New research from MoneySuperMarket has revealed that the nation’s dogs are costing their owners over £1.7 billion in household damage every year, with carpets, sofas, curtains and beds all victim to naughty four-legged friends.
After polling Britain’s dog owners, the price comparison site also discovered which 10 dog breeds are causing their owners the most damage – and what the average annual damage bill is for each breed.
Please note, the results are based on a survey and do not necessarily represent the behaviour of all dog breeds.
Schnauzers cost their owners an average of £212 in damage per year - above the national average for all dogs.
Often used as protection dogs, athletic and energetic Dobermans can cause damage to your home, with an average cost per year of £202.
7. Staffordshire Bull Terrier
Though Staffies sometimes get a bad rep, when well-trained they are loving and friendly dogs. However, this doesn’t stop some from damaging owners’ homes - with an average damage cost of £192 per year.
These lean, athletic dogs can cause trouble in your home, with an average damage cost for owners of £192 per year. Across all breeds, around 17 per cent of owners surveyed said their sofa had been damaged by their dog.