LifestyleDon't leave these dogs alone at home: A list including popular breeds

Don't leave these dogs alone at home: A list including popular breeds

Do not leave these dogs alone at home / illustrative picture
Do not leave these dogs alone at home / illustrative picture
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8:51 PM EST, November 19, 2023

Separation anxiety, a natural response to the separation between dogs and their owners, can afflict any breed. However, according to behavioral scientist Lorna Winter, some breeds are more prone to exhibit symptoms of separation anxiety – particularly, six of them.

Opting to adopt or buy a dog requires careful consideration, as many factors can greatly affect the lives of both the dog and the owner. Among these factors, the time a pet owner spends away from home during the day crucially contributes to potential feelings of separation anxiety in predisposed dogs.

Which dog breeds are more susceptible to loneliness?

Certainly, separation anxiety can occur in any dog breed due to the strong bond between a pet and its owner, worsened by their frequent separations. However, in an interview with Daily Mail, behavioral scientist Lorna Winter identified six breeds that find it particularly challenging.

The breeds noticeably predisposed to show signs of separation anxiety and sensitivity to loneliness include:

  • Chihuahuas,
  • Dachshunds,
  • Beagles,
  • Australian Shepherds,
  • French Bulldogs,
  • Border Collies.

Recognizing the Symptoms of Separation Anxiety in Dogs

Symptoms of separation anxiety in dogs can range broadly, but in severe cases, anxious behavior can manifest in a variety of destructive actions as the dog tries to release its pent-up tension. Such behaviors may include damaging furniture or other household items, inappropriate elimination indoors, or self-harm through excessive grooming. Vocalizations such as barking, howling, or growling are also common, along with potential eating disorders.

Although upsetting, some of the most dangerous consequences of separation anxiety manifest as health problems in dogs, often related to heart complications. Excessive stress could potentially lead to heart attacks in dogs.

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