such thing as a bad dog or a dog that doesn’t provide emotional support. While it is true that good training and socialization makes a world of difference, you still cannot change a dog’s nature and their ability to provide emotional support to their owners/handlers. Here we will look at the top 5 dog breeds that don’t make the best emotional support animals:

Chow Chow

Chow chows are seen as “mean” by many dog owners as they fail to get along with both humans and other pets. They are pretty hard to train and can be very disobedient and stubborn at times. They get into fight with other animals, especially dogs quite easily, bark loudly and are infamous for ankle biting. For a person who is emotionally disabled, these qualities don’t come off as therapeutic and supportive, making the breed a bad option.


Cane Corso

This dog breed was initially uses as a watchdog. In Italy, people used Cane Corsos to hunt wild boar in. They are big dogs and very stubborn. They usually end up dominating the house as they like things to be done their way. Over time, they can build strong relationships with their owners, but for a novice who is looking for emotional support in the form of a dog; this breed should probably be avoided.


Although Bloodhounds are considered to be very loving, they can be heck of a work, making them not the best option for someone who is already emotionally drained. They are quite stubborn, and always like to be in control. In addition, they are also prone to chasing other animals due to their sharp sense of smell, which means you will be dragged along with them. Bloodhounds may also pick up naughty habits easily in order to keep themselves entertained if they don’t get sufficient interaction, which is why they have made it to this list.



Weimaraners are big dogs that were bred for hunting bear, boar, fowl, rabbit, fox, and deer. They make great guard dogs, but may not necessarily make great emotional support animals because of their large size and their extensive needs for training and exercise. They require an owner who is firm and authoritative because these dogs tend to be very controlling. Weimaraners are also known to suffer from separation anxiety, which means they will become too excited to see you and cause numerous safety hazards in the process.

Border Collie

According to an AKC spokesperson, a Border Collie is an extremely energetic and highly driven dog, which means they need to have a big space for running, and require a ton of exercise. If you feel like you don’t have the time or the energy to cater to this breed’s exercise needs then you are probably best without them. This is because in absence of physical and mental stimulation, Border Collies can develop behavioral issues and bring their owner added hassle and inconvenience.


Skye Terrier

This breed is pretty sensitive, stubborn, and likes to do its own thing. They also require outdoor activity, and their grooming needs are pretty high, considering their coat and hair can grow over their eyes and face. All this added work is why you should stay away from getting one.

A good emotional support animal is one that provides constant companionship, unconditional love and a fun time to their owner/handler. They should have moderate or low exercise and grooming needs, and shouldn’t be aggressive, stubborn or controlling. They should also get along well with other family members, strangers and other pets without getting into fights.

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