8 Worst Dog Breeds for First Time Owners
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Loving with its owners and affectionate towards children, the Corso is alert and can be territorial. Learn more about the Cane Corso. Comfortable living indoors as a companion dog, the breed does require regular outdoor activity.
With a double coat and hair that can grow over the breeds face and eyes, Skye Terriers require regular bathing and brushing to prevent mats, making its grooming needs a bit too much for first time owners. View photos More 4 - Bloodhound Though the Bloodhound is an extremely affectionate breed, their take-charge nature makes it essential for pet parents to be the undisputed boss in their home, Peterson said.
With one of the strongest noses in the world, the Bloodhound will always want to follow its nose and may pull an unaware owner regularly on the leash to follow a new scent. Like most hounds, Bloodhounds may bay often to alert their owners of nearby danger real or perceived and is also prone to chasing small animals.
Originally bred to track and tree wild raccoons, the Treeing Walker Coonhound has a competitive spirit and requires regular activity to stay in shape and is best suited for families that lead an active lifestyle.
Though the breed is intelligent, condiment and social, new owners may not be prepared for its desire to chase small game while outside or the barking that will come along with it if they tree their quarry, Peterson said. The breed can be as stubborn as the cows they were bred to work, Peterson said, and can become restless without a job to do.
We've already shared what dogs veterinary professionals deemed the 18 best dog breeds for new ownersand now we're sharing which breeds those same experts thought were the worst choices for first-time dog owners. We don't mean to imply these are "bad" breeds, and in no case is any breed friendly or aggressive clear across the board.
However, if you're a first-time, inexperienced dog owner, these are dogs you might want to wait to bring home until you have a few years of training under your belt. He can also weigh upwards of pounds or even moreand requires a minute walk every day, always on leash due to a strong prey drive. He's a beautiful dog, but sheds heavily and can be a challenge to train, making him best suited to experienced dog owners.
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Chow Chow Not known for being particularly lovey-dovey, the Chow Chow isn't the teddy bear he appears to be. He's intelligent but stubborn, and may require a lot of training before you get the results you're looking for. This breed is wary of strangers and may be aggressive toward dogs he doesn't know. Chinese Shar-Pei The Chinese Shar-Pei requires an assertive, experienced owner to train him and keep him from getting bored. This highly territorial dog tends to bond with one person, and can be quite distrustful of those he doesn't know - humans and canines alike.
Alaskan Malamute He's friendly, joyful and exuberant, which may make him attractive to someone seeking a first dog, but be warned: The Alaskan Malamute sheds like crazy, pulls on leash with all of his pounds and is a talented escape artist. This breed is made to travel far on his own four feet and he needs a family committed to a lot of exercise when it's best for him.
That thick fur coat also leaves him vulnerable to heat injury. Rottweiler Although he can be a gentle giant, the wrong Rottweiler with the wrong owner can truly be a scary dog.
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A Rottweiler wants someone to be the boss, and if you're not taking the job, he will. He's powerful and protective, and known for being extremely loyal when it comes to his people and his property. Considering he can weigh as much as pounds and most of it musclehe can generally back up his threatening growl. Weimaraner The "Gray Ghost" earned his nickname for his beautiful gray coat and habit of following his owner closely, but the highly intelligent Weimaraner isn't the right dog for everyone.
Jack Russells can even make great jogging partners, but some joint and neuromuscular problems can occur in the breed, so get a healthy go-ahead from your vet first.
Labrador Retriever It was probably a Labrador Retriever who inspired the saying "A tired dog is a good dog. Some Labs even make great jogging partners, but hip dysplasia is prominent in the breed, so get him checked by your vet before hitting the running trails.
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We have one word: Poodle People say they don't shed and they're hypoallergenic. That's the that most people get about this glamorous and brainy breed. Poodles do shed-with loose hairs becoming entangled with other hair if not brushed out - and they are not hypoallergenic. But they are adorable!
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That beautiful curly coat can be very high maintenance if you are going for the best in show look but if you aren't, a visit to a professional groomer every six to eight weeks should do the trick. During adolescence, the maturing coat must be brushed daily to prevent mats. Yorkshire Terrier The spunky Yorkshire Terrier has a lot going for him, but his beautiful coat is high-maintenance, even if clipped short.
A Yorkie with a long coat requires daily brushing and weekly baths. A Yorkie with a short "puppy" clip also needs frequent brushing and bathing, along with regular visits to a professional groomer to have the coat trimmed.
Yorkies don't shed much compared with some other dogs, but they aren't hypoallergenic. Do you agree with our list?
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