Cats may be the more impetuous and easily annoyed pet in any home, but there are some dogs that can definitely throw some shade. Luckily, even if you have a dog with some mean side-eye, there are always ways to temper their attitude – unless you prefer your pooch in Regina George form!
If there’s one phrase that can best describe beagles, it’s “What’s in it for me?” Beagles are loving companions and born hunters, but they can also be stubborn and obstinate. Even worse, they’re easily bored and will give you some serious attitude if you’re not doing exactly what they want to do. If your beagle is giving you some shade, check if they’re getting enough exercise and constantly work on their training.
2. Chow Chow
The “Fluffy Lion-dog” from China is described as one of the most cat-like dogs out there. They’re proud, independent and very dignified. But be warned, they’re not looking for cuddles or kisses, and will give you the virtual stink-eye if you stop them from doing their thing. If you give them the space they need, they’ll be extremely loyal.
These pups are definitely a rare breed and they know it, given their stubborn streak. They know they’re hot stuff and prefer spending time by themselves. While they’re generally pretty quiet, they’re wary of strangers and will bark (with the occasional side-eye) if they’re not comfortable with what’s going on.
4. Welsh Terrier
Terriers overall can be pretty stubborn, but Welsh Terriers definitely take the cake for giving the most side-eye. They’re pretty much born asking why they should need to do anything you want them to do, making it especially hard to housebreak them. They’re also intense and impulsive, quick to give chase and bark. They do best with lots of exercise and mental stimulation.
We love watching videos of bulldogs on wheels, but most bulldogs are more likely to give shade than skateboarding lessons. Bulldogs don’t need to rush anything, including their attitude. They’ll take their sweet time, and will definitely give you the business if you try to rush them. But if you work by their watch, you could have your own rollerblading bulldog in no time.
A Chihuahua’s tendency to throw shade really depends on how she’s bred and raised. Chihuahuas can be timid and calm, or rambunctious and crazy, depending on genetic and environmental factors. If you’ve got a Chihuahua that’s stubborn and full of attitude, there are ways to help soothe that if you’ve got time to train them.
7. Border Collie
The famous breed may be known for herding sheep and conveying where Little Susie is trapped in a well, but collies can give you some major attitude if you’re not giving them plenty of physical activity. They’re obsessed with herding and if they don’t get to satisfy that urge, they’ll get really hyperactive and full of attitude until they have a way to expel that energy.
8. Shih Tzu
This one is probably the least likely out of all the pooches on this list to give you the business, but that doesn’t mean they won’t. Shih Tzus are generally loving and playful, and get along with other pets and strangers. But they’ve also got an aristocratic air, with the slightest hint of “what’s in it for me?” when you ask them to do something. They’ll probably do it anyway, but not without their own special brand of sass.
9. Brussels Griffon
These pups are fun, wiry and full of energy, but they know how to lay down some serious attitude if they’re not getting enough attention. It usually takes the form of peeing on your favorite rug or maybe destroying a paper towel roll. And when you discipline them, they have a tendency to look at you as if to say, “Well, you sort of had this coming.”
10. Shiba Inu
Shiba Inus are beautiful dogs, and they typically know it just as much as their owners. They’re also strong-willed, independent and very smart, with a clever stubborn streak thrown in there. They’re not afraid of a challenge, or of pushing your buttons to get what they want. And the more you let them get away with, the more they’ll attempt. So expect some attitude when trying to train them into positive behaviors, because they’ll do what they can to keep doing what they want to do.
If you’ve got a dachshund, you’re probably not throwing a lot of house parties. Not only are dachshunds suspicious toward big dogs, they’re also extremely wary of strangers unless they’ve been trained to socialize. And it’s hard to get a dachshund to play nice with others, given their stubborn streak. Dachshunds are best if you’ve got a family and house full of cute, small pets for them to get along with.