High Maintenance Dog Breeds
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High Maintenance Dog Breeds

Many dog breeds are low maintenance but there are high maintenance dog breeds that require a lot of work and a lot of exercise. Other breeds want cuddles and others may be difficult to train and control. Dogs that are strong-willed and fiercely independent are mostly the high-maintenance breeds but before choosing what breed to go with, know what are some of the most high-maintenance dog breeds.


A high maintenance breed that must be well-socialized from birth with people and other dogs is the Akita. This breed somewhat needs a fair amount of exercise. They like to take charge, which is a trait they inherited from their wolf ancestry but keep in mind that they are highly sensitive, as well.

Border Collie

Another herding high maintenance dog you should know of is the border collie. This breed has a high level of energy and also an extremely intelligent one. By giving him ample physical and mental exercise, he is sure to become a happy and healthy member of your family. 

Chow Chow

With a medium level of energy, the chow may not be so easy to take care of. Despite its teddy bear-like face, this dog breed has cat-like personalities. Having an early socialization and training will help breed them and make them ready for socialization.