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Have Space Issues? These Small Dog Breeds Make for Great ESAs!

ESA is short for Emotional Support Animal. You may have heard about them, and all the ways they help their owners function better. In case you haven’t, let’s quickly go over some of the common reasons why people have ESAs.

Anyone who has trouble navigating through daily life, be it due to anxiety, PTSD, epilepsy, visual impairments, etc., can rely on an ESA. But what if your landlord or apartment complex has a no pets rule? Don’t worry, getting an ESA recommendation from a doctor can help your pet stay!

But what if your landlord wasn’t the issue, and you were having troubles with the living space? Worry not, you can pick from these lovely and small furry friends, mentioned in this blog.

Perfect Dog Breeds for Small Spaces

You may feel that all dogs are lovable, and while that is true, particular breeds are ideal to be ESAs. As you may have noticed, some breeds are lazy, while others are hyperactive. Listed below are some small dog breeds that you’ll find are quite easy to train for providing you the support you need.


Corgis are another loyal dog breed, loved and cherished by people all over the world. If you do not feel confident in caring for a big dog, or live in a cozy apartment, corgis would be a great choice for being your emotional support dog. They are extremely affectionate and will sense whenever you’re feeling down; you can rely on them to be there on your bad days.

Corgis possess a high level of intelligence amongst other dog breeds. Thus, it is easy to train them. Furthermore, you can even teach complex commands to your Corgi, such as grabbing a very specific item off a cluttered shelf, responding in a specific manner when told to do something, etc. Just remember, Corgis are very active, so they are best for people who want their ESAs to accompany them wherever possible.


Chihuahuas tend to have a bad rep for being aggressive; however, the world’s tiniest dog is actually pretty loyal. Not to forget, they are perfect for accompanying you in small apartments. This dog breed is super friendly, and will cling to their owners, wanting you to walk them and  play around.

This playfulness makes them particularly popular with children. For any adults who wish to own a chihuahua, it is important to engage them in playtime at least once a day. They require a moderate amount of attention, so you should still be able to get some work done.

Little Chihuahua


Beagles were bred in 16th century England for hunting rabbits and other small prey. As a result, they have a great sense of smell and sharp tracking instincts. To add to that, they have a cheerful personality, and are friendly without being aggressive or timid.

Beagles require very less daily exercise, making them a great fit for people with mental health issues. Moreover, they can adapt well to staying in small apartment complexes and are fine with napping or cuddling all day long. Plus, they don’t require a lot of maintenance.


Dachshunds too, were originally bred for hunting burrow-dwelling animals, such as badgers and rabbits. Although their short legs make it appear as if they lack speed, Dachshunds are actually pretty quick and you’ll find them zooming through the house regularly.

These cute little dogs are highly trainable, making them a great fit for being family pets. Moreover, they enjoy playing with children and remain happy throughout the day. If you suffer from depression, Dachshunds would be a great ESA choice for you. Furthermore, they do not shed much and require low maintenance.


Poodles are usually thought of as tall white dogs portrayed in the cartoons; however, they come in five different sizes. Thus, you can pick the one suitable for your living area. The five poodle breeds are: Standard Poodle, Miniature Poodle, Toy Poodle, Klein Poodle, and Teacup Poodle.

Poodles are one of the most common dog breeds in the world. Perhaps, this is owing to their high intelligence and ability to be trained quickly; not to forget, their adorable charm! They are known for their sensitive noses, which contribute to their learning ability.

A fact that may come as surprising to many people, Poodles as also an old hunting breed. They enjoy running around and learning new tricks. However, this does not stop them from providing mental support when necessary. The best part is that Poodles are much less likely to cause allergies, because of how less they shed.



Pugs are a common choice of ESAs and assistance dogs for psychiatric therapy patients. They are well-known around the world and have adorable human-like expressions, such as smiling and being surprised. Moreover, they are considered to be ideal pets as they are easy to control and get along with kids.

Pugs are small and have a playful nature, yet are usually low on energy. Thus, they make for great ESAs. They usually have a hyperactive nature but can be trained to stay calm. Pugs also shed a lot, so you have to keep that in mind.

These are some small dog breeds you can choose from if you are in need of an ESA.

Where to Get An ESA Letter?

Now that you have picked your favorite breed to support you through tough times, where do you get an ESA letter? Worry not, My ESA Doctor has got you covered! The process is very easy, and all you have to do is follow a few easy steps:

  • Register online with us
  • Fill out a simple free prequalification form that takes just a few minutes.
  • Take an evaluation conducted by one of our doctors through telemedicine.

If approved, you should get the letter soon after, in your email box.

So, get in touch with us today and begin your journey to a better mental state with the help of an ESA.

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