A vet has dished up the five dog breeds he would never own — including the family-loved cavalier and the plucky dachshund.
Ben from the UK sparked a heated debate among dog lovers after giving his explanation for his least favorite strains.
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“I just want to give my opinion. Remember it’s ultimately my opinion, you may disagree,” Ben said in a viral TikTok video.
The first of five dog breeds, the chow chow is a medium-sized spitz dog breed with deep-set eyes and a large head accented by a mane of hair.
“I’m sure there are some nice ones out there, but I just find that they often don’t have a very nice temperament, they can be very aloof, and they’re often very aggressive towards vets,” Ben explained.
“It can be quite difficult to muzzle them in the face. They suffer from a lot of eye problems quite frequently and their purple tongues are a bit annoying.”
The second dog he would not own is the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, a small breed of dog known for its playful and affectionate personality.
“They are the most beautiful dogs and if I were to pick a breed of dog it would probably be the Cavvy if it weren’t for all the health issues – but they have tons of issues.
“Pretty much everyone gets the same type of heart disease called mitral valve disease, which means many of them spend their final days coughing, spitting and having trouble breathing — and eventually die of heart failure.”
Ben added, “Okay, they must be dying of something, but I don’t think it’s fair to breed a dog with such a high probability of disease.”
Despite being one of his “favorite patients,” Ben explained why he could never own a dachshund, aka sausage dogs.
“They really are adorable dogs, but one in four of them will develop back problems in their lifetime. It can range from pain to complete paralysis,” he said.
“This often means they have to undergo spinal surgery, which is obviously a massive undertaking that has a really long recovery time. Fantastic personalities again, but just too much potential for heartbreak.”
In second place was the Shar Pei, a short-nosed or brachycephalic breed, with Ben taking special care of his health issues.
“They even have a disease named after them called Shar Pei fever,” he said.
“There are people who breed less overdone Shar Peis, but most of them are too wrinkled. They are so wrinkly that their eyelids have to be taped together to keep their hair from rubbing in their eyes.
“They always get skin problems and they have tiny, narrow ear canals. At the vets, they often try to bite off the faces of all the employees. Most Shar Peis I see have many health issues.”
His number one disliked dog breed is what he described as “flat-faced” dogs, including French bulldogs and pugs.
“Society has normalized the fact that these dogs snorting means they can’t breathe very well,” he said.
“There are specimens of these dogs that are healthier than others, but they are so prone to so many problems – spine problems, skin problems, eye problems.
“The fact that more than half of them have to have a cesarean to give birth is an ethical issue enough for me to never want to have one. If you’re okay with that, that’s fine, but for me personally, that’s not very fair.”
His video has been viewed more than 6 million times – many agreeing with his statements.
“I have a Frenchie and I absolutely love her. But I agree I wouldn’t get any other. The breathing problems are sad to see,” said one.
Another said: “I owned a beautiful Chow Chow but his temperament was difficult and aggressive. All the vets and trainers told me the same thing. I miss him much.”
One wrote: “Oh damn! I always wanted a Frenchie. But I’ll think about it again. It’s so sad…I wish there was universal health care for dog breeds that are prone to health issues.”
While another added: “My King Charles died of stomach cancer at 18. The vet said she was the oldest King Charles she had ever met. good breeding is the key.”
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