It’s no secret that dogs bring us so much joy, and when we love them, we bring the same to our four legged buddies, too.
But we all have jobs and spend lots of time out of the house, which can be problematic for some breeds. Leaving your dog alone for hours at a time can be detrimental to both their physical and mental state and can even cause your pet to experience separation anxiety.
Separation anxiety in dogs is defined as fear or distress caused by separation from their owners for long periods of time. Some common symptoms include indoor urination or defecation, howling, barking, chewing and destroying things, or even trying to dig out of the home and escape. While these symptoms can also be a sign of improper house training, when accompanied by drooling or signs of stress such as heavy panting, it is more likely a clear indicator of separation anxiety.
So if you’re preparing to take on a new doggo while managing a 9 to 5, it’s important to know which dog breeds are most likely to experience separation anxiety.
1. Jack Russell Terriers
Jack Russell Terriers are known to be balls of endless energy and require a lot of physical activity. With that said, it should come as no surprise that with their high energy levels, they also require a lot of attention. When a terrier does not receive that attention, things can go awry. It’s also worth noting that for a tiny dog, terriers can do quite a large amount of damage around the house.
2. German Shorthaired Pointers
German Shorthaired Pointers may have been bred to serve as the perfect hunting companion, but out of the woods, these energetic dogs don’t fare so well with boredom. They can quickly become distressed when inactive for too long.
While Dachshunds may require very little breathing room, making them the perfect pet for tiny apartments, they also suffer from separation anxiety. Prior to domestication, these wiener dogs were pack animals, so when they’re separated from their human pack, the anxiety begins.