Dogs have the incredible power to help us improve our health, live longer, and be happier overall. For years, scientists have linked pet ownership to good mental health. Dog ownership, in particular, has been shown to decrease cardiovascular disease and lead to a longer life.
All dogs can provide a certain amount of calm and happiness, but if you're looking to add a canine friend to your life for emotional support or improved mental health, some breeds definitely like to snuggle a bit more or will stay by your side more than others.
This doesn’t mean purebred dogs and expensive breeders are the only way to go. There are so many great benefits to adopting a rescue dog, and a good adoption counselor can help you find a dog that’s a good fit for you.
Remember the best dog is the one that YOU connect with most, so be open to different breeds. Here are 17 you might want to look out for — and with a little bit of training and time, you could have a pup that helps make you happier and healthier!