Be prepared for some collateral damage if you welcome one of these dog breeds into your home.

Here are 10 of the most destructive breeds of dog that love to chew - including the adorable Labrador Retriever

Leave these cute but destructive dogs home alone for a few hours and you may come back to a disaster zone.

Tuesday, 30th November 2021, 11:05 am

A huge number of us have decided to welcome new puppies into our homes over the last 18 months – according to Kennel Club figures dog ownership soared by nearly eight percent – and post-lockdown demand for four-legged friends remains high.

There are a whopping 221 different breeds of pedigree dog to choose from, alongside numerous crossbreeds, so there’s plenty of thinking to do before you select your family’s latest addition.

There’s even academic guidance to seek out, with Psychologist Stanley Coren’s book ‘The Intelligence of Dogs’ ranking breeds by instincts, obedience, and the ability to adapt.

One thing to take into consideration is that some dog breeds can have a destructive streak that can see them chew everything from socks to furniture.

Sometimes it’s just because they’re young, sometimes because they are bored, sometimes it’s because they’ve not had enough exercise, and sometimes it’s simply because they want to.

There’s every chance that your pet will grow out of a chewing phase, but if you are keen to avoid tooth marks on your personal possessions, then there are certain dogs that are best avoided.

Here are the 10 dog breeds that are most prone to being destructive.

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