It’s no secret that since March 2020, sales of dogs and puppies have gone through the roof thanks to the spare time we all suddenly had on our hands. Being at home more to take care of a dog and walk it left many people with the perfect opportunity to finally get the dog they’d dreamed of having for so long.
But dogs can suffer from separation anxiety, which results in bad behaviour, anxiety, stress and even an upset stomach when left on their own (the scene from Marley & Me where he tears up the house while they’re out is a perfect example of separation anxiety).
While separation anxiety can affect all dogs, some breeds are more prone to it than others and, now that we’re going out and about again, this may prove a problem for many new dog owners who might not have factored this into their decision making when choosing a breed. But it may also become a new issue for older dogs who have gotten used to their owners being around at home all the time.
If you are thinking of getting a dog, or have recently acquired a new furry friend, Furbo.com has put together a list of the top 10 dog breeds with separation anxiety issues.
Top of the list is the Labrador Retriever. Furbo said: ‘The Lab is still currently the most popular family dog breed and generally has a relaxed disposition. However, because they are so social, they can struggle if left alone for long periods of time.’
Other popular dog breeds that appeared in the list include Border Collies, German Shepherds, Jack Russells and Cavalier King Charles Spaniels. Read on to see if your dog is on the list.