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Popular Dog Breeds The Average Pet Owner Should Think Twice About Before Bringing Home

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Dogs have gained the moniker over time as being “man’s best friend.” But what happens when a best friend is not the best fit for their owner due to their inherent nature? We have compiled a list of some of the most lovable dog breeds that might not love living in your home.

1. Chow Chow

Chow Chows are a popular choice of dog breed for family pets. We mean, who could possibly resist getting their hands on one of these puffy fluffballs? But when it comes to choosing a new companion, potential owners might want to look passed all that pillowy fur.

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The problem with Chow Chows is that this almost teddy-bear-like dog breed sometimes does not understand how big they can become, and have been known to knock small children over accidentally. At other times, Chow Chows can become a little too overprotective or overly attached to their owners, and can have trouble with strangers and other dogs.

2. Dachshund

Looking for a dog to add to a growing collection of small pets? Well, prospective dog owners might not want to turn to a Dachshund, lovingly referred to as a wiener dog or a sausage dog, to solve that problem.

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While Dachshunds might draw attention for their unusual shape and adorable, small size, they can pack a lot of aggression. This dog breed was originally meant to hunt small animals, so they are not great to keep in a house alongside pets like hamsters or guinea pigs. They also tend to struggle with aggression around strangers, other dogs and can play rough with children.

3. Doberman Pinscher

To be fair, Doberman Pinschers have gotten a bad reputation over the years. They have been said to be aggressive and could turn any time on their owners, causing a potentially dangerous situation. But while that stereotype is not necessarily true, potential dog owners might want to still think twice before bringing a Doberman home.

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Dobermans were trained originally to be guard dogs. So while some dogs tend to warn owners about their potential aggression, this dog breed is actually extremely loyal to its pet parent. But anyone considering taking on a Doberman needs to free up plenty of playtime for their pet, otherwise it could lead to some pent up anger and aggression.

4. Dalmatian

Dalmatians made their mark – or spot – in America’s hearts with the Disney classic 101 Dalmatians. Ever since, families have been adopting these black-and-white beauties thinking they would be just as cheery and friendly as in the movies. But nothing, not even Dalmatians, is black and white.

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This might be hard to hear, but the Dalmatian is a dog breed that overwhelmingly suffers from deafness. So training a Dalmatian can prove to be exceedingly difficult for a new pet who is hard at hearing. This particular breed also demands a lot of attention from its humans, and can get frustrated when it doesn’t receive that attention. So families with small babies to take care of may want to consider other options.

5. Australian Shepherd

Australian Shepherds have become increasingly popular over the years, probably and partly due to the fact that they are considered to be one of the most beautiful dog breeds. But when considering adopting an Australian Shepherd, potential owners need to be ready to take on this particular dog breed, or things could get ugly.

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Australian Shepherds are one of the most active dog breeds around. They love to run and play for long periods of time, and need at least 30 or 60 minutes a day of undivided exercise. Under exercising or leaving them indoors for too long can cause them to be destructive to an owner’s home. So unless a person is super active, they might want to opt for a more chill breed to take home.

6. Saint Bernard

Saint Bernard’s are known to be some of the most friendly and kind pups among popular dog breeds. They’ve walked their way into tons of dog owner’s hearts for years, droppy eyes and all. So what could possibly be wrong with these classically gentle giants?

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While Saint Bernards are not known for a being aggressive or having many behavioral issues, that does not mean that they could fit in any home, literally. These dogs are known to be massive. And while these tender dogs would not hurt a fly, they have been known to accidentally knock down small children or valuables with their big bodies. Their large size, therefore, might not be a good fit for anyone living in an apartment.

7. Shih Tzu

Shih Tzus have become increasingly popular for a few reasons. First of all, they are obviously small, cute and adorable. Another draw comes with their ability to be comfortable hanging out indoors, making them a more manageable dog to have around without dedicating tons of outdoor time each day. So why has this dog breed landed itself on this list?

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Veterinarians say that Shih Tzus naturally bite when they get scared or excited, meaning that they might not be the best fit for a home with children. They are also known to have separation anxiety if they are not given enough attention, and tend to be a little difficult to potty train.

8. Alaskan Malamute

The perfect pet for a person with a family of small children needs to be cute, cuddly, friendly, warm, and obedient. And while we are not knocking the idea of adopting an Alaskan Malamute for anyone, we are just saying that taking on this dog breed might not be for everyone.

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While Alaskan Malamutes are undeniably adorable, they are also innate leaders. They are not too keen on being followers, so training this dog breed can be a little difficult and requires strong-handed, consistent training. Anyone considering adopting a Malamute needs to be prepared for a lot of tough training, not to mention a lot of dog hair.

9. Great Dane

With Great Danes comes great responsibility. As one of the largest dog breeds out there, Great Danes are beloved for also being some of the goofiness and lankiness. It seems like sometimes these giants are unaware of how truly gigantic they are.

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And while Great Danes are usually said to be great around kids, that does not mean they are fit for every family. Great Danes require a ton of space, and are a hazard when it comes to knocking items over. The dog breed also requires steady training starting very early, or else their big bodies can become an even bigger problem once they begin to grow larger.

10. Greyhound

Adopting Greyhound dogs has taken on a whole new meaning as plenty of pet owners have begun taking on this particular breed to help them avoid being used for other purposes. Greyhounds have traditionally been bred and trained to hunt and race, which is a physically taxing process for the dogs. But before anyone takes in this breed, they should first make sure they have a well-suited home to welcome them.

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To have a Greyhound, owners should make sure that their dog gets a lot of outdoor play time, along with a pretty tall fence of at least four to six feet high. They are also notoriously impatient with rough play from children.

11. Siberian Husky

It should surprise no one that a dog breed that is stereotypically famous for running endlessly through the snow while pulling a sled is also a dog breed that has a lot of pent up energy. So anyone who is looking to take in a Husky should be ready to take on a big ball of liveliness.

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Because Huskies are able to play nonstop, anyone who brings home a Husky should have more than enough time to play with their new dog, especially when they are puppies. With all of that quality playtime, Huskies also have issues with separation anxiety when left alone for long periods of time. What other beloved dogs made it onto our watch list? Keep reading to find out.

12. Pekingese

Who does not love a Pekingese? They are so cute, fluffy, cuddly, and practically look like a plush toy. But do not tell that to a Pekingese. These little dogs do not usually like being treated like a stuffed animal.

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Pekingese tend to not enjoy being cuddled and hugged like many children might tend to do around this type of dog. So any parents considering taking in a Pekingese should make sure to explain to children that they need to be gentle around this dog breed. Also, any house with a ton of stairs may want to consider another pet, since these little guys are not particularly fond of stair climbing.

13. Pit Bull

Pit Bulls have gotten a bad reputation over time. Throughout history, they have been seen as a more dangerous dog breed, especially after their widespread use as guard dogs or fighting dogs. But the real reason behind their reputation actually points to being the opposite of dangerous. These dogs love their owners so much that they just want to please them, which makes them perfect for training.

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So when considering a Pit Bull for a pet, it is important to keep their love for the owner-dog bond in mind. This breed tends to become anxious and destructive if left without their owner for too long. So any potential Pittie parent would want to make sure they get giving their puppy a lot of time, love and attention.

14. Jack Russell Terrier

There is a lot of energy stored away in any tiny Jack Russell Terrier’s body. It seems that they can play and run for an endless amount of time. And while that might draw some people to go out and adopt a Jack Russell Terrier, it could also be a reason to stay away from the dog breed for parents who are not prepared for all that puppy energy.

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Jack Russells need a lot of outdoor play time, and if they are not given that time they could become a little rowdy inside the home. Because of this, owners are encouraged to make sure they have a lot of extra time on their hands.

15. Chihuahua

When many people think of Chihuahuas they think might think of a tiny, cute dog, or a socialite carrying the dog breed right in her purse, or maybe the famous Taco Bell commercials. Regardless, Chihuahuas are usually thought of as small, complacent dogs. But that is not exactly the truth.

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Despite this dog breed’s tiny stature and reputation for being able to be plopped in a purse, Chihuahuas can actually be pretty stubborn. Training a Chihuahua takes a strong will and a whole lot of time and effort. This breed is also notorious for not being a fan of children, so any home with small kids might want to pick another pup to carry around.

16. Shar Pei

Shar Peis are one of the most easily recognizable dog breeds out there. With their silky soft fur and those rolls for days, many are helpless but to fall in love with these squishy, adorable pooches. But there are a few things to consider before anyone goes and adopts their own Shar Pei.

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Throughout history, Shar Peis were originally trained to be guard dogs. This means that they are loyal, but they have a difficult time letting new people into their pack. For this reason, many Shar Pei owners decide to adopt this dog breed as puppies, since an older Shar Pei might not take well to his or her new environment.

17. Rottweiler

Anyone who knows about Rottweilers knows that they basically all have two traits: they are incredibly strong, and incredibly loyal to their owners. These two factors have led many dog lovers looking for a big dog to take in a lovable Rottweiler. But there are a few things that not everyone knows about this particular dog breed.

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Rottweilers are known to grow up to become pretty large dogs, but this means that sometimes they are unaware of their strength and their size. This can lead to a lot of accidents, and could mean that they might not be the best dog to keep around children. On top of that, a Rottweiler’s sense of loyalty leads it to be pretty untrusting of anyone knew.

18. French Bulldog

Who could possibly say no to the scrunchy face of a French Bulldog? Definitely not us. But for some people who are looking to adopt a dog, they might have to say no to adding a French Bulldog to the family.

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French Bulldogs are less into outside exercise as they are into snuggling up on the couch. But that does not make them easier to handle than other dog breeds. They love to have their owner’s undivided attention, and are prone to jealousy. Also, for any world travelers who would want to take their dogs along for the ride, French Bulldogs are known to have a pretty tough time on planes, due to breathing difficulties. But those problems are nothing compared to some of the others coming up on this list.

19. Bullmastiff

Anyone remember that saying, ‘You can’t teach an old dog new tricks’? Well, that might not be true for all dog breeds. But when it comes to training a Bullmastiff, the famous phrase might actually be true. For this reason, many people choose not to adopt a full grown Bullmastiff.

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Along with this concern, families looking for a new dog might want to avoid a Bullmastiff if they have small children. Originally bred by gamekeepers to guard estates, Bullmastiffs tend to do things like jump onto their human friends when they are excited, and that kind of behavior can be less desirable around kids. Then again, these fearless family guardians are also known to be “silent guardians,” according to

20. Afghan Hound

Afghan Hounds are one of the most easily recognizable dog breeds around the world. Their long, slim snouts usually poke through their long, flowing, hair-like fur that makes them prime subject of canine photoshoot models. But sometimes with Afghan Hounds, their emotions can get the best of them.

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Afghan Hounds were originally bred to hunt in the Afghan mountains. That means that they are naturally accustomed to a lot of active time, and have a lot of energy to match. Their strong will also means that they need to be properly trained from an early age, or they tend to act out.

21. Wolfdog

The Wolfdog is a hybrid of 50 percent wolf and 50 percent dog, but in some states, these dogs are 100 percent banned. In about 40 states, it is officially illegal to bring a Wolfdog into a person’s home, let alone adopt them into the family. But what about the people in the states that still allow Wolfdog adoption?

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For people who are still considering bringing a Wolfdog home, there are a few things to consider. First, Wolfdogs are pretty difficult to train, as these domestic dog-wolf hybrids are large, energetic, natural leaders, that have actual wolf DNA. But on the bright side, Wolfdogs are known to be one of the healthiest dog breeds.

22. Weimaraner

Some dogs seem to have zero attention span, and the Weimaraner is no exception. This dog breed is known for its larger size and propensity for goofiness. And while humans might make fun of it, being easily distracted, it is basically in this dog breed’s DNA.

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Weimaraners are known for being the kind of dogs that are easily distracted by small animals like birds and squirrels, and will easily run off to go try to catch one (oftentimes to no avail). Their endless energy makes them lovable, but it also means that they need a lot of time from their owners. Any pent of energy might be taken out by destructive behavior if left alone.

23. Affenpinscher

Affenpinschers are often affectionately referred to as “Monkey Terriers,” and we honestly could not think of a better way to describe this breed. These tiny, mischievous weirdos have endeared their way into so many hearts and, therefore, many homes across the country.

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But when it comes time to adopt a puppy, parents with small children might want to stay away from taking in an Affenpinscher. Their small stature leads to many children thinking they can treat them like toys with a lot of hugging a squeezing, which this this breed typically does not like. These dogs also are not fans of sharing their toys, which could cause some confusion with small children.

24. Skye Terrier

Skye Terriers are one of the feistiest small to medium sized dogs around. This dog breed tends to pack a lot of spunk and attitude into their tiny bodies. And for this reason, along with being obviously adorable, they have become a favorite for families looking for a new member to join their pack.

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But anyone who wants to adopt a Skye Terrier should make sure they have a lot of time for training, and should make sure they do not have any other smaller dogs in their home already. Skye Terriers can become aggressive toward smaller dogs, which could cause some stress inside the home.

25. Japanese Tosa

The last dog on this list is considered to be so worrisome that countries like Denmark, the United Kingdom, Australia and Germany have outright banned them from being adopted. But those who live in other countries and still wish to adopt a Japanese Tosa should be careful what they wish for.

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Japanese Tosas have been bred to be fighting dogs – and they still legally dog fight in Japan. While other traditional fighting dogs show strong loyalty to their owners, Tosas don’t tend to be nearly as loyal and could show aggression towards any humans – including the ones that are helping raise him or her.

26. Beagle

One of the most famous dog breeds in the world thanks to its world-renowned representative, Snoopy, the Beagle often exhibits some of the traits that the Peanuts character was known for. One habit that stands out above the rest is its legendary stubbornness.

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Beagles are very obstinate, and easily distracted. And when they take off on an adventure, don’t expect them to come when called — if the target is interesting enough, they may choose not to hear you. When bored, they may howl, or seek trouble around your house, especially if there’s any food to be sought out — and if you’ve based their training on food as a reward.

27. Pharaoh Hound

Take a look at the unforgettable shape of this beautiful creature, and you’ll swear a tomb painting from an ancient pyramid has come to life. Agile and graceful, they are the national dog of Malta, and their bloodline reaches back thousands of years.

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But to be a parent to this breed is going to need a few words of caution. They love chasing other animals around, so if you have other small pets or children, it’s important to know this will almost certainly happen. If you don’t have a big yard with a high fence, forget about it: they love to run and jump.

28. Maltese

These enchanted cotton balls are undeniably adorable. They trot about, they leap up and down with excitement, they shiver when they’re cold, and they’re champion snugglers. In fact, they’re often likened to children rather than dogs. And therein lies the issue.

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Maltese get head over heels attached to their owners, so much so that they may demand to be the center of attention at all times. Wherever you are, they’ll want to be right there — which may be comforting for some, but not for everyone. Add some separation anxiety and jealousy issues, and you’ll have to rethink your daily schedule.

29. Wire Fox Terrier

Best in show though it may be, the Wire Fox Terrier requires plenty of effort in order to get that way in the first place. For starters, if you have a cat or other dogs in the house, don’t bet on this breed getting along with them: their terrier instincts inform them that there is potential prey about.

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If you’re looking to get some seriously spontaneous cardio workouts blended into your daily routine, then get ready for these wily little guys, as they have a notoriety for bolting. On the plus side, they don’t shed their fur, but the flip side of that means they will need regular trips to the groomer.

30. Rhodesian Ridgeback

It’s the dog breed that has a legendary reputation for being willing to tackle lions. The Rhodesian Ridgeback hails from present-day Zimbabwe, but its roots go back centuries. It is in part descended from guard dogs used by the nomadic Khoikhoi people.

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While many Ridgeback owners will tell you how sweet and affectionate their loyal dog is, they’ve also put in a lot of effort to be dog parents. If you’re looking for a great sentinel who can keep away unwanted visitors, look no further. But if you have a more sedentary lifestyle and want a dog who gets along with everyone, think carefully.

31. Belgian Malinois

If this dog could speak human, its one line would constantly be, “Sir yes sir!” Highly gifted with a serious case of the smarts as well as intensely protective instincts, it’s excellent for police and army work. But be careful: the average benign house pet it is not.

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Naturally, the Belgian Malinois can be a perfectly loving pet. But you will need to start thinking more like a military commander as its owner, as they have endless stamina and a tendency towards aggression. You will need to constantly find your pooch tasks to complete, and you may find it’s not always friendly to your friends.

32. Border Collie

At first glance, there’s few obvious reasons why you wouldn’t want to bring a Border Collie into your life. After all, they’re ranked by behavioral scientists as the most intelligent dog breed — not to mention being irresistibly adorable. It’s hard to think of them as intimidating.

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But for the unprepared dog owner, that big brain that the Border Collie boasts can be your undoing. Something has to take up all that brainpower, and it should come as no surprise that this breed constantly needs a task. They’re used to being out in the fields, herding, and even running obstacle courses.

33. Akita

Do you enjoy going on walks? Well, regardless of how you feel on the matter, Akitas are enormously enthusiastic fans of walks — so much so, in fact, that they will be needing you to get them out of the house for at least a half an hour, every day.

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What’s more, you’ll likely need them on leash, as their prey-seeking instinct is pretty hot. As these Japanese dogs can also be aggressive and very jumpy, as well as a notorious shedder, first-time dog owners or ones that don’t have the time commitment to help train their pooch ought to steer clear.

34. German Shepherd

Check any list of the most intelligent dog breeds, and you will always see this instantly-recognizable breed topping the upper tiers of the list. But as is the case with Border Collies, that innate brilliance German Shepherds are known for can potentially be a burden.

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German Shepherd owners need to always stay one step ahead of this breed, thinking ahead so that they won’t be outsmarted by their furry friend. Beyond that, they are used by police and militaries the world over because of their protective nature. Diligent and patient obedience training will be needed in order to keep that in check.

35. Pomeranian

These little tawny balls of fluff are just irresistible. It’s nearly impossible to resist their charms — or, at a bare minimum, to stroke their ever-so-soft fur. However, Pomeranians will find you, their owner, absolutely irresistible too, and if you’re not prepared for it to blend with your lifestyle, it could get problematic.

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Think you can get anxious at times? This breed has almost certainly got you beat. Their tendency for separation anxiety in particular can make it hard to contain them. They become very attached to their owners, which is wonderful — that is, unless you have to leave them with strangers.

Sources: Furbo, Cheat Sheet

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