When it comes to choosing the right dog breed there are many different things to think about. Are you an individual, or do you have a spouse and children? Are you active? Sedentary? Have you had dogs before and if so, what kind of personality did they have? We need to consider more than just the dogs we think are the prettiest or most impressive looking. Sure, there’s nothing wrong with liking the looks of certain breeds. But before we bring them home, we need to make sure they’re going to be a good fit. Every dog is an individual, but there are certain breed traits that need to be recognized. While they all need training, some are more complicated to work with than others. Many novice owners are not quite prepared for the drive and intensity some breeds possess. These breeds are then recommended for experienced owners. That said, everyone has to get their first dog at some point – so if you’ve got a good mentor, trainer and a breed club to work with, you might be able to live peacefully with one of these breeds.
#1 – Border Collie
The Border Collie is one of the most versatile working dogs today and because of this, their temperaments are generally not suitable for those looking solely for a family pet. This breed needs a job to do, be it herding, agility, obedience or something else, and without it they will become destructive and difficult to maintain. Their energy and drive is necessary for them to be the successful herding dogs they are today, but it’s also what makes them overly active and difficult to handle inside the house. Without an adequate amount of mental and physical stimulation, this breed will not be happy as a pet and will generally became unmanageable.
#2 – Belgian Malinois
Alongside the Border Collie, the Belgian Malinois is arguably the most versatile working breed in existence today. Although not often used for their original herding job, they are found frequently in police and military venues. Because they are bred almost solely for their working ability, they do not have the temperaments needed to be a social house dog. Without the right amount of mental and physical activity, this breed can become neurotic, destructive and even aggressive. These dogs will keep their owners on their toes, constantly trying to be ahead of the dog, but when well managed can be one of the most rewarding breeds to own.