They are the smallest and largest breeds but they have something else in common. A recent survey showed that the Great Dane is the number one most destructive breed and the tiny Chihuahua is number two.
According to a survey of over 3000 dog owners in the UK conducted by a pet insurance company, repair bills over a lifetime for Great Danes averaged $1420 followed by Chihuahuas at $1380. Common forms of damage are chewed furniture, doors and door frames, ruined shoes and clothes, carpet soiling, chewed wires and electrical items.
Most of the damage came from puppies, but 14% reported that the destruction continued through the dog’s life. One owner reported a Great Dane that ran into closed patio doors, knocking the doors and the frame out of the wall.
The top ten destructive breeds were: Great Dane, Chihuahua, Mastiff, Basset Hound, Whippet, English Setter, Bulldog, Dachshund, Boxer, and Beagle.
While Great Danes and Mastiffs can blame their size, the Chihuahua must have to work pretty hard to do that much destruction. I’m trying to picture a Chihuahua eating a mattress or a door frame.
On the other hand, the large but gentle Saint Bernard is the second least destructive breed. But Saint Lover knew that all the time, right?
The least destructive dog was the Pug followed by the St. Bernard, Pointer, Poodle, Corgi, Highland Terrier, Old English Sheepdog, Cocker Spaniel, and Border Collie.
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