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7 Dog Breeds That Need The Most Attention


While every dog breeds needs human interaction, there are some that are a little bit more independent than others. Every dog is an individual, but certain dogs were bred to work alongside humans all day long, such as herding and hunting dogs, and others were used for solitary work, such as guard dogs. Many breeds do fine with regularly amounts of human love and attention, but some are a little bit more high-maintenance in this area.

#1 – Australian Shepherd

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The Australian Shepherd is, despite its name, an American dog breed originally used for ranch dogs. The breed is still actively used as stock dogs today, either on working farms or competing in herding sports, and does best with an active and attentive owner. They are intelligent, driven dogs that excel at many dog sports such as agility and obedience. This breed does not do well when left alone for extended periods of time and is prone to separation anxiety.

#2 – Labrador Retriever

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The Labrador Retriever has been America’s favorite dog for many years. They were originally bred as hunting dogs, retrieving game for their owners. Because of this, they are used to working alongside humans for hours on end. Although not all Labradors are hunting dogs today, they still maintain the need for human interaction. Labradors do not do well when left alone for extended periods and benefit from active homes or additional services like dog walkers or doggy daycare.

#3 – Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

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The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel originated as a lapdog – a job it still excels at today. Because of this, Cavaliers want nothing more than to be by their human’s side and they do not do well when left alone for long periods of time. The breed may not be very active, but they do require adequate affection and care from their owners to maintain a happy and healthy life.


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