Everyone thinks they have the “best dog”. But, statistically speaking, there are naughty breeds of dogs.
Every puppy and their human want to be at Santa’s nice list. But inevitably, curious pooches will do something that will put them on the naughty list – snipping freshly planted flowers, pulling out trailer wiring, chewing on your favorite pair of shoes, or masterfully slipping off their harnesses and chasing geese in the middle of a mess. a lake . You got the idea! Puppies can do serious things and sometimes comic shenanigans. Still, most pet owners won’t leave their puppies on the naughty list for long. Even after the most flagrant breaches, our loving dogs are just too cute to stay mad for long.
However, some dog breeds have more problems than others. Instagram research conducted by protect my paws discovered that the 10 naughtiest dog breeds in the United States are all over the map, and unsurprisingly, the usual suspects aren’t high on the list of 160 breeds.
The 10 The meanest dog breeds
10. English Springer Spaniel
The English Springer Spaniel enjoys being part of your family and is generally affectionate. They do well with the other dogs in the house too! However, these puppies have a lot of energy since they were bred to be hunters, which means they can get into mischief if not properly exercised.
Although they may have landed in the top 10 naughtiest dog breeds, Keeshonds are known to be fabulous family pets. They are excellent companion dogs, best with children and do well with other dogs. They also train quite easily. However, they need to be busy as they get bored easily.
8. Welsh Terrier
Welsh Terriers are friendly, gentle and playful companions who have a very high prey drive. These puppies were bred for hunting and had an independent and feisty streak.
These cute troublemakers are a mix of toys Poodles and Bichon Frize dogs. I can’t imagine that adorable little face getting in trouble.
Chugs are a design mix of a chihuahua and one pug. These adorable puppies are affectionate, playful and adorably small!
5. Wirehaired Vizsla
Wirehaired Vizsla come from Hungry and have a stiff coat. According to AKC, this rare breed is fantastic with young children and is incredibly affectionate. Wirehaired Vizslas are also avid hunters on land and water.
Cockapoos are an adorable mix of a cocker spaniel and a poodle. Those hypoallergenic dogs make good companions and are very intelligent.
Mudi is an easy to train herding dog that needs chores and can be trained to do almost anything. Most sheepdogs need work and can get into a lot of trouble if they get bored.
The Shichon is a mix between a Shih Tzu and a bichon frize. These furballs are known to be sweet, intelligent dogs with big personalities.
1. Japanese Spitz
Much like the Samoyed, the japanese spitz is a white-furred ground that is known to be a guard dog.
Other Naughty Dog Breeds
breeds like german shepherds, Border Collies, American Pit Bull Terriers and Corgis ended up on the more positive side of the list. Usually, Labrador Retrievers and Golden Retrievers end up at the top of family-friendly lists and best breeds lists, but they ended up above the middle of the naughty dog list. Both arrived with 60% of their owners using naughty dog hashtags on Instagram.
Here’s how some of your other favorite breeds fared in research:
- Cocker Spaniel: 72% naughty labels
- Dachshund: 68% naughty tags
- Shih Tzu: 66% naughty tags
- Bulldog: 64% naughty tags
- Pug: 63% naughty labels
- Beagle: 60% naughty labels
- Staffordshire Bull Terrier: 58% naughty tags
- Poodle: 57% naughty tags
- Jack Russell Terriers: 55% naughty tags
- Yorkshire Terrier: 53% naughty labels
- Chihuahua: 48% naughty labels
- Basenji: 64% positive tags
- Belgian Malinois: 67% positive tags
- Jindo: 75% positive tags
The herding dogs found themselves mostly in the middle of the pack, although many led to the positive side. Mutts didn’t make the list, but I guess you might get an idea of how your pup leans into the breeds that primarily make up his genetics.
US States with Naughty Dog Breeds
protect my paws conducted a study comparing the frequency of use of the #gooddog and #baddog tags on Instagram. The company has broken down its findings by state in a nifty map that shows where the meanest pups live in the United States. Conversely, it also shows where the best-behaved puppies live!
Overall, the meanest dogs seem to live in Kansas and North Carolina. These two states had the highest instances of using hashtags like #naughtydog, #baddog, #naughtypuppy, #cheekydog, or #muddydog, with numbers exceeding 50%. Dog owners in South Dakota and West Virginia were somewhat less decisive, with both states being neutral with a 50/50 split between use of #goodboy and other positive hashtags and #baddog and other negative tags. Overall in the United States, dog behavior leaned heavily towards the positive. The rest of the states had less than 40% negative tag usage, which left them with positive dog behavior overall. The states that came close to the neutral mark were Louisiana, Alabama, and Hawaii.
The wisest dogs, however, seem to reside in the District of Columbia, with only 7.5% of hashtags being used for naughty dogs. Maryland, Maine, Montana and Indiana saw positive numbers, with less than 20% naughty dog hashtags.
The study went further and broke down the naughty dogs by city, where the outlook is a little less positive. Miami, Florida and Honolulu, Hawaii both have pretty bad dogs, with Instagram users opting for the #baddog almost 60% of the time. Cities with over 50% usage of naughty dog hashtags are:
- Madison, Wis.: 57.6%
- Charlotte, North Carolina: 57%
- Cincinnati, Ohio: 57%
- New Orleans, Louisiana: 56.9%
- Houston, TX: 55.9%
- Pittsburgh, PA: 55%
- Nashville, TN: 51%
- Minneapolis, Minnesota: 51%
- Huntington Beach, California: 50%
If you’re looking for cities with well-behaved puppies, you might have better luck at the dog park in those cities that have less than 30% Instagram post usage:
- Sacramento, California: 27.4%
- Louisville, Kentucky: 27%
- Colorado Springs, Colorado: 26%
- San Diego, California: 25%
- Phoenix, Arizona: 23%
- Seattle, Washington: 22%
- Virginia Beach, Virginia: 18%
- Tampa, Florida: 18%
- Indianapolis, Indiana: 17%
- Jacksonville, Florida: 14%
- San Antonio, TX: 13%
- Tucson, AZ: 10.8%
- Arlington, Virginia: 9%
- Baltimore, Maryland: 8%
- Buffalo, NY: 6%
- Curvature, Oregon: 4%
While the District of Columbia takes the cake for having the best-behaved puppies in the United States, Bend, Oregon is by far the city with friendly dogs who are all good puppies!
Protect My Paws also looked around the world to see which country the meanest dogs live in, and by far the meanest puppies reside in South Africa, Australia, Slovakia and Singapore. The United States has some of the best behaved dogs at almost 70%, but Russia and Ukraine took the cake for having the sweetest puppies with 94% and 96% good dogs, respectively.
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