10 Most Difficult Dogs to Raise

Raising a dog is a great responsibility and many owners would say there is no such thing as a difficult dog. There are some dogs that are naturally more difficult than others based on genetic traits that they’re bred to have. These traits (mountain, rescue, sledding or hunting) have made it challenging to domesticate. Top tier training and an excellent exercise regimen will help even the most problematic dogs but still certain breeds should be left to experienced owners. Below is a list that we believe to be the most difficult dogs to raise

1) Rottweiler

They were originally used in Germany to pull carts loaded with meat and produce to the market. Rottweilers can grow to 27 inches and weigh upwards of 130 lbs. Their large size and deep growl make them seem quite intimidating. The main reason that makes them difficult to raise besides their size and strength is their need for a clear and powerful leader. They want to know who that is and if it’s not you then they will gladly take over. With strong training and discipline you will be rewarded with loyalty and protection.

2) West Highland White Terrier

These petite Scottish Terriers were originally used in Scotland to hunt rodents. ‘Westies’ grow to about 11 inches and weigh just 20 lbs but are one of the most difficult dogs to raise because of the challenge to house train them. They’re very intelligent and like to be active but need a lot of exercise. They generally aren’t good with children mostly because they like chasing things and will snap at them if they’re roughed up or hurt. Introduce some confinement time while house training in a small area with a training pad.

3) American Pit Bull

Once the most popular dog in the US, they were thought of as a mascot for American spirit and bravery. That has changed due to studies showing they’re responsible for more bites than any other breed. This could be because those purchasing them don’t have the time or knowledge to train them properly which makes them difficult dogs. With properly executed training American Pit Bulls can be fully socialized and family-friendly.

4) Siberian Husky

Beautiful to look at, Siberian Huskies are incredibly affectionate and good tempered. Originally used in very cold and snowy climates to pull sleds over long distances, Huskies are incredibly energetic and need A LOT of exercise to burn off energy. Without the necessary exercise they may become destructive and tear up furniture or your yard. They’re very intelligent which makes them good escape artists and poorly trained Huskies resort to natural predatory tendencies that may injure smaller pets.

5) German Shepherd

They’re incredibly intelligent which makes them a challenge to domesticate. They’re working dogs that were originally bred to herd sheep but then used for search and rescue, guiding the blind and police/military assistance. They’re curious dogs that need structure and activity daily as they don’t like to be left alone very long. They need serious training and properly socialized as they could become very overprotective.

6) Bulldog

They’re good natured dogs who love to play. They’re incredibly patient and form strong bonds with their family which is great for children. They prefer to stay inside, rarely like to be left alone and love taking long naps. Unfortunately the reason why these dogs are difficult to raise is because of the tendency to have health issues. Bulldogs are very sensitive to heat, exercise and stress and their physical attributes have led them to breathing and hip problems. If purchasing a Bulldog, you want to use a reputable breeder to help limit some of these issues.

7) St Bernard

St Bernards have been known to reach over 300 lbs. Traditionally used in Switzerland, Italy and the Swiss Alps as rescue dogs. They’re incredibly lovable and their energy levels are very sporadic which can be difficult to train as a puppy. Mainly because of their large size, St Bernards can be hard work and they need to be walked a lot to use up their stored energy. With their low hanging tail and constant drool they are unsuitable for small homes because they’re mostly an inside dog who likes to be with their family. They have a very thick shaggy coat and need to be kept cool whenever possible.

8) Akita

Originally from the mountains of Northern Japan, Akitas resemble Siberian Huskies with double coats and long heavy limbs. They were originally bred to hunt bears, elk, boars and other big game and make it quite difficult for inexperienced owners to train. They’re powerful and independent dogs that constantly show you that and don’t generally like being walked on a leash. They need about a half hour of fast paced walking daily and have a tendency to shed a lot. Akitas are known to not be friendly to strangers but can be trained to be friendly family pets.

9) Chow Chow

Originally from Northern China, they’re known as fluffy lion dogs in Chinese. They were used as guard dogs for Buddhist temples and palaces of the Tang Empire. They are known to be grumpy dogs that aren’t friendly to strangers. They also can grow very attached to a couple of family members, overprotective of them and showing aggression to others which makes them difficult dogs. It takes a lot of dedication to train Chow Chows to be friendly and social but they’re characteristically lazy and prefer to be inside the house all day.

10) Weimaraner

They get their name from the Grand Duke of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach who was a German nobleman that used these dogs in large game hunting. They have incredible physical endurance and stamina which makes them a real challenge to train. They’re extremely intelligent and skilled at tracking but do not like to be left alone and experience separation anxiety. They’re very difficult dogs to house train and can be a menace to other small pets. If you like taking long camping and hiking trips then a Weimaraner could be your perfect companion.

Thank you for taking the time to read through our 1st blog and if you have any of the breeds mentioned above we applaud you for taking the time to properly train your dog and there is no reward greater than having a fun and loving extension to your immediate family. Schedule your Mobile Dog Grooming experience online.