10 High-Maintenance Dog Breeds

Some dog breeds have more care requirements than others. For instance, if you’re considering a working breed, you’ll need to be aware that it will likely require more exercise and enrichment than many other dogs. Likewise, a long-haired breed generally needs more grooming than a dog with a short coat. And some dogs’ instincts, such as their prey drive, are very hardwired, so you’ll have to put in extra training to keep them manageable.

Here are 10 high-maintenance dog breeds that need some extra attention.

1. Belgian Malinois

If you’ve ever seen a Belgian Malinois involved in obedience training, police work, or search and rescue, you’ll know what smart and driven dogs they are. But a Mali requires a special type of home. If they aren’t given the opportunity to put their drive to use, they can become bored, stressed, mouthy, overexcitable, reactive, and overall a big challenge. Dog sports are an ideal match for this canine’s energy and work ethic.

2. Puli

The Puli has an incredibly distinctive look. Its unique double coat forms into strands resembling dreadlocks. This makes the dog’s grooming regimen quite involved. Unless you’re prepared to devote a lot of time to maintain and separate the cords, then this isn’t the dog for you. Even bathing a Puli is a project. The cords need to be fully dried after baths to prevent mildew from forming.

3. Greyhound

Greyhounds can make affectionate and easygoing companions. But one factor to be aware of if you’re considering a greyhound is the breed’s strong prey drive. On walks, these dogs often want to chase wildlife. And in the house, they might not be able to live alongside small furry pets. You’ll have to put in a lot of work on recall training, and your dog might only be able to go off leash in secure spaces.

4. Border Collie

Border collies excel at herding, but this built-in drive can sometimes manifest itself in a negative way. They might nip at the heels of family members or even chase after cars or bikes. Enrolling them in herding courses is a great way to channel this instinct and get out some of the breed’s ample physical and mental energy. Border collies also excel in most other dog sports, as they’re athletic and eager to please.

5. Siberian Husky

Siberian huskies are high-intensity, high-endurance dogs developed to have the stamina to cover many miles pulling sleds across the harsh arctic tundra. These dogs have a natural instinct to roam, and they can be unreliable when it comes to recall off leash. They also are notorious escape artists, so you must have a secure high fence to prevent them from scaling it and running loose.

6. Beagle

Beagles can be quite vocal dogs. They were bred to use their distinctive baying howl to alert their human hunting companions to the scent or sight of their quarry. Some beagles also just vocalize for the love of it, and very little is needed to set off a fit of howls, yelps, whines, and barks. Providing your beagle with lots of exercise and mental stimulation can help to keep it quiet at home. Consistent training also is a must to reward quiet behavior.

7. Akita

The large Japanese Akita is known for being brave, unfailingly loyal, and protective. However, Akitas can be wary of strangers, and they’re often intolerant of or even aggressive toward other dogs. Early socialization and training are key to make sure an Akita is good around guests and other dogs. But many will still be best for one-dog households and must be carefully watched when around other dogs.

8. Bulldog

Over the years, bulldogs have been bred with a more squat appearance. They have more wrinkles, and their face has become flatter. This selective breeding for appearance has not worked in the breed’s favor. Now, bulldogs are often plagued with health problems, including breathing difficulties, overheating, eye disorders, skin conditions, and joint issues. Even if you go to a breeder with a good reputation, be prepared for potential health problems.

9. Chow Chow

While chow chows can be calm and loyal dogs with their families, they aren’t suited for novice dog owners. Chows can be reactive toward other dogs, and they’re known for being independent and strong-willed. This can make training a challenge. Consistency, patience, and lots of positive reinforcement are a must when it comes to teaching your dog good behaviors.

10. Jack Russell Terrier

Jack Russell terriers have spunky personalities, and they’re quite intelligent and energetic. But their terrier traits can be a challenge. Given their reputation as champion vermin catchers, they often have a high prey drive, and they love to dig. Working on recall training is essential. And you might have to give them a special place to dig unless you’re fine with holes around your entire yard.

Published On: May 27th, 2023Categories: Dog News