Are you looking for a new dog? Have you researched to see what you would consider a dog that would fit into the aspects of your life? With over 150 registered breeds of dogs out there, there are many considerations that you may not have heard anything about.
If you are looking for a laid-back dog with an easy transition, some dogs may not be right for you. According to vetstreet.com, the ten most high-maintenance dog breeds (those that are bored without a job to do, need constant grooming, etc.) are as follows:
1. Australian Shepherd dogs are movers and groovers – never run out of energy. The dogs are both smart and focused and are able to multi-task. They enjoy working, playing, long-brisk walks, hikes and the like. These dogs will continue to keep going even when their family is totally worn out.
2. Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are the ultimate in lap dogs. Bred to be companion dogs, they will dutifully stay right by your side. They are not only companions, they are similar to your shadow – you will never be alone – anywhere – ever again. They are sincerely unhappy being left alone; better to be with families that have a stay-at-home parent or an elderly family member.
3. Border Collies are very intelligent dogs. These dogs are herders; meant to take care of animals and their families. These dogs are full of energy and at times have compulsive behaviors if not kept busy within the family unit with plenty of exercise, sports, and other activities.
4. Brussels Griffons are affectionate companion dogs. If they are left alone, they tend to retaliate by being quite naughty in the home; defecating and urinating in the house, getting into things that are not meant for dogs and the like. They do like to go with you, so at times they can be your companion in the car, but perhaps a crate would be the best place for the little fellow when you are away.
5. Cocker Spaniels are another needy breed that does not like to be alone. They may suffer severe separation anxiety if not properly socialized. These dogs also require constant grooming because of the length of their silky hair; need to be brushed, bathed and trimmed often. Cockers are also prone to ear infections so you will need to pay close attention to cleaning and inspecting the ears.
6. German Shorthaired Pointers are very demanding and require a lot of attention and energy to counter their energy, strength and challenging behavior. They are great companions that enjoy high amounts of activity. They require lots of training to keep them under your thumb.
7. Jack Russell Terriers tend to dig, bark, run, and jump a lot – filled with a lot of energy. Bred to rid farms of rodents; race in dog races and perform earth-dog tests, so are used to working. Jacks are adorable albeit constantly under foot and verbal.
8. Poodles are ordinarily chosen because they are hypoallergenic (although some experts dispute this) and do not shed; need to be groomed at a groomer. They require lots of brushing. They are both smart and glamorous.
9. Labrador Retrievers are so busy that they can be destructive. They are beautiful dogs and many people want them as pets only to discover that they chew on things and require lots of activity to wear them out. They are also prone to hip dysplasia.
10. Yorkshire Terriers are cute and spunky. Their coats require a lot of maintenance and will also require grooming. These dogs also have many issues with their teeth. Getting beyond that, they are fabulous, loving companions.
These dogs are just the 10 specified by vetstreet.com. While many may dispute these claims, they may or may not apply to all of these breeds; there are always exceptions to the rule. Any dog can be a good dog with love and training. You just have to decide if you have time to put into these canines.