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10 dogs that chew the most: The most destructive dog breeds revealed

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Who are the dogs that chew the most? There are two kinds of dogs: The chill ones who love to laze about in their bed, enjoy snuggles, and rarely make a peep. Then there are the excitable ones who bounce off the walls and love to destroy anything they can get their paws on. Both are extremely adorable, but the latter are, of course, the ones who love to chew the most, and if you own one of these dogs, it’s likely that you’ve come home to find your favorite pair of slippers mauled to pieces by your pup, only to be greeted with a cheeky grin and wagging tail.

It can be hard to stay angry at these pups for long, but it is also incredibly frustrating to have your personal belongings quite literally chewed up and spat back out. The dog owners with the most destructive dog breeds can end up paying out hundreds of dollars in damage throughout the year. Thankfully, there are some things you can try to get the chewing under control.

Investing in some of the best dog chew toys can give your pup something to focus on instead of your brand-new upholstery. Providing your pooch with a variety of the best dog toys and the best rope dog toys will give them an outlet to channel their destructive behavior.

But what are the top 10 most destructive dogs? Check out our round-up of the dogs that chew the most…

PetsRadar’s top 10 dogs that chew the most…

Boxer dog with chew toy on grass

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1. Boxer

Boxers need A LOT of exercise, and without it they’ll start to put their energy into other things, like your favorite dress or pair of shoes (and no, we don’t mean dress up, although this would be cute!). They love to sink their teeth into things, so it’s best to keep them occupied with lots of yummy chew toys such as flavored bones and dentasticks.

Labrador with chew toy

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2. Labrador

Cute but fierce, Labradors are a bit goofy and playful, and always want to keep busy. This type of active breed needs lots of interaction, otherwise, when left with nothing to do all day, they’ll turn to chewing the closest thing they can find. This is nothing a game of fetch can’t solve, along with some of the best durable dog toys to keep them challenged when indoors.

Labradoodle with chew toy

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3. Labradoodle

The  playful Labradoodle, a cross between a Labrador and a Poodle, is possibly one of the most excitable dog breeds. They need a lot of attention, and they have a very playful and jovial nature, which naturally makes them one of the dogs that chews the most. The labradoodle is best trained early with the best puppy toys to help them channel their destructive behavior into things that aren’t your personal items.  

Jack Russel running with toy bone in mouth

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4. Jack Russell

It’s not just large dog breeds that like to chew. Jack Russells are little balls of energy and love picking up anything they can find. There’s no doubt they’d get their hands on your pair of slippers the minute you turn your back, so be sure to keep lots of toys on hand and give them plenty of time outdoors to pick up sticks and play ball.

Beagle with chew toy bone

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5. Beagle

Beagles were bred as hunting dogs, and they love to eat pretty much anything they can find. Stuffed toys, clothing, shoes, you name it, they’ll try to eat it! To keep beagle’s occupied, you can try giving them lots of treats, and get them some of the best cheap dog toy deals, so it won’t matter if they destroy them within five minutes of getting their paws on them.  

Border Collie sitting with bone in mouth

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6. Border Collie

Border Collies are very playful dogs, they love to be outdoors and seem to have limitless amounts of energy. They’re incredibly intelligent, which means without regular physical and mental stimulation, they may turn to naughty behavior, such as chewing. Get outside and engage in some sports – throwing a ball or frisbee will allow them to put all their energy into chasing it and retrieving it.

Chihuahua with chew toy

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7. Chihuahua

Small but feisty! The Chihuahua has a very sassy temperament, and they like to be the centre of attention. They’ll likely chew their way through anything to get you to notice them, and they won’t be sorry about it. Chihuahuas can often experience separation anxiety and get bored easily, which is what leads them to chew on things, especially when you’re not there.  

Chihuahua with chew toy

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8. Bulldog

Bulldogs may look tough, but they are big softies really. Believe it or not, they can suffer from separation anxiety, which can lead to them taking their frustration out through chewing. This could be anything from pillows to carpets or the post. If you need to leave your Bulldog alone in the house while you go out, consider a big walk beforehand to tire them out, or look into getting them an interactive friend like the Skymee Owl Robot to soothe any nerves.

Golden Retriever chewing tennis ball

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9. Golden Retriever

They may look like butter wouldn’t melt, but Golden Retrievers need plenty of attention otherwise they can throw a bit of a hissy fit. The clue is in the name ‘retriever’ – they are used to having things in their mouth. Leaving them alone for hours on end will likely result in you coming home to a doggy crime scene. Don’t leave papers, books, toys or anything that you don’t want to be destroyed in their sight. Be sure to give Golden Retrievers lots of time outdoors as well as treats and cuddles at home to keep them occupied.

Weinmaraner chewing a shoe

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10. Weinmaraner

It’s probably no surprise that the Weinmaraner is one of the dogs that chew the most. These pups are huge, with a stubborn temperament, which means they’ll chew pretty much anything they can get their hands on. Taking them on lots of walks and tiring them out with playtime is the best way to keep their nashers off your knickers. 

Of course most pup’s mean well, but if you think your pup’s chewing is getting out of control, you can always check out our guides on how to stop dog aggression and how to train your dog with treats to keep them calm and happy.

Sarah Butcher

Sarah is a freelance writer and marketer, covering a variety of topics from lifestyle and fitness to sustainability and travel. When she’s not writing, she can be found relaxing with a cuppa and a cute doggo snoozing on her lap!