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15 Dog Breeds Buyers Most Often Regret Purchasing

By Jake Beardslee · April 29, 2024

Think you're ready for a furry friend? Think again! Discover the top 15 dog breeds that have left many owners second-guessing their choice.  Michael Oxendine/Unsplash


Dalmatians, immortalized by Disney, present a mix of energy and elegance that often surprises their owners. They require extensive daily exercise and are known for a stubborn streak that can make training a challenge. Health issues such as deafness and urinary stones add to the potential high vet bills, making them a less ideal choice for those unprepared for their care.  Michael Walk

Chow Chow

The Chow Chow's lion-like appearance and aloof demeanor attract many, but their independent nature can be mistaken for a lack of affection. This breed requires a dedicated owner ready to handle their grooming needs due to their thick coat and to invest time in socialization to prevent aggression.  Łukasz Rawa/Unsplash

Belgian Malinois

Highly energetic and intelligent, the Belgian Malinois is a breed that demands a job. Originally bred for herding, they require significant mental and physical stimulation. Their need for advanced training and exercise makes them less suited for first-time dog owners​.  Anthony Duran/Unsplash

Siberian Husky

Siberian Huskies are known for their mesmerizing looks and escape artist skills. Their strong prey drive and tendency to howl can challenge even the most patient owners. They thrive in environments where they can expend their energy freely, which may not be suitable for apartment living​.  photo nic/Unsplash

English Bulldog

Despite their popularity, English Bulldogs come with a host of health problems, from respiratory issues to joint problems, leading to high vet bills. Their low exercise tolerance and susceptibility to heat exhaustion require owners to monitor their health closely.  Josue Michel

Jack Russell Terrier

Jack Russell Terriers are bundles of energy that require constant mental and physical stimulation. Their high prey drive and stubbornness can make training challenging. Without sufficient activity, they may resort to destructive behavior​.  Valeria Dubych/Unsplash

Afghan Hound

The elegant Afghan Hound, with its long luxurious coat, demands extensive grooming and exercise. Their aloof personality often requires a patient owner willing to dedicate time and resources to their care. They are not the best choice for those seeking a low-maintenance pet​.  Julio Bernal

Cane Corso

The Cane Corso is a powerful breed that requires extensive socialization to prevent aggression. Strong-willed and dominant, they are not recommended for first-time dog owners. Their loyalty and protective nature demand a knowledgeable and assertive leader​.  Norbert Buduczki/Unsplash


Owners often underestimate the Bullmastiff's drooling and potential health issues, including hip dysplasia and cancer. These large dogs require space to move around and can incur high vet bills, making them a considerable commitment​  Maja Dumat/Wikimedia

Border Collie

Border Collies are brilliant and energetic, requiring constant engagement to prevent boredom and destructive behavior. They are not suited for less active owners or small living spaces. Their need for physical activity and mental stimulation is high.  Anna Dudkova/Unsplash


The Akita is a noble breed known for its loyalty and courage, but it can display aggression towards other dogs and strangers without proper socialization. Their strong-willed nature and potential for dominance require an experienced owner​.  Jae Lee/Unsplash

Great Dane

The Great Dane's immense size demands ample living space and can be daunting for some owners. Health concerns and a relatively short lifespan are also considerations for those thinking of adding a Great Dane to their family.  leonides ruvalcabar/Unsplash


Rottweilers are known for their protective instincts but require consistent leadership and socialization to prevent aggression. Their powerful build and potential for dominance make them suitable for experienced owners ready to commit to their training and exercise needs.  Akash Banerjee/Unsplash

Saint Bernard

The gentle giant Saint Bernard requires space to accommodate its large size. Owners must be prepared for health concerns, including eye problems, cancer, and hip dysplasia. Their calm demeanor makes them great family pets, but their size and health can be challenging​.  Vlad Rudkov/Unsplash

Before welcoming a new furry friend into your home, it's crucial to thoroughly research and understand the specific requirements of the breed you're considering. Only then can you ensure a harmonious and fulfilling relationship with your canine companion, avoiding the disappointment and challenges that many unprepared owners have faced.  Wade Austin Ellis/Unsplash