UK’s naughtiest dog breeds most likely to chew your socks and pee on your floor

While getting a dog sounds like a great idea, it comes with its challenges, especially when they’re stealing your socks or nibbling at your table legs. The UK’s naughtiest dog breeds have been revealed – and greyhounds have come out on top as the most likely to be mischievous, followed closely by dalmatians and bulldogs.

According to new research, more than two thirds of dogs get up to mischievous behaviour when left unsupervised. The often misunderstood Staffordshire bull terrier came 10th on the list, while Border Collies – known for needing lots of exercise and activities to keep them occupied – came in 15th. Labradors and cocker spaniels made the top 20, while the small but mighty cavapoo, pomeranian and dachshund all made the top 10.

Top 10 dog breeds most likely to misbehave while unsupervised:
Greyhound
Dalmatian
Bulldog
Beagle
Siberian Husky
Cavapoo
Pomeranian
Dachshund
Golden Retriever
Staffordshire Bull Terrier
The research, undertaken by Ring, the home security company, also revealed how owners attempt to prevent chaos before heading out, with half of Brits giving their dogs a chew or an activity in the hope to avoid dog-related disasters.

However despite their best efforts, the top ‘crimes’ were chewing their owners’ favourite socks and urinating indoors.

Top five dog ‘crimes’ taking place behind closed doors:
Chewing on socks, clothes or shoes
Indoor urinating or fouling
Stealing food from across the house e.g kitchen counters or handbags
Shredding paper, like letters, leaflets, documents
Jumping on or lying somewhere they’re not allowed, such as the sofa, bed, table
Dave Ward, managing director, EU and international at Ring said: “Pets are family members too, so it’s only natural to want the reassurance that they’re okay when you’ve popped out.

“But whether you’re a paw-rent to a well-behaved Jack russell or a lively pomeranian that snacks on your favourite socks – our pets should always feel safe, comfortable and not left for too long.”