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Difficult Dog Breeds – Small Dogs Not for Newbies


Dogs are faithful, loving companions, but
not all dogs are well-suited for the novice dog owner. Not because they are bad dogs, but because
they have their own unique set of quirks which can make them a bad match for first time dog
owners. Let’s see which small dog breeds are best
suited for more experienced dog owners. You’re Watching Animal Facts! 10. Chihuahua In our last Difficult Dog Breeds Not for Newbies
video, we covered mostly large dog breeds. It should seem pretty obvious why one should
be careful in choosing a large dog. But, even the smallest of dogs can present
a number of challenges for those that aren’t quite prepared for ownership of some of the
more challenging breeds. I love Chis and the Chihuahua is known by
those that love it as an affectionate companion, whose favorite pastime is snoozing the day
away on your lap. As companion dogs, Chis form a tight bond
with their owner and they tend to have a favorite person. Which is certainly fine for a single person
that doesn’t entertain within the home often. But, this can be a fault in a family dynamic. It’s quite often that Chis, especially those
that have bonded closely with one family member, will become jealous of human relationships. It is also fair to say, and many owners will
agree that Chihuahuas and young children do not mix very well. It is not a good idea to bring a Chihuahua
into a home where small children are present. And, if you bring a Chi into a home with children,
you’re going to need to teach your child to respect your dog’s wishes and some rules
of engagement. Of course it all depends on the personality
of the dog and the amount of early socialization the dog has gotten. 9. Pekingese The late, great Robin Williams once described
the Pekingese as a dog who looks like it got hit in the face with a shovel. The AKC Standard says the Pekingese “should
imply courage, boldness, and self-esteem, rather than prettiness, daintiness, or delicacy.” And indeed, the Pekingese is dignified, supremely
confident, and one of the most independent of the toy breeds. And by independent, I mean stubborn. The Pekingese can be exasperatingly willful,
and will resent being scolded. It needs a confident owner that can take charge. If you earn your Peke’s respect, you will
have a well-mannered dog without much need for formal training. However, if you fail to set firm rules and
to earn your little pooch’s respect, you can end up with a little terror on your hands. They’re not recommended for children as
they will not tolerate any rough handling or mischief. But, they do make excellent choices for adults
that have the time and patience and most of all the confidence to earn the respect of
this bold little dog. 8. Skye Terrier The Terrier Group is perhaps one of the most
interesting of the dog world. A group of small dogs that were more of less
bred to be feisty, tough and independent, but increasing find themselves in the role
of a house pet. This can many times cause issues within the
household. One of the few terriers who is actually laid-back
indoors, the Skye Terrier is easy to exercise, requiring only walks and play sessions. However, it is a fearless, agile chaser with
lightning reflexes and should never be let-off leash unless in a safe, enclosed area. The Skye also needs a lot of personal attention
and can not be ignored. Skyes do not suffer fools gladly. They are highly sensitive to correction and
are likely to retaliate if handled harshly. Like most dogs on this list, the Skye Terrier
requires a strong-willed and confident owner to match its strong-willed personality. Being one of the most independent terriers
out there, your Skye will utterly dominate any wishy-washy family members. But, if you have an equally strong character,
with a firm voice and an understanding of how to lead a proud strong-minded dog, this
little, tough, unusual-looking terrier just might be the dog for you. That is if you can find one. They are rather difficult to find and usually
carry a rather hefty price tag when you do. 7. Border Collie One of the most intelligent of all dog breeds,
the Border Collie is also one of the most challenging to live with. The Border Collie is a working dog breed. As with many working dogs, the Border Collie
has a superior intellect, combined with an intensity and obsessive zeal for working that
are its most impressive features. But these features are also what makes this
impressive dog unsuitable for most family homes, unless of course your family also has
livestock that need herding. Without physical and mental stimulation, Border
Collies become hyperactive and will drive you up the wall with obsessive and destructive
behaviors as they seek creative outlets for their physical and mental frustration. Outside the working dog world, most families
are not equipped with the time or knowledge to handle this intelligent and high strung
breed. 6. Dachshund Although the Dachshund is one of the more
popular family dogs, this little hunting dog can be a bit much for the novice family. Dachshunds attract devoted followers who would
never consider having any other breed and for many, there is no better small house dog. But, cuteness aside, the Dachshund does have
its fair share of challenging behaviors. Though bright and clever, Dachshunds like
to do things their own way. In other words, they’re stubborn. Also, they are proud little dogs who resist
forceful correction. They become irritable when pushed too far,
and they may respond with defensive growling or snapping if handled harshly. In many cases, this sometimes vengeful little
dog, who can be notoriously difficult to potty train, will even retaliate your scolding by
doing its business on your bed. Just in case you didn’t know it was mad
at you. Also, the Dachshund may have a suspicious
and even aggressive stance toward strangers if not properly socialized. This is a hunting dog, never trust your Dachshund
around other small pets, such as your hamster or guinea pig. All that said, the Dachshund is a loyal and
comical family companion if you are experienced enough to handle it. 5. Pomeranian Known by its fans as attentive and spunky,
the cocky, commanding and animated Pomeranian is yet another popular dog breed whose intelligence
can be a fault in an unsuspecting family. The first rule of Pomeranian ownership is
to never let your Pom make the rules. If the Pom doesn’t respect your position
in the household, it’s not inclined to listen to a word you say. This small dog has a strong-willed mind of
its own and requires an equally strong-willed owner. Also, this dog is not a good dog for children. It’s too proud to suffer mischief and rough
handling and will respond with growling and nipping. 4. Australian Cattle Dog The Australian Cattle Dog was featured on
my previous list of Not for Newbies dogs, which was occupied by mostly large dogs. The reason is that the Australian Cattle Dog
definitely does not think it is a small dog. Indeed, this is not a toy dog, it is most
definitely a working dog breed. The ACD has a reputation of being stubborn
and being a bit over adventurous, not to mention that it has almost never ending stamina. This breed is definitely over the top for
an indoor pet. But it was never bred to be a pet. Although some breeds have been bred from working
dogs to more mellow companion dogs, this is not the case with the Heeler. It is still a very much capable working dog
breed with all the intelligence, toughness and tenacity to perform the tasks required
of a farm dog. These resilient herders are intelligent enough
to routinely outsmart their owners, sometimes even experienced ones. Not to mention the unobtainable amounts of
exercise you’d need to supply this dog in a less rural living arrangement. Not only is this dog not for novice owners,
but the ACD just shouldn’t be kept as a pet with no outlet for its natural instincts
to work. 3. Basenji Like every dog on this list the Basenji is
a strong-willed intelligent dog that requires an experienced and confident handler. The Basenji comes from Africa where it was
bred as a hunter and for pest control. Clever and endearing, this is a good companion
for the person or family who can stay a step ahead of it. Although these are great family dogs with
confident owners, there are some things that make this dog particularly challenging. You don’t want to let your Basenji get bored. They are prone to massive destructiveness
when they aren’t getting enough mental and physical stimulation or when left alone for
too long. Basenjis are also master escape artists with
strong chase and exploratory drives. This can be especially dangerous for a dog
in busy city surroundings. And your Basenji is not likely to come back
to you without lots of recall training. 2. Shiba Inu It’s easy to fall in love with the cute,
fox-like looks of the Shiba Inu, but if you’re not a strong-willed confident dog owner this
might be a huge mistake. The Shiba Inu is one of the most challenging
dog breeds to own. With a marked stubborn streak and mischievous
sense of humor, the Shiba Inu does best with owners who are firm, confident, and unwaveringly
consistent, because if you give the Shiba an inch, it will take a mile. Some of the less endearing traits of the breed
are: They are massively destructive if bored or
lonely. Aggression toward other dogs, cats and strangers,
the latter of which can be minimized with proper socialization. And, they are master escape artists, which
will ignore any command to recall them. All in all, unless you know the Shiba or other
strong-willed dogs well, you’d do best to leave them to more advanced owners. 1. Jack Russell Terrier It was a hard decision between which breed
should get the number one spot; the Shiba or the Jack Russell Terrier. The Jack got number one because the Jack just
might be one of the most Teriier of Terriers with everything that comes with the dynamic
and often fiery terrier temperament. If any dog can top the strong prey drive,
determination, and intensity of a Jack Russell Terrier – well, it’s probably another
Jack Russell Terrier. Don’t let the Jack’s sporty good looks
and adorable face fool you. This is not a dog for those new to dog training. The Jack Russell Terrier is highly intelligent
and can learn almost anything quickly. The most challenging part of training a Jack
is convincing this assertive little dog that it actually has to DO what it has been taught,
when you say so, even when you don’t have treats. Jacks have an insatiable prey drive. If you have other pets that fly, flutter,
squeak, scamper or move, your Jack will be on them constantly, including cats. They are also not well-suited to living with
other dogs. The Jack needs lots of exercise, both mental
and physical. It needs constant training and reinforcement. And most of all it needs a strong, confident
leader that can take charge. If not, it will. Hey, we’ve got a lot more videos. Here are a few I think you’ll enjoy. Thanks for hanging with me. If you’re a subscriber, thank you, if not,
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