Buying a dog is never an easy solution. You have to consider whether you’re ready to take care of a new family member, but you actually have to make sure that the dog will be compatible with you. Dog breeds can have widely different characters and depending on your lifestyle, living arrangements, family situation, or general disposition, some might be the right fit while others could end up being a match made in hell. Some may also be more difficult to handle and care for if it’s your first time around. Here are some of the dog breeds first time owners should think twice before buying or adopting.


Saint Bernard

People have a special relationship with Saint Bernards, and they have many things going for them. They’re affectionate and fun-loving and can make fantastic pets in the right hands. However, these dogs need a lot of maintenance and are at a high risk of heatstroke due to their thick coat. That thing about drooling is not a myth either, so be prepared to do a lot of cleaning up. And they can get very destructive at times, so your house will need a lot of dog-proofing before you can welcome one home.


Siberian Huskies

These beauties are hard to turn down, but if it’s your first time owning a dog, know that they can be a challenge. Don’t forget that these dogs were literally bred to carry heavy sleds for kilometres. This is part of their character, so get ready for a workout. They’re also known for having poor recall, be a nightmare to keep a hold of, and they also have a strong prey drive, so you’ll need to keep an eye on them around other dogs and when there are strange kids they don’t know around.

If you absolutely need a Husky, however, make sure that you buy it from the right breeder and that you cover all areas with them to make sure that the dog was bred in a good environment and with care. If you want a few tips on how to find a great breeder, this blog post is worth the read. Know, however, that even if a dog has been bred in the best environment and was given all the attention and care it needed, you will still need to pay for dog insurance from a provider like Everypaw. This is a good way to protect your pocket if your dog comes down with a condition, and it could also help you save on medication costs if your dog develops a chronic illness. Everypaw offers different types of policies for dogs and cats, to suit all needs.


Weimaraner are fun-loving and affectionate dogs, but they might be too much to handle for inexperienced owners. For one, they are extremely strong and big, which may not be the best option if you have children. But they’re also very excitable and need to exert a lot of energy, so they might be too much maintenance for some.


Border Collie

Some people may be surprised to see Collies on this list since they’re so popular, but they don’t make great first time dogs. Collies are workhorses, and don’t only love, but need to work. So, this is another breed that will require a lot of exercise. Collies are also a very intelligent breed, so they constantly need to be mentally stimulated or they might start developing some behavioural issues.



Bulldogs are another dog breed a lot of people will be surprised to see here, but they’re also not the best option for first-time owners. But that’s not because they’re hyperactive, they’re not. But mainly because of their fragile health. Some breeds of Bulldog are at risk of health issues, which can be a difficult on the bulldog and the family managing their conditions.

They also have a tendency to develop skin issues because of the ripples in their skin. Not only that, but they can experience difficulties in heat. They are also not the easiest breed to train.

Tibetan Terrier

Tibetan Terriers may look adorable, and they can be. But they can also be a challenge if you don’t have the patience needed to deal with them. These dogs constantly need to be put back in order, and if you don’t know how to assert your dominance with them, they will drive you mad. So be prepared to spend on a good trainer and groom them a lot. Tibetan Terriers are also highly intelligent, so they also need to be mentally stimulated all day or they’ll grow restless and might cause damage.



Choosing the right dog breed is essential if you want to make sure that you’ll be able to take care of them, and that you’ll be able to fit them into your life. This is why it is important that you do your research on any dog breed before you make your final decision.



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