Vet Shares The Five Dog Breeds He’d Never Own

Ben The Vet has revealed on TikTok the five dog breeds he'd never want to own, plus the shocking reasons why...
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A vet has revealed the five dog breeds he would never want to own, and he’s shared the controversial reasons why…

While a dog can be a source of immense joy, our furry friends are also a lot of responsibility.

This means it’s of the utmost importance that you choose the right breed that suits you and your lifestyle.

Getting the wrong breed of dog can mean your pet-owning experience is far less rewarding than it could be.

A vet had gone viral after revealing the five breeds of dog he’d never want to own…

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A veterinary surgeon on TikTok, known as, has warned against five popular breeds.

“Big respect for talking about these!” one person comments.

Another adds: “I will reconsider now. It’s so sad… I wish there was universal health care for dog breeds prone to health issues.”

So, what are these five breeds that Ben would never wish to own? Let’s take a look:

1. Chow Chow

“The first of five for me is the chow chow,” he explains.

Ben admits there must be some ‘nice ones’, but claims: “I just find that often don’t have a very nice temperament.

“They can be really aloof and they’re often very aggressive at the vets.”

He also draws attention to the eye problems that this breed can face, and describes their distinctive purple tongues as ‘a bit unnerving’.

Chow Chow
Ben explains that, although adorable, some chow chows can be aggressive. Credit: Jr Satilite/Pexels

2. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Ben first admits that ‘they are the loveliest dogs’, explaining that: “If I was gonna pick a dog breed for myself if it weren’t for all of their health issues it would probably be the cavvy.”

However, he points out that this breed does have a lot of health issues.

The vet says: “Pretty much all of them get the same kind of heart disease called mitral valve disease, which means that many of them spend their last days coughing and spluttering, struggling to breathe and ultimately dying of heart failure.”

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
The vet says that Cavalier King Charles Spaniels tend to have health issues. Credit: Pixabay/Pexels

He concludes: “In my opinion breeding a dog with such high probability of disease is not fair.”

3. Dachshund

Ben calls the sausage dog ‘really lovely’, and says, ‘some of my favourite patients are sausage dogs’.

But again, he claims that the health issues related to the breed have put him off.

He adds: “One in four of them develop back problems in their lifetime that can range from just pain to complete paralysis. This frequently means they have to have spinal surgery, which is obviously a massive undertaking and has a really long recovery period.”

He claims that owning a daschund has ‘too much potential for heartbreak’.

The vet claims that one in four dachshunds develop back problems in their lifetime. Credit: Dominika Roseclay/Pexels

4. Shar Pei

Health issues again play a role in Ben’s apprehension over owning this breed.

He explains: “They even have a disease named after them called shar pei Fever.

“Most of them are too wrinkly, they’re so wrinkly that they have to have their eyelids tacked in place so the hairs don’t rub on their eyes.

“They’re always getting skin issues, they’ve got tiny narrow ear canals, and at the vets, they’re often trying to bite the face off of all the staff!”

Shar Pei
Ben claims that he wouldn’t own a shar pei. Credit: Thierry Rossier/Pexels

5. Any flat-faced or brachycephalic dog breed

Ben’s final unwanted breed is anything ‘like a French bulldog or a bulldog or a pug’.

He explains: “Society has normalised the fact that these dogs snorting means that they can’t breathe very well.

“There are specimens of these dogs that are healthier than others, but they are so prone to so many problems: spinal issues, skin problems, eye problems…”

The vet explains that ‘flat-faced or brachycephalic dog breeds’ have breathing problems. Credit: Dmitriy Tarasenko/Pexels

He adds: “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.” 5 dog breeds I would/could never own as a veterinary surgeon #dogsoftiktok #learnontiktok #veterinary #benthevet ♬ Waiting For Heartache – BLVKSHP

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Written by Annie Walton Doyle

Annie Walton Doyle is a content editor at IGV who specialises in trending, lifestyle and entertainment news. She graduated from Goldsmiths, University of London, with a degree in English Literature. Annie has previously worked with organisations such as The Huffington Post, The Guardian, The Telegraph, Harvard University, the Pulitzer Prize and 22 Words.