Dog Breeds That Like to Burrow: Why They Dig and Scratch

Do you have a dog that likes to burrow? Many dogs enjoy digging and scratching in order to get comfortable. In this article, we will explore the reasons why dogs do this and discuss some of the most common dog breeds that enjoy burrowing.

If your dog is one of these breeds, it is important to understand why they do this and how you can help them stay healthy and safe. One of the most popular options is to give them an outlet, such as a burrow dog bed they can tunnel themselves into.

One thing that burrowing breeds have in common is that they all have an ancestry of hunting for small animals that have to be dug up from their underground holes.

Burrowing Breeds

While many dogs burrow because it’s their nature, others do it when they are anxious, feeling cold, or looking for food sources. This activity is both for smaller and large breeds.

These are the kind of dogs that like to burrow.


Dachshunds, or weiner dogs, are one of the most popular breeds that like to burrow. They were bred in Germany to hunt small prey such as rabbits and rodents. These dogs have a strong sense of smell and use their noses to dig underground.

Alaskan Malamute

These are active working dogs. During the winter, they are known to burrow into a den to keep warm and protect themselves from the elements. In the warmer months, they are also known to dig holes to keep their bodies cool.


The Terriers are known as natural hunters or earth dogs. They like to pursue rodents and other animals. Though they are small, they are tough and persistent. They burrow with vigor and energy to reach their targets. There are lots of different kinds of Terriers, most of them lost to dig and burrow!


The Beagles are hound dogs, which means they are bred to hunt. They love to dig as most of their prey is underground. They’re also known to be the most talkative breed, so much so that beagle owners often use a dog muzzle for barking.

Siberian Huskies

The Husky breed digs up for different reasons. During extreme temperatures, they dig to keep warm or cool. Additionally, huskies dig to find prey. They can dig up very fast, leaving your yard with tunnels from their burrowing behavior.

Border Collie

Border Collies are known to dig as a sign of rebellion. If they are too much energy pent up and they’re not given an outlet, they will often take it out in the form of destructive digging.

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Peter Newman

Peter Newman is the owner and editor for Puppy Leader. He has two dogs and loves to train them daily. Every day, Peter takes his dogs to the park and lets them run around and play together. He also trains them each day with different commands and tricks.