Gorgeous Dog Breeds that Need Special Care

Dogs are famed for their devotion and loyalty. They truly are man’s best friend. What’s better to come home to than your four-legged friend, giving you sloppy kisses and wagging his tail because he’s so pleased to see you?

It is important to take into account the responsibility of owning a dog. They are sensitive to everything around them and require lots of affection and care. Although there are many breeds (as well as mutts) to choose from, there are some which just aren’t suited to living in a human home.

Let’s take a look at the top dog breeds which you shouldn’t keep in the house so you can be sure of making the best choice when picking your new furry companion.

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Chow Chow

Chow chows look fluffy and cute but actually they can be aggressive. Although they look adorable they can be a threat to someone invading what they consider their space. This dog breed is really territorial.

Even if you let the dog get used to you in the home they will always be on edge when guests come to your home, snapping at them and barking. Unless you live alone and never have guests, this probably isn’t the dog for you.

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Siberian Husky

Huskies are one of the most stunning breeds of dog. They are beautiful to look at and can be friendly, loyal and good with kids. However, you need to know that Siberian huskies require more care and attention than most other breeds.

If you don’t have hours to devote to them every day and can’t offer sufficient stimulation, huskies can get bored or lonely and destructive. This means if you leave a husky alone and come home after a long day at work, you won’t necessarily find your couch, pillows, shoes, or anything else in one piece.

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French Bulldog

Many years of inbreeding has resulted in a dog bred not for its own health and happiness but for human pleasure and enjoyment. French bulldogs often suffer from health issues because they have been inbred.

These dogs find it difficult to maintain their body temperature, so they have to be kept somewhere cool else they can easily overheat. This breed is also prone to breathing issues.

They have severe separation anxiety too so traveling anywhere with one can mean you’re risking overheating, stress and even death. You should certainly think twice if you’re considering a French bulldog.

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Dalmatian

Dalmatians have been popular ever since the ‘101 Dalmatians’ novel and movies have been out and they’re a very recognizable dog breed. If you think Dalmatians would like to be kept in a pack of 100 however, you’d be very much mistaken.

This breed is difficult to manage in big groups. A lot of them have hearing issues making them harder to train or call. This sometimes leads to mistreatment by frustrated trainers and owners.

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Shih Tzu

This breed loves to be petted, pampered and groomed and they are usually happy homebodies. Despite their love of being indoors, they can be tricky to care for. Shih Tzu dogs can have health issues resulting in hard work and high costs for their owners.

Unless you have the money and time to devote to this breed, they can end up suffering, so weigh up your options before choosing a Shih Tzu.

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Australian Shepherd

Nobody knows how the Australian shepherd got its name, considering it comes from the United States rather than Australia. What is clear though is they require way more exercise than the average dog.

You are going to have to take an Australian shepherd out multiple times a day to run around and burn off some of that incredible energy. If they don’t get enough exercise to let off steam, these pooches can be difficult to control, which is not fun for the dog or for their owner.

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Jack Russell Terrier

The Jack Russell terrier breed is known for being loving and affectionate and can make a nice addition to the household. There are some conditions though. Jack Russells are full of beans and need to be walked and exercised a lot. If not, they can go a bit crazy and might take their frustration out on some of your home furnishings.

Jack Russells don’t always get along with children and can mistake their well-meaning pats for aggression. This breed will fight back if it thinks it’s being attacked. If you have young children in the home or as frequent guests you should maybe reconsider this breed.

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Greyhound

Everyone knows greyhounds are famed for their speed. Streamlined and sleek, greyhounds often tend to make dashes for freedom unless they get sufficient exercise, making them tricky to keep in the house.

They can be loving and loyal but unless you have the time to devote to their exercise or the money to pay for someone else to do it, it’s probably a better idea to choose another breed unless chasing the dog all over the neighborhood (with barely any chance of catching them) sounds like fun to you.

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Pekingese

Although Pekingese dogs look cute and cuddly, they aren’t always a good choice to add to your household. In fact they are prone to health problems including breathing issues and various diseases.

Pekingese dogs aren’t good at stairs or steps either and can trip and injure themselves. They are a delicate breed which is probably kept away from children who might hurt them accidentally.

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Pit Bull

Pit bulls are reputed to be scary and aggressive. They certainly get a lot of bad press. You might have read about this breed attacking other dogs and sometimes people too, leaving them with severe injuries.

Pit bull terrier owners insist this stereotype is unfair and aggressive pit bulls have been trained that way rather than being naturally aggressive. Whichever of these views is true about pit bull terriers, there are some instances where it’s forbidden by law to keep this dog in your home.

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Shar-Pei

Shar-Peis were originally bred to be guard dogs. Although they are now a family pet, they do retain some guard dog behaviors and tendencies, making them aggressive to people they don’t know or when they feel cornered.

The aggression appears as they age, meaning if you train a Shar-Pei puppy it should grow up to be more gentle and stands a better chance of living harmoniously with others.

If you are considering a Shar-Pei then it’s best to get one as a puppy and put in the time and effort to train them correctly, else you are putting yourself and others at risk.

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German Shepherd

Originally bred in Germany for the purpose of sheep-herding, the German Shepherd is typically well-behaved and friendly. However there have been cases where this breed has shown aggression and even attacked people without warning.

German Shepherds must be socialized from puppyhood to make sure they get along well with other dogs and humans. It’s not a good idea to choose this breed unless you are ready to train it correctly, otherwise you could be putting the family at risk.

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Basenji

This dog breed is gorgeous and athletic but they can be really hard to keep under control and to train. They hate being penned in and can jump over even a high wall or fence easily.

Basenjis are loyal but they typically bond with just one person, making it harder for them to bond with the whole family. Basenjis also like to hunt smaller animals, meaning if you have other pets, a family or a jump-able fence, you might like to pick another breed.

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Doberman Pinscher

Doberman Pinschers were bred to be guard dogs originally. They are a tough breed with true loyalty, protecting you and your house from intruders.

Saying that though, there is a risk of them mistaking you or a legitimate guest for an intruder. These dogs often knock small children over because they underestimate their strength and size.

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Caucasian Ovcharka

At first glance this dog looks pretty scary, although they are well-behaved with the right owner. Caucasian Ovcharkas  can be socialized and trained to create strong owner and/or family bonds. If you have guests though (especially ones bringing their own pets), this isn’t a good dog to have in the house since it can be aggressive to everyone but their owners.

Caucasian Ovcharkas have to be taken out for regular exercise because they can put on weight too easily, so make sure you are up for this challenge before choosing one.

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Dachshund

Also known as sausage dogs or wiener dogs, Dachshunds are more aggressive than you might think. It’s not a huge threat thanks to its diminutive size unless they are taking their aggression out on small kids or animals.

You can teach a dachshund to be friendly if you invest the time needed for such a commitment. They still might not respond well to children or strangers.

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Tosa

Tosas are still used for dog fights in Japan. These dogs have been bred to fight for a long time, so they can be dangerous. Because of this reputation there are countries with a complete ban on them, including the UK, Australia, Denmark, and Germany.

Tosas are typically bred for fighting which means they are often treated badly and really unsuitable for home life. Even if you could get one, these large, powerful dogs don’t make good indoor pets.

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Afghan Hound

These striking dogs are one of the oldest breeds on the planet. They originally come from the Afghan mountains, making them able to withstand, rainy and snowy weather conditions and extreme cold.

Afghan hounds prefer to be kept indoors but they do have a lot of energy and need a lot of exercise. If you don’t have the time for this, it looks like it’s back to the drawing board for you.

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Skye Terrier

This lovely looking dog hails from Scotland although it’s an endangered species there now. It’s more often found in the US where it’s a popular breed for dog pageants.

It can be tricky to take care of this breed because they require a lot of exercise when they reach adulthood but while they are younger and still growing, too much exercise can be damaging to their bones. Skye Terriers look cute but they can be aggressive on occasion and have sometimes killed other pets.

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Weimaraner

The weimaraner breed is fast, strong and occasionally aggressive. They are typically bred to be hunting dogs. Outside of their day job though, they can be really loving and affectionate.

In fact sometimes they can be too much this way, suffering from serious separation anxiety as well as becoming too dependent on their owner. Factor in the size and strength of the breed and this can be a scary combo.

Unless you don’t mind your soft furnishings and house getting destroyed, you will need to lavish a lot of attention and time on your weimaraner.

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Great Pyrenees

This stunning breed makes a lovely addition to any home. Expect a calm temperament and good behavior in a home with or without children. Actually the Great Pyrenees is protective of kids and smaller animals, so you can relax in the knowledge your small ones are safe.

The reason it isn’t the best idea to keep them in your house is for the dog’s own good, since its natural habitat isn’t indoors. In fact the Great Pyrenees hails from a snowy region, meaning it can easily overheat if kept indoors in a heated home.

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Rottweiler

Another breed of dog which needs no introduction is the Rottweiler. Known as a protector or guard dog, having a Rottweiler in the house means you can rest easy at night and not worry about intruders.

The problem with this breed is they can be aggressive and territorial unless it’s your dog in your house. It’s never a good idea to get on the wrong side of one of these pooches and it’s critical that you train them correctly from puppyhood.

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St Bernard

Thanks to the Beethoven movie, the St Bernard is a highly recognizable dog breed. They can form strong attachments to their owner and are typically friendly, making them a nice choice of pet for the family.

St Bernards are enormous though which means they can be dangerous or destructive without meaning to. They can easily sit on small children or knock over precious objects in the house, so you have to keep an eye on them all the time to ensure this doesn’t happen.

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Great Dane

Great Danes are another example of a gentle giant. Although at first glance they can be scary to those who don’t have much experience with dogs or to young kids, they aren’t much of a threat to anyone’s safety.

Their harsh glare and towering height might make you think they’re aggressive but in fact Great Danes are docile and friendly. The issue with this breed is the massive size. This breed of dog is too large to fit comfortable in most homes.

Although they typically bond well with kids and love their owners deeply, Great Danes will also trash your furniture, artwork and more, so weigh these risks with the positives before selecting such a breed.

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Wolfdog

The wolfdog is known for being unpredictable and aggressive by some and known for being a gentle, loving breed by others. So which of these is the truth?

Actually the wolfdog closely resembles a wolf, its close relative, and it has an intimidating look. Although many wolfdog owners advocate how loving and safe the breed is, it is still banned in more than 40 states because of its unpredictable and perhaps hostile nature.

This beautiful dog is one you can admire from a distance but even if it isn’t banned in your state, that doesn’t mean it would make a good addition to your home.

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Dogo Argentino

Like some others on this list, the Dogo Argentino was bread to be a guard dog or hunting dog. They can be aggressive and tough, which is why they are banned in a number of countries.

However, a lot of Dogo Argentinos don’t have these traits and can make loving, happy and affectionate pets, enjoying a peaceful life with their owners. If you want to get this breed, it’s important to know they require plenty of exercise as well as diligent training in order to keep the potentially aggressive tendencies at bay.

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Cane Corso

Native to Italy, the Cane Corso was bred to be a tracking dog, guard dog or police dog. The breed is large and has an imposing look, especially the dark colored ones.

Cane Corso is an intelligent breed, making it a great candidate for training. They can be loyal and gentle with their owners and will guard the family and house at any cost. It’s important to train this breed from puppyhood else they are likely to go slightly wild when they are older.

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Bull Terrier

Bull terriers have the reputation of being aggressive and dangerous, although many fans of this breed claim they can make friendly, loving pets as long as they are trained correctly.

This dog was bred to be a fighting dog so it is in their nature to be aggressive and attack, although plenty of owners claim they can be conditioned and trained out of such behavior. Bull terriers are often deaf which means even if they wanted to obey you they wouldn’t be able to hear simple commands anyway.

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Perro de Presa Canario

Also known as the Canary Mastiff, the Perro de Presa Canario is a tough breed. Sometimes these dogs are trained as fighters and they can be aggressive if not trained properly.

Although these dogs can be dangerous to other dogs, they aren’t so bad with humans. They have been known to attack other dogs in the past and sometimes kill them. This breed probably isn’t one you will want to take home if you have other animals there. They also need to be kept away from potential targets for their aggression or prey.

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Chihuahua

This breed was very popular for a while as an accessory for it-girls in Hollywood, peeking out of designer purses while their celebrity owners ventured from party to party. They are still considered a girl’s pet thanks to their dainty size.

Chihuahuas can also be aggressive, forming a loving bond with their primary owner and being mean to anyone else. Although this can be frustrating, they aren’t much of a threat because of their diminutive size.

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Rhodesian Ridgeback

This beautiful dog is both distinguished and intelligent. Also known as an African Lion Hound, this breed helps to keep lions away from their owner while on a hunt. This is not an aggressive breed unless it feels threatened and is fiercely loyal as well as clever.

Rhodesian ridgebacks can be sensitive so it is important to train them properly from puppyhood else their later development can be compromised. This is the reason it’s not a good breed to own unless you are already very experienced handling and training dogs.

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Border Collie

This instantly recognizable breed is the border collie, an energetic and very clever dog. In fact, border collies rarely run out of energy and need to be able to offer enough stimulation and exercise to keep them happy.

This makes them ideal for young families who have the time and energy, but if not then things can go downhill fast. You should not commit to a border collie unless you can meet the needs of its personality and exercise the dog so it can let off steam.

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Fila Brasileiro

Also bred as a hunting dog, the fila brasieiro is taught to hunt and trap prey for their owner to hunt, rather than attacking any prey themselves. This breed is not trained to cause harm but keeping an animal trapped as prey somewhere until the owner arrives means plenty of physical restraint.

It’s not a good idea to mess with a fila brasileiro since it can be tricky to curb their natural tendency to be aggressive. Although this breed is ideal as a hunting companion, they don’t make the best household pets.

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Bullmastiff

This big, heavy dog breed can be very excitable although they can also be loving and affectionate. Because they are so large and heavy they can accidentally cause damage if they leap up at you to show affection. They might also leap on a small child, just to be loving, and accidentally cause harm.

If you have small kids or a lot of breakable objects at home, you might not want the risk the damage a bullmastiff can easily inflict.

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Boerboel

This curious dog breed is famed for being a little lazy as well as potentially aggressive. They can make a good house pet since they don’t need an abundance of exercise. They do however need plenty of mental stimulation and interaction with humans.

If a boerboel gets lonely they can also become depressed, so choose this breed only if you have plenty of time to spend with it.

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Catahoula Leopard Dog

Have you ever seen one of these dogs? If you have you would remember because they have webbed feet! This means they are better at swimming than other dog breeds. The problem with a Catahoula leopard dog is they are often born blind or deaf and this of course makes it difficult to control them or to train them.

It isn’t easy to socialize a dog that can’t respond to audio or visual clues, making it a potentially poor choice as a household pet.

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Bernese Mountain Dog

This friendly, affectionate breed of dog tends to be a lovely household pet. The problem with choosing this breed however is they only live about 8 years, which is less than most other breeds.

Bernese mountain dogs are also prone to cancer, so you might not even be able to enjoy a full 8 years with your new pet. For this reason, you might not want to get a dog that is only going to be around for a few years. It seems like setting you (and the kids) up for sadness later.

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Affenpinscher

These cute little pups are unfortunately prone to a number of diseases and health issues. They also don’t tend to live as long as most other breeds of dog. Another reason to think twice about affenpinschers is they can be fierce.

That little body packs in a fair amount of strength. They can be vicious with children or smaller animals and they don’t like to have their toys taken or be petted roughly, making them an especially bad idea if you do have young kids in the house.

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Belgian Malinois

A Belgian Malinois has an impressive stature and they are naturally disciplined. This makes them great dogs for the army or as a police dog. These no-nonsense dogs are intelligent and reliable. For these reasons they are a force to be reckoned with and perhaps better suited to live life on patrol rather than be in the house.

Dedicated to their work and easy to train because of their intelligence, the Belgian Malinois can get bored if inadequately stimulated, and that’s when they start to tear up the furniture and turn into a little whirlwind of destruction!

It’s probably best to leave the Belgian Malinois to its proper calling and instead adopt a breed who will be happier in the house.

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Airedale Terrier

Known as an affectionate and loving dog, Airedale terriers bond easily with their owner. However, they can also become jealous of other animals in the home or get aggressive with other dogs you meet during walks.

The Airedale terrier requires plenty of stimulation and if this is denied it can destroy your home. Although the dog’s heart is in the right place, you might want to think about an alternative if you have other pets or you don’t have a lot of time to spend engaging with the dog.

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Bulldog

Bulldogs tend to be well-behaved and affectionate. They aren’t known as a dangerous or aggressive dog but there is another reason why they might not be the best choice to add to the household.

This breed is heavy and solid with a squished face. This gives them a cute appearance but it also means they are super-sensitive to the heat. You will need to keep the air conditioning on all the time and keep them out of hot conditions.

Bulldogs can’t swim either so keep them well away from bodies of water. They are also prone to various health problems so you can count on frequent, costly vet visits if you choose this breed.

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Australian Cattle Dog

These fearless, energetic canines have boundless energy and you will tire long before they do. They can be overzealous which can lead to injury for you, for them or for others.

Australian cattle dogs are a hybrid of different breeds including the bull terrier, collie, dingo, black and tan kelpie, and Dalmatian. Their temperament is quite stubborn so they can be frustrating to train. Factor in their extreme energy and you are going to find an Australian cattle dog a real handful.

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Alaskan Malamute

This eye-catchingly beautiful breed can be lovable and affectionate. They really do have a loving, friendly personality which attracts people and makes them think they will be a perfect pet.

However, before adding an Alaskan Malamute to your household, you should know they will grow very strong in a short period of time. They make frequent, strong dashes for freedom and need to be handled firmly while on the leash so they don’t run off never to be seen again.

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Akita

The akita is one of the hardest dog breeds to control ever! They can weigh about 115 pounds, sometimes even more. They are tough and huge and need a lot of exercise every single day.

These aggressive pooches must have firm control on the leash else they will go after small animals or other dogs. Although this dog is unsuitable for a lot of people seeking a new pet, they pose the type of challenge which an experienced dog owner might find rewarding.

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Deutscher Boxers

Originally bred to be a fighting dog, the Deutscher boxer can be very intimidating and has been known to take down animals such as bears and bulls. They are bred for their intelligence and obedience but can be very docile and friendly as well.

This isn’t a dog you should lose control of especially around the kids. Train them right and they can be really loyal. Deutscher boxers can also be trained as seeing-eye dogs for the blind. This should obviously be left to professional trainers though of course.

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Russian Black Terrier

This dog looks like a big, fluffy ball of cuteness but don’t let the appearance fool you. The Russian black terrier can be tough and mean when provoked. They are the only dog on the planet that was first bred to hunt humans.

They were created by Soviet prison guards to keep the prisoners in check. These dogs might look friendly at first but if provoked into an attack they can be ferocious and unstoppable.

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Beagle

These lovable dogs love to visit new places and meet new people. They are enthusiastic at heart but the problem is they typically tear places apart to get to know them. For this reason it’s always a risk to leave a beagle alone at home, especially if you don’t want your furniture and possessions torn up.

These highly energetic canines are endearing and sweet but they need a lot of exercise and can exhaust their owners. They need a lot of expert handling and training since they have a low attention span compared to many other breeds. Not everyone will be able to train a beagle properly.

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Basset Hound

Basset hounds are super cute and easy to adore. This means you might be tempted to bring one home as an addition to the family. They aren’t the easiest dogs to train though – far from it.

Basset hounds are not fast to learn things and they are likely to follow their sense of smell than any instructions you attempt to give them.

It takes a lot of patience as well as expertise to own and train a basset hound. Although they look like they’d make an easy pet, they really do need to be owned by experienced dog owners.

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Labrador Retriever

It isn’t difficult to understand why Labrador retrievers are the most popular dog breed in the United States. Their affectionate nature and glossy coat make them an attractive option to those looking for a new pet. On the other hand, those traits don’t necessarily make them a breeze to train.

Actually this breed is powerful and can easily run away from you on the leash unless you have a firm grip. They are also known to be destructive in the house and can chew through everything from your favorite shoes to the couch. A Labrador retriever has an oily coat and they can shed a lot of hair. They also have a strong ‘doggy’ smell and need regular bathing because of this.

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Wire Fox Terrier

If you’re looking for a dog that is affectionate and friendly, you might be considering the addition of a wire fox terrier to your household. This breed does have its own challenges though, why you should know before making a decision.

First of all, although wire fox terriers look cuddly they are natural predators and it’s not unknown for them to attack other animals.

Also they have huge amounts of energy and they crave frequent attention. For this reason, a wire fox terrier is only suited to owners who have plenty of time to give them and are happy with a dog needing hands-on care all the time.

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Newfoundland

Just look at this gentle giant! Newfoundlands are beautiful dogs and tend to be calm and friendly. That makes them pleasant as a companion but doesn’t necessarily mean they’re simple to care for.

Newfoundlands have huge faces and can drool a lot which makes a mess. You can also expect a lot of shedding from their shaggy coats.

The main issue with this breed is they don’t understand how gigantic they are. Leave a Newfoundland alone and they might knock over fragile objects. This also makes them a risk to children and the elderly. However well-meaning these dogs are, their clumsiness and huge stature can cause issues.