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10 High-Maintenance Breeds Who Are Totally Worth The Extra Effort!

Some breeds tend to be calm, gentle companions, and some are bursting with energy! The following breeds have traits that include high intelligence and energy, meaning that owners will have to make sure that these pups are adequately exercised and occupied to stay happy.

These 10 dog breeds may keep their owners on their toes, but as long as their needs are met, their loyalty and companionship makes the extra effort totally worth it!

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1. Siberian Husky

This workhorse of a dog is often highlighted for its behavioral issues, but the Siberian Husky can be an amazing dog, as long as she has a job. This breed is best suited for an energetic person/family who loves to run, hike or bike everywhere. With adequate exercise and training, the Husky will show her family how lovable and affectionate she can be.



2. Dalmatian

Disney didn’t do this breed any favors. When the movies were released, ill-suited breeders attempted to capitalize on the Dalmatian craze. Novice owners didn’t quite understand this breed’s unique perspective on life. They are most noted for running alongside horse-drawn carriages; the key word is “running.” These special dogs need lots of exercise to remain happy and sane.  They blossom under a strong alpha leader and pledge their loyalty with the right pack.
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3. West Highland Terrier

The West highland Terrier (Westie) is considered lively, easy to train, excellent with children, and a cheerful companion. However, that is if the Westie in question has proper training, sufficient exercise, and firm leadership. Most people who fall in love with the Westie’s charm aren’t prepared for the “diva tantrum” waiting around the corner if all the dog’s needs are not met.



4. Doberman Pinscher

Thirty years ago, the Doberman was regarded with hesitation and fear. The taboo breed of the 70’s and 80’s, it has taken this long for society to look at this elegant breed and appreciate them for what they have to offer. Strength, stamina, and unwavering loyalty are what a Doberman needs in a leader, and that person will have found a friend for life.


5. Norwegian Elkhound

It takes a special owner to appreciate the Elkhound’s independent spirit. These loyal dogs may be reserved with strangers, but incredibly affectionate with family and friends. If the Elkhound receives firm yet loving leadership, a ton of exercise, and a regular job to stave off boredom, the owner will be rewarded with an obedient and loving pack member.



6. Collie

The Collie thrives as a functioning member of a pack. An alpha leader needs to be firm, consistent and gentle with training and set clear boundaries for the dog.  Give a Collie what she craves and the pack will be blessed with an incredible dog that has a keen sense of direction, is easily trainable, mild-mannered, and great with kids. (She may even alert someone of impending doom involving a well!)


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7. Old English Sheepdog

The Old English Sheepdog is easily recognizable for its tri-colored, long double coat. They can be affable, adaptable, and affectionate with humans they know. Under the right leadership, a pack would be lucky to have this unflappable, independent-minded canine. Their strong herding instincts tend to take over, as they will attempt to “herd” their pack by bumping them where they need to go.


Irish Setter

8. Irish Setter

Words describing this dog would be goofy, energetic, high-spirited, energetic, loving, full of energy, affectionate…was energetic mentioned? It bears repeating, as this breed is known for its high energy! The Irish Setter, for all its wonderful traits, is one of the most energetic breeds available and needs an incredibly active pack to wear him down. Biking, hiking, running, he’ll gladly move and groove to the beat his pack sets.



9. Neapolitan Mastiff

This particular Mastiff is not for the first time dog owner. The Neapolitan Mastiff needs a strong, firm leader who sets clear boundaries and provides consistent training.  The dog needs a leader who understands what the breed has to offer and how to bring out the best in the dog. Once leadership is established, the owner will be rewarded with a peaceful, affectionate, loving dog who may drool uncontrollably. But rest assured, he’s drooling with happiness.


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10. Weimaraner

These beautifully sleek dogs are highly intelligent and will give an inexperienced owner fits, just for the sheer fun of it. Training needs to be consistent and varied to stave off boredom and willfulness. Same with exercise; Weimaraners don’t like repetition. They thrive on diversity and need the mental stimulation of changing things up often. Give a Weimaraner a run for her money and she will treat an owner with clown antics and undying loyalty.

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Written by Tyler Morris
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