Ben the Vet shared 5 breeds he says could spell trouble because of aggression or health issues. Do you own any of these types of pups?
Ben is a veterinary surgeon in the UK and is going viral for the dog breeds he says people should avoid when looking for a new family member.
The first on his list was a Chow Chow. They are known to be a pretty aggressive breed and dangerous with children, but he says they also are a bit "aloof", are "very aggressive at to vets", and "suffer quite commonly with eye problems and their purple tongues are a bit unnerving."
Second on the list, Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. They are super cute and cuddly, but tend to have a lot of health problems you'll have to deal with. It's very common for them to have "a heart disease, called mitral valve disease, which means they mainly spend their final days spluttering and struggling to breathe, and ultimately dying of heart failure." He said he loves the dogs but believes it "isn't fair" that people breed a dog they know has so many health problems.
Third on the list, dachshund. The good ole wiener dog. Ben says in the video: "They're really lovely dogs, some of my favorite patients are sausage dogs, but one in four of them develop back problems in their lifetime. This leaves your pup in a lot of pain or worse "complete paralysis". This leads to frequent "spinal surgery....Too much potential for heartbreak."
They're smart and loyal dogs but the trade off could be really sad to watch them decline.
Shar Peis, or "wrinkle dogs" as I call them, also landed on Ben's list of Pup's that could lead to problems. "They're so wrinkly they have to have their eyelids tacked in place, so the hair on them doesn't get into their eyes." Ben says. "They're always getting skin issues and they've got tiny, narrow ear canals." They're aggression can be a problem too. "At the vets, they're often trying to bite the faces off all of the staff," he explains.
The maintenance tends to be too much for people who have busy lifestyles and is leads to pain and discomfort for your furry loveball.
Lastly, Ben says any flat faced breed, such as a pug or a French bulldog can set you up for a lot of health issues to chase in the future.
"Spinal issues, skin problems, eye problems" are all things many of the breed face He says. "The fact that over half of them have to have a caesarean to give birth is enough of an ethical issue for me to never want to have one. If you're okay with that, that's fine, but for me it isn't very fair."
What are your thoughts on these breeds? Have you had some of these issues or do you disagree?