Difficult Dog Breeds – Small Dogs Not for Newbies


Dogs are faithful, loving companions, but
not all dogs are well-suited for the novice dog owner. Not because they are bad dogs, but because
they have their own unique set of quirks which can make them a bad match for first time dog
owners. Let’s see which small dog breeds are best
suited for more experienced dog owners. You’re Watching Animal Facts! 10. Chihuahua In our last Difficult Dog Breeds Not for Newbies
video, we covered mostly large dog breeds. It should seem pretty obvious why one should
be careful in choosing a large dog. But, even the smallest of dogs can present
a number of challenges for those that aren’t quite prepared for ownership of some of the
more challenging breeds. I love Chis and the Chihuahua is known by
those that love it as an affectionate companion, whose favorite pastime is snoozing the day
away on your lap. As companion dogs, Chis form a tight bond
with their owner and they tend to have a favorite person. Which is certainly fine for a single person
that doesn’t entertain within the home often. But, this can be a fault in a family dynamic. It’s quite often that Chis, especially those
that have bonded closely with one family member, will become jealous of human relationships. It is also fair to say, and many owners will
agree that Chihuahuas and young children do not mix very well. It is not a good idea to bring a Chihuahua
into a home where small children are present. And, if you bring a Chi into a home with children,
you’re going to need to teach your child to respect your dog’s wishes and some rules
of engagement. Of course it all depends on the personality
of the dog and the amount of early socialization the dog has gotten. 9. Pekingese The late, great Robin Williams once described
the Pekingese as a dog who looks like it got hit in the face with a shovel. The AKC Standard says the Pekingese “should
imply courage, boldness, and self-esteem, rather than prettiness, daintiness, or delicacy.” And indeed, the Pekingese is dignified, supremely
confident, and one of the most independent of the toy breeds. And by independent, I mean stubborn. The Pekingese can be exasperatingly willful,
and will resent being scolded. It needs a confident owner that can take charge. If you earn your Peke’s respect, you will
have a well-mannered dog without much need for formal training. However, if you fail to set firm rules and
to earn your little pooch’s respect, you can end up with a little terror on your hands. They’re not recommended for children as
they will not tolerate any rough handling or mischief. But, they do make excellent choices for adults
that have the time and patience and most of all the confidence to earn the respect of
this bold little dog. 8. Skye Terrier The Terrier Group is perhaps one of the most
interesting of the dog world. A group of small dogs that were more of less
bred to be feisty, tough and independent, but increasing find themselves in the role
of a house pet. This can many times cause issues within the
household. One of the few terriers who is actually laid-back
indoors, the Skye Terrier is easy to exercise, requiring only walks and play sessions. However, it is a fearless, agile chaser with
lightning reflexes and should never be let-off leash unless in a safe, enclosed area. The Skye also needs a lot of personal attention
and can not be ignored. Skyes do not suffer fools gladly. They are highly sensitive to correction and
are likely to retaliate if handled harshly. Like most dogs on this list, the Skye Terrier
requires a strong-willed and confident owner to match its strong-willed personality. Being one of the most independent terriers
out there, your Skye will utterly dominate any wishy-washy family members. But, if you have an equally strong character,
with a firm voice and an understanding of how to lead a proud strong-minded dog, this
little, tough, unusual-looking terrier just might be the dog for you. That is if you can find one. They are rather difficult to find and usually
carry a rather hefty price tag when you do. 7. Border Collie One of the most intelligent of all dog breeds,
the Border Collie is also one of the most challenging to live with. The Border Collie is a working dog breed. As with many working dogs, the Border Collie
has a superior intellect, combined with an intensity and obsessive zeal for working that
are its most impressive features. But these features are also what makes this
impressive dog unsuitable for most family homes, unless of course your family also has
livestock that need herding. Without physical and mental stimulation, Border
Collies become hyperactive and will drive you up the wall with obsessive and destructive
behaviors as they seek creative outlets for their physical and mental frustration. Outside the working dog world, most families
are not equipped with the time or knowledge to handle this intelligent and high strung
breed. 6. Dachshund Although the Dachshund is one of the more
popular family dogs, this little hunting dog can be a bit much for the novice family. Dachshunds attract devoted followers who would
never consider having any other breed and for many, there is no better small house dog. But, cuteness aside, the Dachshund does have
its fair share of challenging behaviors. Though bright and clever, Dachshunds like
to do things their own way. In other words, they’re stubborn. Also, they are proud little dogs who resist
forceful correction. They become irritable when pushed too far,
and they may respond with defensive growling or snapping if handled harshly. In many cases, this sometimes vengeful little
dog, who can be notoriously difficult to potty train, will even retaliate your scolding by
doing its business on your bed. Just in case you didn’t know it was mad
at you. Also, the Dachshund may have a suspicious
and even aggressive stance toward strangers if not properly socialized. This is a hunting dog, never trust your Dachshund
around other small pets, such as your hamster or guinea pig. All that said, the Dachshund is a loyal and
comical family companion if you are experienced enough to handle it. 5. Pomeranian Known by its fans as attentive and spunky,
the cocky, commanding and animated Pomeranian is yet another popular dog breed whose intelligence
can be a fault in an unsuspecting family. The first rule of Pomeranian ownership is
to never let your Pom make the rules. If the Pom doesn’t respect your position
in the household, it’s not inclined to listen to a word you say. This small dog has a strong-willed mind of
its own and requires an equally strong-willed owner. Also, this dog is not a good dog for children. It’s too proud to suffer mischief and rough
handling and will respond with growling and nipping. 4. Australian Cattle Dog The Australian Cattle Dog was featured on
my previous list of Not for Newbies dogs, which was occupied by mostly large dogs. The reason is that the Australian Cattle Dog
definitely does not think it is a small dog. Indeed, this is not a toy dog, it is most
definitely a working dog breed. The ACD has a reputation of being stubborn
and being a bit over adventurous, not to mention that it has almost never ending stamina. This breed is definitely over the top for
an indoor pet. But it was never bred to be a pet. Although some breeds have been bred from working
dogs to more mellow companion dogs, this is not the case with the Heeler. It is still a very much capable working dog
breed with all the intelligence, toughness and tenacity to perform the tasks required
of a farm dog. These resilient herders are intelligent enough
to routinely outsmart their owners, sometimes even experienced ones. Not to mention the unobtainable amounts of
exercise you’d need to supply this dog in a less rural living arrangement. Not only is this dog not for novice owners,
but the ACD just shouldn’t be kept as a pet with no outlet for its natural instincts
to work. 3. Basenji Like every dog on this list the Basenji is
a strong-willed intelligent dog that requires an experienced and confident handler. The Basenji comes from Africa where it was
bred as a hunter and for pest control. Clever and endearing, this is a good companion
for the person or family who can stay a step ahead of it. Although these are great family dogs with
confident owners, there are some things that make this dog particularly challenging. You don’t want to let your Basenji get bored. They are prone to massive destructiveness
when they aren’t getting enough mental and physical stimulation or when left alone for
too long. Basenjis are also master escape artists with
strong chase and exploratory drives. This can be especially dangerous for a dog
in busy city surroundings. And your Basenji is not likely to come back
to you without lots of recall training. 2. Shiba Inu It’s easy to fall in love with the cute,
fox-like looks of the Shiba Inu, but if you’re not a strong-willed confident dog owner this
might be a huge mistake. The Shiba Inu is one of the most challenging
dog breeds to own. With a marked stubborn streak and mischievous
sense of humor, the Shiba Inu does best with owners who are firm, confident, and unwaveringly
consistent, because if you give the Shiba an inch, it will take a mile. Some of the less endearing traits of the breed
are: They are massively destructive if bored or
lonely. Aggression toward other dogs, cats and strangers,
the latter of which can be minimized with proper socialization. And, they are master escape artists, which
will ignore any command to recall them. All in all, unless you know the Shiba or other
strong-willed dogs well, you’d do best to leave them to more advanced owners. 1. Jack Russell Terrier It was a hard decision between which breed
should get the number one spot; the Shiba or the Jack Russell Terrier. The Jack got number one because the Jack just
might be one of the most Teriier of Terriers with everything that comes with the dynamic
and often fiery terrier temperament. If any dog can top the strong prey drive,
determination, and intensity of a Jack Russell Terrier – well, it’s probably another
Jack Russell Terrier. Don’t let the Jack’s sporty good looks
and adorable face fool you. This is not a dog for those new to dog training. The Jack Russell Terrier is highly intelligent
and can learn almost anything quickly. The most challenging part of training a Jack
is convincing this assertive little dog that it actually has to DO what it has been taught,
when you say so, even when you don’t have treats. Jacks have an insatiable prey drive. If you have other pets that fly, flutter,
squeak, scamper or move, your Jack will be on them constantly, including cats. They are also not well-suited to living with
other dogs. The Jack needs lots of exercise, both mental
and physical. It needs constant training and reinforcement. And most of all it needs a strong, confident
leader that can take charge. If not, it will. Hey, we’ve got a lot more videos. Here are a few I think you’ll enjoy. Thanks for hanging with me. If you’re a subscriber, thank you, if not,
what are you waiting for. And, as always, catch ya next time.

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64 Responses

  1. *FuN* to *DraW* with *SaM* says:

    1st one …. To like !!!!!!👍
    Well I love dogs no matter how they behave!

  2. Julie Chitty says:

    Hi! I adopted a JRT from our local shelter and he's a great dog!!! We love him so very much!!!❤️He was 8 yrs old when I adopted him and he's now 11. His previous owns did a great job training him!! He's a super happy dog that is full of energy!!!! He loves to cuddle and give kisses!! The only issue is that he does not like to be corrected but since he loves his treats we can easily redirect him with the goodies😄 With the right training JRTs make great dogs and I'd get another one in a heartbeat!!!!👍🏼😍

  3. シBånxnx says:

    Well, I’m trying to decide between a shih tzu, Maltese, and bishon frize

    I know i spelled each dog bread wrong 😅

  4. Jewel Gunderson says:

    Who says border collies are small? Lol

  5. Alice says:

    Did I see a corgi in the ACD section😂

  6. A G says:

    Chihuahuas are easy dogs to take care of and keep alive for a long time.

  7. Kate Taleska says:

    My aunt has a pekingnese and chihuahua mix. Boy is he loyal to her and jelous of others.

  8. Brier Rose says:

    They are the most determined dog I have ever owned. Their courage is limitless until they day they draw their last breath. My Jack Russell taught me alot. I still miss Conan and so does the whole family. Smart dog, good family member. Heart of a warrior. It's been 5 1/2 months since his death and he lived to be 17 year s old. I loved that dog. He stayed headstrong to the end.

  9. Animal Facts says:

    If you're looking for the bigger dogs, they are here https://youtu.be/Te4zW6ftlU4

  10. Anita Gamble says:

    Thanks for the heads up.

  11. I couldn’t think of a good username says:

    I love my peke, sure she was tough to train but she ended up growing up to be a sweetheart

  12. Lily Seven says:

    I totally agree with everything that you said! While I am not familiar with traits of all of these dogs, the ones that I am familiar with, you are spot on! Thanks for another great video.

  13. KevinxRox 246 says:

    I love the video thanks for the good information keep it up

  14. Tsukabu's Artsy Things says:

    Pom Mom here, I remember when we first got our Pomeranian from the shelter. She needed a firm hand to know where her place was, but now she's a well adjusted girl. She needs an eye on her so she won't chase the cats too and a firm voice when she tries to anyways. I had to tell my mom that she needs a firm voice and hand for training. It took a little bit, but my Mom has also learned 🙂 Pomeranians are also known barkers. Our neighbors have a Pomeranian and they love having 'yelling contests' at each other so we've eventually learned to not let our girl out when the neighbor dog is out. We plan on getting an English Cream Golden Retriever in the future as a companion dog for our Pomeranian.

  15. Knuddel katze says:

    Dachshunds are the best!!!!

  16. Janus Loggins says:

    My favorite dog is the Chihuahua, but I do realize that they are not for everybody. Of course you have to teach children how to treat any animal, but Chis are easily hurt . I had an 18 month old Chi when my youngest son was born. She adopted my baby the day I brought him home from the hospital and watched over his baby and toddlerhood from that day on. My son was a strapping teenager when that Chi died at age 18 and in her last illness, her beloved boy was the only one that could get her to eat. My grandchildren love the Chi that I have now and she absolutely adores them!

  17. B W says:

    Potential dog owner should view this, including those who are planning to rescue, as some of these are common breeds found in mixed breed rescues. Albeit, individual personalities often trump breed characteristics.

  18. TheLicktySplitz says:

    I have jack russel chihuahua mix and she's sweet, intelligent and gives an awesome high five. Lol and has 3 big buddies. I don't like how that girl was handling the chihuahua early in the video.

  19. Dave F says:

    I'm so glad you did this list for small dog breeds! Nicely done. Well considered, well written, well edited.

  20. Chue Lor says:

    *cough* Jack Russell was my first dog *cough*

    He’s very smart and wasn’t actually that hard to care for. *shrug* 🤣😂🤣😂 (Love the videos, keep em up :P)

  21. Max Covfefe says:

    #7 Border Collie – is NOT a small breed. I'm replacing him with the Lhasa Apso breed, a small dog bred to be guard dogs for temples. Though dutiful, they've been known to confuse affection with aggression without warning. They can deliver a powerful series of mauling bites when startled. Part of the problem can be their long coat, which can hide the dog's natural warning signs like baring teeth or licking its lips. Nevertheless, unless it's kept trim, the Lhasa's coat needs to be looked after and kept clear of mats.

  22. ebjay1 says:

    What happened to the Lhasa apso, they can be difficult to

  23. Lisa Johnson says:

    Border collie is a small dog breed?

  24. shatteredyoshi says:

    I figured JRT would make it on this list lol

    Love these videos! Keep it up!

  25. Ray Cope says:

    Once again you have produced a video that is both informative and essential to all would – be dog purchasers.
    You really are helping new owners to choose which breed of dog they should rule out.
    This could and will save much heartbreak and expense farther down the line, not to mention wrongly chosen pets abandoned or left in shelters with a bleak outlook on their very survival.
    Good on you mate.
    I wish you rainbows of course.

  26. Dani Bronco says:

    Boarder collie and heeler are not small I have a boarder collie and husky mix I have a heeler. They can be a handful not a small dog. But the other dogs on the list agree they are very intelligent so that why they are a challenge

  27. Valerie Hinds says:

    Thank you soo much this is helpful info. Have had a Pomeranian for years love him beyond words. My first dog. I learned the hard way. Now in a different home, he's receptive and lovable.

  28. the amazing truckosaurus says:

    My first dog was and is a chi weenie (not a good choice in hindsight.). Fortunately, she’s an amazing dog, and fits right into my household. Training was a breeze, and she can learn simple tricks (sit, down, BANG/play dead) within a day or two.
    Also: I don’t like terriers that much. I’m pretty low energy, and terriers are too excitable.

  29. Katya Smit says:

    It’s True, JRT are nr 1. We have a cat and they are friends. But our Luna needs lang walks and play time. And then she is a sweetheart, I love her strong character. I always have treats and a toy in my pocket.

  30. Reyna McDaris says:

    My family owns the sweetest dottie named Ragnar. Hes beautiful with long red hair, and the markings near his eyes look like he's wearing mascara

  31. Roberta Lee says:

    You forgot to say the the Pekingese will bite the heck out of you if you do something it doesn't like and that is one of the biggest reasons you shouldn't have one around small children.

  32. greg bammel says:

    Love your list. I saw the Big dog one and commented and found this video spot on. Ive owned Border collies, Austrian cattle dogs/Queensland Heelers and JRT and Jacks are the most challenging. Nice video ty for the channel.

  33. Jo Luffman says:

    My first dog was a JRT. She was a working dog, and was a fantastic family dog. She taught my second dog, a half blind rescue pug to be a successful mouser. Easiest dog I've ever trained, as well.

  34. 10k subs challenge Justin Car Maniac says:

    My favourite dog is cattle dog.

  35. Bear Gonzales says:

    I have a Pithuahua. She's half pitbull and half chihuahua. She's a loyal protector, is great with people although the chihuahua in her she barks a lot. She is a great family member. The one bad thing is she barks when me and my lady hug. She wants to be in the hug.

  36. alain guillaume says:

    My chihuahua is not a mean dog he protects us

  37. Summer Coleman says:

    "Jack Russell is the most terrier of terriers" hahaha no clearly never met a Lakeland. I have both a Jack and Lakie and honestly my Jack is a perfect angel 😂

  38. Eunae Kim says:

    Okay, if my landlord ever changes her mind and lets me have a pet dog, I will know what breeds to avoid at all costs!

  39. Connie Crawford says:

    Shiba Inu are really strong willed and hard to train.

  40. Crafty Tamara says:

    You showed a corgi while talking about the australian cattle dog.

  41. Crafty Tamara says:

    Actually my Jack Russel loved small animals and birds. She was there when our kittens were born and our budgie loved riding her. The only animal she hated was squirrels.

  42. Amy says:

    All terriers require a firm hand and total consistency. They will definitely try to be the alpha dogs in the family if you let them! Terriers are my favorite group, and I've had an Airedale, a Silky and a Yorkie, so I know them well.

  43. Jennifer Clark says:

    How did I know that the JRT was going to be No. 1?

  44. just enough says:

    My dog is saying,I'm not difficult.you are stubborn.when are you going to learn to listen and do it my way?

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  46. Zongjie John says:

    It's really a difficult job to call back my Basenji😅

  47. •Azzy The Kitten•/ says:

    9:05 thats a corgi

  48. are vee says:

    Number 0: Patterdale Terrier.

  49. Boomer says:

    Had several Jack Russell 'Terrorists' for almost 30 years. Love the breed. Had one who had a litter of three pups, after her last delivery while all of her new troops had nursed and were sleeping we let her out to do her business. She went out, killed a 6lb possum, drug it through the doggie door into the kitchen, and then went back to nursing and grooming her pups. She had the look of 'Yea killed that big rat for ya, I know, I know … I'm a bad ass … no thanks necessary … don't mention it.' I love them.

  50. William Kilgore says:

    My first dog was a Basenji. I got him at 12 weeks old and trained him in the ways of my single person household. They need to be crated when you’re not there but he never gave me any problems whatsover. You should, however, be able to walk him at a fast pace (on leash). They’re not for the lazy. They’re barkless and odorless….., very clean little guys (or girls).

  51. dian antari says:

    My first love was a fox terrier, gifted by a friend after my dad suffered a heart condition, he said dogs can help people heal. He was right, but ohh little did we knew the traits of a terrier.

    Rolly was witty, super energetic, very smart, loved hanging around his humans, loved a good long game of tug of war, and had a super sense of hunting (he had hunted numerous spiders and mice, and tried to take down a king cobra once when he was just a pup).

    Seeing videos about JRT reminds me so much of him. We lost him a week after his 9th birthday, far back on 2012, due to cancer, but we still miss him until this very day. We quickly learned that terriers aren't for beginner dog owners, but now we'd adopt a terrier any day.

  52. Jonathan Oviedo says:

    Chihuahua are monsters!!!!

  53. Maria Nordstrom says:

    Wow! Now I know why I was so unsuccessful with most of my pets, the dogs that I have chosen were mostly the ones depicted in this video. Will not repeat the mistake. Thank you!

  54. Crystal Moon says:

    Mini Pins !!! ❤

  55. Nessa P says:

    Border Collies are the smartest

  56. Sophie N says:

    Hello! I’m sorry to bother you but do you think I could have a labrador as my very first dog? I’m 12 years old. Me and my parents will take care of the doggo 🙂

  57. karen M says:

    💕Jack Russells have owned 2. They are high energy, great diggers too! Currently have a chihuahua who can be evil at times 😬

  58. Karin Shah says:

    The basenji definitely belongs at number three! You nailed the breed’s comical and mischievous personality.

  59. Karin Shah says:

    Although, actually my basenji comes right back when he gets out, but he was trained by my vizsla. (Plus escapees who come when called get the best treats)

  60. A stranger named Aymara says:

    My first dog was a Jack Russell Terrier…still have him. I don't regret it but I also don't recommend it haha

  61. MommyBunny2 says:

    I’m sorry, but I disagree about Border Collies. I had one for 11 years. As long as we walked her she was fine.

  62. koreyp360 says:

    Kinda surprised min pin was not on the list.

  63. Lazy JX Ranch says:

    Thank you for featuring the ACD! When I was breeding Heelers, if people would call on a puppy and ask “do they shed?” “How big do they get?” I would instantly tell them, “You need to find another breed of dogs!” I want my pups to have forever homes! You have to know exactly what your getting!

  64. Roberta Lee says:

    Don't forget the Basenji.

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