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12 dog breeds first-time owners should think twice about

Anna is a lifestyle writer who spends way too much time with her two dogs. When she is not writing, she is probably gardening, reading, tripping over dog toys, or trying to acquire more farm animals than she really needs.

Only experienced dog owners should consider these breeds

I loved my first dog more than anything. We did basic obedience and little else, and he turned out to be an amazingly sweet and laid-back dog that never got into trouble. In retrospect, I realize how lucky we were. Yes, he was a golden retriever, but new dog owners make a host of mistakes that can turn even the sweetest dogs sour. When inexperience is combined with certain dog breeds, worse things than pee stains on the carpet can happen.

Not all dog breeds are for everyone. If you are new to dogs, it is easy to fall in love with the idea of a breed without fully understanding the commitments involved with dog ownership. As you search for your first dog, take the time to do a lot of research. Keep in mind that many "dangerous" dogs are the result of improper training and socialization, which is easy to screw up as a new dog owner.

These 12 dog breeds are good at what they do, from guarding their families to herding sheep, but the traits that make them wonderfully unique also make them a bad choice for novice dog owners.

1. Caucasian Ovcharka

Only experienced dog owners should consider these breeds
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The Caucasian Ovcharka is a rare breed of dog in the U.S. This massive guard dog breed originated in the Caucasus Mountain region, where it helped shepherds protect their flocks. It was later used in Russia to guard government buildings, including prisons, and its massive size (up to 220 pounds), combined with its strong protective instincts and independent nature, make it an intimidating and dangerous dog for novice owners.

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