Dogs often prove to be great pets and they come with mental health benefits including stress and anxiety reduction, a boost in self-esteem, and improved social connection. Cats are also popular pets; these loving, independent animals have proven to help with loneliness, depression, and anxiety.
Poodle. A poodle may have an impressive head of hair, but believe it or not, this breed does not shed or smell. It comes in a variety of colors and sizes so you can get one that's short, tall, black, white, gray or even apricot. They are intelligent and easily trained making them great show dogs.
Most greyhounds are couch potatoes that enjoy loafing around with their owners. They enjoy daily walks and the occasional chance to run, but they do not need a large amount of exercise. Most greyhounds have overall good health. In general, greyhounds tend to be easy to handle and very responsive to training.
This breed is ideal for people with allergies, as the coat is low-allergen to most. Grooming is a must for this breed to prevent any mats, since their hair will continually grow but not shed. This is a naturally friendly, playful breed, and a perfect dog for a first-time owner.
This small dog breed from Tibet makes an excellent companion. Calm yet playful, the Lhasa Apso enjoys brisk walks and resting in their owner's lap. Lhasa Apsos don't shed, but their coats do require maintenance.
Low-energy dogs also tend to be more relaxed, laid back, and quieter. If you're looking for a low-energy dog breed, these are a few breeds worth considering: Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. This dog has a friendly, welcoming personality that often makes them a great therapy dog.
"Pets can be a fantastic support for people who are experiencing loneliness. Why? The single most important thing about them is that they are amazing social connectors," Sandra explained to CL. There is a wealth of research which has found that, if you go out with a pet, people are more likely to talk to you.
Rabbits, guinea pigs, fish, horses, and even crickets have something powerful in common. All have been shown to help people reduce their anxiety and stress. Along with traditional pets such as dogs and cats, science has now shown that having a family pet can reduce anxiety symptoms.