In the article to follow, we’ll examine the five breeds that should be strictly handled by experienced owners. In other words, if you’re dipping your foot into the doggy world for the first (or even second) time, you might want to steer clear. No dog is bad, per se, but some are trickier to handle than others.


While they can be dependable companions in the right hands, Rotties run wild under weak leadership. Many families have learned this lesson the hard way, unable to discipline or quieten the excitable Rottie, who takes on the reins if no one is willing to keep him in check. Quiet, calm leadership is the order of the day, and a proper training regime is essential. In theory, you could be a first-time owner and enlist the services of a professional trainer, but it’d be a costly – and risky – exercise. Rotties are not insignificant in size either: they’re heavy, powerful dogs that need a lot of work to keep calm.

Chinese Shar-Pei

The Shar-Pei isn’t hugely popular in America, in part because he’s a little tricky to manage. From a purely physical standpoint, he has a lot of folds in his fur which can lead to skin and eye problems; managing this as a novice will prove tricky. But it’s also the Shar-Pei’s personality that needs tackling: he’ll bond with a single member of the household and generally keep away from everyone (and everything) else. Getting him out of his shell isn’t easy, and isn’t for a novice.

Chow Chow

In a world of social media, the Chow Chow is a popular addition to the home. After all, he looks so darn cuddly. But the Chow Chow can be a little aloof, and a little difficult to keep in check. A thorough training regime is a must, alongside early socialization.


The Akita is a powerful hunting dog that requires a steady hand on those daily walks. He’s also tricky to train, and sheds a lot of fur, making him quite a handful for a novice. On the other hand, he truly is beautiful, but like the Chow Chow, the gorgeous exterior belies a steely resolve.


We all know the Dalmatian from the hit films, but the Dalmatian is bred to do work, and he’ll easily get more of domestic life. A stable routine – alongside regular exercise – is a must, and you’ll have your hands full when he starts to shed.

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