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10 Worst Breeds For First Time Dog Owners



All dogs need to be trained properly if you want them to be perfect pets. However, some breeds can be far more demanding than others. There are a lot of factors that can influence how a dog behaves such as environment, training, temperament, age and also genetics. Different dog breeds have been bred for different purposes which means that dogs of the same breed are likely to display specific behaviours and have similar traits.

 

If you are a first time dog owner the last thing you want to do is pick a dog that you won’t be able to cope with. All dogs are different and there are exceptions to the rule but in general the following breeds are not a good choice for new dog owners. Read on to find out why.

 

1. Weimaraner

Weimaraner’s are very excitable dogs that can sometimes be quite challenging. Not only are they very large, strong dogs they have a huge amount of energy. Weimaraners are loving, stunning dogs but most Weimaraner owners would agree they are not for the faint hearted. They aren’t good being left alone and often suffer from separation issues.

 

2. Siberian Husky

Huskies are difficult to resist as they are adorable as puppies and look very striking. However, they aren’t these easiest dogs to own. They can run for days because of their roots in pulling sleds which means they need hours of exercise. They are also known to be expert escape artists, have poor recall and a very strong prey drive.

 

2. Chow Chow

Lots of people fall for the fluffy look of the Chow Chow. People don’t realise how much grooming their thick double coat needs. They are also pretty stubborn and difficult to train. Chow Chows aren’t always great with strangers and need to be socialised properly.

 

4. Border Collie

This might be a surprise for some people but Collie’s do not make a good first time dog. They are a very popular dog breed in the UK. Collies make excellent working dogs and don’t cope very well if they aren’t given a job to do. They are used to working all day long and need lots of exercise. Collies are also one of the most intelligent dogs which means they need a huge amount of mental stimulation to prevent behavioural issues. Moreover, Collies have a tendency to be quite nervous dogs and they need an owner that understands their needs.

 

5. Akita

Akitas were bred as hunting dogs in Japan. They are very protective guard dogs and can be very stubborn. They need a strong, confident owner to keep them in check and should be kept away from small animals due to their prey drive.

 

6. Bulldog

Bulldogs are a British favourite, but they aren’t easy to look after because of their health issues. Bulldogs suffer from a range of health issues which is part of the reason why they are one of the most expensive dogs to insure. They have difficulty breathing, are sensitive to heat and can have skin issues due to the folds in their skin. Bull Dogs can be very laid back but also quite challenging to train.

 

7. Jack Russell

A lots of people assume Jack Russell's are easy to look after because of their size. Don’t be fooled, they are very stubborn, fearless little dogs who can cause problems if they aren’t trained properly. They still require a fair amount of exercise despite their size and have a lot of energy to burn.

 

8. Tibetan Terrier

Tibetan Terriers are a fun loving, adorable breed. However, they can be quite challenging if they are not put in their place. They need a lot of training and need to be groomed regularly. Tibetans are very intelligent and need to be kept busy throughout the day or they can become destructive.

 

9. Beagle

A lot of people simply can resist the appeal of the cheeky Beagle. They are very sweet little dogs that many people fall in love with. However, their cheeky side means they tend to break a few rules every so often. They have a tendency to be a bit naughty and will definitely test your patience.

 

10. Saint Bernard

Saint Bernard’s are fun loving, affectionate dogs that can make lovely pets. Everyone knows them from the beethoven films. Some of the things they do in the films are not far from reality. They are very large dogs with a lot of fur and tend to drool, a lot. They will eat anything in sight and can suffer from heat stroke due to their thick coats.

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