When thinking about getting a new dog, you need to consider your lifestyle and whether a dog would fit into your life. Adapting your lifestyle may be needed for your new pet – especially if you work long hours or have a busy schedule.

Dogs form bonds with their owners, meaning they become very emotionally attached. When they are separated, they can become anxious, stressed and unsettled. Dogs that suffer from separation anxiety can show it in many ways such as destroying furniture or objects, barking, shaking and even becoming physically unwell.

Certain breeds of dog are prone to suffer from separation anxiety. However, all dogs can develop this too, especially if they haven’t had the best start to life, and have been rescued. Read on to find out the types of dog breeds that are most commonly have separation anxiety.


Labradors make wonderful pets and form strong bonds, making them the perfect companion dog. The Labrador is one of the most popular dog breeds in the UK and are generally relaxed, friendly and willing to learn. However, because they are so social, they can struggle to be left alone for long periods of time.

Border Collie

Border Collies are the most intelligent dog breed. As they are so clever, they get bored easily which is apparent when they are left alone with nothing to stimulate them. Leaving them alone can lead to boredom, separation anxiety and destructive behaviour.

Jack Russell

Jack Russells are well-known for the energetic nature. These little dogs can become bored very easily and need a lot of physical activity and entertainment to keep them out of mischief. This is not the ideal breed for you if you are out of the house a lot.

German Shepherd

These dogs are bred to work and they love doing just that. They do best in a busy and stimulating environment to keep them entertained. The breed has also experienced some health problems in recent years, meaning their temperament makes them more prone to separation anxiety.

Bichon Frise

The Bichon Frise was originally bred as a companion dog. This breed really thrives when around their human family. Left alone, they can become bored and can suffer severe distress due to loneliness.

Rachel Smith
Rachel Smith is a huge animal lover and has always been passionate about the wellbeing of pets. She currently has a rescue dog, Stewie and a corn snake, Samson, but has experience of looking after various different pets over the years.

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