A veterinarian has shared her personal opinions on the five dog breeds she would not choose to own and the reasons behind her choices. Cat, a vet from the UK, took to TikTok to express her thoughts on certain breeds that she would not personally care for.
In her TikTok video, which garnered over 450,000 views, Cat explained, "I'm a vet, and here are five dog breeds I would not personally own. Now, I know there are many of you out there who own these breeds and love these dogs, and that's absolutely fine. Just hear me out, okay?"
The first breed Cat mentioned was the German Shepherd. She acknowledged their beauty and their original purpose as guarding dogs. However, she highlighted that they are bred to be suspicious and anxious, which can make them reactive and challenging to handle.
Next on the list were flat-faced breeds. Cat acknowledged their popularity but emphasized that these dogs often suffer due to their unique facial structure. She expressed her unwillingness to contribute to their suffering by intentionally owning one.
Cat also mentioned working Border Collies, often purchased from farms and kept as pets. She noted that many of them experience mental health issues due to their need for constant mental stimulation and activity. Cat admitted that she personally does not have the time to devote to meeting their specific needs.
The Shar Pei was the fourth breed on Cat's list. While she acknowledged that this breed may appeal to others, she personally did not find them appealing. She mentioned the breed's health problems and behavioral issues, often associated with discomfort and pain caused by their specific physical characteristics.
Lastly, Cat included St. Bernards or any large breed with excessive jowls on her list. She humorously confessed her inability to cope with the slobber these dogs produce. Cleaning up after their slobber became a challenge, and she playfully shared an anecdote from a client who mentioned having slobber on her ceilings.
While Cat acknowledged the positive traits and endearing appearances of these breeds, she humorously admitted that she was not skilled enough to handle the specific demands they come with.
The video sparked discussions among social media users who shared their experiences with the mentioned breeds. Opinions varied, with some users agreeing with Cat's concerns about certain health issues and behavioral challenges. Others shared their positive experiences and rebutted the notion that all flat-faced breeds suffer.
One user commented on the potential health issues of flat-faced breeds, sharing a personal story: "I agree with a Frenchie, mine had to be put down; he suffered allergies, back problems, eye ulcers. He couldn't walk in the end."