If you thought dogs, irrespective of their breed, are all nice and fun, think again. Most people assume that getting a dog as a pet is going to be all fun and joy but they forget that dogs have their special needs and require attention and care. Bringing up a dog is almost like bringing up a baby. While they are arguably the most intelligent and loving pets to have and are extremely loyal and sensitive to their owners, they also are dependent on their owners for both love and comfort as well as material resources for their well being. Different breeds of dogs have different temperaments and also different special requirements. While choosing your pet, you must pick based on not just which dog looks the cutest to you, but more importantly which dog breed is best suited to your lifestyle. Deciding to take in a dog as a pet is a big commitment and you must be certain you will be able to handle the responsibility. This is not to say that any of these breeds are ‘bad’. They can just be difficult to take care of under usual circumstances or be unsuitable as house pets and should be avoided at all costs. Here is a list of ten dog breeds you should avoid adopting as a pet, unless you are absolutely sure you want them.
10 Dog Breeds to Avoid
They are a stunning breed—athletic and intelligent. When trained properly they can grow up to be highly disciplined, smart and strong dogs. But this training has to be rigorous. Weimaraners are usually a proud breed, to the point of being rather arrogant and stuck up. These dogs therefore require an iron hand and near military discipline on the part of their owners. Highly energetic, they require a good deal of activity in their regular routine which may not be possible to provide in a city. They are better trained in the open spaces of the countryside and can get easily bored because of their hyperactive tendencies and above average intelligence. When bored, a Weimaraner may become moody and even resort to destructive activities.
Huskies are one of the most beautiful breeds of dogs in the world. They are programmed to beat the harshest of conditions and have heightened survival instincts for the same. Ideal as working dogs, huskies are known to be good hunting companions. They are bred in the coldest of climates to pull sleds, usually. Thus they are not suited to the constrained environment of small city homes. Their natural drives are to live a life of activity and survive in the wild. Siberian Huskies are big dogs too and are thus unsuitable for homes with other small pets or little kids. They also shed throughout the year, in addition to being unsuitable for warmer climates.
Traditionally considered an adoring family pet, made even more endearing by their lazy habits and big size, Saint Bernards can pose many realistic problems due to their very size. For example, they may inadvertently cause trouble in a cluttered household or a home with a small child. Being extremely gentle dogs, Saint Bernards are thus not meant for the bustling life of a city dog. They grow best in a large and lazy countryside environment. Saint Bernards also take longer to mature as compared to other dogs. Thus they require careful and disciplined training from a young age for a relatively prolonged time. If you live in a smaller, more peaceful town and have decided to not have smaller pets or children for a while and also are willing to devote time and patience to training your pup, only then opt for a Saint Bernard. Cause let’s face it, they are adorable!
Australian Shepherds, as their name suggests are meant to be cattle guards and bred to live in the countryside and assist in hunting, birding and as farm guards. These dogs are bustling with energy and really, truly believe in their invincibility. Of course, this often leads to them engaging in hyperactive tasks and frequent injury to themselves even in the free, open spaces of a farm or a field. Thus, constricting them to city spaces and urban homes may prove disastrous to their well being for multiple reasons. An Australian Shepherd, true to his calling, may just want to start herding your children or your friend’s children or joggers in a park. Unless that sounds like a desirable scenario to you, or you decide to move to the countryside, it is better not adopt this breed.
Chow Chows are not always the adorable balls of fur they look like. Originally bred in China to be guard dogs, these little breed of canines is highly intelligent but can be quite stubborn and requires proper disciplined training. They can also be rather aggressive with other pets or strangers, which is why they may not be good pets with a neighbourhood full of small children and their small pets. Being guard dogs they have excellent survival instincts which can kick in at the wrong times causing destructive consequences. Thus, they need to be socialized properly, which can be quite a job, for most owners.
Akitas were bred in Japan to be helper dogs and are a natural hard worker. They have not earned the epithet, ‘silent hunter’ for nothing. Akitas thrive in the wild and are natural pack leaders. This is an alpha breed, naturally domineering and assertive. Thus they require disciplined training and heavy exercise every day to keep fit and happy. They are large dogs and can grow up to unmanageable sizes for city owners. Beautiful as they are, they can shed a lot, posing an additional problem as house pets. However Akitas can be fiercely loyal and when trained properly can become clever and alert companions. Adopt one only if you are an experienced trainer.
These make for great lap dogs for adults. Shih Tzus however can easily succumb to what is commonly known as ‘small dog syndrome’. Easily grouchy and demanding a lot of attention, they may be quite stubborn and self absorbed. Some breeders refuse to sell puppies to homes that have small children. If allowed to play unsupervised with infants, they may unknowingly harm the child. They can easily get excited or frightened and are known to nip things as well as people when this happens. Shih Tzus usually also tend to chew or bite at random when teething as puppies.
Pekingese are small dogs. If you care for your future pet and your kids, don’t put your small children together with this small dog. It is easy for kids to grab their abundant hair or tail because of their small size, and even if the dog doesn’t retaliate at first, it will eventually get irritated. They make for good lap dogs for adults who are willing to devote attention to them and train them so that they do not get too pampered and develop ‘small dog syndrome’. A Pekingese is unlikely to be able to adjust well with small children or other pets and may compete with them for attention. Being naturally snappy and aggressive, this may lead to them being aggressive with their rival, human or not. Small and furry, they also require extensive grooming and frequent trips to the salon for their upkeep, which may not be possible for all families to provide.
Chinese Shar Pei
Chinese Shar Peis have very specific concerns. They are aggressively assertive, difficult to train and have numerous unique health issues. They are better house dogs and are naturally clean but do not take well to the outside. Thus a Shar Pei is not suitable for large open farms or the countryside. They crave companionship and require a lot of attention from their owners. This tends to make them protective towards their owners and they can get more than a little territorial. Such dogs can thus be aggressive with small children or other animals, considering them rivals for the affections of their beloved owners. A Shar Pei requires disciplined training to make it properly social, which may not be possible for people who are not experienced trainers.
A Chihuahua is closer to an actual human child in terms of specific needs than any other dog. They are the smallest dogs in the world and can be extremely needy. They make for good lap dogs for people who are willing to treat them with especial care and attention. But this small dog is a bad choice for an active family with small children because it will certainly not be the most active of dogs. Chihuahuas prefer a calmer, lazier atmosphere at home commanding the attention of their owners. They can easily get jealous and stressed out on sensing a rival and can start to nip or bite at them, be it another pet or a small child. Like most other small dogs they can get frightened or excited easily and act out when that happens. Also fragile in terms of their health, Chihuahuas require careful attention and frequent trips to the vet.
Should I avoid these dog breeds at all costs?
They are not dangerous dog breeds. However, they can be difficult to take care of. Unless you are very sure you like this type of dog, it may not be the best choice to consider. This is especially so if this is your first time having a dog. For newbies, consider getting dog breeds for first time owners instead. They will be easier to take care of.