Vets' Worst Dog Breeds for First-Time Pet Owners

Due to breed restrictions and insurance issues, Pit Bulls are also "challenging".

 Herding breeds like Australian Shepherds and Collies need lots of exercise and attention to avoid anxiety, says CityVet Vice President of Clinical Development Dr.

Cuevas says brachycephalic breeds like English Bulldogs, French Bulldogs, and Pugs need intensive health care. 

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Anatomical issues often cause suffering and costs that overwhelm new owners.

Long-haired Chow Chows, Golden Retrievers, and Poodles need daily brushing and professional trims. 

 Chronically ill breeds like Cavalier King Charles Spaniels and Great Danes require more time and planning.

Cuevas strongly advises against this "very intelligent" herding breed that needs constant mental stimulation.

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