If you are planning to get a dog, it is really smart to do your homework first. Let’s face it, just about every dog you come across is adorable in some way, that is just how we are! You will want to make sure that the dog you choose is right for your lifestyle and your family situation. Some dogs just need more attention than others. For some of the breeds listed here, nothing is worse than getting really attached to a human, only to find out after a while that they cannot spend much time with us. Here are some dog breeds that require a little more attention, so choose wisely.
German Shepherds are some of the most trainable and intelligent dogs out there. They are loyal and can be very protective. However, since they were bred to be active dogs, they can get a little cranky if left alone for too long and not exercised regularly. So cranky, that they might start taking it out on your furniture. Be sure you have time to devote to their needs too.
Some people love the look of an English Bulldog and their pushed-in-looking nose. This breed is very loyal and more mellow than many other more active dogs. Just remember that English Bulldogs can be prone to putting on weight, so monitoring their diet is important. It is also easy for them to get overheated, so if you are looking for a dog to spend a lot of time catching Frisbees at the beach, you might want to check out another breed.
German Shorthaired Pointers
If you are looking for an athletic super-star of a dog, then a German Shorthaired Pointer might be a good choice for you. However, with this active breed comes the responsibility to keep them busy. They love to do it all — hunting, jumping, running, and tracking prey. If these are not activities that are a part of your life, you can work with your pointer on other activities that still keep them busy and active. Also, if they are too active around the time they eat, they may suffer from bloat — an uncomfortable condition where air gets trapped in their stomachs. They also shed a lot of hair, so be sure to have your vacuum cleaner ready.
Yorkshire Terriers, also known as Yorkies, are adorable and tiny dogs that bring a lot of joy to their owners. They are full of energy and love to play, but they can also suffer from a lot of separation anxiety when left alone too long. Their long silky coat is pretty, but can require a lot of regular maintenance, although for some budding stylist owners, that is a plus!
English Cocker Spaniels
If having a dog with long, silky hair is what you want, consider the English Cocker Spaniel. Their long, gorgeous coat is beautiful to look at, but you need to give it a lot of attention to look that way. They require regular grooming, especially around their ears, so hair does not grow too long and obstruct their hearing. The breed also has some genetic health issues, so be sure you have the time for regular vet checkups to keep your dog as happy as possible.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are another British import. These adorable dogs also have long hair that requires some regular attention, so be sure to plan for regular grooming. This is another breed that can be prone to separation anxiety, so you need to consider that before choosing a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.
There are a lot of dogs that just require a more active lifestyle, and Australian Shepherds are at the top of the list. These super-smart herding dogs love nothing more than to run around like crazy. Try penning them up or keep them in the house, and they get bored. And bored dogs usually look for things to chew or chase. They are happiest with their humans hanging out together, so if you want a quiet dog to sit at your feet, maybe try a different breed.
Siberian Huskies are like the comedy act of the dog world. These spunky, funny dogs like to get a lot of activity in but are also prone to some mischief. Chewing things is something they do a lot, especially if they are bored. So, lesson number one with a Husky — do not let them get bored! If you can spend a lot of time playing around, you will both be happier.
A Labrador Retriever is going to be your absolute best buddy ever if you love them and treat them well. They will play fetch forever if you will let them and will stick by your side no matter what. All that love and affection also means that they need you to be there for them. If you travel a lot or cannot spend time with them, they will get incredibly sad and anxious. And no one wants that.
Border Collies are one of the smartest dogs out there and with all those brains come the need to keep them active. They love herding, which means running and being outdoors is a good thing for them. It is important that they not only stay physically fit but also keep their minds sharp. If you do not spend a good amount of time with them outdoors, their boredom with show up in destructive ways. Border collies are very trainable, so if you do not have any animals that need herding, think about giving them an obstacle course to conquer.
All dogs love attention from their humans. Some of us just want that attention in food form, but most of us want to spend time with you and feel your love. It is important for you to know how much time you can spend with your dog before you find them. Once you become our human, we are ready to be there for you all the time. All we ask is that you do the same for us!