Cute but challenging: Dog breeds that make terrible pets

There's a dog for practically everyone, but you should think twice before adopting one of these challenging breeds. While they're all cute, they have qualities that make them difficult to treat as house pets.

Puppy Trouble

This beautiful beast. The Afghan Hound's silky mane and beautiful appearance don't maintain themselves. Afghan grooming takes hours every week. The breed is demanding for inexperienced dog owners. A fenced-in yard is a necessary because the breed won't return back after a pursuit.

Afghan Hound

Bouviers are smart and stubborn. Their intelligence makes them good herders and police dogs. Their independence makes them a tough pet. They may look fluffy and cuddly, but they're formidable watchdogs. This breed isn't couch-friendly.

Bouvier de Flandres

This sleek, cheerful breed rarely barks. Wow, right? Basenjis are loud. Instead of barking, they yodel or scream. Apartment dwellers may wish to avoid this breed unless they like the cops. Basenjis aren't the most obedient breed; they do what they want despite training.


Chihuahuas are packed with personality. Because they're so small, you could think they're stuffed animals. Its diminutive stature makes it more defensive. These canines can be violent and aren't child-friendly.


These lion-like dogs have great traits: They're as clean as cats and rarely smell like dogs. They're stubborn. Untrained, they may be wary of strangers and aggressive against other dogs.

Chow Chow

Those wrinkled faces — who can resist? Despite their kissability, this breed is not for the average owner who wants to spend their time snuggling. They are not particularly friendly with unknown people and other dogs, and are prone to eye disorders.


They have fox-like looks and are sly like foxes. Despite training, this breed can't be trusted off leash, according to the AKC. Shibas have cat-like personalities, so if you want a dog to be the life of the party at the dog park, this isn't it.

Shiba Inu

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