While all puppies go through a chewing phase, there are some breeds that do not seem to ever grow out of this bad habit. Unfortunately, many of them end up at the emergency vet because of it. So, if your breed is one of those that is “predisposed” to getting into things, be sure your house is dog-proofed.
#1 – Labrador Retriever
The lab is a retrieving dog, so naturally he likes to put things in his mouth. Add in a big dose of boredom when left alone and it adds up to some major chewing damage.
#2 – Golden Retriever
Like the lab, the golden will gladly find things to put in his mouth and chew on if left to occupy himself. Even into adulthood, these dogs are known for eating anything they can get their teeth on, and if it’s not a toy, it’s even better.
#3 – Shetland Sheepdog
High energy, intelligent, and food-oriented is a bad combination if you can’t watch your dog every second. Shetland sheepdogs will eat anything that smells or looks remotely like food, which can get them into trouble. My 10-year-old end up with aspirated pneumonia after getting into my mom’s overnight bag and eating her vitamins 3 years ago.
#4 – Australian Shepherd
Like the sheltie, the Aussie is intelligent, high in energy, and loves food. They can easily figure out how to get to anything you don’t want to be chewed on, and destroy it in minutes.
#5 – American Staffordshire Terrier
The pit bull has massive strong jaws that can destroy things in minutes. Another breed that gets bored easily, a lot of them suffer from separation anxiety, making them very destructive.
#6 – Jack Russell Terrier
This hyper little dog uses his smarts to do naughty things. As a terrier, his only desire is to “kill” whatever he chooses to chew on. So you can be sure only pieces will remain when or if you get it back.
#7 – Beagle
The Beagle is a dog that will follow his nose to something interesting, and then proceed to destroy it, especially if it has food inside, like a garbage can.
#8 – Siberian Husky
Bred to run miles upon miles a day, a bored husky in the city is going to do some major chewing. From flooring to furniture, he needs to burn those calories somehow.
#9 – German Shepherd
Like the other herding breeds on this list, the German Shepherd will definitely do some damage with his mouth if he is left without any mental stimulation and energy-burning activities.
#10 – Shiba Inus
A crafty trouble maker, the Shiba will chew on anything just because he can. Two Shibas? Double the chewing power in half the time.