Are you looking to bring home a new dog? Are you out of the house for hours on end, whether because of work or something else? Then you might want to know which dog breeds are prone to chewing and other destructive behaviors.
Obviously, dogs can be trained and there are so many ways to nip chewing in the bud, however, you should know which breeds are more likely to have bad habits. And of course, which breeds get bored and lonely without you, which can lead to behavior that can be damaging to your home.
Here are five dog breeds that are definitely cute, but may need training and other things to keep them from not only chewing up your home, but also getting into things they shouldn’t.
5 breeds of dog that are prone to destructive behaviors like chewing
- The Chihuahua – As the Scotsman points out, they may be tiny but if a Chihuahua gets bored, they will find a way to alleviate that boredom. And they usually alleviate their own boredom with their teeth. These dogs definitely need a lot of stimulation and attention, as well as training to prevent chewing things they shouldn’t.
- A Beagle – As fans of Snoopy, we love Beagles. However, these dogs are just as likely to chew things as they are to dig and howl. Considering they are hunting dogs, it absolutely makes sense that they would be all about destructive behaviors when they get bored. They need a lot of exercise and stimulation to prevent those bad habits from wrecking your home.
- The Dachshund – If you have ever owned a Dachshund, you already know how destructive they can be. But if you haven’t owned one, then we are here to tell you that these pups may be adorable and feisty, but they are also the bringers of chaos and destruction. Honestly, even with plenty of exercise and stimulation, these pups can wreak havoc on your home if they feel like it. However, a lot of attention can help minimize this behavior.
- The Border Collie – As someone who has owned a Border Collie in the past, I can assure you these pups need all the exercise they can get because they have no problem chewing all the things you don’t want them to. As much as I adored our pup (her name was Snoopy and she was a love), she could also be a bit of a terror if she wanted to be. She needed plenty of attention and activity, and if she didn’t get enough outdoor time, she would make us regret it.
- Labrador Retriever – As one of the most popular dog breeds, the Labrador Retriever has its own fan base. And yet you might be surprised to realize that these dogs can be destructive if given half a chance. In fact, this breed needs a lot of attention and exercise to help prevent chewing things that they shouldn’t.
Honestly, as someone who has lived with or owned a few of these breeds, I can tell you that even with proper training, some breeds are just more likely to get bored and destructive. It’s not necessarily something they are doing on purpose, but rather a way that they are acting out in order to entertain themselves.
Have you ever owned one of these breeds? Have you had to deal with destructive habits in the past?