6 dog breeds that suffer the worst from separation anxiety

Ksenia Novikova
Aug 01, 2018
01:36 P.M.

Studies suggest certain breeds of the domestic canine are more susceptible to separation anxiety than others.


Any dog owner knows that dogs get attached to their humans very quickly, and they form a bond which is very deep.

As reported by Wide Open Pets, research suggests that "people dogs" or dogs that are mostly found in people's homes, are more commonly known to have this issue.

Labrador Retrievers top the list of pets who experience high levels of anxiety and other emotions, as they are known to form strong familial bonds with their owners.

An unusually high number of Labradors are known to have separation anxiety, especially the young ones.

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Next in line are the German Shepherd dogs. These dogs are highly energetic, and though they are mostly positive and benign, can be very destructive if overcome with anxiety.


The Australian Shepherd dog is one which is mostly found outdoors. They are commonly put up as either herding dogs or in search and rescue. They crave physical activity, and if kept locked indoors, are prone to separation anxiety.

The German Shorthaired Pointer is another outdoor dog, which is more famously known for its hunting assistance.


They are the most popular hunting dogs, and as with the Australian shepherd, would prefer being left out in the field alone, rather than indoors.

Another breed that is known to be emotionally vulnerable is the Thai Bangkaew.

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Fifth in line is the Vizsla dog, which is also a hunting variant. They are known to form a very strong attachment to their owners, giving them the nickname "velcro dogs."

If left alone, They will resort to destructive chewing and loud howling, calling for their owners.

The Bischon Frise is the final entry to the list. It is a very different breed, when compared to the others, as it is mostly a tiny lap dog, usually staying very close to the owner. but it also has immense anxiety issues.

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It is important to know how susceptible a breed is to separation anxiety, before adopting a dog. This is especially necessary if you have a job that makes you travel a lot, and don't want to leave your pet at home, painfully awaiting your return.

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