Top 10 mischievous dog breeds revealed

Did you know that there are 221 breeds of dog? Choosing the right breed for you can be a tricky process. You might need a family-friendly pup, a pooch that doesn’t shed much fur or maybe you’re after an energetic breed that can accompany you on adventures. All dogs have a certain level of playfulness to them, but some breeds just take the biscuit (sometimes literally!). The American Kennel Club has recently revealed the most mischievous dog breeds – has yours made the list?

1. Beagle

Originally bred as a hunting dog, sometimes their passion for sniffing things out can get them in a spot of bother. Don’t let this deter you though, beagles are also very fun-loving and happy dogs.

2. Labrador retriever

With their bad behaviour immortalised in the beloved movie ‘Marley and Me’, Labrador retrievers are well known for being more than a little mischievous. Luckily, their adorable appearance means they are still top dog and have been the UK’s favourite breed for many years.

3. Welsh Pembroke Corgi

As amusing as it might be to picture the Queen dashing around Buckingham Palace trying to stop her beloved pets from chewing her shoes, Corgis are actually quite easy to train. They were originally bred to be cattle herders so they are more than used to taking instruction from their owners.

4. Shiba Inu

They might make fantastic Instagram celebrities, but Shiba Inu’s can be quite destructive if left alone for long periods. On the flip side, they are wonderfully quiet pups so can be a great choice if you live in a flat. 

Top 10 mischievous dog breeds revealed

5. Border Collies

Their high levels of intelligence make them fantastic sheep dogs, but also means that they get bored easily. If you don’t provide adequate mental stimulation, or tire them out enough, they’ll look for ways to entertain themselves. And that doesn’t always end well for your sofa.

6. Cocker Spaniel

As with all spaniels, cockers are good-natured, curious and active. Their eternally playful nature can be both a blessing and a curse. 

7. Dachshund

Small and perfectly formed, dachshunds can also be unforgivingly stubborn. Which explains the many videos on social media of these tiny dogs attempting to carry sticks much larger and heavier than would be sensible for a dog of such stature.

8. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

A popular family dog thanks to their companionable nature, this breed gets its mischievous label from its puppies. They will generally outgrow any naughty tendencies but they need to be kept under a watchful eye when young.

9. Jack Russell Terrier

These lively little dogs are full of pep and excitement. Which is fantastic on a long walk round the park but not so great when cooped up inside for too long.

10. Golden Retriever

Don’t leave your dinner unattended when there’s a golden retriever nearby. Known for their love of chewing anything in sight, their friendly, affectionate nature helps to keep them one of the most popular dog breeds.

Fri Jul 29 2022