Most dog experts believe that there aren’t any bad dogs or dog breeds, just bad training. In other words, any dog can become a well-behaved pet with the right training and socialization. However, many experts discourage first-time dog owners from choosing a particularly challenging breed. After all, it’s tough to provide confident leadership and consistent training when you’re still trying to figure it all out for the first time.
Below, check out the dog breeds that experts say you might want to think twice about if you’re a first-time dog owner.
Everybody loves a bulldog! However, veterinary professionals recommend that you steer clear of the breed when you choose your first dog. The breed has a goofy and agreeable nature. However, as a brachycephalic breed — the technical term for that adorably shortened face — bulldogs can have a lot of health issues. Vets points out that these dogs are particularly sensitive to heat, exercise, and stress. They also can’t swim. And on top of that, they can be difficult to train.
Many people love the distinctive looks of the Dalmatian (especially after the breed starred in a blockbuster movie). However, veterinarians recommend that first-time dog owners choose a different breed. However, the traits that make the Dalmatian a great working dog can make him a challenge in the home. He has an endless capacity for exercise and can be destructive when bored. Another minor issue? Dalmatians are notoriously heavy shedders who will keep you busy with the vacuum cleaner.
3. German shepherd
Most people have seen a German shepherd in action as a guide dog or with the military or police. However, the breed’s well-known intelligence doesn’t make the German shepherd an easy dog for novice pet owners. There’s little they can’t do with the right training, but that’s exactly why he’s not ideal for newbies — it takes quite a bit of training, exercise and dedication to stay ‘smarter’ than he is. German shepherds also require obedience training to prevent their protective natures from posing challenges to their owners. You may also need to deal with the health issues — like hip dysplasia and neurological problems — to which the breed is predisposed.
The Siberian husky has a happy nature that makes him sound like the ideal dog, especially if you live in a cold climate. However, it is on many lists of the worst dog breeds for first-time dog owners. They were bred to pull sleds over long distances, and their liveliness reflects that — a short walk around the block won’t do for this breed. Providing a safe outdoor space for a husky is also a challenge, and not just because they need big yards. Huskies have developed a reputation as capable escape artists. Siberian huskies are prone to mischief if left to themselves and have a high prey drive, which first-time owners may have a hard time controlling, especially off leash.
5. Chow chow
The chow chow doesn’t exactly act like a teddy bear, despite its adorable face. Veterinary professionals say they’re intelligent but stubborn, and may require a lot of training before you get the results you’re looking for. This breed is wary of strangers and may be aggressive toward dogs he doesn’t know. Chow chows, like cats, often have problems with authority. Unlike cats, the large size of a chow chow makes them potentially dangerous and frustrating in inexperienced hands.