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Love That Fits Your Lap: 4 Small ESA Dog Breeds

Dogs have long been known to help humans in different ways. There are those who assistus with work,and there are also caring canines that help people improve their mental wellness. These positive pooches are what wecall emotional support animals or ESAs.

For furry friends to be eligible for the service animal registry, a licensed mental health professional must first prescribe them as necessary to their owners’ well-being. While any pup can provide emotional support, there are certain breeds that naturally have the traits required to be a registered ESA.

Small Dogs with Big Hearts

ESAs are often large and medium-sized dogs like the Golden retriever and the Old English sheepdog. However, many small breeds also make excellent emotional support animals. If you’re looking for one that can support you through life’s rough spots while being small enough to cuddle in your lap, the following are great choices:

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

If you’re familiar with the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, you can agree that it’s like a stuffed toy that came to life. Not only is their long fur similar to that of teddy bears; they’re also just as huggable. Cavies love to cuddle with their owners so much that they’re often called “comforter spaniels.” This breed is very friendly and patient, making it great for families with children.


Chihuahuas might be small and feisty, but that doesn’t mean they can’t have a service dog card. It may surprise you, but this breed’s incredibly affectionate nature makes them wonderful at providing emotional support to their owners.

The Chihuahua’s small legs might not make them suitable for lengthy walks, but they make up for it with huge amounts of love and loyalty. If you want an ESA that absolutely adores you and is suitable for small homes, the Chi is a great option.

Welsh Corgi

The Welsh corgi is Queen Elizabeth II’s favorite breed for a good reason. Corgis are affectionate, obedient, and loyal lap dogs that will do their best to please their furparents. These traits make them excellent support animals.

Corgis were originally bred to herd, which is why they’re very receptive to training. Not only are they intelligent, but they’re also brimming with energy.  Apart from providing you with emotional comfort, they can be your companion on light runs and hiking trips.

French Bulldog

The French bulldog’s unique looks and funny antics are why they’re the clowns of the dog world. Not only are they entertaining to watch; they also make excellent service pets.

Frenchies are often very attached to their owners. These sweet dogs will relentlessly look for them if they’re not around. They might look “clownish,” but they’re sure to give you the love you deserve.

Lap dogs on the service animal registry are proof that good things do come in small packages. If you’re interested in adopting one to provide you with emotional support, head to your nearest animal shelter or a reputable breeder.

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