The six most destructive dog breeds
Dogs often charm even their naughtiest moments, but some really give out their luck. Lydia Stangroom takes a look at some of the most notorious destructive races and the mayhem they cause.
“Dogs are the wizards of the universe,” claimed Clarissa Pinkola Estés. A quote that seems to embody both the indescribable bond we have with our four-legged family members and alludes to the mischief and chaos they can wreak.
Dubhe, our beloved Lakeland Terrier, had a real penchant for stealing people’s underwear on the beach and gobbling blocks of goat cheese at dinner parties. Thrown out of puppy classes after two weeks, he took it upon himself to personally take care of the extermination of the house guinea pigs in the neighborhood.
And rabbits. And the postman. Everything that moved, really.
I met a lady with a Lakeland puppy once and when I told her ours was 18, she asked what age they started behaving … I said we would wait ourselves.
International Dog Day took place earlier this week, and to mark its arrival, GoodMove staff conducted a survey to find the six most destructive dogs and naughty breeds and examine the most common harms they cause in the home.
Their research found that 35% of these breeds turned up the garden; 29% torn home textiles; 28% couldn’t wait to go for a walk and (ahem) empty the house; 28% scratched furniture ‘including doors and cabinets’; and 26% chewed their owners’ shoes and clothes.
And which races were supposed to be the worst? Read on to find out, then don’t forget to repeat the hair-raising stories we gathered a few years ago when we found Britain’s naughtiest dog.
Taking first place – which may or may not be a shock – are Labradors. Obedient, great with children and as infinitely loving as they are, home textiles are no match for their limitless appetite. My in-laws are notoriously “big chewers” and have two black labs that have a personal vengeance on beanbags – the destruction of which is still visible three years after the first incident, with little styrofoam balls still popping up in cracks in the floor and under closets.
Are you the greatest chewers? We mustn’t overlook the sausage dog. ‘Dachshunds are smart,’ says a member of the Country Life team, with ‘very strong jaws. Although they don’t chew a lot, a whole stuffed animal can disappear in no time at will. ‘
2. Border collie
Number two on the most destructive list is another breed that will surprise many dog owners and question you, well, pretty much anything.
As a breed famous for their sheep and livestock herding skills, razor sharp hearing, and impeccable response to commands, we’re not sure if the hardworking Border Collie deserves second place. It has undoubtedly made its way up the charts because when it becomes destructive, its strength and cunning creates true chaos.
We can already cry about it for the approval and approval of the owners. Originally bred to hunt rabbits, Beagles are sturdy, active companions – and notoriously chaotic. But do they deserve such a ranking? Since German shepherds and boxers are known to devour entire sofa arms, we are curious to see what chaos a beagle can wreak.
4. Cocker Spaniel
Two whole slippers, half a pair of sneakers, sunglasses, pillows and a good figure on the new leather sofa – all of this is part of everyday work for a six-month-old cocker spaniel on a Tuesday morning.
5. Staffordshire Bull Terrier
The staffie makes a well-deserved appearance. One owner of the Mabel by the inappropriately named – if only half – insisted that she was “not destructive at all. But she kills squirrels … and rabbits … and a few deer. ‘ Destructive when you’re small and fluffy; but the sofa will be safe.
6. English Springer Spaniel
The Cocker and Springer both have huge following, and there’s little choice between them – so no surprise to see them close together on this list.
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