You may be excited at the idea of owning a new dog and welcoming a pet into your home is always an event. Maybe you and your family had your eyes set on a few dog breeds, and already made your choice based on things like price, look, amount of care needed, etc. However, what a lot of people overlook is that some dogs might not be the best suited if you never owned one before. That’s why it’s very important to consider if you’ll actually be able to handle that dog before it tears the house apart. Let’s look at some of the worst dogs for first-time owners and why you should avoid them.
If you were thinking of buying a guard dog, then you should think twice about getting a Bullmastiff. Not only do they have a tendency to be stubborn, but they can easily weigh up to 130 pounds, which can be a serious issue if you’re not ready to stand up to them. They need consistent positive reinforcement and you’ll have to be able to set clear boundaries as well.
Siberian Huskies are some of the most stunning dogs you will find, and they can be great companions. Though they have a happy disposition and are not as difficult as other dogs, people often forget that these were bred to pull sleds for kilometres. This means that you’ll have to be ready to do more than take them around the block a few times to keep them happy.
The other thing with huskies is that they tend to have many health issues. For instance, they often develop autoimmune diseases that end up affecting their skin and eyes, leading to glaucoma. And you’ll have to pay for expensive treatments to deal with this.
If you absolutely want a husky, however, you could always get pet insurance for them. Services like Everypaw offer lifetime dog insurance coverage that will cover dogs with chronic or recurring illness over the course of their whole lives. And this isn’t only for Huskies either. Insurance for dogs is essential for any dog in order to cover for any unforeseeable event or accident that may happen.
St. Bernards are definitely gentle giants, but they need a lot of care and are usually homebodies. That’s because they are particularly vulnerable to heat strokes. They also grow very close to their family. However, because of that, you have to make sure that you dog proof your house since they can get destructive at times. Also, make sure that they don’t start eating dish towels and socks. And they also have a tendency to drool a lot, so you’ll have to be ready to clean up after them.
These dogs all have characteristics that might not make them the best choice if this is your first time around. However, if you feel like you’re up for the challenge, make sure that you know what to expect, and be ready to invest a little bit more of your time and money on care and training.
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