The tiny Chihuahua is the most destructive breed of dogs according to research from PayingTooMuch.com, causing almost $1300 worth of damage over a lifetime from ripping, scratching, chewing, staining, or digging.
Having had many Chihuahuas in my extended family, that has not been my experience. However, too often people overindulge them, allowing them to become out-of-control, destructive little beasts. A well trained Chihuahua is an intelligent, loyal companion who should not, however, be left alone and lonely for long periods of time.
The second most destructive is the Dachshund costing over $1200.
According to this UK company that offers pet insurance, the top 10 most destructive breeds in their study are:
Some breeds are more respectful of property. At the other end of the scale is the Staffordshrie Bull Terrier with a total lifetime bill of just $160. The least destructive are:
- Staffordshire Bull Terrier
- West Highland Terrier
- Yorkshire Terrier
- Shih tzu
- Jack Russell Terrier