There’s a pup out there for every personality, from companion couch potatoes, to social butterflies, to playful buddies that are perfect for active families. And there are some dogs whose genetics combine high intelligence with high energy, so if they’re not properly occupied, they may get themselves into some trouble!
To be clear, these aren’t the “problem children” of the canine world, they’re the dogs who love to work, hike, play, run, excel at agility, and more! But left to their own devices, pup parents shouldn’t be surprised if their under-stimulated dogs start to stir up some mischief. There are exceptions to every rule, but generally speaking, these 9 dog breeds are likely to be mischievous if they have too much time on their paws!
1. Border Collies
These energetic pooches have many talents, but more often than not, being lazy isn’t one of them! (At least, not until after a long day’s work!) These dogs have herding ingrained in their DNA, and if they aren’t given a job to do, you may find them “herding” kids, other pets — even you! With that said, Border Collies can use their smarts and stamina to excel in agility, obedience training, and more, plus they make excellent running or hiking buddies.
2. Pit Bulls
It’s hard to generalize these pups, since they’re not a specific breed – the term represents a grouping that can include American Pit Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, American Bully, and Staffordshire Bull Terrier, and more. But they’re worth mentioning on this list because some “Pit Bull-type dogs” are incredibly high energy, and all that spunk needs an outlet!
Many Pitties have a muscular build, making them impressive athletes. What’s more, these giant love bugs tend to get so attached to their people, they have a hard time being alone. And when you combine excess energy with separation anxiety, what do you get? A pooch who’s likely to get into trouble when left to his own devices!
3. Belgian Malinois
These dogs are known for excelling at police and military work, so it should come as no surprise that they’re usually not content as under-stimulated family pets. They’re very smart, loyal to their leaders, and have a natural drive that simply cannot be extinguished. Belgian Malinois must have a job to do; if not, they’ll find one whether you like it or not!
Known for resembling monkeys, these canines are furry little clowns who love entertaining people. While Affenpinschers are small, they’re good for big laughs, although they have a tendency to be stubborn. When given the opportunity, these spotlight-lovers will show off any way they can, often resorting to mischievous antics in order to get a round of applause!
This “cat-like” dog is aloof with strangers, and their natural independence means they have no problem venturing out on their own. And, sometimes they do – these pups are known as skilled escape artists! Although adorable, Jindos aren’t known to be snuggly dogs, but they make great companions for people who aren’t fans of in-your-face affection. Owners of these pups should make sure to secure their yard, otherwise they might be found roaming the neighborhood!
6. Siberian Husky
Huskies are notorious for their antics, and some are more affectionate than others. With that said, these sled dogs tend to have ample energy and love being outside — and they’re capable of causing mischief until they get their way. They’re also known for being quite vocal, throwing tantrums, and “conversing” with their people! Another breed known for their breakout capabilities, Husky owners better make sure their yards are safely fenced in.
Small but confident, Schipperkes were bred to hunt and are known for a natural curiosity that can get them in some sticky situations! With their big personalities, these pooches often do best as the only pet at home, however they’re relatively easy to train. They also behave best with regular exercise, which helps keep them out of trouble.
8. Jack Russel Terrier
One of the littlest dog breeds with one of the highest levels of energy, Jack Russel Terriers (especially young ones) may not be the best choice for anyone who can’t commit to daily activity — and lots of it. With that said, they’re certainly happy to join you on the couch after they’ve gotten some exercise. Their small size means they’re portable for adventures, but without enough stimulation, these petite pups may get into something!
9. Labrador Retriever
Labs are often known as being gentle and calm by the time they’re middle-aged, but as pups and adolescents, they can certainly cause trouble! Stealing shoes, shredding toilet paper, and giving lots (and lots and lots!) of puppy-teeth nibbles are all common Lab antics. What’s more, their notorious appetites can have them counter-surfing and trash-scavenging, so beware: aside from causing damage, this behavior can be dangerous, even deadly, if the wrong item is consumed.
Do you have one of these dogs, or think yours should be added to the list? Tell us in the comments below!