A veterinarian has gone viral on TikTok after naming the five dog breeds she would never own due to cost of maintenance or temperament.
Alabama-based Dr Whitney Terrell has sparked controversy on the video-sharing app for choosing fan-favorite breeds as ones she wouldn’t choose for herself.
In a video that has been viewed more than 8.4 million times, she named Chinese Crested, Chihuahuas, all flat-faced breeds such as Pugs or Shih Tzus, German Shepherds and Goldendoodles as dogs that she would never possess.
Explaining why she wouldn’t own a Chinese Crested or other type of hairless breed, Dr Terrell said the dog itself is ‘doing fine’, but it’s her personal preference not to own a dog. or a hairless cat.
“They are nervous [sic]they are fat… not for me,” she added.
As for Chihuahuas, Dr. Terrell described these small breeds as “ankle biters.”
“Would more than likely be bitten [sic] if I had one, it’s usually a one-person dog,” she continued. “We have a few [in our clinic] who are just super, super, super sweet. The others are ankle biters.
She also took issue with flat-faced or brachycephalic breeds, which include pugs, shih-tzus, Boston terriers and English bulldogs.
These breeds are at an increased risk of respiratory problems, as well as eye and skin conditions due to excessive breeding.
In June, experts from the Royal Veterinary College (RVC) suggested that the breeding of bulldogs in the UK could be banned unless improvements to breeding practices are made to help dogs avoid debilitating conditions.
Dr Terrell said that although some of these dogs are ‘so cute, so sweet’, she would never own one because: ‘They can’t breathe. They literally can’t breathe.
“They snore, I already have a snoring husband,” she added. “[They also get] skinfold dermatitis, allergies, yeast, odor, gas – that’s a no for me.
In second place are German Shepherds, as well as Belgian Malinois, which resemble the old breed.
The vet explained that while these breeds have the “potential to be really good dogs,” the vast majority of those who come to her clinic “want to bite your face off.”
She clarified that it was because they weren’t properly trained and she wouldn’t have time to properly train a German Shepherd or Belgian Malinois herself.
“If you’re considering getting these dogs, don’t do it lightly because they need a lot of training, a lot of attention,” she cautioned potential pet owners.
Finally, Dr. Terrell said she would never own a Goldendoodle, a popular cross between Golden Retrievers and Poodles.
“Some of them are nice but a lot of them are crazy, hyper crazy, can’t sit still for two seconds,” she said.
“We’ve also had some very aggressive ones, they’re just kind of a squirrel. Ear infections off the wazoo [sic]grooming so expensive… too much maintenance for me, I’d rather have a gun dog.
Owners of the breeds mentioned by Dr. Terrell were quick to defend their dogs in the comments, with many eager to talk about their Goldendoodles.
One person wrote, “I can’t believe the Goldendoodle is your number one! I’m shocked! I’ve had a ton of dogs in my life. He is the best dog ever and the best family dog.
Another said: “Goldendoodle is literally the best dog I have ever owned and known. Literally like a human and ridiculously smart and sweet. Goodbye. »
“What is hate on the doodles [sic]! Our doodle is so smart and the sweetest dog I have ever met. I will never own anything different again,” added a third.
In a follow-up video, Dr Terrell named the five dog breeds she would actually own, including Great Pyrenees, German Shorthaired Pointers, Golden Retrievers, Mutts or Mixed Breeds and Basset Hounds.