There’s no doubt that dogs are members of the family who bring an insurmountable amount of joy. That said, there are many pet parents out there who own a breed of dog that may become challenging once they leave puppyhood and enter their teenage months and beyond.

Before purchasing or adopting a particular breed, it’s important to research the reasoning behind what these fascinating dogs were initially bred to do. For example, was the breeding goal aimed for sport, protection, work or another reason?

It’s essential to arm yourself with knowledge about a particular breed before committing to it. Yes, while dogs have become more domesticated over the years, as a dog matures, their genetics at some point surfaces. 

Here are some highlights of some popular breeds whose instincts may likely kick in over time. 

The German Shepherd Dog 

Originally bred to guard flocks in the mid-1850s, German Shepherds have evolved over the years also to perform tasks including working K9s and participation in the sport dog world. 

This loyal breed has a keen sense of smell, is highly athletic, and protective by nature as they mature. 

Those who own this fabulous breed sometimes note how when their dogs reach their teenage years and beyond, a protective and reactive tendency may sometimes develop. 

For those who have the interest or inclination, pet parents may seek activities with their dog such as nose-work, Schutzhund, herding and more. 

Cattle Dogs and Australian Shepherds

Best described as brave, loyal, and energetic, these breeds are the top-tier choice when it comes to herding. These dogs are a cowboy’s first pick. This amazing breed that was bred to herd also has a piercing stare when they are in a working mode to move livestock or flocks. After all, that was what they were bred to do back in the day. 

These dogs are high energy and require exercise. 

As this intellectual breed matures, many pet parents note how their dogs tend to nip at their heels (like they would toward cattle). Be sure to give them the academic and physical stimulation they require, such as finding a place which does herding. 

The Terrier Breeds

Be it a Jack Russell Terrier, Fox Terrier or any Terrier, these dogs were meant to hunt. And yes, that means digging, too. Originally, this breed was intended to hunt rats, foxes, moles and more. For those that own this breed, they often laugh when they hear the common moniker, “Terror.”

Common complaints from pet parents include how their dogs having selective hearing during a recall, dig holes in the yard, among other breed characteristics. When a terrier catches wind of a “scent,” they’re off, and they mean business. 

Many who own this breed find a lure course an excellent choice for their terrier to unleash their natural talents.

What’s A Pet Parent To Do?

As mentioned earlier, it’s essential to research what a dog was bred for in the first place before purchasing or adopting. At some point, their instincts will emerge. If a family already owns a breed like this, be sure to establish solid obedience skills under distraction while allowing your dog to take part in one of the activities mentioned.

If you have any questions or concerns about your furry family member and their breed, contact us today