Whether we like it or not, some dogs simply cannot help themselves when it comes to escaping. Though not every breed shares the same pressing inclination towards wanderlust, certain dogs a rather predictable when it comes to escape artistry. Sometimes curiosity doesn’t just kill cats –it poses a threat to canines too! Find out which dog breeds are most likely to break through the backyard fence, dig a hole out, or sneak by when you least expect it, so you can learn how to protect your pet from the dangers outside your door.

Dog Breeds Most Likely to Get Lost or Run Away

  • Belgian Malinois
  • Bloodhound
  • Chihuahua
  • American Pit Bull Terrier
  • Yorkshire Terrier
  • Siberian Husky
  • Jack Russell Terriers
  • Pomeranian
  • Poodles
  • Staffordshire Bull Terrier
  • Beagle
  • Dachshund
  • Great Pyrenees
  • Other runners are Yorkshire Terriers, West Highland Terriers, and Husky breeds who are inclined to dig under and jump over fences.)

Dog Breeds Least Likely to Get Lost or Run Away

  • Labrador Retrievers
  • German Shepherds (if not properly trained and don’t get enough attention/exercise they can develop a desire to roam)
  • Spaniel Breeds (Including Cocker Spaniels, English Spring Spaniels, Cavalier King Charles, etc.)
  • Border Collies
  • Boxers
  • Pugs
  • French Bulldog
  • Vizsla
  • Belgian Shepherd
  • Golden Retriever

While many intelligent or high-energy dogs have a tendency to look for a way out, others prefer to keep a low profile and stay as near to home and hearth (and food!) as they can.

Many believe that herding dogs are less likely to run (save for the determined German Shepherds and Border Collies who are always on the lookout for adventure), other trainers swear the inclination to run or escape is merely based on personality or the level of training a pooch has received. Here are some factors that make dogs less inclined to run away, no matter what breed they are:

  • Dogs living with a wide yard space: Open property dogs, or pups that live in rural areas are usually less likely to run away for the simple reason that they already have a fair expanse to roam in freely.
  • Tracking/Hunting dogs: Hounds, pointers, trackers, gun dogs, etc. are all companion dogs with a strong sense of owner-loyalty tend to stay put. Though all dogs have a superior sense of scent, these trackers have a heightened ability and would be more likely to find their way home when lost.
  • Mellow dog breeds: These fellows are less likely to run away simply because they are most disposed to live lives of leisure by lounging, eating and keeping their human company. Though not every dog is a sure-fire home body, laid-back pups do have less of a tendency to sneak out.
  • Dogs that are well-trained: Canines that receive ample instruction from an early age are far more inclined to respect the boundaries of the home. They are aware of the rules and will be more reliable than untrained dogs, even if the front door is accidentally left open.

Avoid losing your dog by learning what causes a dog to run away, as well as how to keep your dog from escaping. Another good rule of thumb, is to ensure that your pup is microchipped, so you can track that little runaway if he does succeed in getting out!