Does a therapy dog have to be fluffy?

Leslie and Dash are ready to work

Leslie and Dash are ready to workThe perfect Sit and Pay Attention

 

Many people associate the small, furry, fluffy dogs with therapy animals. But any breed can become a Delta Pet Partners despite their size, breed or coat.

And indeed the top ten breeds registered with Pet Partners in 2010 all appear to have quite a bit of hair or fur:

  1. Golden Retriever
  2. Labrador Retriever
  3. Poodle
  4. Sheltie
  5. Australian Shepherd
  6. German Shepherd
  7. Border Collie
  8. Shih Tzu
  9. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
  10. Collie

But what matters most is solid obedience, a superb temperament and a personality that is calm, stable, and drawn to people.

Dash did a solid Down and Stay
Dash did a solid Down and Stay

One Las Vegas therapy team has just welcomed a most beautiful Italian Greyhound.

Touching this dog is an enlightening experience. His body feels as sleek as silk or velvet.

When working with children or adults with sensory issues, the feel of this particular dog will prove very beneficial. Touching Dash alongside a Golden or a poodle will teach the difference in feel to someone without sight or failing memory or limited cognitive capabilities.

Dash enjoyed all the petting
Dash enjoyed all the petting

Dash plans on working with educational programs to begin his career and will be a perfect representation of his breed.

The Labs, Greyhounds, Chinese Crested Hairless, Pugs, Dachshunds etc. can all be outstanding therapy dogs despite their lack of fluffiness!

So does a great therapy dog have to be fluffy?

Absolutely not!