Top 10 Dog Breeds That Need The Most Attention

We all love spending time with our favorite pets and miss each other when we are not together. Even though we see these moments of separation as something normal, the reactions of dogs still vary from breed to breed. Some of them are naturally ready for separation or lack of attention from their owner, while others are extremely needy and therefore this separation time should be minimized. Down below, we are giving you the top 10 breeds that require the most attention and socialization from their owners:

1.Jack Russell Terrier

The Jack Russell Terrier is originally from England where it was used for fox hunting, although this breed in its present form originates from Australia.

This breed could be described in three words: small, smart, and lively. Given the large amount of energy they have, Jack Russell Terriers need a lot of attention and socialization. In case they lack action in their daily life, they are prone to bad behavior, and in some cases even overeating which leads to obesity.

As a type of action with these dogs, owners are recommended to play ball control where the owner sets the rules and leads the game, or a game of hiding and searching for objects where they can use and train their sense of smell at the same time.

2.German Shepherd

The German Shepherd is a breed that originated in Germany and it was mainly raised as a herding dog.

Although they are known as the most widespread working dog in the police, military and rescue service, they still fit in perfectly as a family dog with their friendly behavior towards the owner. 

Because of their loyalty, protection and attachment to the owners, they want to be close to their humans all the time. If this is not the case, they tend to develop separation anxiety. For that reason they require a lot of attention in order not to be distressed.

3.Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

The King Charles Cavalier Spaniel is a small and playful dog originally from England, although since the beginning of this century the greatest growth in popularity has been recorded in the United States.

This doggy has a hard time with loneliness and would not be the right choice for owners who are often busy or away from home a lot. 

Admittedly, they are known as a breed that likes to sit on the owner’s lap, but that should not be exaggerated. Like most small dogs they need to be more on the ground where they will be exposed to challenges and interactions with other dogs, because otherwise they have a tendency to develop feelings of insecurity which eventually leads to aggression.


The Schipperks originated in Belgium, in the early 16th century, where they are still considered little shepherds.

This breed is maybe not so well known, but you may remember their nickname “little black devils”. They got this nickname because of their curiosity, agility and fearlessness. 

Although they are quite independent and self-confident, they also need a home full of love and attention. Future owners of this breed are advised to do a lot of exercise and play with these dogs so that they can channel their excess energy in the right direction.


The Dalmatian is a very old breed of Croatian origin, easily recognizable by its white hair with black spots. They are unique in appearance because no purebred breed has such black spots on the body.

By the way, Disney popularized this breed in 1961 with the cartoon “101 Dalmatians” and in 1996 a feature film was made.

These dogs are very active and love to run a lot, and they prefer to do all these activities with their pet parents. If you deprive them of the required dose of activity, their behavior can become destructive over time.

As the best activities you can do with these dogs, we recommend running, cycling and climbing.

6.American Staffordshire Terrier

A combination of a bulldog and a terrier, the American Staffordshire Terriers  are intended for a wide range of people because they can provide you with everything you ask of them.

They are characterized by a recognizable athletic body structure with a strongly defined jaw. This dog is brave, loyal, kind and easy to train. Training from an early age should not be skipped as otherwise you could have a dog from the “dangerous” breed category.

To have a doggo well known for its therapeutic and athletic abilities, it is important to allow them regular mental and physical activities so they do not become boring and destructive.

7.Yorkshire Terrier

The Yorkshire Terrier, much better known as the Yorkie, is a breed characterized by high energy levels.

By personality they are very playful, funny and cheerful. In order not to get the “little dog” syndrome and become too possessive towards their family, it is very important to train them properly. 

They do not tolerate separation from their owners very well and can easily suffer from anxiety if this is the case, so do not leave them alone too often.

8.Australian Shepherd

The Australian Shepherd, AKA Aussie is a medium-sized breed originated in the USA.

Originally trained to be a herding dog they already possess a sufficient level of intelligence to fulfill all the tasks you give them. They like to have the situation under control so don’t be surprised when they sometimes try to put you somewhere where they can keep an eye on you. 

They are characterized by the fact that they are loyal, intelligent and very active. In order to stay that way, you need to practice a lot with them and spend a lot of time playing because they don’t like to be lazy.

9.Siberian Husky

The Huskies are a medium-sized breed originally from northeastern Siberia, where they were used for towing sleds under severe winter conditions. Although they are still used somewhere today for towing sleds, they have mostly become a man’s friend and pet. 

They are known for being extremely loyal to their owners and often even possessive. By nature, they are a very active breed and if they get bored, they start chewing everything in front of them in order to channel their energy somewhere, but also partly to occupy your attention. Therefore, in order to prevent this, it is important to give them a lot of attention and the opportunity to be active. 

It is also important to note that they shed a lot, so you will spend some extra time on their maintenance as well.

10.Labrador Retriever

The Labrador Retriever, originally from Newfoundland, is one of the subspecies of the retriever breed. It is widely known as a favorite family dog, and in America it is even the # 1 choice for a family pet. 

They are known for approaching everything with enthusiasm, with the attitude “La Dolce vita”. Their exceptional intelligence goes well with life in a family, towards which they are always protective. 

Since they give a lot of attention, care and joy to their humans, they also expect to be treated in the same way. So if you want to always have a cheerful and playful Labrador Retriever at home, you must also give him a lot of attention.

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