A canine behaviorist has revealed the two dog breeds he sees most often in his line of work.
Will Atherton, from the UK, said the Cocker Spaniel and Cane Corso can develop unmanageable behaviours, as they are often adopted for the “wrong reasons” in a viral TikTok clip.
He said cocker spaniels are of a “working” breed, but pet owners adopt them as “couch junkies” or “Instagram dogs” without realizing how much training they need.
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Canine behaviorist Will Atherton (pictured) from the UK has revealed which dog breeds he thinks behave the worst
It will put the Cocker Spaniel (pictured) at number one because pet owners buy them to be ‘couch junkies’ or ‘Instagram dogs’ without realizing how much training they need
“As a dog behavior specialist, I specialize in working with dogs when things go horribly wrong,” Will said in the video.
“That’s why I see the same breeds showing up over and over again, displaying the same types of negative behaviors.”
He said ‘working line cocker spaniels’ are the most mischievous of dogs and the ‘number one breed people get for the wrong reasons’.
The other dog that Will sees most often is the Cane Corso (pictured) which he says takes time, dedication and experience to train.
“They bring this dog that is bred to do a job and work in the fields all day and expect him to be a couch potato, an Instagram dog,” Will explained.
“Because of that, they show reactivity, barking, pulling, guarding resources, and remembering terribly.”
The other dog that Will sees most often is the Cane Corso, which is an Italian Mastiff and what he calls one of his “favorite dog breeds on the planet.”
“Once again, people are getting them for the wrong reason without the necessary time, dedication or expertise leading to them getting a bad reputation as aggressive and reactive dogs,” he said.
The ten most popular dog breeds in Australia
4. Border Collie
5. Golden Retriever
6. Golden doodle
8. german shepherd
9. English Staffordshire Bull Terrier
10. French Bulldog
Research recently revealed which dog breed is the smartest and two of Australia’s most beloved dog breeds scored shockingly low.
The Border Collie has long been considered the smartest dog in the world, but a recent study from the University of Helsinki in Finland found that it’s actually the Belgian Malinois.
More than 1,000 dogs from 13 different breeds were put through rigorous intelligence tests with the Labrador in ninth place and the Golden Retriever in last place.
The Belgian Malinois (pictured) has been found to be the most intelligent dog breed in the world after a recent study.
More than 1,000 dogs from 13 different breeds were put through rigorous intelligence tests with the Labrador (pictured) in ninth place and the Golden Retriever in last place.
Study author Dr Katriina Tiira told The Telegraph that one breed stood out among the others during testing.
“The Belgian Malinois excelled on many of the cognitive tasks, performing very well on most tests,” he said.
The four smartest dog breeds
1. Belgian Shepherd Malinois
2. Border Collie
4. Spanish water dog
Belgian Malinois are popular choices for those looking for a canine that makes a good sniffer, guard, or police dog, but has also proven to be independent, good at solving problems, quick to respond, and good at reading humans.
The border collies demonstrated their intelligence and performed outstandingly in the tests, but the Belgian Malinois bested them in the position.
Saara Junttila, study author and a PhD researcher in canine cognition at the University of Helsinki, said most of the breeds studied had their own strengths and weaknesses.
“For example, the Labrador Retriever was very good at reading human gestures, but not so good at solving spatial problems,” he said.
“Some breeds, such as the Shetland Sheepdog, scored fairly evenly in almost all tests, meaning they didn’t score too high or too low in any one test.”
One of the dogs’ tasks in which they were presented with two food bowls, one full and one empty, to see if they could identify which one was empty yielded no results as there was no difference in behavior between each breed.
However, three tasks that measured a specific aspect of the dog’s cognition were more revealing, including one in which subjects had to navigate around a V-shaped fence.
Border collies (pictured) demonstrated their intelligence and performed outstandingly in the study’s intelligence tests, but were bested in the ranking by the Belgian Malinois.
Of a potential 39 points, Hovawarts (left), was a close third behind the Border Collie with 25 points, and the Spanish Water Dog (right) was one point behind with 24
Another presented the animals with an “unsolvable task” — food placed in a box that couldn’t be opened — to see how quickly they would seek help from a human, determining how independent they were.
The third measured how well the dogs could read humans, rating how they responded to five gestures: constant pointing, brief pointing, foot pointing, pointing while looking in another direction, and following a gaze.
The Belgian malinois prevailed in both the human gestures and the V-shaped hurdle tasks, scoring 35 points out of 39, beating the second-place border collie, who scored 26 points.
Hovawarts, which are an old German working breed descended from Newfoundlands and Leonbergers, came a close third with 25 points, and the Spanish Water Dog was one point behind with 24.
The beloved Labrador and Golden Retriever scored well on the gesture test, but fell behind on the other two tasks, coming in ninth and 13th place respectively.