Mischievous mutts! The Top 10 naughty dog breeds (and others)

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All dogs can be fun, silly, and apt to look for ways to get themselves into trouble from time to time, and many dog owners will tell you that the time they need to be most concerned about what their dog is up to is when they can’t hear them doing anything at all!

Some dog breeds tend to be more mischievous than others in this regard though, and whether the manifestation of “mischievous” you’re working with involves being fun and silly or if it tends to involve being a real pain and getting up to no good, dogs of this type need a lot of stimulus and entertainment to keep them happy, and they are certain to keep you on your toes.

Whether you’re hoping to choose an entertaining, fun-loving and mischievous dog breed as your next pet or if you want to avoid picking a potential canine troublemaker at all costs, knowing what types of dogs tend to be the most mischievous and which breeds tick all of those boxes is a good start.

Dogs are nature’s best creation; a dog is someone who loves you more than himself. Dogs have a soft corner for humans, and they feel amazed when they are with us and the same goes for us.

We love them, and we also love to hang out with them. For ages dogs and humans have been living together and by living together, we both have adapted to each other accordingly.

There are many dog breeds and every one of them is amazing. Some are small and some are big, some are for protection and some are for alertness. But there is one thing that is common in most of them and that is naughtiness.

Almost all dogs are naughty but if I ask you to tell me the “10 Naughtiest Dog Breeds” it will be hard so to solve that problem here we have listed the naughty dogs.

10. Beagle

According to many surveys a “Beagle” is one of the naughtiest dog breeds in the world. They are small and active. A Beagle is a medium size dog but when it comes to naughtiness Beagles are full-size naughty dogs. It is often suggested that you should “pet-proof” your home and you should never leave any food, drink or chocolate on the table. If they will see it, they will make a mess out of it. They are adorable but their mischief level can also reach heights.

9. American Pit Bull Terrier

The American Pit Bull Terrier has a very bad reputation for being naughty. They are always active, always up for a game and this is why they are so naughty. In reality, they are very humorous, all they want to do is have a little fun, but sometimes it is called “being naughty”. They are also a medium size dog with short hair. They are agile, super active and athletic dogs. They might be naughty, but they are also very useful, as Police use them in rescue missions or in search missions. When they are around and hiding all your stuffed animals and toys, you need to know what is going to happen with them.

8. Boxer (pictured above)

Boxers are medium-large size dogs with short hair and muscular bodies. They are highly spirited dogs who love to do physical activity all day long. Boxers have great stamina and they don’t get tired easily and because they are hyperactive, they will show you their naughty side by sometimes playing with your important papers or with your favourite blanket. They even get naughtier when they aren’t getting enough exercise. So, keep your Boxer busy and take him to walk/jog and play with him to keep him calm and out of mischief.

7. Shih Tzu

Shih Tzu are amazing, cute and small but do not judge them by their size and cuteness. They are naughty and mischievous as hell. They are originated from Tibet or China and for many years they have been quite famous to humans. They are small and curious, and this curiosity makes them naughty when they try to do something. They are cute and super adorable but do not keep any valuable items or important papers within their reach, as you may not find them later. With their adorable eyes, they will convince you that they won’t do this again but believe me they will strike.

6. German Shepherd

German Shepherds are the best guard dogs and one of the most famous dogs as well. They are amazing in what they do but sometimes they can behave naughtily. German Shepherds, as the name suggests, are from Germany and originally were working dogs for herding sheep. German Shepherds are known for their strength, intelligence, and obedience but sometimes when they are in the mood, they turn naughty. They are highly energetic and when they are active, they will just hop around and will cause a little trouble. They are the second most popular dog in the United States of America.

5. Yorkshire Terrier

Yorkshire terriers are probably the cutest dog. They are small and cute, they were developed during the 19th century in Yorkshire, England and that is why they are named as Yorkshire terriers. They are called “Yorkie” and they might be small, but they aren’t small in mischief. They are very naughty and active. They are small and they enter every small place in a house where they shouldn’t be in first place. They are small and enthusiastic and with their great mischievous mind, they can cause you a little trouble.

4. Golden Retriever

Golden retrievers are amazing and one of the most loved dogs. They are a large size dog who was originally bred as a gun dog. The name retriever is because of their ability to retrieve shot game without any damage. Unlike many dogs, they love water and this is what makes them naughty. They are awesome but full of mischief. They are easy to train but you can’t train out their naughtiness. They love to tear and chew things, so if you own a Golden Retriever then give him a toy before he starts chewing your favourite shoes or pillow. And also keep any eatable stuff outside his range.

3. Chihuahua

They are one of the smallest breeds of dog, they are tiny and insanely mischievous. They originated from the state of Chihuahuas in Mexico; hence, they got the name Chihuahuas. Keeping Chihuahuas is like keeping a small running machine which is never gonna stop. They are adorable but when they start to get into mischief, no one can compete with this little, adorable, naughty dog. They are notoriously famous for eating everything which lands on the floor; they will eat it before you can blink. No matter what it is, food, toy or even pills.

2. Dachshund

This standard size hound family member might look a little small to you as compared with another dog but believe me, they are not like other dogs, Dachshunds are naughty beyond your imagination. They were trained to hunt small animals like rabbits and since it took a lot of running in chasing the rabbit, it is still in their genes. They run and run and run…Dachshunds will make you laugh with his insanely mischievous acts and sometimes they will make you angry after you find out that they have chewed through your refrigerator wires. They won’t just eat their food on a plate, they eat their food everywhere. This little adorable beast is one of the naughtiest dogs.

1. Labrador Retriever

Labrador Retriever is on top of two lists, one that they are a most popular dog breed in United States of America, Australia, United Kingdom and Canada; another is that they are also on The Most Naughty Dog Breed list. They are amazing, they are great for assistance, they are great with blind people and they are great with sniffing. And they are also great with mischief. They love to eat food and non-food items. They love to run, they love to swim, and they just love to do everything. This is the way they are naughty. We all have seen the movie “Marley and Me” and Marley was a Labrador Retriever, now you can imagine the level of naughtiness he has.

And we can’t forget these other bad boys…

Siberian Husky

The Siberian husky is one of the most mischievous – or hard work, depending on your views – dog breeds of all to share a home with, and for a variety of reasons. Just one look at these dog’s faces indicates their propensity for getting into mischief, and if ever a dog looked as if they were biding their time before getting up to no good, this would be it! Siberian huskies are hugely energetic dogs that need to spend several hours exercising every day in order to thrive, and if they don’t get enough exercise, they’ll think nothing of escaping from their garden (and they’re really good at this) and taking off to walk themselves. They are also highly personable and more than happy to wander off with strangers that encourage them, and they need a lot of mental stimulation as well as physical exercise. Digging, climbing, chewing things and making a lot of noise howling are all common husky behaviours, although these traits can all be managed by owners who understand the breed well and are able to fulfil all of their needs.

Jack Russell

The Jack Russell might fall at the opposite end of the size spectrum to the Siberian husky, but their personalities are just as large! A common joke amongst Jack Russell owners is that they don’t train their dogs so much as make suggestions and hope for the best, although this is a smart breed that thrives on having a job to do and whose metal energies can be channelled in positive directions with the right handling and management. Jack Russells are hugely confident and plucky little dogs that will face up to much bigger opponents, and they also have a strong prey drive, love to dig, and need lots of exercise – all of which can result in dogs of the breed being destructive or problematic if poorly supervised or not provided with something to do. They can also be really comical and entertaining too, and very rewarding to own – just not for everyone!


The Dalmatian is blessed with good looks, high energy levels and a short attention span, and dogs of the breed can be somewhat selective about their obedience and following the direction of their handlers. They are also really comical dogs that often get away with bad behaviour simply because they’re so entertaining, and this is a breed that will think nothing of rolling in a muddy puddle or digging up a flowerbed if the urge takes them, only to face up to their owners with an innocent expression and a total denial of any wrongdoing! Dalmatians need a lot of exercise and entertainment to keep them happy and chilled out, and they love to have company to provide some reassurance – and to keep them out of bother.

Border Terrier

Finally, the Border terrier is plucky, fun-loving and tenacious, and once they get an idea into their heads or a toy into their mouths, virtually nothing can part them from it. Like most terriers, Border terriers have a high prey drive as well as a propensity to enjoy digging, and this is one dog breed who is most likely to be up to no good if they suddenly go quiet rather than if they’re playing noisily! Border terriers need to have their energies channelled into positive directions to keep them occupied and under control, and without adequate supervision, such dogs are apt to dig, chew and cause all manner of mayhem, although they will probably have a great time doing it.


(Article source: Various) 

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