14 Hardest Dog Breeds to Own, Doggy Daycare Worker Says
These dogs have behaviors that can make them hard to live with.
Those of us who love dogs would be hard-pressed to name any all-around bad breed. Sure, they all have their unique quirks, but we can easily find something to appreciate about almost any pup. Nevertheless, people who work with dogs have a much different relationship with man's best friend, and they're not afraid to share their perspective on the dog breeds you shouldn't own. Or at least, the ones they wouldn't invite into their own homes.
TikToker @ally0wally recently shared her list of the 14 dog breeds she would never own, based on her experience as a doggy daycare worker. Before going through her picks, she was quick to note that her list is mostly about dog behavior, and she clarified, "I don't hate any dog breed, these just wouldn't fit my lifestyle."
But while @ally0wally's choices may reflect personal preference, she has some important takeaways that could be useful for any future dog owner. Read on to see which 14 dog breeds one doggy daycare worker wants you to think twice before bringing home.
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The Siberian Husky is the first dog breed @ally0wally wouldn't own. And she has multiple reasons, stating in her TikTok that the Husky has "too much fur," is "too independent (I need a dog who needs me)," "talks too much (I get migraines)," and is "too stubborn."
Huskies get a score of 5 on the American Kennel Club's (AKC) barking level scale, meaning they are indeed "very vocal."
Pembroke Welsh Corgis are adorable (and were beloved lifelong pets to Queen Elizabeth II), but according to this doggy daycare worker, they have "too much energy" and are "always getting dirty." Then, of course, there's the barking.
Corgis do indeed have high energy and barking levels of 4, per the AKC, and they also get a 4 for "mental stimulation needs," meaning a Corgi "needs a job or activity."
Based on her experience with Boxers, @ally0wally says "They mean well they just escalate play WAY too fast." These dogs also "have CRAZY jumping skills" and are "pure muscle," she adds.
She's not wrong about how they're built. "Their muscles ripple beneath a short, tight-fitting coat," the AKC says. "Boxers move like the athletes they are named for: smooth and graceful, with a powerful forward thrust."
The mark against Silver Labrador Retrievers? "The allergies and skin issues," the doggy daycare worker says.
Silver Labs can suffer from Color Dilution Alopecia (CDA), according to the World Animal Foundation. "CDA is a genetically inherited condition common in color-diluted variations of dogs, like the Silver Lab itself," these experts explain. "It occurs due to the presence of a recessive gene. In this condition, your dog suffers from skin problems, including hair loss or thinning in the form of patches, itchiness, scaliness, or flaky skin."
Beagles are a family favorite, but that doesn't mean they don't have issues of their own. @ally0wally says she'd never own a Beagle because they're "too smart for me," "always getting dirty," have "too much energy," and are "escape artists." They're also loud, she says, underlining "the HOWLING."
Beagles score 4 for barking level, energy level, and mental stimulation needs. The AKC notes that they are "curious, clever, and energetic," which could be a lot for some dog owners to keep up with.
The reason why this doggy daycare worker would not get a Great Dane is simple. "I LOVE them more than anything," she says in her TikTok. "I just will never have a house that could comfortably house one."
As the AKC notes, "The easygoing Great Dane, the mighty 'Apollo of Dogs,' is a total joy to live with, but owning a dog of such imposing size, weight, and strength is a commitment not to be entered into lightly."
This is another dog breed that @ally0wally says she's actually fond of. "I really do love them but they have so much energy," she explains, adding that they're prone to "too much jumping," and that they "play really hard and escalate play really fast."
On the playfulness level scale, the AKC gives Boston Terriers the highest score of 5, meaning they are "non-stop."
German Shorthaired Pointer
Yet another dog breed this doggy daycare worker wishes she could adopt, the German Shorthaired Pointer requires a lot of work. "I wish I had a lifestyle for one of these (I love them so much)," she says. "They just have a lot of energy and need a lot of attention." They also need accommodations where they can really run, @ally0wally adds.
The AKC's description of the German Shorthaired Pointer does give some indication of what owners are in for. This breed "thrives on vigorous exercise, positive training, and a lot of love," they say. "They are always up for physical activities like running, swimming, organized dog sports—in fact, anything that will burn some of their boundless energy while spending outdoors time with a human buddy."
If you haven't heard of a Blue Heeler, you might be familiar with this breed as the Australian Cattle Dog. The doggy daycare worker says they are just "too much" for her lifestyle, and that they "can have aggression issues."
They do indeed require a lot of attention, per the AKC, who describes Australian Cattle Dogs as having "boundless energy," and warns that the breed "easily becomes bored and may get into mischief." Beyond that, the Blue Heeler only has a 3 on the openness to strangers scale, and earns a 4 for its watchdog/protective nature level, meaning it is "vigilant."
The doggy daycare worker has a long list of cons for the sweet Black Labrador. These dogs are "ALWAYS getting in the water," and they're "so jumpy as puppies," she says. She also notes that they have a constant drive to eat, "especially things that aren't food." And don't forget the slobber.
Interestingly, the AKC only scores the Labrador Retriever with a 2 on the drooling level scale, but it sounds like @ally0wally has had a different experience. Regardless, they get an energy level of 5 for "high energy," and the AKC describes them as "enthusiastic" and "high-spirited."
A popular lap dog, @ally0wally admits the Maltese is "just not my thing." She does add that they're "very cute," but says it's "hard to keep the fur white."
On the coat grooming frequency scale, the AKC gives the Maltese a 4. "Consider how much time, patience, and budget you have for this type of care when looking at the grooming effort needed," the AKC cautions.
Another breed that may present some grooming challenges, according to the doggy daycare worker, is the Bloodhound. "I just feel like they are really hard to keep clean, especially those ears," she says in her video. They also have a powerful bark and need more space than @ally0wally thinks she'd be able to provide.
According to the AKC, Bloodhounds aren't that hard to clean, scoring a 2 on the coat grooming frequency scale. But they do, indeed, have a 5 for "very vocal" on the barking scale, and they're messy in other ways: The Bloodhound scores another 5 for its drooling level, meaning "always have a towel."
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The teacup version of the Yorkshire Terrier is cute, as the doggy daycare worker acknowledges, but she admits, "I'd be afraid to step on them." Beyond that, "Their barks give me migraines," @ally0wally says.
There's good reason to be worried about tiny Teacup Yorkies, which are no more than 7 inches tall and weigh between 3 and 6 pounds, per MetLife Pet Insurance. As for their bark, the insurance company puts it plainly: "Teacup Yorkies are yappy and loud."
Finally, there's the Miniature Doodle—any Mini Doodle, that is. "I have no proof but I just feel like they are so much crazier than normal Doodles," the doggy daycare worker says.
We might just have to take her word for it, as most available information about these breeds is purely anecdotal.
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