High-Maintenance Dogs: What Are They and Should You Buy Them?

Pet Training


December 10, 2023

When people claim that a certain dog is high-maintenance, it usually means that it requires a lot of attention and care.

The fact is, there are dogs that are happy to sit on your lap and watch TV with you most of the time, and there are dogs that require a lot of exercise and activity and can’t even be left alone for very long.

Then there are potential health problems, which can add to this care. Fortunately, you can easily learn which dogs are high-maintenance and which ones aren’t with a little research, and this article will help.

What Are Some of the Most Well-Known High-Maintenance Dogs?

There are numerous high-maintenance but very popular dog breeds, and they include the following:

1. Cocker Spaniel

Cocker Spaniels have a lot of grooming needs and must be professionally groomed every four to six weeks. They have floppy ears that frequently get infected, and more of them die from cancer than from old age. They are also prone to conditions such as hip dysplasia and eye issues that can cause blindness.

2.  Brussels Griffon

If you do not want a dog that follows you around everywhere you go—literally—then this dog is not for you.

It takes forever to potty-train these dogs, and they frequently have separation anxiety, which can flare up even when you’re at work during the day.

3.  Akita

Akitas are large and beautiful dogs, but if they’re not very well-socialized, they can be quite aggressive. They are also known to kill small animals and are not always very good with children.

If they’re trained and socialized well, it can be better, but it doesn’t always work that way.

4.  Boxer

Boxers can be a great addition to your family but have tons of energy and are prone to lots of different health problems.

If they’re not exercised enough they can be aggressive or destructive, and if you own one, you might as well get used to some very high vet bills.

5.  Dalmatian

Dalmatians are bundles of extreme energy and require tons of exercise on a daily basis so they don’t become destructive. They are very prone to deafness, which can make training more of a challenge, and they are often snappy with young kids.

6.  Bulldog

Bulldogs—both English and French—are considered high-maintenance because of their health issues. These can include very sensitive stomachs, ear infections, skin problems, hip dysplasia, thyroid conditions, and even conjunctivitis, among others.

Cons of French Bulldogs: Why You Should Avoid These Dogs

All bulldogs are high-maintenance, but there are other reasons why many people stay away from French Bulldogs. These include the following:

  • They can be very stubborn. When it comes to being hard-headed, French Bulldogs are one of the worst. This is a problem because it makes training extremely difficult, even for professional trainers.
  • They are needy dogs. By this, we mean that French Bulldogs need tons of attention on a daily basis. If they aren’t given enough attention, they’ve been known to throw a temper tantrum and make your life more difficult.
  • They are not good swimmers. This means that if you live near a lake or you have a swimming pool in your backyard, you always have to put a life jacket on it. Without one, it is possible that it could drown.
  • They have sensitive stomachs and often have allergies to common foods, including beef, chicken, lamb, wheat, eggs, and dairy. Some Frenchies can have other allergies as well.
  • They require a lot of hygienic care. A French Bulldog’s skin folds may look adorable, but if they’re not cleaned regularly, it’s possible for it to get an infection or skin-fold dermatitis. Even worse, cleaning these folds is very time-consuming.
  • They are not that smart of a breed. These Bulldogs aren’t the dumbest animals on the planet, but they’re not exceptionally bright, either. This can affect their training and it might take a long time to teach them commands or potty training.
  • They can get cold and hot more easily than other breeds. French Bulldogs have trouble breathing and can therefore overheat easily. During the winter months, their thin coats are not usually enough to keep them warm when you take them outdoors.

This is not to say that you should never buy a French Bulldog; however, you need to be aware of these things before you decide to add one to your family.

Are Frenchies High-Maintenance?

Yes, French Bulldogs are indeed high-maintenance.

If you’re going to buy one anyway, you should be prepared for spending a little more money on the foods you feed it, spending a lot of time cleaning and grooming it, making sure it doesn’t become overweight by providing it with lots of exercise, and most importantly, taking it to the vet regularly.

In fact, for French Bulldog owners, going to the vet regularly is always going to be a part of your life, along with the expense associated with doing just that.

Are Bulldogs High-Maintenance?

Bulldogs in general are very high-maintenance dogs, mostly because of the issues already mentioned. Their health issues are considered the number-one reason why people consider them high-maintenance.

Most pet parents do not mind taking good care of their pets, but they usually don’t expect their pets’ health problems to consume their lives.

Another reason why Bulldogs are considered high-maintenance is that because of the shape of their face, most of them struggle with Brachycephalic Syndrome. This makes it difficult for the dog to breathe and pant, and when it can’t do that, it can overheat even when the temperature isn’t that high.


Many dogs are considered high-maintenance, including Akitas, Bulldogs, Boxers, Cocker Spaniels, and Dalmatians.

Bulldogs require frequent visits to the vet because they are prone to tons of health conditions, and they are also a challenge to groom because their skin folds must be cleaned thoroughly and regularly, which is time-consuming and difficult.

If you still love the idea of owning a Bulldog, this article is not meant to persuade you to do otherwise. It simply means you have to be prepared for the many challenges that may result from owning one of these adorable dogs.