Vets reveal 15 breeds new owners shouldn't get – including a ‘destructive’ favorite and a 'powerful, scary' dog | The Sun

A VET has revealed the 15 dog breeds new owners should never get.

In their inexperienced hands, these family favorites can be destructive and scary.

The source of the list came from Vetstreet, who said that in order for a dog to become a well-behaved member of any family, it has to undergo proper training and socialization.

However, even then a dog's innate nature can sometimes rear its ugly head.

In such cases, these breeds should only be left to the most skilled and expert dog handlers.

Some of these breeds were originally trained to do a job, such as hunting, guarding homes and property, and herding livestock, so their behavior is ingrained and therefore often hard to handle for novice dog handlers.

First on the list is the Rottweiler. It can look cuddly and docile, but be warned. With an inexperienced handler, this canine can be scary. He is powerful, protective, and loyal, and wants his owner to be the boss. Weighing as much as 135 pounds, he can be an intimidating creature.

Next up is the Dalmatian. Forget about cutesy Disney creations.

This breed was originally bred as a coach dog, warning coachmen of menacing highwaymen. But these habits make it a challenge as a pet.

It's tireless and requires masses of exercise and can be destructive when not entertained. Watch out for household furnishings because it likes to shred.

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The Akita's heritage was to hunt down big prey, such as bears and elk. A big boy of 115 pounds, this is another pooch who wants a lot of walkies – always on a leash. It can be hellish to train, so best left to the more adroit.

The Chow Chow might look cute and cuddly but it is anything but. Intelligent, yes, but highly stubborn, this breed also needs an awful lot of training. It is also nervous about strangers and can be aggressive toward other dogs.

The exotic Chinese Shar-Pei is eye-catching. But this dog's folded skin can lead to increased skin and eye ailments.

It's another dog that is easily bored and needs to be entertained. It is also territorial and slow to trust strangers.

The Alaskan Malamute was bred to pull sleds over long distances and live outside. Any new owner will have to make a vow to give this guy masses of exercise. They also have a tendency to escape, so be prepared.

The elegant Weimaraner is nicknamed appropriately the Gray Ghost. Bright and intelligent, it does not like his own company and suffers from separation anxiety.

If you have other smaller pets, like a cat, watch out, it can be challenging to train around them.

The Australian cattle dog was originally a mix of several breeds including the collie and the dingo. It has enormous energy but can be stubborn and challenging to train for the inexperienced.

The German shepherd can be seen in a number of roles, including guard dog, police dog, and sniffer dog. But for the uninitiated, this animal can be hard to train and requires dedication.

It also suffers from health problems including hip dysplasia and neurologic issues.

The breeds new owners should avoid

A vet has revealed the 15 dog breeds new owners should never get.

The breeds are:

  1. Rottweiler
  2. Dalmatian
  3. Akita
  4. Chow Chow
  5. Chinese Shar-Pei
  6. Alaskan Malamute
  7. Weimaraner
  8. Australian Cattle Dog
  9. German Shepherd
  10. Saint Bernard
  11. Siberian Husky
  12. Bulldog
  13. Bullmastiff
  14. Airedale Terrier
  15. American Pitbull Terrier

The cuddly Saint Bernard drools and generally looks adorable. Despite its incredible size, 130 to 180 pounds or more, it's not a fan of lots of outdoor exercise.

It would rather hang around his or her owner and would prefer to stay indoors than wander over mountains.

The gorgeous Siberian husky is a dog that once thrived in an icy wasteland, pulling sleds. So this liveliness is inbred.

It still requires a lot of walking. And a home with cats is not best for this fluffy beast. It can be predatory.

The lovable and daft-looking bulldog is prone to a number of health concerns. The flat face makes it sensitive to heat and has breathing problems.

But it's super chilled too. However, this breed can't swim so should stay well away from water.

The bullmastiff is big, around 130 pounds, and one of the most loyal breeds. This dog would put himself between a charging bull and its owner.

But its size means it could easily overwhelm any inexperienced owner. It needs good, consistent, positive training and firm boundaries from a young age.

The Airedale Terrier will keep you entertained. It's independent and stubborn, so will keep you busy.

It also likes to dig, so prepare for a messy snout. Like so many on this list, it needs to be stimulated, intellectually and physically.

Finally, the American pitbull terrier has a formidable reputation but is loved by its owners. In recent decades, its reputation has been salvaged, and has been described as a loyal and devoted pooch. But, it needs good, strong discipline.

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