Dogs truly are a man’s best friend. They become part of families and love their owners unconditionally no matter what. Despite dogs being considered the most domesticated of pets, initially the canines were not meant for this purpose.
There are between 200 to 300 dog breeds and although they originated from the same ancestor, specific breeds evolved in different ways which made them unsuitable for a domestic atmosphere. You may be surprised that your beloved pooch is on this list.
Chow Chows are a Chinese dog and the breed dates back thousands of years. They are known for their big, fluffy coats, almost making them bear-like. Despite looking cute and cuddly, they are known as one of the most aggressive breeds out there.
They are extremely territorial dogs and highly protective over their owners and space which is why outsiders may not get the best of greetings. They have the ability to act dangerously to other dogs and strangers.
Siberian Huskies are synonymous with Alaska and the snowy conditions there, but they actually came from Asia initially due to its cold and somewhat intense environments. Although they are good with children for the most part, if they become restless inside they can become quite destructive.
Huskies need to be around people or other dogs most of the time and they love to explore outside the home so make sure you keep them on a tight leash if you don’t want to lose them.
The French Bulldog has become one of the most popular breeds in recent years due to their small size, adorable appearance and beautiful coats. Nonetheless, this breed is also increasingly susceptible to all kinds of diseases and health issues due to overheating, so they need to be kept cool.
They are a breed of dog that need constant attention and get separation anxiety so they can’t be left alone for too long. Lastly, they don’t do well with flying and get severe breathing problems on planes.
After the Disney film 101 Dalmations came out in the 90s, this breed became the most sought after of them all. Their coats are covered in black spots and they are easily recognizable.
However, they tend to have really bad hearing so are not the most domesticated, their deafness can be near impossible to train them successfully. They are also super energetic dogs and love being in the outdoors so need long walks to keep them occupied or they can become aggressive.
Another chinese dog that is very popular to have as a pet is the Shih Tzu. Although this breed loves to be indoors, they can be very hard to train meaning that your home will become a complete mess until they are fully trained, which can take some time.
They are a breed that have breathing problems so they often develop health issues. They often make raspy sounds as they struggle to breathe out of their short snout.
Despite having Australia in its name, this is a misconception and it was actually bred in the United States many years ago. They are very outdoorsy dogs and need a lot of exercise and attention.
They are not a dog that wants to sit at home and sleep and their owners must have spare time to keep them occupied. If these dogs become restless they can take it out on your home and proceed to break and destroy things.
Jack Russell Terrier
Jack Russell’s might seem like some of the most domesticated dogs, and they do have plenty of benefits, but there are some things that owners of this breed need to be aware of.
They are a high-energy breed and really need to get a substantial amount of exercise each day. In some cases, Jack Russell’s can have problems bonding with children and can act out if they don’t like something. Of course, training them helps a lot, but these are things to keep in mind.
These European dogs have a long and streamlined appearance and extremely long legs which makes them ideal for racing. They are some of the fastest dogs and need to run a lot to tire them out.
While they can be well behaved in the home, they can be very difficult to take on walks, often running off and can jump over fences quite easily and in some cities they have to be kept on a leash at all times. Greyhounds typically don’t on too well with other dogs, specifically small dogs.
Pekingese are small Chinese dogs that tend to do very well in the house, but there is a big drawback to the cute, fluffy canines. The Pekingese are prone to having emotional and physical trauma.
A house with stairs can be harmful to these dogs as they have difficulty getting up them and can fall down and injure themselves. They are also a breed that suffer from breathing problems which can flare up when they exercise or roughhouse too much.
Any Pit Bull owner will say their there is a misconception about these dogs and they are the calmest, sweetest and most gentle dogs. However, there is a reason they are banned in some places as they can be extremely dangerous to both other dogs and people.
They are very powerful dogs and have been known to attack quite unexpectedly. If this happens, owners can be held liable for their dogs. They are high energy dogs and require plenty of exercise.
Shar-Pei’s can be traced back to China and have a shared history with the Chow Chow. These dogs were crossbred early on, making them have very similar characteristics. In ancient times, they were trained to be guard dogs and this protective nature is something they carry to this day.
If they aren’t socialized as puppies, they don’t mix well with humans and get territorial or aggressive if approached. To avoid this, it’s important they are socialized and trained as a puppy.
German Shepherd’s date back to the 1800s and were intended to be a herding dog for sheep. They are one of the smartest dog breeds and have been used in many different occupations from police forces to acting.
However, German Shepherds have also been used as aggressive and dangerous guard dogs. They were heavily used by the Germans in the second world war and developed a bad reputation from then. They must be socialized properly when they are puppies.
These African dogs are known for the distinct yodeling sound it makes, instead of barking like other dogs. They were originally used as hunting dogs and still have the desire to hunt meaning other small pets and cats should be kept away from them.
They’re one of the hardest breeds of dogs to train. They are very active and can jump very high meaning they can quite easily clear the fence in your backyard. They do better with one owner instead of being in a family.
Doberman Pinschers are highly intelligent dogs, but they can also be incredibly dangerous and intimidating dogs. Even their appearance shows they are not a breed to be messed with.
They are trained to be guard dogs and are extremely loyal to their owners, but potentially a huge danger to others. Visitors can only be safe if the primary owner is present and need to be walked a lot to keep their aggression at bay. They can also be difficult with children.
Most commonly known as the Caucasian Shepherd Dog, these dogs were mostly bred in Georgia. They are generally calm and low-energy breed but can switch their personality if someone they don’t know enters the home.
They’re not a sociable dog and do not do well with other dogs from any other breed. If you have a home where people are in and out a lot, this dog would not adapt well to that environment. They can have health issues and are prone to obesity so need exercise.
The Tosa is the only dog breed still used for legal dog fighting in Japan. These dogs are bred to fight which has made them increasingly dangerous dogs. Due to this reputation, several countries including Denmark, the United Kingdom, Australia, and Germany have banned breeding them.
These dogs are mistreated and abused as they are kept in cages to stay aggressive for their fights. It is a serious issue in Japan and many animal protection organizations have campaigned to ban it.
The Afghan Hound has beautiful long hair which is its most prominent feature. They adapted to their native Afghanistan mountains with their long coats to stay warm in the freezing climate. This breed needs constant exercise to stay healthy and to not act out.
Although they are good family dogs, they require a lot of maintenance and need to be trained to stay in line. Unless they have a relationship with children, they should be kept away for the most part.
Skye Terriers are a feisty breed of dog, despite their small size. They need daily exercise and even when indoors they have to keep moving. They originated from the U.K and are actually endangered in their native country.
Their hair needs to be maintained by their owners as it can get tangled and big knots can form. Skye Terriers have a tendency to attack and kill smaller pets and can be aggressive to outsiders. They can be good family pets if they are trained properly.
The Weimaraner is predominantly a hunting dog and is prone to chasing and killing other animals. They are big dogs that need to be exercised a lot and fed enough to keep up with this. Despite being hunting dogs, they are quite needy of their owners and can suffer from separation anxiety.
If a Weimaraner is left home alone without their owner for too long they will often bark, howl and proceed to tear belongings up. They need to be really well trained to be sociable dogs.
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