10 Dog Breeds With the Worst Separation Anxiety

While typically known for their friendly disposition, they can experience separation anxiety due to their social nature.

Labrador Retriever

Highly intelligent and energetic, Border Collies need mental and physical stimulation. Being left alone for too long can result in boredom and anxiety.

Border Collie

These companion dogs thrive on human company, and extended periods of solitude may lead to anxiety and problematic behaviors.

Cavalier King Charles Spaniels

Energetic and easily bored, Jack Russells require stimulation and can become destructive if left without activity.

Jack Russell Terrier

Known as working dogs, German Shepherds need both physical and mental engagement. Loneliness can trigger separation anxiety.

German Shepherd

Bred for herding, these active dogs may experience anxiety when they lack activities to do.

Australian Shepherd

Companion-oriented, Bichon Frises tend to become bored and anxious when separated from their human family.

Bichon Frise

These hunting dogs are social and require constant activity and companionship, making them prone to distress when left alone.


Bred for hunting, these dogs are used to staying active with their owners. Inactivity can lead to boredom and anxiety.

German Shorthaired Pointer

With a gentle temperament, Toy Poodles thrive on love and attention from their human family. Lack of affection can result in separation distress.

Toy Poodle


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