Difficult Dog Breeds – Not for Newbies

Warning these dogs are not for newbies. Not that they are bad dogs, but because their
personalities can often be a bit much for novice dog owners. Let’s see who, and why perspective first-time
dog owners should look elsewhere. You’re Watching Animal Facts! 10. Saint Bernard The Saint Bernard is a lovable, gentle giant,
but it can be a lot of work. First off, the Saint is huge at 130 to 180+
pounds. It’s a large dog that takes up no small
amount of space. You’d think that it would just want to hang
out in a large backyard, but the Saint Bernard is prone to heatstroke and would much rather
be around people. It’s definitely an indoor dog, but who’s
got the indoors to accommodate such a large dog. You might as well have a pony on your sofa. The Saint Bernard is friendly, requires moderate
exercise and for the most part is easy to train, which would normally make a dog an
excellent choice. So that’s not the problem. The issue first time dog owners can have with
the Saint Bernard is the sheer size of this breed and how to accommodate such a massive
dog that really does better living indoors. And the Saint sheds tons and drools…. You can not forget the drool … the copious
amounts of drool. And your dog food bill is going to be huge. It’s not a bad dog, just a little difficult
to live with. I want to pause to thank you for 10 Million
Views. It’s inspiring and humbling that we’ve
been able to grab such an amazing amount of views. I can’t thank you enough for your support! You’re a great community and we truly appreciate
you. Thank you. 9. German Shepherd Dog I’ve covered the German Shepherd Dog in
several other videos, including one about the Easiest Dog Breeds to Train. And, I do stick by that; they are easy to
train. Once you get past the stubbornness. It’s hard to appreciate the intelligence
of the German Shepherd until you’ve lived with one. There is little the GSD can’t do with the
proper training. But that intelligence is exactly why the breed
is not well-suited for the novice owner. You have to stay smarter than your dog is. Which is not an easy task. It takes dedication, training and exercise
to keep a GSD acting right. Just remember a bored German Shepherd is not
a particularly easy dog to live with. Not to mention the GSD comes with some pretty
hefty health concerns, including hip dysplasia and digestive and neurologic issues. 8. Australian Cattle Dog Sometimes known as a Blue Heeler, the Australian
Cattle Dog, has a reputation of being stubborn and being a bit over adventurous, not to mention
that it has almost never ending stamina. In the case of the Australian Cattle Dog,
it wasn’t really meant to be a pet. It is a working dog through and through. Even more than the German Shepherd, the Australian
Cattle Dog needs a job to do and these resilient herders are intelligent enough to routinely
outsmart their owners, sometimes even experienced ones. A quick walk or a game of fetch in the yard
isn’t going to cut it. ACDs really need a job in order to remain
happy. On a farm, this may not be an issue, especially
if there are animals to herd. In less rural living situations, going with
its owner on runs every day, or nearly every day, is a good outlet for immense energy reserves. If you don’t have animals that need herding
or you’re not training for a marathon, this intelligent breed is probably not suited for
your home. 7. Dalmatian Like many dogs on this list the Dalmatian
wasn’t bred to be a pet. It’s a working dog. Disney kinda failed to mention that in 101
Dalmatians, which would probably be a nightmare living situation. The Dalmatian was bred to work as a coach
dog, running alongside carriages or horses, alerting coachmen to approaching highwaymen
and warding off stray dogs. That’s how it became the traditional firehouse
dog — it kept the streets clear for horse-drawn fire engines. With the right humans, Dals are bright, loyal,
and loving house dogs. They are strong, active athletes with great
stamina—a wonderful partner for runners and hikers. But, Dalmatians need training to help make
them well-mannered members of the family. They can be headstrong, so without consistent,
firm training you could end up with an unmanageable, destructive dog. Also, he’s a notorious shedder with stiff
fur that weaves its way into fabric (but not out). Disney forgot to mention that too. 6. Weimaraner William Wegman is an American artist best
known for creating series of compositions involving dogs, primarily his own Weimaraners
in various costumes and poses. If you haven’t seen his work, you should
check it out, it’s a must see. Nicknamed the “Gray Ghost”, the Weimaraner
earned its nickname for its beautiful gray coat and maybe sometimes annoying habit of
following its owner closely, but the highly intelligent Weimaraner isn’t the right dog
for everyone. This dog does not have an off switch. It is extremely energetic and not happy with
being left alone. Separation anxiety can be a real deal-breaker
with the Weimaraner, especially if you work. They are also difficult to housetrain and
have a high prey drive that can make them a real danger to cats and other small pets
you may have in the house. But, if you have the time and energy and your
home is lacking cats, it just might work out for you. 5. Rottweiler The Rottweiler is one of those breeds that
gets too much bad press, sadly. Because, Rottweilers are truly gentle giants. But, the Rottie is also a truly powerful and
protective dog. And, a Rottweiler needs someone to be the
boss, and if you’re not taking the job, your Rottie will. Consider that the Rott can be up to 135 pounds
of muscle, this loyal and protective dog can backup its threatening growl and unfortunately
legally this does not usually end well for the dog. If you can’t be the boss, the Rottie is
out of your league. And there are many easier breeds to choose
from. 4. Alaskan Malamute The Alaskan Malamute is friendly, joyful and
exuberant, not to mention beautiful. This may make it an attractive option for
someone seeking a first dog. But, there are quite a few gotchas with the
Alaskan Malamute. It’s probably not a surprise that the Alaskan
Malamute sheds. The surprise may be just how much this big
ball of fluff manages to shed without going bald. But that’s not the end of it. The Alaskan Malamute is a sled dog, which
means it pulls. Not such a bad thing if you have a sled, not
such a great thing if you are holding onto the leash of a 65-100 pound dog pulling you
with all the might and endurance of a champion sled dog. It also needs a lot of exercise, but is vulnerable
to heat stroke due to its thick, beautiful coat, a catch-22 if you live in warmer climates. 3. Chinese Shar Pei A Chinese Shar Pei puppy is sooooo cute with
all of those wrinkles that don’t go away as it reaches adulthood. It’s adorable and kinda hard to resist. But, you might want to. Despite the cuteness, the Shar Pei requires
an assertive, experienced owner to train it and keep it from getting bored. You won’t be spending a lot of time exercising
your dog, but you’ll spend an amazing, and frustrating amount of time training it. The Shar Pei is not generally easy to train,
nor is it the brightest crayon in the box. This highly territorial dog tends to bond
with one person, though not particularly affectionately, and can be quite distrustful of those it doesn’t
know — humans and dogs alike and aren’t well-known for being friendly toward children. They aren’t tolerant to either hot or cold
weather. And all those cute dramatic skin folds can
increase the tendency for chronic skin and eye conditions that a naïve pet owner may
find a bit daunting. 2. Chow Chow The fashionable Chow Chow, an all-purpose
dog of ancient China, at least as early as the Han Dynasty, presents the picture of a
muscular, aristocrat with an air of inscrutable timelessness. Dignified, serious-minded, and aloof, the
Chow Chow is a breed of unique delights, if you have the skill to train it. Not known for being particularly affectionate,
the Chow Chow isn’t the big teddy bear it appears to be. It’s intelligent but stubborn, and may require
a lot of training before you get a dog that is easy to live with. This breed is wary of strangers and may be
aggressive toward dogs it doesn’t know. You’re probably thinking that I’m picking
on these breeds. And that’s not the case. These are all good dogs in the right hands. I’ve had several of them throughout my life. The thing is, people often get these dogs
for the wrong reasons without knowing their personalities. And, that often leads to less than fortunate
outcomes for the dogs. Just know what you’re getting into before
rushing out to get any dog, even the little ones. Now on with the show. 1. Akita The Akita is a large and powerful dog breed
with a noble and intimidating presence. The Akita was bred to hunt big game such as
bear, boar and elk in Feudal Japan. That should tell you something about the tenacity
of this dog. The Akita does not back down from challenges
and does not frighten easily. This Spitz breed can also weigh upwards of
115 pounds (sometimes even more), and requires a brisk 20-30 minute walk every day, always
on leash due to a strong prey drive or off leash if your neighborhood is plagued by bears
and boars. It’s safe to say that an Akita shouldn’t
be trusted around cats and other small pets. The Akita’s a beautiful dog, but sheds heavily,
drools heavily and can be a challenge to train, making it best suited to experienced dog owners. I know some of you are going to hammer me
in the comments. Feel free to tell me I’m wrong about any
of these breeds. I’ll listen. What do I know? I’m just a guy on YouTube that talks about
dogs. Which of these breeds would you take a chance
on? Hey, thanks for watching. You got this far, which means you probably
liked it… so ummm like it, might as well hit that subscribe button while your down
there. I’ve got a lot of videos up, like these
two and a lot more coming. And as always, catch ya next time.

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100 Responses

  1. not important says:

    I love my ACD, but you're not kidding about stubborn and smart. Brilliant dogs, and the more you talk to them, the better connection they come up with.

  2. Haze Haberdasher says:

    Definitely considering the Rottweiler. That seems like a dog worth training well. A true partner if you train him right, let him know his boundaries, and keep him short leashed untill he knows the rules

  3. Roger gr says:

    You forget the stuborn character and the size of a ridgeback

  4. greg bammel says:

    Please ADD JRT to the Top of the list. They are hunting dogs and need to be worked. Jack Russell Terriers. People get them because the look cute and smart on the Movies and TV. They are Hunting DOGS and need jobs and places to work. They Need assertive training and not dominating over. Smart dogs are harder to train and brains come with a cost. They want to be independent and figure things out on there own. JRTCA is a great place for info on them.

  5. Marie DeLozier says:

    Give me a DIRE wolf!!

  6. Samantha Strickland says:

    My dad brought home a chowchow puppy the same day they brought me home from the hospital. He lived 13 years. Super territorial over me but never bit or attacked anyone he just kept people and dogs away if he didn't like them.

    I have a Weimaraner now and she most definitely has an off switch. Super smart and sassy but cuddly and sweet. Her bed time is 9pm and she will loudly sigh to make it known it is time for bed if the lights are on or you're making noise. ?

  7. Christin Aranda says:

    Heelers have endless energy! No joke. I love my heeler/corgi mix, but I will never own another heeler again! SOOO much energy. I would walk and run my heeler 3 miles every day and she still had energy to tear the house apart. She ripped out the hallway carpet, chewed baseboards, remotes, tables, chairs, tore down the fence twice and terrorized the cat daily trying to herd her. ? After she turned 5 she calmed down to a more manageable level, but I seriously underestimated the needs of a heeler. I have owned german shepherds, a lab, a german shorthair pointer, a rottie, chihuahuas and a pitbull mix and I was still not prepared for her energy level. She also took the longest to housebreak, 9 months! They are extremely smart yet stubborn dogs. If you plan on getting one, please have a farm/ranch setting and the patience of a saint. They are not joking when they say they are NOT for a home (even with a large yard) setting.

  8. Annabelle Reid says:

    Anyone thinking of owning a dog should research all breeds and go with one that suits their lifestyle, every breed has there pros and cons

  9. willtynellyworth says:

    Just killed my dream of adopting a Dalmatian ?

  10. Bella Channell says:

    I can't wait to get my Rottweiler! ?

  11. Tesla Nick says:

    Rubbish list. Belgian Malinois are not for beginners, neither are most of the game terriers (Patterdale, Jack Russell etc). Border Collies, Aussies, most of the herding breeds.

  12. wildernessman says:

    Number one should be pit bull. They need a firm strong confident owner. Need special training.

  13. Delicia Sweets says:


  14. Doug H. in VA says:

    a video saying a dog needs a 'boss' is suspect because a dog is not a person at a job. a dog is not like a person at all.

  15. Maggie Macias says:

    Left out the husky

  16. Mikael.The.Blessed. says:

    I'm almost 49 and dogs have come and gone. The one i was most attached to was a mix of german shepherd and labrador. Very loving dog.
    If i was to buy a dog today it would be either german shepherd or a belgian malinois. I'm not an very experienced with training but beside studying the breathe, read/listen to experienced owners, puppy training in group at a "club", it all comes down to common sence.

  17. trueblueclue says:

    Kudos for not using noobs in the thumbnail.

  18. Unenthusiastic Person says:

    i do agree with doing research on the dog you want. And I also agree on getting the dog as your experience level.
    please don't get a dog that is above your experience level. Dogs have feelings too.

  19. plethorabyzenta says:

    finally someone who put the list right! 1st list I have seen where someone is listing the chow chow and other Asian breeds as they are the oldest pure lines of "Never been family dogs" thank you

  20. Sharon Taylor says:

    Mareema should also be on that list,

  21. caroline says:

    by 5 months, our german puppy learned to open all doors, no matter how they opened as long as the handle was a lever handle.
    we have two germans (one is a rescue, the other was bought but given to us for free by a friend who couldnt take care of him.) both pure bred and difficult to take care of, however totally worth it if ur up to it.

  22. Elite_Fresh says:

    2:50 I have a red heeler

  23. OLHA767 says:

    I have a GSD , and you were so right! GSD are amazing dogs once you get past their stubbornness:) They are very intelligent, even intuitive I’d say. Great with kids and very protective!

  24. Jo says:

    Chow/German shepherd mix. Very protective of me but is a huge baby. Easier to train than expected

  25. gingerwolfy says:

    Add Irish wolfhounds…worked at a shelter a several years ago and it was always the wolfhound crossbreeds that gave ppl issues. They’re hard headed little bstards who won’t do anything they don’t want to. XD

  26. Giorgio Gouldberg says:

    My first dog was a bandog,many years ago.Now in have a pack of 4 dogs.I believe that all first time owners Need to do good research before even considering getting a dog.

  27. JiangHui says:

    Irish Wolfhounds should be on this. The price is extreme and training is key. I struggled with my I.W puppy and had to work a lot with him.

  28. Rochelle M says:

    I hope Standard Poodles make the list. They can be VERY difficult.

  29. Leader Hoshi says:

    Huskys are easy to train ? I’ve had one and they are just so sweet they do shed a lot but they aren’t hard to train?

  30. Lisa Lindberg says:

    What about fox terriers I am an experienced dog mom and I am having a hard time with my little Rusty

  31. Kirsty Reid says:

    i have two rottie akitas best dogs ever

  32. Dawna Kern says:

    My neighbors have a siberian husky that, at this point, should be put to sleep. They have had it 6 years and just threw into their backyard and never gave it any attention. Then their grandchildren moved in and the dog got sequestered in the pool area (which is it's only drinking water) and is left in to pool area for days. No shelter (they have a gazebo but that is not a proper shelter) this poor dog barks and whines and howls for 3 and 4 days and nights at a time. It is afraid of strangers and I believe could seriously become a fear biter. They hate me because they think I hate their dog. It's not the dogs fault. A better fate for this dog would be to be put too sleep of given to a seasoned dog trainer but they refuse. Some people should NOT OWN DOGS

  33. Quitta Jean says:

    You are sure right about cattle dog. My roodie is 9 months and he's drives me crazy some days

  34. Sherilyn Lum-Alarcon says:

    love them all
    I have Bull terriers.

  35. 6.4 HemiDriver says:

    We have two German Shepherds and a Chocolate Lab.  Have had really good luck with both breeds.  We'll always have at least one of each breed.

  36. Alanna Fortner says:

    I’m surprised that a Doberman Pinscher is not there because I have one and he is hyper/high drive

  37. Grace Notes says:

    I agree that Shar-Pei are not for the newbie, but I disagree that they lack intelligence. What they lack is understanding, cuz they are definitely not a normal dog by any doggie standard. 🙂

  38. Jeanette Degiulio says:

    I have a Cane Corso. Not a dog for beginners at all. They need training and socializing. Most importantly they know you are leader of the pack. Dante is tolerant of strangers when on a leash but I pity anyone that breaks into our house. He is not timid at all, fearlessly protecting his people and territory. Amazing dogs if trained right and bought from a reputable breeder.

  39. AquariusRising says:

    I loved the Dalmatian/ woman planking. My planking partner is my Shepard/Lab puppy. I can always count on him lying his head on my back or legs, or worse, changing the timer on my phone, lol.

  40. tulenik71 says:

    If GSD is "problematic" due to his intelligence, what about huskies/malamutes/samoyeds then?
    Smart as hell but they have their own opinion about everything 😀
    GSD have no problem with repeated tasks, husky will send you somewhere after 2nd repetition. Samoyed will ask you why to do something totally useless.

  41. Billymadisons Shampoo says:

    My chow was the greatest ever. I miss him very much.

  42. 47Sukhoi says:

    OMG, I'm extremely delighted and stunned. The Doberman is NOT on the list?!!! Really dude, could it be my first dog ???

    Please let me know as I adore that dog soooooooooo much and I'm not certain if it could be a good choice for me as a first dog with no previous experience in dog breeding.


  43. Saint Dockery says:

    Most working dogs

  44. Manley Nelson says:

    Belgian Malinois should be on the list

  45. Shep VanDelay says:

    what the fK IS AN "OUTDOOR DOG:[email protected]@!!!??????

  46. Au Crunk says:

    Huskies should definitely be on this list, more so than the similar malamute

  47. vj elliott says:

    Love the videos on the channel. But can't stand that very irritating kid voice that does the count down. Ugh! Please find a new counter!!!!!

  48. Not your TypiCaL girl says:

    I want to have a guard dog and i love rottweiler… What you have to say about that? ?
    Gonna be a first time dog owner tho

  49. Jared Nauck says:

    Have a blue healer. They can be broken of the need to heard everything in sight if taught from a very young age. Mine is just my jogging dog and we run a lot. She is now my Velcro dog and my running buddy everywhere I go. You'll never find more loyalty.

  50. Clyde Barrow says:

    Y'all are so wrong about these dogs in this video

  51. Veragail Faircloth says:

    Right on !!! You definitely know your dog's ???

  52. Happy the Dog says:

    I call them Alsatians, German Shepherds are a bunch nazis

  53. Kevin Vincent Buchanan says:

    Akitas are wonderful but without doubt stubborn beyond belief. Ours is very good in nearly all respects but there's no way I would ever trust her off the lead, one squirrel and I'd never see her again lol!

  54. Tyree Brown says:

    You’re absolutely right about the Rottweiler. We have a male that has been trained by the family and he is a great listener. The female was raised to “listen” to one owner. She became the boss and has been out of control since. Now that she’s under the family’s commands, she knows how to listen better but has nasty habits of chewing shoes, floors, couches and paper! Someone explain how to tame this female Rott!!!

  55. Beverly Lamon says:

    I have on breed only a very experienced person should have, a Fila.

  56. Katie Star says:

    I believe the Cane Corso should also be on this list. <3 Otherwise, great video!

  57. Lehlohonolo Mofula says:

    I'm getting a Rottie or a Boerboel

  58. SoHyped ! says:

    Im getting a gsd puppy !

  59. Pinkdust X says:

    I rescued my Akita and she has been a challenge, notice I said challenge ???? which means I don’t give up either! I do not ever have her off leash during walks since she is not a big fan of most other dogs. She picks and chooses who she like (uh-hem, just like me again). 3 words to describe our relationship……trust, respect and loyalty. In that order. Love her!





  61. Bipolar Express says:

    You really need to add Bloodhound to this list PLEASE. Im tired of people getting them that have NO clue what they are getting into and then they abandon them.

  62. Adi Mate says:

    So an Indian bully kutta is a good for newbies?

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  64. sarikatimmi says:

    how are cane corsos

  65. J Westcott says:

    I have a German Shepherd and a Blue Heeler. I adore my dogs. They are both head strong. The Blue Heeler is smarter. But I would never suggest new dog owners start with either.

  66. RACER X says:

    @ alan szykula you are correct! the Mal was only created, and suited for work..as were most dogs. until the AXC gets a hold of them, and wrecks type and temp : (

  67. Boerboel 10810 says:

    There are many more dogs that should be on the list, most of the dogs listed are because of energy levels and high drive, i get that. However there are dogs out there that it becomes life threatening when things go wrong.

  68. A Rabbit says:

    I have Shar-Pei. They are not dim, just stubborn. They are very independent. My neighbor has Weimaraners and they come over for playdates with my Pei and Doberman.

  69. cactus witch says:

    Border collie should be on this list, they’re too energetic and will nip if they’re not getting proper Stimulating training they need. I get way too many clients come in with border collies that when walk into our vet clinic without being dragged around, complain about nipping and unable to keep up with them.

  70. Ladymoonflower69 says:

    Your Right

  71. Cynthia Allen says:

    I have to disagree w your order. I've had 5 GSDs but I would never own an Australian Cattle dog, border collie or any similar breeds because they require so much exercise, much more than GSDs. I got my first and I was a novice but I also hired an experienced trainer from day one. All were German lines.

  72. Strykerismyhorse says:

    Thank you for adding Cattle Dogs!!! My friend got one for her birthday because she wanted an easy dog and I have one and he’s laid back so she wouldn’t believe me when I said they can be very hyper and stubborn dogs and not for new owners. So when she got her dog she had such a difficult time with him and training her puppy so much that she sold him!

  73. Mukul Verma says:

    My dog is 13 years old, he is lazy as hell, perfect for me 🙂
    When I adopted him he was 10 years old already.

  74. ed spreitzer says:

    I think my Pit has PTSD or something…lol.

  75. Enrique Martinez says:

    The German Shepherd and the Akita are my favorite

  76. Laurelin Lorefield says:

    Great Pyrenees should be on the list. There are way too many of them in shelters and rescue situations because people misunderstand this gorgeous breed. They are adorable and high on the cuddle list. They have a strong drive to protect the young of most species (except birds) after they mature at about 3 years old and, when trained, are very gentle with old or ill people. But they are not actually teddy bears. They are big, smart, independent, stubborn, and not easy to train (think of it more as a partnership – they do!). They shed, drool, and bark (especially at night). Purebreds do not have a herding drive or a prey drive. They have been bred for hundreds or even thousands of years to be independent livestock guardians; there are images of them in bronze-age art, and they started out back then as war dogs, That's a lot of instinct bred in. They will use their size and bark to discourage predators or strangers or strange dogs and get them to leave the area. They will back down if you assure them and insist that the person or dog is acceptable in your presence. If the threat does not back down, they will use lethal force. They work intelligently in teams, and, in packs, they are effective against wolves and grizzly bears. They will be the alpha unless you are strong and clever enough to force the issue. They are very impulsive and destructive as teenagers unless you keep them contained and occupied (this is when most of them are surrendered). They do not need as much exercise as lot of other breeds; they tend to find a high place and scan for threats. But they are incredibly fast and maneuverable in dealing with any threats that materialize. (A husky is bred for endurance, a Pyrenees is bred for bursts of activity.) They can get away from you quickly unless you are watching and prepared. Unless trained otherwise, they are naturally nocturnal, patrolling by night, when most of the predators are out, and watching sleepily by day. They can be happy indoors with a family, but you have to be prepared to deal with their instincts. You need a tall, strong fence and to always use a leash outside of a fence. An off-leash Pyr is a disaPyr because they have a very large sense of territory they want to patrol. I dearly love mine. I've owned several breeds, I'm not a beginner, and I did my homework. But she has been a challenge. She has socialized well with people and friend's dogs, and my house and furniture are intact (teenagers can take a couch apart to chew on). But we are still working on getting along with strange dogs. Wonderful breed, but you need to know what you are getting into and how to deal with them. Definitely not for first-time dog owners!

  77. Jessica Darby says:

    I Disagree with you on Dalmatians, agree with you on Chows, though I have to say, if mine hadn't been abused by two sets of previous owners and needed to gain my trust Buffy would've been a awesome pet considering a 13 yr old was training her. She was still a outside dog till I got her trained, but broke her chain being curious about a cat across the road :'(

  78. DamienNight666 says:

    Not being funny, but why did you show us a dog being trampled by a horse.

  79. Elizabeth Wagner says:

    ??? I can attest to #8!! They are not for everyone. Mine drives me nuts!

  80. Scott Mollyhorn says:

    AIREDALES SHOULD BE ON THIS LIST. Smarter than most people!

  81. Street Kid says:

    Thanks for not putting Pitbulls in this list even tho they are not for novist owners they arent as hard as these to maintain

  82. Fluff Puff says:

    ONLY THING I would change is You didnt include Malinois Lmfao.
    Ive owned, love, and experienced many of these breeds and agree overall with basically all of them.(Obviously there will always be individuals who dont fall completely in this standard, but. This is just that. A standard.)

    But I gotta say I would have definitely included Malinois in top 5 LOLOL. I LOVE the Malinois, they're like a work of art to me.
    I adore them, but I also know they are NOT cut out for newbies. IMHO I dont think they''re best for pets at all.(In most cases, not all cases).
    They're just designed so fluidly for work, and they excell at it like no other breed. Regular pet life, is just not for them.

    Great video though.

  83. Paul Simmons says:

    Newbies should do their research because, as you said, getting the wrong dog isn't good for the dog or the newbie.
    Good video that makes some great points.

  84. Sarah Keller says:

    All 3 of my dogs are on this list ??

  85. TONI2COMBS says:


  86. chunkymonkey55555 says:

    I think all new dog owners should research the breed they are getting before they get it. Or do as much investigating as possible if its a mixed breed. Over the years i seen many owners sruggle with difficult dogs. If u get it right from the start, chances are u will be a lot better off in the long run.

  87. Jefferson Campos says:

    I have a Australian cattle dog, a pit bull terrior, and a German boxer mix

  88. Jefferson Campos says:

    I want a Rottweiler

  89. Sahari Jade B says:

    I have two Australian Smithfield cattle Dogs and they aren't that stubborn nor hard to train.as long as you stand up to them there wonderful dogs.i have had 5 cattle Dogs in my life but they have all been amazing.i would honestly highly recommend one for a strong willed, energetic person ?

  90. Sahari Jade B says:

    Oh one more thing ITS NOT THE BREED but THE INDIVIDUAL DOG??like if you agree. It rlly annoys me to go through these comments and see people blaming the breeds like it's not their fault that they weren't sutable for that particular person ??

  91. BOSS says:

    Akitas aren’t droolers..not sure where that came from? Agree with their #1 placement on the list though. Currently trying to decide if I want to get another one due to some of their characteristics. Must be extra diligent about getting the dog around ppl and other animals regularly. Truly a fearless breed and very intuitive. But sometimes I just think I want an easy dog ?

  92. Heather Cortes says:

    I think it's very important to get a dog, not just a breed, that matches your personality. I just talked a guy out of getting a rottweiler yesterday. This dumb a$$ thought he could just get a cute puppy that turns into a large dog and stuff it into a studio apartment all day and not walk it or train it. I spent two hours explaining to him that dogs are not toys and can't be dumped after a year when you've raised an animal that's gone crazy since you didn't take the time to spend the time on it. If you want a dog you better be prepared to basically have a three year old child for the next ten to fifteen years. Three year olds are horrible brats if you don't do what you're supposed to as a parent. I should know since I have six kids. I recommended he get one of those toy dogs with batteries. Around here most of the people get dogs as fashion accessories. They make me sick. Puppies are great but, they don't put the work in. Then I end up finding dogs left in the park or in a field. Pitbulls seem to get the worst of it around here. A lot of people seem to think getting a purebred is best. They can be…if you know what you're getting into. Do your research. Know what temperament is breed specific, what the diseases are for that dog and if your prepared to cough up the cash, make sure you have the time to spend on the high energy pooches that'll trash your house if you don't. Don't forget that mutts are also great dogs. I love all dogs but, I tend to favor the ones over 60lbs since I usually grab up the strays that can't be placed. Everyone seems to want midget dogs. All my dogs have been there for companionship and to keep people away from my house. I've had to put down three dogs in four years due to old age. My nineteen year old balled like a baby when Brownie died in July. She was fourteen. My vet said she's never seen a boxer live that long. She helped teach my two youngest kids to walk. I just recently got a white german shepherd. These guys kept following my daughter. They don't come around any longer. He is not for a beginner. While he is very sweet he's also a velcro dog. I had to train him out of being jealous of my husband. If you get a shepherd make sure to THOROUGHLY socialize it or you'll have issues later. Snow only has issues with people who smell of drugs or alcohol now. Since this isn't the best neighborhood I don't have a problem with that. What I do take issue with is his sneakiness. Unless I put food in the oven when I leave the kitchen he'll steal it. He can also open doors. Given enough time I'm sure he'll learn to unlock a deadbolt. He also likes to race my pitbull through the house and jump on the furniture. (This is why we have leather furniture and wood floors. Kids and dogs can be gross.) By the time he's fully grown I'm sure I'll have trained all his bad habits away but, I wouldn't recommend him for anyone without at least two prior dogs they've trained really well just for the experience. There's a guy that just got arrested for locking his dog in a dark basement in a crate. He hardly ever took it out evidently. He poor things went nuts. Somebody let it out and it attacked. The poor dog got out down. The idiot owner probably won't spend a day in jail. If you get any pets not matter what type please do your research and be prepared to put in the time necessary for its happiness. I end up crying every time I find a new one dumped somewhere that I have to take home and find a place for it. People always seem to dump them near the holidays too.

  93. Summer Coleman says:

    My top five would be:
    5. Lakeland Terrier (not very popular but very stubborn – id basically but any terrier here just because people get them think they are so cute then dont realise they have such a high prey drive, energy)
    4. Rotti (simply because of how damn clumsy they are)
    3. Chow Chow (completely agree here aloof and difficult to train but beautiful)
    2. Belgian Malinois (if you dont intend to work them or do something with them. So many dog trainer literally warn people off them because german shep lines have been diluted from their original working lines but the mali is like pure work dog not a pet!!!)
    1. Basenji (just… yeah if you have any experience with this breed youll know)

    dont really know why akita is first… Ive had experience with loads of them and they are big softies! definitely should be on the list but number one is a stretch

  94. Katie Rosa says:

    Other than the St. Bernard, I agree these dogs are not good first dogs. However, there are a few breeds I would have added ahead of some of these. That said, I'm glad you specified that these are all good breeds, just not the best suited for someone who doesn't fully understand them/dogs in general yet.

  95. Mark Henry says:

    Like your honest assessmennts.

  96. Gini Barrett says:

    This doesn't include pit bulls, the dog that attacks and kills more than any other, or all the other 300 plus breeds combined. Therefore, this has zero credibility.

  97. Some kind of Entity says:

    Belgian Malinois has entered the chat

  98. Evil Erv Cowart says:

    Far too many people chose a breed of dog solely on superficial, shallow reasons…their look, their size, etc. Instead of doing the research and realizing that different breeds may have different needs. Example: my bulldog is very low maintenance (food, water, shelter, quite time being groomed, and doesn't mind her alone time). My Great Dane, on the other hand, is especially social and needy; she doesn't enjoy time spent by herself. Add her high level of energy to her craving for near constant interaction and you have a dog that could quickly be labeled as a "problem animal" by someone new to the breed.

  99. Barbara Mascaro says:

    Jack Russell Terrier should be added…Boundless energy, stubborn, and does not care for other animals or strangers…They have fear agression…I live with my daughter and she has one…Although I love him to pieces, he is definitely hard to handle…?

  100. Zylo gaming says:

    Pittbull dogs are perfect, but a pittie puppy is hard! Trust me I have one, but they are still funny and awesome

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