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7 Dog Breeds That Are Hilariously Bad at Catching Things

Written by: Ejay Camposano
A college graduate with a degree in Electrical Engineering, Ejay has a diverse background that combines technical expertise with a passion for pets and is now one of the content writers at IHD. Read more
| Published on January 25, 2024

While many dogs are natural athletes, excelling in agility, speed, and coordination, there are some breeds that, amusingly, aren’t quite as adept when it comes to the art of catching things. Whether it’s due to their physical build, a lack of interest, or simply an endearing clumsiness, these breeds often turn a game of fetch or frisbee into a comedy of errors. Watching these dogs attempt to catch can be a source of great amusement, as they often miss their target in the most hilarious ways. This article highlights seven dog breeds that are known for being humorously bad at catching things, not for lack of trying, but perhaps because their talents lie elsewhere. Their adorable ineptitude only adds to their charm and reminds us that every dog has its unique set of skills – and sometimes, those don’t include catching.

1. Bulldog

Bulldogs are perhaps one of the most lovable breeds known for their less-than-graceful catching abilities. With a stout build, short snout, and a generally laid-back attitude, Bulldogs often seem to misjudge the trajectory of flying objects. Their attempts to catch can be comical, as they might either completely ignore the object or make a charmingly clumsy leap to get it. Bulldogs are not known for their agility or speed, which contributes to their hilarious catching fails. Watching a Bulldog in action, or rather, inaction can be a heartwarming and amusing experience, as they often seem more interested in the companionship and fun of the game rather than the actual act of catching.

2. Basset Hound

Basset Hounds, with their droopy ears and solemn expressions, are another breed that often fails hilariously at catching things. Their long body and short legs don’t lend themselves well to quick, agile movements. When attempting to catch, Basset Hounds might misjudge the timing, leading to amusing misses. Their ears and loose skin can also get in the way, adding to the comedic effect. Despite their challenges in the catching department, Basset Hounds are usually good sports, happy to continue the game even if they rarely succeed.

3. Pekingese

Pekingese are small, regal dogs that were originally bred for the lap of luxury, not for athletic feats like catching. Their long, flowing coats and short legs make them less suited for dynamic movements. When it comes to catching, Pekingese might seem disinterested or make a half-hearted attempt, often resulting in a miss. Their dignified demeanor doesn’t quite align with the often goofy nature of catching games, making their attempts all the more endearing and humorous.

4. Dachshund

Dachshunds, known for their long bodies and short legs, are not the most proficient catchers. Their unique body shape makes it difficult for them to make the quick, coordinated movements required to catch objects in mid-air. Dachshunds often try their best, which can lead to some comical jumping and snapping at the air, usually without success. Their persistence, despite their physical limitations, adds to the charm and humor of their catching attempts. Watching a Dachshund try to catch can be a delightful experience, full of unexpected jumps and adorable misses.


5. Shih Tzu

Shih Tzus is another breed that often provides comic relief in catching games. Bred primarily as companion dogs, Shih Tzus might lack the interest or coordination for catching objects. Their long hair can obstruct their vision, leading to missed catches and silly reactions. Shih Tzus might approach the game with enthusiasm but often end up looking confused when the object doesn’t magically land in their mouth. Their adorable efforts, even when unsuccessful, can bring laughter and joy to any onlooker.

6. Bullmastiff

Bullmastiffs are large, powerful dogs with a somewhat laid-back nature, which often extends to their catching abilities. Their size and strength are not matched by agility or speed, making their catching attempts usually less than successful. A Bullmastiff might seem to misjudge the speed or direction of a flying object, leading to humorous missed catches. Despite their formidable appearance, watching a Bullmastiff clumsily try to catch them can be a source of amusement and highlight their gentle, playful side.

7. Chow Chow

Chow Chows are dignified, aloof dogs, and their attitude towards catching things can be quite comical. They might show little interest in the game or make a slow, calculated attempt to catch, often missing the mark. Chow Chows are not known for their agility or speed, which contributes to their amusing catching fails. Their thick fur and unique facial structure might also get in the way of their vision, adding to the difficulty. Nevertheless, their attempts, successful or not, are often endearing and entertaining.

Each of these seven dog breeds, with their distinct personalities and physical attributes, offers a unique and often hilarious take on the game of catch. From the noble attempts of the dignified Chow Chow to the comical leaps of the Dachshund, their efforts to catch things are always entertaining. These breeds remind us that perfection is not necessary for fun and that sometimes the joy is in the attempt rather than the success. Their hilarious mishaps in catching are not only amusing but also endearing, making us love these breeds even more for their charming imperfections.