It is important to remember in these heightened times in America, that your Emotional Support from an animal can come in many different forms.
For many people, an Emotional Support Dog brings them comfort on a plane or distraction from their own internal pain, but for many, an Emotional Support that an Animal can bring is protection against intruders.
In the United States in 2017 there were nearly 1 million aggravated assaults bringing the country to a devastatingly high rate of assaults per civilians. These aggravated assaults are the result of low income, unemployment, and the ever-growing opioid addiction.
Guard dogs, for this reason, can make exceptional Emotions Support Animals, as they can provide their owners with protection without going to extreme measures of owning a firearm.
In an ideal situation, an Emotional Support Dog can make a great pet, providing its owners with the emotional support they need with types of issues ranging from anxiety and depression, and if your emotional support dog can also act as a deterrent from predators in your neighborhood or in your home, even better!
When someone knocks at the door or rings your bell, you want to make sure that your dog is equipped with the kind of bark that will frighten and intimidate in order to give yourself enough time to not be part of the statistics.
The following dog breeds are in the top 10 of best breeds to get as an Emotional Support Dog if you’re also looking for them to act as protectors in your home.
1. Giant Schnauzer
Giant Schnauzers are not only intimidating because of their size, but they also have an amazing bark, which is just as effective as their bite. If this breed is not socialized it can often be even more of a menace to your unsuspecting company. This breed can also be trained to perform tasks and ultimately makes an awesome protector and emotional support dog. Giant Schnauzers are also known for their dark coloring and spiked ears as naturally portraying a strong and protective animal. Without even barking, this breed exudes power and strength.
This breed is intelligent and extremely intense with emotion. The Akita is as loyal as it gets to its owner and can often be standoffish to strangers even if they’ve been socialized. This distrust in strangers is what this breed is bred for. This breed can make a great Emotional Support dog, especially if you’re looking for a protector. The Akita breed has somewhat of a droopy face and a fierce jaw. This can often give off the Akita both a fierce and intimidating look while at the same time a cute and comfortable nature.
3. German Shepherd
The German Shepherd breed is normally considered a herding animal although because of its naturally intense loyalty to it’s owner. This breed is known for its alert ears and wide eyes, giving it the best natural hunting and gathering tools. Often this breed can attack or act as a threatening force with very easily training and intense impact. This quality makes German Shepherds particularly good at being both an Emotional Support Animal along with a protector and guard dog.
4. Chow Chow
The Chow Chow has a particularly interesting love for protecting it’s pack, making this breed a great guard dog. The Chow Chow is most known for their fluffy exterior and extremely loud bark. This breed was chosen as the guard dog of Asian palaces in its early years but now has been bred for protection of the home. Their natural features make them look similar to a Lion and therefore, intruders can easily find their presence disturbing and unnerving. As an Emotional Support Dog, this breed is particularly cute as well as loyal and protective of its owner.
This breed is well known for it’s guarding of livestock in rural and farming communities, commonly mistaken for a Golden Retriever, this breed often takes on similar traits. Although the Kuvasz is also sweet natured in general, this breed one of the best for protection and Emotional Support. Beware of provoking this breed as it often can attack with little or no warning, this breed must be given many walks and socialization in order to keep it trained in both Emotional Support and Guard dog duties.
6. Chinese Shar-pei
Like many breeds with wrinkles, the Chinese Shar-Pei is one with many skin irritations and snorting sounds. This breed can make both a great Emotional Support Animal because of it’s cute and friendly nature at times, but it can also double as a guard dog with its size and enormous bark. This breed has a strong desire to protect their home from strangers. Emotional Support animals naturally provide their owners with anxiety decreasing innate skills, but the Chinese Shar-Pei naturally provides both to their owners.
7. Doberman Pinscher
Doberman are most known for their long legs, making them as one of the fastest breeds on foot. They’re also known for their ability to see over tall fences, leap over obstacles, and often are a deterrent to intruders before they even bark. Many Doberman will not get the chances to even attack an intruder only because of their size and speed alone, make them a strong contender. As for ESA’s, this breed is one of the most loving Emotional Support Animals that are often overlooked. While their intimidation works great as a guard dog, their love and loyalty to their owners is what makes their Emotional Support particularly amazing.
The Komondor is most known for its dreadlock style hair, often resembling a mop, many intruders underestimate this breed’s aggression. This soft and cuddly demeanor can often be a misunderstanding of the most violent breed, leading intruders into a trap. This breed is also well known for their interactions with flock and protecting livestock. They are known for being reserved in nature and serious with strangers, giving them the best qualities that both a guard dog and Emotional Support Dog would need.
9. Belgian Malinois
The Belgian Malinois is closely related to the German Shepherd, and often intruders can mistake them for a German Shepherd. Both breeds are similar in that they can be trained to attack and understand and commit commands under stressful situations. These breeds can make the best guard dogs and emotional support animals because of their love and loyalty to their families. This breed specifically acts more as a herding dog than a hunter, their intense love is what drives them to be such a great trainable animal.
The Rottweiler is intimidating just from the way it looks and perfect for scaring off intruders. But what the intruder never will see is the family oriented, sweet and easy going nature that the Rottweiler is at it’s core with the family and members of the home. This breed can easily be socialized and not aggressive towards most people, only attacking when there is a distinct threat to the family and home. This breed can go from the Emotional Support Animal that cuddles and rolls around with kids, to the attacker and it can turn quickly.