Before you take the plunge in getting your first pup, you should know what you're getting into. Not all dog breeds are created equal. Some can be more challenging for first time pawrents than others.
We chatted with trainer Molly Sumner of Kindred Companions, LLC
and rounded up, in no particular order, the dog breeds that may not be the wisest choice for new owners.
1. COONHOUNDS - There are several different types of Coonhounds, but they share similar traits. Coonhounds are loving and people-oriented. In fact, they love humans so much that they can never stop talking about it. And by talk about it we mean LOUD barks and howls. They're loaded with energy and very smart. If you don't give them a constructive outlet, they'll find their own - and you probably won't like what it is.
2. KUVASZ - Beautiful and fluffy, the Kuvasz breed has a mind of its own. They're suspicious, guarded, intelligent and bred to work. If you want a Kuvasz, you need to be willing to put in a lot of time exercising your pup. You also need to be prepared for constant furbombs all over your house. Invest in good vacuum.
They are gentle and loving to their humans, "their" being the operative word. The breed's reclusive nature can make them overly suspicious of strangers. This makes early socialization a must. It also means there's a whole lotta barkin' going on. A Kuvasz' size can make them difficult to control, as well. They can clock in at 115 pounds! A consistent owner is a prerequisite here.
3. GERMAN SHORTHAIRED POINTERS - Biggest drawback with these beauties? Boredom. If they get bored, hide ALL.THE.THINGS. Molly describes them in one word, three times: "Bouncy, Bouncy, Bouncy." You've got a ball of energy on your hands that loves to hunt. These pups need way more than daily walk around the block to keep them chill. Plus, their love of the hunt makes them easily distrac... OHHH SHINY! In short, you need lots of time and dedication to keep them in line. On the flip side, they're extremely good natured and loving.
4. DALMATIAN - There's no denying that these polka dotted pups are stunning. As with most of the dogs on this list, Dalmatians are high energy. They need a lot of room to spread out and play. Apartment living isn't the best option. Oh, and they're jumping beans, 33-71 pound jumping beans.
They're also independent and will do their own thing if they think it's more interesting than your commands. A consistent hooman leader can make all of the difference. Despite their independence, Dalmatians are very needy and require lots of companionship from their human.
5. COCKER SPANIEL - 100% adorable (Those ears!!), Cocker Spaniels can be like that significant other that you really love but also makes you feel a little weirded out by their excessive clinginess. This neediness can lead to anxiety, which can sometimes lead to unexpected pee! The real issue with their anxiety is that they are very sensitive to perceived threats. Cocker Spaniels can be snappy and even bite at the slightest provocation. They often land on the list of dogs that vets and groomers aren't happy about handling.
6. RHODESIAN RIDGEBACK - If you don't mind holes in your backyard and love to go on long runs, then you might not mind a Rhodesian Ridgeback. But I'm guessing you aren't crazy about holes in your backyard. These pups also need major socialization to keep their territorial instincts at bay.
7. AUSTRALIAN CATTLE DOG -
8. LABRADOR RETRIEVER - Labs can be great at obedience training, but Molly says that Chocolate Labs, in particular, can be a bit of a handful. They can be "over-loving." They'll do just about anything to give you a kiss, including jumping at your face... while you're standing up. This can be overwhelming to say the least. Although they have a great disposition with kids, their rowdy nature might not be appropriate for very tiny humans.
9. WEIMARANER - An extremely hyper breed, the Weimaraner needs plenty of time to romp around. If you can't dedicate the proper energy to exercise, then you better be prepared to have a furry one-dog demolition crew in your house. These pups are jumpers and escape artists. Although not quite as needy as a Cocker Spaniel, they can experience major separation anxiety. Their impressive bark will scare off even the most determined thief, but it can also rattle an inexperienced owner's cage.