April 13, 2012
This is just a list of dogs I’ve read about and have come to know “personally” as difficult breeds to own, It’s not a list of stupid breeds or breeds that are bad. Obviously there are exceptions to every rule and don’t take this personally. I’m just informing people that, if they get one of these breeds, or they aren’t an experienced and very dedicated dog owner, they may have trouble leading a normal dog-owner life, i.e. having a calm and orderly home, being able go to the dog park, allow the dog off leash, be around kids, dogs or other animals, or being allowed back into doggy daycare or a boarding facility. With that said, a few of these breeds get their “difficult” reputation because of lack of “proper” early socialization (before 3 months old), training and or guidance from a professional dog trainer.
In no particular order:
Jack Russell terrier
American Staffordshire Terrier (Pit Bull)
Presa Canario or American Bulldog (probably avoid altogether)
If you would like to know why a breed is on this list, ask me using the comment form below.
Dogs often make wonderful pets, however, every dog has the potential to inflict harm under the right circumstance, that’s why many other breeds could have made this list. If a breed is not listed here, it doesn’t mean they will automatically be a “perfect”dog with-out a lot of dedication from you.
If you are thinking about getting one of the listed breeds or any breed for that matter, do your homework and find a good breeder. Meet the puppy’s parents as good sound parents produce good sound puppies. Learn everything there is to know about the breed. ”Proper” early socialization (before 3 months old) training and exercise is the key. whether you dog is younger or older than 3 months, hiring a professional dog trainer can really make a difference.
If your dog shows aggression or other negative behavioral issues, get help right away, don’t make excuses for the dog and don’t be in denial. It’s OK to ask for professional help. My recommendation is if you have a known ‘aggressive breed’, a puppy from aggressive parents, a puppy you don’t know who the parents are or a puppy who is showing aggressive behavior, you should neutered them as early as possible (usually before 4- months of age). All other dogs should be fixed at 6 months old.