21 Dogs That Require A Lot Of Attention


Although any dog can be a good family pet, there are certain breeds that are difficult and high-maintenance.

Whether a dog will be considered difficult or not depends primarily on their owner. Some people like independent dogs, while others prefer clingy ones. If you want to adopt a dog from this list, keep in mind that you should have some previous dog experience and an above-average level of commitment.

Here’s our list of 21 high-maintenance dogs:

1. English Bulldog

The English Bulldog can be very high-maintenance. Their average life span is between 8 and 10 years. This medium-sized, compact dog is prone to breathing problems and often has poor eyesight. Additionally, the English Bulldog has a high risk of developing mast cell tumors.

Birth defects are also common. Puppies are often delivered by caesarian section. Some say this happens because of their large heads, but others claim that the head of an English Bulldog puppy is the same size like the head of any other puppy.

The English Bulldog will do best in moderate temperatures as it is very cold sensitive and susceptible to heat strokes in warm weather. Bulldogs have very small nasal cavities and thus have great difficulty keeping their bodies cool. They must be provided with plenty of water and shade during summer.
Other health problems can include cherry eye, a protrusion of the inner eyelid, allergies, and hip issues in older Bulldogs. Eyelids will tend to roll inward or outward away from the eye ball. Some may require surgery in order to fix this problem.

They can be heavy breathers, and they tend to be loud snorers.

Last but not least, the English Bulldog forms strong bonds with their owner and family. They may become so attached to you that they may not want to ever leave your side. This is a dog you cannot ignore. Therefore, if you don’t have enough time, patience and energy, the English Bulldog is not the best dog breed for your household.

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  • Ted Hoo

    The biggest problem with owning any dog is indeed giving it enough attention. If you don’t have enought time to obedance train and socialize your dog first thing and think you can get away with just feeding it and letting it out to poop, then you really shouldn’t get a dog. You might be better off with gold fish.

  • Laura Coski

    And, as a CKCS person, do be aware of the grooming needs, the propensity for mitral-valve disease, luxating patellas, etc.

  • DuncanPT

    For the CKCS, if you’ve got more than one they’ll be pretty happy with their own companionship when you’re not around so long as you make up for it when you are. They are indeed love-sponges.

    As regards grooming, simplest thing is to give them a clipping. OK so it would stop you showing them but it makes life easier and helps keep them cool in summer. And they don’t mind what they look like.

    Not sure about “easy to train” – they aren’t generally the brightest or quickest to catch on. Mine have never really worked out that bringing the stick back is a good idea after they’ve chased it. And for a “toy” dog, they actually have masses of energy and love a good long romp round the countryside.

  • steph

    I think a cat owner wrote this article. Let me elaborate… someone who thinks there are some mystery dogs out there that don’t need to be groomed or given attention or don’t take advantage of owners that treat them like small wayward 2 y.o. children. Yes, I think the mystery dog is probably a cat….

  • BobDole12

    This article left a lot to be desired. Your info for the Border Collie was exactly the same as the info for the Australian Shepherd (no joke, it’s copied and pasted). Your picture for the Rhodesian Ridgeback isn’t even of that breed of dog. You might as well just lump all of the small dogs together in a category that says “Needs lots of attention” because you pretty much said that in every single post for small dogs. Hey, who’d of guessed they need attention, because that’s not the title of the article or anything…..

  • VikkiB

    yup, I was interested in the Border Collie part and was peeved because it is just a cut and paste of the Aussie Shepherd.

  • davem

    “although many people believe Pit Bulls will attack humans, this is simply not true. ” Er, what? Tell that to the victims, including the children with missing faces. There’s a very good reason that they’re banned in the UK. They have killed children in the past. They most emphatically DO attack humans.

  • Elyse

    Any dog could attack humans, but a dog isn’t inherently going to be an attacker just because its a Pit Bull. That is what article was trying to say. Yes, Pit Bulls tend to be more aggressive and will defend themselves, but if they attack more people than other dogs, it’s because so many people train that specific breed into killers for dog fights. They are actually more eager-to-please than many other guard dogs. They used to have a reputation for being very gentle and protective with children. Of all the dogs my Dad had growing up and raising me; Standard Poodle, King Charles Spaniel, Beagle, Dachshund, Husky, German Shepherd… he says the Pit Bull was actually his favorite.

  • Mongoose218

    I think they’re closely related; both bred to work with herd animals, need lots of exercise and “WORK” to be happy….I wasn’t bothered by it.

  • Mongoose218

    No, I saw the author’s point…there IS a “small dog syndrome” and if you’ve ever been around a spoiled, controlling, yappy, snapping little chihuahua or other small breed dog that has taken over a family or a person COMPLETELY you’d understand his point……

    Most of the other breeds he recommends as “not for first time dog owners” although I don’t think he phrased it like that, are correct…..big, aggressive breeds that will ALSO “take over” the pack if allowed.

  • Mongoose218

    Aren’t they loaded with genetic problems??

  • Mongoose218

    I agree, there are a LOT of good pit bulls out there, problem is, the ones owned by fight rings get all the publicity because when they attack SOMEONE will die……they’re immensely strong, and very pain tolerant.

  • gdnctr

    They forgot Hound of The Baskervilles.

  • happy mom

    No more problems than many other breeds. I had two CKCS boys and they were the best … and I have had many different breeds. The Bichon Frise is also a great little bit of love and fun.

  • Seamus

    Labs don’t need a ton of exercise. If you can throw a tennis ball (or chuck-it) you will have a happy, healthy, and well behaved lab. Great with kids and elderly. Think of that lab from the chevy chase movie who gets too close to the fire and his tail catches on fire. “Whatever” he said.

  • Seamus

    Dogs are chick magnets. Not so much for goldfish.

  • Abycinnamon

    My sister’s pit bull hid in his crate during a home invasion burglary. Very sweet but not useful dog.

  • Weirdanimalboy .

    Well, German Shepherds and Rottweilers and probably a large handful of other breeds have a stronger bite force than the APBT. For some reason, something that would be 1 strike for anyother dog, is 5 strikes for an APBT.

  • Alexxthegreat

    We have and English Bull…..true about the amount of attention…true about thier loyalty to the family.
    I live our guy……would get another.

  • peterspc

    a dog has to be considered as part of the family ., and not treated as a dog ?

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