A large number of us decided last year to welcome new puppies to our homes – Kennel Club Figures show that dog ownership has increased by almost 8 percent – and demand for four-legged friends remains high after the lockdown.
There are a whopping 221 different breeds of pedigree dogs as well as numerous crossbreeds to choose from.
Our lifestyles have a huge impact on which type of dog is best for us – when space is tight you may want to look at small dogs, while older pet owners should put certain breeds at the top of their wish lists.
But if you are looking for a dog that will benefit your mental health, consider one of the breeds that have been shown to be good animals for emotional support.
These are gentle, relaxed, and sociable pets that provide therapeutic benefits to their owners, including anxiety relief and making them more comfortable in certain social settings.
They are also believed to sense when you are not at your best and shower you with extra affection to make you feel better.
Here are the 10 most empathic dog breeds, according to the American Kennel Club.