Top 7 least troublesome dogs
1. Bernese Mountain Dog
Number one on this list is the Bernese Mountain Dog. The Bernese Mountain Dog or Berner Sennenhund is a large German dog breed that originates from the Swiss Alps; the breed was established in 1912. They were originally a cross from a Mastiff and hound dog and worked on farms.
This tri-colored breed is not only strikingly beautiful, but their noble nature and majestic size (up to 120 pounds males) makes them a standout. They are known for their quiet confidence, good nature, and pleasantness around strangers. They need quite a bit of outdoor time, so they are good for active families. They do especially well in situations that not all dogs would tolerate—children and pets climbing all over them. They also get along well with other animals and indoor family pets. They form strong bounds with their owners and perform all kinds of rescuing feets.
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They are purebreds and future owners should be aware of their potential medical problems, including cancers, and hip, elbow, and joint issues. It’s important that you keep them at a healthy weight and socialize them early.
2. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is a smaller, affectionate breed of British origin. It is the 18th-most popular dog breed of 196, according to the AKC. The King Charles Spaniel is gentle in nature due its kind, easy-going, yet playful temperament and is great around children, babies, and small pets. Thanks to its tiny stature (under 13 inches in height), it is classified as a toy breed. These spaniels can be both social and outgoing or enjoy simply cuddling with their companions on the couch. They also come in a variety of adorable colors and patterns (chestnut, tri-color, chestnut and white).
It should be noted that this breed commonly suffers from mitral valve disease and heart failure, as well as certain vision disorders. It’s important that you either rescue or select your Cavalier King Charles from a responsible breeder who rules out these health issues as part of their breeding process.
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3. Shih Tzu
The Shih Tzu means little lion, but don’t let that fool you. These dogs are sweet, loving companions and make themselves at home quite easily. They can be both playful and sociable as well as cuddly and quiet in the house, reaching only 9-16 pounds in weight and 9-10 inches in height at the shoulder. Shih Tzus are known lap dogs and excellent companions.
Surpisingly, they also train well for obedience and agility competitions, if you’re into that kind of thing. They get along well with children and animals and do well out in public. Because of their small size, they are content in the apartment and smaller dwellings so long as they have affection and companionship (they don’t need a ton of outdoor space like more energetic breeds—retrievers and hounds). These dogs are also great for first-time pet owners.
Shih Tzus require regular grooming and maintenance and may have certain eye conditions leading to dry eye as well as dental issues due to their compact dentition. It’s important that you supervise this breed with small children and teach kids how to interact with them in a gentle manner because they can be easily injured if handled inappropriately.
The Pug, also know as the Pug Dog, is one of the most popular dog breeds, with a life expectancy of 13-15 years and weighing in at under 18 pounds. They are famous for their infant-like appearance (large eyes and baby-like face), which is why they are quite popular among pug-breed enthusiasts. They are spunky, little dogs with warm personalities and an easy-going nature.
They are trained easily and behave well, but are sensitive in nature and don’t do well with scolding (they tend to be dramatic). The Pug Dog is good around kids and other canines and does well around unfamiliar people.
They are prone to obesity and really need to be watched when it comes to snacking. They also can suffer from eye conditions (like cherry eye) and are considered brachycephalic breeds (prone to upper respiratory issues and don’t do well under anesthesia. They shed a lot and require regular brushing.
They Newfoundland is an incredible large-breed dog that is known for weighing up to 150 pounds. This breed loves water and is known for jumping out of helicopters to rescue people in distress. They are a dignified breed, heavy-boned and can reach up to 28 inches in height. They have an average life expectancy of 9-10 years of age.
Newfoundlands will tolerate small animals and children crawling all over them, and are warm towards strangers. Though they are loyal and protective of their family, their noble nature makes them adaptable to all kinds of scenarios in which they respond favorable and predictably. This is a favorite breed among many also due to the fact they are easy to train.
Newfoundlands have a tendency to be overweight, so their food intake needs to be monitored and watched. They are prone to bloat, an emergency condition in which the stomach distends and twists, cutting off vital blood supply, so it’s important that they do not exercise immediately after water consumption or large meals.
6. Irish Setter
Irish Setters are high-energy, fun-loving dogs that are kind and sweet in nature. They are known for being athletic, graceful, at times goofy, and have beautiful red coats. They live up to 12-15 years of age and are of a medium to large build. They are great for active families with children and will readily play fetch and all kinds of games.
Easily one of the most beautiful dog breeds, they train well when working with positive leaders and are eager to please. They require daily exercise and will readily track and participate in obedience and agility training. Irish Setters have a ton of energy, so be ready to stay active. These dogs can be shy if not socialized properly.
They require regular grooming of their coat and cleaning of their long ears. They are prone to hip dysplasia and certain eye conditions. In addition, their deep chest makes them prone to bloat, which is an emergency condition characterized by the distention and twisting of the stomach, so owners must be properly educated about this risk.
7. Basset Hound
The Basset Hound is another popular dog breed known for its iconic appearance and “low-rider” conformity. Its relaxed, chill nature give it it’s reputation as the basking porch dog, forever passing time napping in the sun without a care in the world.
Despite them being hunting dogs, they generally do well with other pets, especially considering they are aloof, and are very friendly towards people and strangers. They are smart but not necessarily easy to train. They also tend to have poor recall, being a hound, so they should be trained properly if let outside and off leash.
The Basset Hound has the notorious ear shape of a dog that is prone to ear infections, so it’s especially important that their ears are kept dry and clean. They are also known for barking wildly at everything and nothing, so they would not do well in an environment in which there’s a lot of ambient nose or houses/apartments that are close together.