Top 10 most high maintenance breeds (according to Yahoo)..thoughts?

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  1. Fran101

    Fran101 Resident fainting goat

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    - http://shine.yahoo.com/photos/10-most-high-maintenance-dog-slideshow/


    Agree? Disagree?
    What would your list look like?

    I have gotten like 3 emails from family members about this article because aussies are on it and the article was on the front page of yahoo lol so I figured it might be interesting to get some forum input
     
  2. MericoX

    MericoX Roos, Poos, & a Wog!

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    Their list confuses me. It seems they've got high maintenance regarding coat care and energy requirements meshed together...
     
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    Beanie Clicker Cult Coordinator

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    And because of that I'm flabbergasted that shelties aren't on the list...
     
  4. Emily

    Emily Rollin' with my bitches

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    I can only say that for Cav's, it's totally true. We have a few Cav's at work that are regulars and omg... sit down and it's just like, WTF do they even come from? LOL They're in your lap before you're even all the way down, lmao.
     
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    RD Are you dead yet?

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    My border collie is lower maintenance than my papillon was.
     
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    I guess I would agree with most of them, though I have no experience with Brussels Griffon or GSP.

    Yorkies are definitely HM. Most I've met. Jackson is in his own way... he's not needy in the sense that he needs to be held or picked up (he actually despises it, most of the time, LOL) but he's certainly Mr.-I-Need-Attention-Now. He constantly just comes and stares at me and hopes I'll play, or we'll go for a w-a-l-k (which he now knows how to spell) and stuff. And he does need a lot of stimulation and exercise to be content. Oh and professionally groomed for most Yorkies, etc.

    Whereas, on the flip side, my step-moms Dachshund mix is very happy to lay around all day and sleep. He loves being held though and is a big baby... but he's not "high maintenance" in that his grooming requirements are very little/easy, he doesn't really need ANY exercise to be happy/content, etc/etc.
     
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    I think that list is utter baloney. First of all, there needs to be a distinction between coat maintenance and perceived 'exercise/stimulation' maintenance.

    My BC is low maintenance for me. He goes to work with my parents and just hangs out with me and does whatever I do, I am not out exercising him all hours of the day. And his coat? I don't have to lift a finger.

    Some people would find him high maintenance because he wants lots of exercise and to be with me all day, but because he is often with my anyway and I like to get out and do things, keeping him happy is a piece of cake.

    Some sort of hound though, who I couldn't trust off-leash and would have a more difficult time training would drive me up the wall because I would have to do things out of my way to provide him with what he needed in terms of stimulation. Alternatively, a dog with a demanding coat (like a poodle, sheltie, whatever) would be a huge PITA to me as well.

    A dog I would describe as high maintenance would be my cousin's golden. He constantly wants to be touched and needs attention, is super clingy and can't really settle down. He is not super high energy, but his pacing and incessant licking and neediness would get on my nerves pretty quick. Nice dog, but not my type and imo, VERY high maintenance.

    What constitutes high maintenance is different to different people.
     
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    CharlieDog Rude and Not Ginger

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    GSPs omg. I've never met one that wasnt neurotic and hyper active. Oh my God.
     
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    Paige Let it be

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    My Border Collie is so easy. Just saying.
     
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    Perzactly.
     
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    Yeah, it was the GSP that inspired the phrase a tired dog is a good dog.

    So incredibly insane. Every one I've ever met for more than 5min. Pointers in general are made to run. My uncle had a half GSP and owned 3 acres. I was maybe 15 when this dog was young, and in a 8 hour day could not tire that dog out.

    Of course, I do want one, but I want ready access to pheasant cover first!
     
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    This...

    Watson and Menchi are low maintenance as far as coat care... but Menchi needs to be watched more carefully health wise as far as coat and skin are concerned than many other dogs.

    Watson needs a lot of one on one attention training wise and emotionally. Emotionally Menchi is easier...training wise she requires focus but not the intense work that Watson needs from me.

    They both need a fair amount of exercise and stimulation.

    I have had a cocker...as far as grooming is concerned he was high maintenance, but other than that he was easy.

    I think it is all in what you want, what you are ready for, and what you can and are willing to invest :)
     
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    I think Cavs are some of the easiest dogs I've ever met...don't need much exercise a walk or two a day, feed, love on, they're the happiest creatures on earth. Not prone to DR/HR/DA/HA and rarely any temperamental problems, the only ones are health related.
     
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    Uhhhh, why aren't bulldogs in the top like.. 3?! This dog couldn't get any more high maintenance lol
     
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    I wouldn't say Nog is high maintenance...he loves attention, yes, but is also happy to go curl up somewhere. Right now he is in a laundry basket:)
     
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    This.^
    The top 2 "high maintenance" breeds (BCs and Aussies) are some of the breeds I find easiest to get along with. (Well, I have met some BCs bred for flyball/agility that are insane- far more trouble than any true working bred BCs IMO, but that has to do with variances within the breed, not the total of the breed.)
    And even as far as coat maintenance, I'm even split within that. I LOVE big fluffy coats like rough collies, Aussies, shelties, etc., I don't mind brushing, I don't mind shedding, but I couldn't live with a dog with a coat like poodles and Bichons.
    I don't know. It just depends on each person.
     
  17. OwnedByBCs

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    Ok I get why BCs would be on the top of that list... but man my dogs are so LOW maintenance. In like, every way. They are so chill and don't require grooming very often. My sister's Pug is SO much more high maintenance because she is so demanding about attention. For some reason even though I am personally pretty lazy... Border Collies are pretty much the only dog breed I can own. I've had other breeds and I just never clicked with them like I do BCs.

    I think the problem with this list is that everyone has different opinions on it. Personally I would put Labs and Goldens on the high end of that list because I hate grooming them and they are too clingy for me.
     
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    Dizzy Sit! Good dog.

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    Depends how you define high maintenance.

    Personally I'd take energy over long hair, grooming etc any day.
     
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    I'd take Cavs off the list, move Labradors WAY UP, and add American Pit Bull Terriers :p

    Steve is very high maintenance. Not grooming-wise (though he does require more foot care than any other dog I've had), but energy level and exercise-wise.
     
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    Me too. Do not want high maintenance coat!
     

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