If you are thinking of getting a dog for your family, you will have probably already narrowed down your choice to just a handful of Breeds. But are you sure that your shortlist will all be suitable? Sure, all of your listed breeds will be super cute but there might be some hidden issues that you have yet to uncover. For instance, some dog breeds have been bred so much through the years that they now suffer from numerous health conditions because of the changes to their body. Not only that, though, but some breeds are known as being very aggressive and might not adapt to family life, especially if there are small children in the household.
But every dog breed has some negative aspects. You will find that if you take one of these breeds under your wing, all of the extra effort that goes into looking after them really pays off. You’ll develop a much stronger bond and will really feel like you’ve found your best friend!
Here are some dog breeds that are really worth all the extra effort.
WeimaranerWeimaraners are very handsome dogs indeed. They are known for being very intelligent and have some of the best thinking abilities of any dog breed. They are also extremely athletic as well, which might be off-putting for those who don’t have much time to dedicate to their new pooch. For instance, if you work a full-time job, then you should not get a Weimaraner as it won’t be very happy being left at home all day. All of the pent-up energy it will develop will turn into some very bad behavior. But if you love going for long hikes, then this is the perfect breed of dog for you - you’ll always have a walking buddy at your side!
PugOn the completely opposite end of the scale to the Weimaraner is the pug. You might have seen these cute little pups in hundreds of Facebook and Instagram videos, being spoiled with Betsy Farms treats and dressed up in all manner of cute and goofy dog costumes. Pugs are super lazy and laid back so they don’t need much exercise - they will be much happier spending their day snoozing! So far, they might sound like the ideal dog, but there is one huge downside to them - the extortionate vet bills! Because of how they have been bred over the years, the majority of pugs suffer from breathing problems as their flat faces obstruct their airwaves. And that’s not all. Lots of pugs are born with eye problems because of their large bug eyes. These issues can be managed with plenty of vet treatments, but you should expect the bills to be very high indeed!
The Siberian Husky has grown in popularity over recent years as the breed has appeared in a number of recent movies and TV shows. Their smooth, thick coats make them very huggable and they are super comfy dogs to snuggle up to on the sofa. You just need to make sure that you have plenty of time to exercise them. If you buy from a top-quality breeder, you don’t have much to worry about when it comes to your Husky’s health. However, the breed is prone to some genetic health conditions, some of which inexperienced breeders fail to breed out of their dogs. These illnesses can drastically reduce the lifespan of a Husky and will require them to regularly see the vet, which could leave you quite a bit out of pocket. So, you just need to make sure you buy your new husky from a trusted and reputable breeder.
ChihuahuaChihuahuas are just like pugs in many ways. They are both small breeds of dogs that don’t require a lot of exercise, making them perfect for busy households. However, just like with the pug breed, Chihuahuas suffer from a number of health conditions. The main issue that these small pups face is obesity. Lots of owners end up overfeeding their Chihuahuas accidentally as they overestimate the amount of food the dog needs through the day. It’s perfectly fine to feed them well through the day just as long as you are taking yours for plenty of walks and exercising them well. If not, they won’t be able to burn off all the energy that they get from all the food. Chihuahuas are also known to suffer from quite a few gum and teeth problems, which often require veterinary attention. Most Chihuahuas end up with overcrowded teeth because their mouths are so small, and this increases their risk of a buildup of plaque and tartar on their teeth. But as long as you keep on top of the do’s dental hygiene then this shouldn't be too problematic.
German ShepherdAnother dog that requires a lot of exercise and walking is the German Shepherd. The overall lifespan of a German Shepherd is around 10 to 13 years, which is the norm for dog breeds of its size. Unfortunately, though, this particular dog breed is a lot more prone to suffering from inherited diseases which can dramatically shorten its lifespan. One of the main diseases that affect this breed of dog is Von Willebrand disease. Any German Shepherd that suffers from this will have blood problems and their blood won’t clot properly if it ever gets cut or injured. This illness also makes surgery on dogs tricky as many different complications can arise because of the blood not clotting correctly after the operation. As a result, you might find that some veterinary surgeons are unwilling to perform surgery on the dogs to help treat other health problems and diseases.
Hopefully, all of the information about the above dog breeds can help to inform your decision when it comes to which dog you should get. If you are an experienced dog owner and ready to put in some effort to make a new best friend, then these breeds are perfect for you!
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