Dog ownership has soared to record levels over the last few years according to the Kennel Club and there seems to be no letting up in the popularity of pups, as prices continue to rise as demand outstrips supply.
The breed of dog you choose is very important, with different types suiting people with different lifestyles.
Some breeds are likely to hate being left alone for long – potentially suffering separation anxiety.
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Symptoms of the condition includue destructive behaviour, signs of stress, persistant howling or whining, and even stomach complaints.
Here are 10 of the breeds that are most susceptible to suffering from separation anxiety, according to the American Kennel Club - pups you should avoid if you intend to leave them for more than a couple of hours a day.
1. Border Collie
The Border Collie is one of the most active breeds of dog - bred to be out and about with their master herding sheep. Their high energy levels and intelligence mean they need a huge amount of stimulation and regular lack of company will lead to separation anxiety very quickly. Photo: Canva/Getty Images
2. Cocker Spaniel
The Cocker Spaniel makes a loving family pet but they are particularly prone to separation anxiety if all the members of their family leave the home at the same time. Photo: Canva/Getty Images
3. Golden Retriever
The most popular dog in the UK is also prone to loneliness - if your Lab is suddenly barking and chewing then you may need to spend more time with them. Photo: Canva/Getty Images
The Vizsla, a breed originally from Hungary, are known as the ultimate in 'velcro dogs' as they stick so closely to their owner's side. They hate being left alone for even a short while. Photo: Canva/Getty Images