21 Dogs That Require A Lot Of Attention


Though every dog requires a lot of attention, some breeds really give the word ‘high maintenance’ new meaning. That, however, doesn’t necessarily mean that they are automatically difficult pets as their owners have a direct influence on their behavior and level of independence.

If you own, or want to adopt, a dog from this list, you should at least have some previous experience with dogs, as well as enough energy and time to bring out the best in them. Here’s our list of 21 most demanding dogs:


The English bulldog can really be described as man’s best friend, but that also means that they get very attached to their humans and basically want to spend every waking hour with the ones they love.

Ignoring an English bulldog is one of the most serious offences in their book, and they will not easily forgive you for not paying attention to them. Also, they are stubborn little fellows who may be hard to train and housebreak – most trainers would agree that they are not dogs for first-time owners who still haven’t figured out how to handle pig-headed pups.

On top of it all, these little charmers are prone to a wide variety of health issues, including bad eyesight, mast cell tumors, heat strokes, allergies, and hip problems, which means you may end up spending a lot of time and money at the vet’s office.

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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 ?

  • reddogs

    A vast majority of dog bites are from little dogs. You just don’t hear about them because they don’t do much damage. You read about the nasty ones.
    Common denominator here is always lots of exercise.
    Pit bulls can be and are great pets. But some, from bad breeding, are dangerous. They can and do attack humans and do occasionally kill people. A guy in LA county recently was sentenced to prison for a fatal attack by his dogs. But it mostly comes down to bad breeding and s–ty owners who own them for all the wrong reasons. I go to a dog park nearly every day. We have pits there that are just wonderful, friendly dogs. But occasionally someone will bring one in we know before they even come in the gate is going to be a problem, and they are. They are quickly banished and told never to come back.
    Also, watch out for English Bull Terriers.

  • olie

    Border Collies were developed on ranches in the western U.S.?Have you not heard there is a whole world out there that exists Outside of the good ole USofA.

  • MurderInTheBarn

    I’m glad I own a Greyhound.

  • Tony Pham

    No Pomeranian on the list? I’m not sure if I trust this list.

  • sammichessammiches

    Of course they’re part of the family; but just like kids, they have to have structure and consistency. Not affection all the time, dogs should earn it. BTW, I’m a mommie to two Rotties and grammy to a Fox Terrier mix; the little one is the worst, my daughter has treated him like a baby and it makes him nuts and unstable.

  • Cavalier king Charles lover

    I had a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. His name was Toby. He was one of the best dogs someone could ask for. He could eat literally ANYTHING! Once we accidentally left out plastic wrapped chocolate brownies, forgetting to put them away. He ate them. Didnt get sick, didnt die. Its crazy. When I was a baby something happened and i started crying. My mom was taking a shower. He ran into the bathroom barking for her to get out and see if I was ok. On May 2nd, 2012, He was in so much pain for weeks. We decided to end it and put him to sleep. We still have his ashes in a pretty red box today. I miss him… D.;

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