Top 10 Dog Breeds That Suffer From Separation Anxiety

Separation anxiety in dogs is triggered when your dog becomes fearful and scared of being without their owners for a long period of time. There are many ways in which you can treat separation anxiety such as leaving out a mentally stimulated toy for your dog, taking them for a walk before you have to leave or getting a dog sitter are just a few ways.

Some dog breeds are more prone to separation anxiety than others due to their nature of being a pack animal and having deep bonds with members of their pack.

The Pet Embassy have compiled our “Top 10 Dog Breeds That Suffer From Separation Anxiety” to help you identify which dogs suffer from separation anxiety.

The Pet Embassy’s “Top 10 Dog Breeds That Suffer From Separation Anxiety”

Labrador Retrievers

Top 10 Dog Breeds That Suffer From Separation Anxiety
A lovely Labrador Retriever puppy enjoying some exercise. Image by Sven Lachmann from Pixabay

Size: Large

Temperament:  Energetic, Intelligent and Tenacious

Labrador Retrievers make great pets for first-time dog owners due to their affectionate and loyal natures. The Labrador is one of the most intelligent dog breeds in the world and they are frequently trained to aid those with blindness or autism. They are known for being calm and gentle, meaning they are a great family dog as well as a great companion to share the home with as well as being one of the best dog breed for kids and families. In addition, Labrador Retrievers are one of the best dog breeds for seniors. Labrador Retrievers are one of the most loyal dog breeds to their family, and develop bonds with each member, not just with one person. They are friendly to everyone they meet and get along with other animals in the household. 

Labrador Retrievers are one of the most active dog breeds and need around an hour exercise every day. This could be running, swimming, or fetch. They are an intelligent dog breed who get great satisfaction out of releasing their energy in fun ways. In addition, the Labrador retriever is also known to show separation anxiety as they can understand that you are going to leave for a long period of time such as work or leisure activites.

Labrador Retrievers are one of our favorite double-coated dog breeds, therefore they require regular grooming to keep their coats nice and healthy. Their coat is made up of a short and thick outermost with a soft undercoat. Their coat should be brushed regularly as this can alert you to health and skin problems such as hot spots, hair loss or dry skin.

In addition, Labrador Retrievers are one of our top working dog breeds and they also feature on our Top 10 Most Popular Dog Breeds in America (2020).

Border Collie

Top 10 Dog Breeds That Suffer From Separation Anxiety
A Border Collie running wild through water. Photo by 825545 from Pixabay

Size: Medium

Temperament:  Energetic, Intelligent and Tenacious

Border Collies are a real family dog, they are one of the most loyal dog breeds in the world. The Border Collie is one of the smartest dog breeds in the world as well as one of the most active dog breeds. They have ranked as the smartest dog breed in the world in many studies. With this level of intellect comes deep loyalty to their masters as long as they are mentally and physically stimulated. They are a friendly breed who love to play, which makes them one of our favourite medium dog breeds.

They need lots of space to run, a big back yard or a farm is the best place for them after all they were originally bred for herding livestock! The Border Collie could become very bored in a small apartment or somewhere where they could not let their mind and legs run free. They also thoroughly enjoy playing games with children, which makes the Border Collie one of the best dog breeds for kids and families.

As the Border Collie is extremely intelligent and energetic this can mean they suffer from separation anxiety as their mind is not being worked and they get restless, try giving your border collie a fun game to do when you are out, this may help the separation anxiety.

Border Collies are an energetic and lively dog breed, which naturally means they are one of the healthiest dog breeds in the world. Due to this, their coat needs a lot of maintenance to ensure that there is no dirt and debris in there from their day-to-day activities.

Also, the Border Collie is one of the best herding dog breeds.

Jack Russell Terrier

Top 10 Dog Breeds That Suffer From Separation Anxiety
An alert Jack Russell Terrier. Photo by Pille Kirsi from Pexels

Size: Small

Temperament: Athletic, Fearless and Vocal

The Jack Russell, which was developed in England about 150-200 years ago to hunt foxes, is an intelligent and athletic dog breed. They, like most other terriers, are excellent diggers and can attempt to excavate your garden, so proper training is recommended! Jack Russell Terriers need a tightly fenced yard to enable them to play and burn off their excess energy as they are one of the most energetic dog breeds as well as one of The Pet Embassy’s favorite terrier dog breeds.

Since the Jack Russell is one of the most competitive dog breeds, we suggest regular long walks combined with a variety of games in the yard or at the park. They are bouncy little dogs with the ability to leap more than 5 feet! Don’t be fooled by their small size; the Jack Russell Terrier is up for any adventure with their owner!

The Jack Russell Terrier is a dog breed that expends a lot of energy, which could lead one to assume that they have short lives. However, Jack Russell Terriers often live for 13 to 16 years, making them one of the longest living dog breeds.

Jack Russells can develop eye and ear issues as they age, so work closely with your veterinarian as the years pass. This will give you the best chance of resolving these issues before they worsen.

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Top 10 Dog Breeds That Suffer From Separation Anxiety
A beautiful Cavalier King Charles Spaniel sitting on the grass. Photo by Mark Plötz from Pexels

Size: Small

Temperament: Affectionate, Patient and Playful

The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel a family dog that is smart and very easy to train. They are willing to try whatever it is you want them to do and respond really well to food rewards and positive reinforcement. They are gentle and sweet and love pleasing their owner, which makes them a wonderful addition to a family with children as they are one of the best dog breeds for kids and families.

The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is one of the least active dog breeds and as such they are a docile and lazy dog breed that does not usually show any aggression or bark at new people or dogs. This qualities make them one of the best dog breeds for seniors.

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel are great playmates for children as they enjoy playing fetch, being taught new tricks or simply sitting on the children’s lap when they watch television or read a book, which also means the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is one of the best dog breeds for apartments.

The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel really does tick most the boxes, hence, why they are one of our favorite small dog breeds. However, the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel has been known to suffer from separation anxiety due to their kind and sweet natures they become attached to a group of individuals.

German Shepherd

Top 10 Dog Breeds That Suffer From Separation Anxiety
Brown and tan German Shepherd standing on the grass. Photo by Morten Hai Hansen from Pexels

Size: Large

Temperament: Intelligent, Obedient and Protective.

The German Shepherd ranks as number 3 in our “Top 10 Most Popular Dog Breeds in America (2020)”.

The German Shepherd one of the most loyal dog breeds in the world. They were originally bred as a working dog breed, which they still remain today. Infact, they are one of the best working dog breeds.

The German Shepherd is one of the most intelligent dog breeds which means they excel in their ability to follow command and their bravery. Their main mission was to serve and obey their master. The combination of their intelligence and their instinctual willingness to learn and obey makes them one of the most loyal dog breeds in the world as well as one of our favourite working dog breeds.

When trained and socialised properly, their stable obedient temperament allows them to bond with all family members as they consider them to be part of their pack. This dog breed is one of the best guarding breeds and they will do anything, even put their lives at risk, to protect their pack. This makes the German Shepherd one of the best dog breeds for protection.

Due to their origins, they need to be kept occupied both mentally and physically therefore they require at least 1-2 hours of exercise per day to ensure they aren’t bored. German Shepherds have a lot of energy and require large amounts of movement everyday to burn their energy!

Like the Labrador Retriever, German Shepherds are double-coated dogs therefore they require regular grooming to keep their coats nice and healthy. Their coat should be brushed regularly as this can alert you to health and skin problems such as hot spots, hair loss or dry skin.

The German Shepherds versatility means they are one of our favorite herding dog breeds too. The German Shepherds also feature on The Pet Embassy’s Top 10 Most Popular Dog Breeds in America (2020).

Bichon Frise

Top 10 Dog Breeds That Suffer From Separation Anxiety
Even a Bichon Frise is tempted by a hot tub! Image by Bill Kasman from Pixabay

Size: Small

Temperament: Affectionate, Cheerful and Sensitive

Bichon Frise were actually originally bred to be a companion dog. Therefore, they are naturally a great dog breed for beginners and first time dog owners. They are a curious breed who like to discover new things and their size makes them the companion to take anywhere. The Bichon Frise have been known to suffer from separation anxiety, therefore, you should not leave your Bichon alone for long periods of time.

Due to their small size, the Bichon Frise adapt well to living in small spaces. They are one of the best dog breeds for apartments. However, they do have a lot of energy so should be taken for daily walks and have regular exercise. 

This dog breed is great with kids and families and other household pets, they are also one of favorite dog breeds with a hypoallergenic coat which makes them the perfect choice for someone with allergies. However, this is something that you should discuss with your allergist as not everyone reacts the same way to the Bichon Frise. 

German Shorthaired Pointer

Top 10 Dog Breeds That Suffer From Separation Anxiety
A German Shorthaired Pointed looking into the camera. Photo by Helena Lopes from Pexels

Size: Medium

Temperament: Energetic, Friendly and Intelligent

The German Shorthaired Pointer was originally bred as a hunting dog. They excel in hunting feathered and furred game and have been known to trail deer extremely well. However, that doesn’t stop them from being one of the best family dogs around and they love to curl up on the sofa and play with the couch when they are resting.

Due to their nature as a hunting dog breed, they are a very energetic dog breed and need a lot of exercise, they will be very happy to go for a hike or jog with you if possible.

The German Shorthaired Pointer is a real people pleaser and loves to be around people. This also means that they will be unhappy if left alone for a long period of time and have the potential to become destructive if left alone for long periods and not getting the regular exercise that they need.

The German Shorthaired Pointer features on The Pet Embassy’s Top 10 Most Popular Dog Breeds in America (2020).

Australian Shepherd Dog

Top 10 Dog Breeds That Suffer From Separation Anxiety
A beautiful Australian Shepherd Dog ready to play on the grass.

Size: Medium

Temperament: Energetic, Intelligent and Hard Working

The Australian Shepherd dog is a strong willed dog breed, that will easily take up the dominate role in the home unless you give them confident leadership. Originally bred as a herding dog they are a loyal companion who will be protective of home and family and weary of strangers. They are known to sound a warning barn if they see or hear anything suspicious. The Australian Shepherd dog is one of our favorite medium dog breeds as well as one of our favorite dog breeds for protection.

They are great around children but beware, due to their origins as a herding dog, they may try and herd the children! Please ensure early you take your Australian Shepherd Dog to training in their youth to avoid this from happening! The Australian Shepherd Dog is one of our favorite herding dog breeds.

Due to their high intelligence and energy, they can be very loud and destructive if they are not getting the mental stimulation and exercise that they crave. The Australian Shepherd Dog needs at least half an hour to an hour of exercise a day, which should be high-energy activities. They will not do well in a small apartments as they need large space to roam around.

Dachshund

Top 10 Dog Breeds That Suffer From Separation Anxiety
A black dachshund sitting on a grey sofa. Photo by Dominika Roseclay from Pexels

Size: Small

Temperament: Energetic, Fun-loving and Lively

The Dachshund is known as a scent hound dog and was originally used to hunt badgers and other animals that made holes such as rabbits and foxes. Their slim frame, short legs and long body made them perfect for this type of activity.

However, the Dachshunds versatility makes them one of the best dog breeds to bring into your family. They have an extremely playful nature, and they love to help you do things at home. Wherever you are your Dachshund won’t be too far behind.

The Dachshund has a keen sense of smell which at times can mean they are distracted when you are training them, they are also prone to chasing small animals or birds so please be cognisant of where you are training your Dachshund.

The Dachshund is one of our Top 10 Most Popular Dog Breeds in America (2020).

Poodle

Top 10 Dog Breeds That Suffer From Separation Anxiety
A lovely Poodle puppy plays on the grass. Image by carah_ from Pixabay

Size: Medium

Temperament: Active, Instinctual and Intelligent 

The Poodle is a well-known and versatile breed that can come in miniature, toy or standard size. Poodles are one of the most active dog breeds as well as a family dog that responds well to training and are able to thrive in a number of households, they are one of the best dog breeds for kids and families. The Poodle is protective of his home and family, and if strangers approach your house, they are known to sound a warning bark to let you know. Their easy going nature and ability to learn makes them one of the best dog breeds for beginners as well as one of the best dog breeds for seniors.

The Poodle is one of the smartest dog breeds in the world. Their intelligence, playful nature and the fact that they are one of the most energetic dog breeds means that obedience training is essential in keeping your Poodle mentally and physically stimulated. In addition, they also should be taken for exercise daily and they enjoy and excel at dog games due to their intelligent nature. Poodles are energetic dogs that need plenty of mental and physical stimulation to stay happy. The Poodle is one of our favorite medium dog breeds as well as one of the healthiest dog breeds in the world.

The Poodle is one of the longest living dog breeds and they can live for about 12 to 15 years, but note that toy and miniature varieties usually outlast standard poodles. All variations of the Poodle are amongst the longest living dog breeds.

Poodles are hypoallergenic and the Toy Poodle features on our favorite small hypoallergenic dog breeds.

The Poodle features on our Top 10 Most Popular Dog Breeds in America (2020).

Is your dog breed featured in our ” Top 10 Dog Breeds That Suffer From Separation Anxiety” list? Let us know in the comment section below.

Many of these dogs also feature in our other posts so why not read them below!

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Top 10 Most Energetic Dog Breeds for Active People

Top 10 Dog Breeds for Kids and Families

Top 10 Smartest Dog Breeds (Intelligent Dog Rankings)

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