5 Challenging Dog Breeds for New Owners

by VetDepot on April 8, 2014

weim blogWith all of the joy and liveliness dogs bring to their families, there’s no doubt that first time dog owners are in for a treat. There are plenty of dog breeds and mixes out there that make wonderful companions for new pet parents, but there are also a few to be cautious of. The following is a list of breeds that have plenty of great traits, but typically do better with experienced owners:

1.) Weimaraner (pictured): Weimaraners are beautiful, highly intelligent dogs. However, they’re very energetic and best suited for active families that spend a great deal of time outdoors. Separation anxiety is common with this breed.

2.) Bullmastiff: Although incredibly loyal and protective, bullmastiffs can present several challenges for new pet parents. They weigh in at 100+ pounds and need an owner who will set firm and consistent boundaries. Bullmastiffs also have a strong prey drive, so leash training is crucial.

3.) Siberian Husky: This beautiful and affectionate breed is built to work. Short walks aren’t going to cut it with this breed’s energetic nature. They also have a thick coat that sheds heavily, which might not be ideal for someone still getting accustomed to dog hair.

4.) Dalmatian: We all know these dogs are adorable as puppies, but they grow up to be incredibly energetic dogs. If not given enough of an outlet for their exercise needs, they are likely to engage in destructive behavior.

5.) Bulldog: This lovable breed is known for its silly antics and relaxed attitude. However, because of their build and flat face, the breed is more sensitive than others to heat stroke, so owners should be especially cautious on warm days. Bulldogs are also prone to several health conditions including hip and elbow dysplasia, patellar luxation, and cataracts.

Of course, everyone is different and these breeds may occasionally be a good fit for a new owner’s lifestyle. Whichever breed you choose, it’s important to do some research to make sure you can meet your new canine companion’s needs. To learn more, check out the VetDepot Dog Breed Guide.

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