A veterinary surgeon has listed the five dog breeds he would consider owning as pets – including the family-favorite Labradors and the “not cuddly but gentle” greyhounds.
Ben, from the UK, offered his explanation behind five of his favorite canine varieties.
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“I am a vet and here are five dog breeds I would consider if I was to get one,” Ben said in a TikTok video.
“Now I’m definitely not telling everyone to go out and get these five dog breeds. I’m also not saying these are the five possible healthiest dog breeds because every dog breed has some issues that they are prone to.
“Remember it’s just my opinion and you are fully entitled to disagree, so disclaimers out of the way… here it goes.”
Listing the first of five dog breeds, Ben said he would consider getting a Greyhound.
“They may not look very cuddly but they are gentle dogs and there are so many of them needing homes after their racing careers end,” he explained.
“They are unfortunately renowned for having very bad teeth so I would put in effort from the beginning to get their teeth brushed.
“They will happily plod along on a walk but they would like the opportunity to sprint around so I make sure I’d give them that opportunity.”
His next favorite breed is the “scruffy” little border terrier.
“For me if I were to get a small dog, they would probably be my top choice,” Ben said.
“From my experience they are quite affectionate little dogs and compared to other terriers I find maybe they form slightly strong attachments with people.
“Their physical appearance isn’t exaggerated in any way.”
Ben said while they are “quite robust health-wise”, there are some issues they’re prone to – including luxating patella, an extremely common condition in small dogs where a kneecap “pops out” or dislocates from its normal location.
He suggested pet owners should speak to the breeder to check if the dog’s parents suffered any issues with luxating.
Next up Ben named the Hungarian wire-haired vizsla because they have a “lovely temperament”.
“This is a bit more of a niche choice because there are not many of them around. I just found the ones I met are moderate and unexaggerated in appearance… But they can be prone to some joint issues such as hip dysplasia,” he said.
“They do need lots and lots of exercise and stimulation so I would only get one if I had the time to take them out for two long walks every day.”
His second choice was Labradors.
“I just think they’re amazing family dogs, they’re gentle, affectionate, loyal and funny,” Ben said.
“Again they are moderate in their appearance, they are not exaggerated in anyway and we know exaggeration can be bad for health so that’s good.
“However I am slightly conflicted about them because they are unfortunately genetically prone to quite a few different problems.
“One of their biggest issues is joint problems so I would definitely make sure both parents have been hip and elbow scored with good results. They are also very prone to getting fat so I would be extremely careful to keep them trim.”
Number one dog breed
Ben said his number one favorite dog breed is the mongrel.
“When I say mongrel I mean proper liquorice all sorts mixed breed where you can’t tell what they are,” he said.
“The downside is you don’t get the unpredictability in terms of adult size, temperament and activity levels that you get with a pedigree dog.
“But what you do get is diverse genetics and a dog that by virtue if being less in-bred, is less prone to diseases that have an inherited component… and for me as a vet that’s really important.”
His video has been viewed more than 590,000 times – with many dog lovers agreeing with his list.
“So glad greyhounds made the list and even more happy you said mongrel as number one,” one said.
Another wrote: “Love my Border Terrier, he’s a funny lad, very clever so requires a lot of mental stimulation but it’s so worth it.”
One said: “Labs are the best! My yellow Labrador is 14-and-a-half years old and still holding strong.”
While another added: “Thank you for speaking up for greyhounds. So many get killed and abandoned each year due to hunting.”
Meanwhile, one woman suggests: “Have to disagree with this, my first choice would be a staffy (Staffordshire Bull Terrier), good temperament, affectionate and good with kids.”