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5 Dog Breeds I Would Not Own

Updated on April 18, 2017
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Dr Mark is a veterinarian in Brazil. He has been working with dogs for more than 40 years.

Do you have the time to brush this dog every day?
Do you have the time to brush this dog every day? | Source

This actually started out as a joke, but there really are dog breeds out there I would not want to own. Some of them are favorite breeds (at least for some people), but I would not want one myself even though I enjoy the happiness that a canine can provide.

1. Afghan Hound

The Afghan Hound requires a lot more daily grooming than I am up to.
The Afghan Hound requires a lot more daily grooming than I am up to. | Source

Too much work

Despite being on the top five slacker list this dog requires an owner with a lot more energy than me It has a long coat that, if left alone, will mat and fill up with weeds.

This dog looks gorgeous running through an open field or crashing through the waves but I barely have time enough to take care of my own long hair; I do not need any more to worry about.

Who needs a slim dog that looks this good anyway? An Afghan may be okay if you look like a supermodel--I don´t.

2. Basset Hound

Too dumb? Not my Basset!!!
Too dumb? Not my Basset!!! | Source

Too dumb

This dog is rated at the top of those dogs able to stay home alone. Any idea why?

According to the Intelligence of Dogs this dog is down near the bottom. I know, I know, all the Basset fans are angry and saying “But my dog is smart and good for lots of things.” They are good for keeping the couch warm, sure. I read in a book somewhere that they used to be hunting dogs. No one I know has ever kept one for hunting.

"But not MY basset" will probably be a common complaint in the comments section!

3. Border Collie

The Border Collie is always thinking. That is one of the problems.
The Border Collie is always thinking. That is one of the problems. | Source

Too smart

That same intelligence book rates the Border Collie at the top. There was one Border Collie that was so good at identifying its toys (the dog had learned 1000 different words in identification) that they had to write the names on them so the human did not forget.

This breed may be okay for some people but I do not want a dog correcting my grammatical errors when I am writing these stupid articles on the internet. My dog is no Border Collie and she does not blog but she already leans over my shoulder and criticizes me for the image selection.

At least she has not figured out how to download. If I had a Border Collie my files would be filled with pictures of dogs.

Read this stupid book if you are in the mood to be angry. (I pull my copy off the shelf and look at it whenever I want my stomach acid flaring up.)

Actually it is not stupid, just wrong most of the time.

4. Chinese Crested

A Chinese Crested...aww, how cute and cuddly.
A Chinese Crested...aww, how cute and cuddly. | Source

Too ugly

These dogs have a face only a mother could love. Well, I am not sure even a mother could love some of their faces. They don’t have furry coats so you can´t cuddle them, they have wiry bristles sticking out of their faces like that crazy uncle you used to visit as a kid, and they have wrinkles that definitely need an avocado facial mask.

I don´t even have the sort of wardrobe budget I would need to support one of these dogs.


5. Pug

Too cute? Too ugly to be cute? Ask your Pug her opinion.
Too cute? Too ugly to be cute? Ask your Pug her opinion. | Source

Too cute

These dogs look too much like human babies and then people make it worse when they dress them up in pink and wheel them around in carriages. Of course if my daughter is reading this I have to point out I am not talking about her resemblance to a Pug. Just every other human baby on the planet, sweetie!

This breed has large eyes, smushed in faces, bloated tummies, and round skulls. Anything like a human baby?

Actually there are several others I did not include. I would not want to own a Labrador (too popular), a Basenji (too wild), a Beagle (too tame), or a chow chow (too hairy), but five seemed like a good number.

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      DesiDy 9 months ago

      I would never own a Chow. I've known too many of them that were

      "nasty" dogs--including as young as several months. I used to do grooming, and one chow that I groomed the owner had to put a muzzle on before they left home! And she was talking about breeding the dog! I, too, would not own a Border Collie, but just because they have a lot more energy than I do! They are certainly beautiful, intelligent dogs, but far too much work for me! I raised Newfoundlands for over 25 years, and I miss them terribly. I now live in an apartment complex with a 25-pound limit for dogs, otherwise I would certainly still have at least two Newfs! (You can not have just one!) I also like Shetland Sheepdogs. The intelligence of a Border Collie in a smaller body and less energy! (I had a Sheltie that got his Rally title in three shows!) As a groomer I would not personally own any breed that requires routine professional grooming (e.g. Poodles, Spaniels, most Terriers, etc.). I also would not own most brachycephalic breeds (Pugs, Boxers, Pekes, etc.). I don't want a breed that snores more than I do! Unlike a lot of people, I think "Pit" breeds can be wonderful dogs IF they are raised and trained properly, do not come from "fighting" background, and come from responsible breeders or rescue organizations. I also would not own most "coursing" breeds (Greyhounds, Whippets, etc.). I don't want a breed that can run a lot faster than me and that often will not come when they are called if their minds are on their "prey" and not me!

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      Dr Mark 10 months ago from The Beach of Brazil

      Thanks Andrea--three categories I should have included!!!!!!

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      Andrea 10 months ago

      I would never own a toy chihuahua. Too barky, too nervous, but most of all too fragile!

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      dismissed.zebra 3 years ago

      They are all wonderful and lovable, but that does not mean that they are a good personality match for all people. Look at all of the reasons people surrender animals to shelters.

      I think we should really be honest with ourselves before getting a new dog. And really look at this individual dog and not just the breed. And just because you knew this really great border collie, retriever, etc. when you were a kid, does that mean that this high-drive yet adorable puppy will grow up to be a good match for you (especially if you prefer TV to long walks and training groups).

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      Dr Mark 4 years ago from The Beach of Brazil

      Thank goodness my Pit Bull cross is not guilty of correcting me all of the time. I had to wake her up from a nap even to proofread this hub.

      I just pinned your history of flip flops:

      http://idigwebsites.hubpages.com/hub/The-History-o...

      It was entertaining!! Thanks

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      idigwebsites 4 years ago from United States

      " I do not want a dog correcting my grammatical errors when I am writing hubs." LOL

      Chinese crested dog looks horrible indeed. No hair, looking malnourished.

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      Ingrid 4 years ago

      Any dog that shows excessive aggression towards other dogs, are dogs I will not own. First thought is Bull Terriers, but then again I have seen Bul Terriers that are very placid and friendly among other dogs so it does not always relate to the breed of the dog. But then again Bull Terriers are too ugly anyway...

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      Dr Mark 4 years ago from The Beach of Brazil

      I guess you don't have to worry about them when you go on vacation, but you don't get to hug them much, do you?

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      Pamdora 4 years ago

      There are LOTS of dog breeds I would not own...but some I definitely would. Great Danes are my all time favorite. For a number of years, I raised and bred a silver blue strain of Danes in southern Arizona. Where we live now, my husband and I have chosen not to have dogs at all. Instead, we have two strictly indoor cats...and have made friends with our local coyote pack.

      Wild coyotes, we have discovered, are no work at all. :)

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      Dr Mark 4 years ago from The Beach of Brazil

      I was just writing something about my Maltese. I kept him long, but most people are in the same situation you were, and just don't have the time for them.

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      Elizabeth Hanks 4 years ago from Queen Creek

      He was super cute with his hair, it was such a shame not having the time, patience or energy to brush him every single day. He was one of the best-behaved dogs I've ever had, but I definitely wouldn't put myself or another dog through that sort of high-maintenance cleaning!

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      Dr Mark 4 years ago from The Beach of Brazil

      Hi ellesvoice! I have seen a lot of gorgeous Old English Sheepdogs but that is another one I don't think I could handle--too lazy for all of that hair. They look really sad when they are clipped all of the time.

      Thanks for the visit. Nice seeing you here.

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      Elizabeth Hanks 4 years ago from Queen Creek

      I absolutely would NEVER want another dog with too much hair! I had a Polish sheepdog when I was young and because our yard was full of dirt, we had to get his hair cut on almost a monthly basis so he wouldn't develop mats! It was absolutely RIDICULOUS! Also, I would not recommend getting a pit bull or a lab as a first dog choice! These babies are so incredibly full of energy, it's hard for even a multi-dog owner to train them, especially when they're young.

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      Dr Mark 4 years ago from The Beach of Brazil

      I think that wouldn´t work for me since I think all dogs are cute! Even a Neapolitan Mastiff with all his folds and slobber is cute, in a weird kind of way!

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      Efficient Admin 4 years ago from Charlotte, NC

      I wouldn't have a dog that I didn't think was cute. That may be shallow but I must think my dog is a cutie pie. Also would not own an aggressive dog that didn't listen to me, or was a danger to someone else or their pets. Great list. Voted up.

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      Dr Mark 4 years ago from The Beach of Brazil

      I have this great visual now of a Papillon passing through airport security on her way to Brazil! PLEASE, NO!!!! Tell your dog that the Border Collie thing is Dr. Coren´s findings from the book Intelligence of Dogs. Obviously he got it wrong, and Papillons should be on top of the list!

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      Marcy J. Miller 4 years ago from Arizona

      Outstanding hub, DrMark -- but look out. My Papillon is currently tuning up her Strategic Air Defense system and plotting a course on Google Maps, while muttering, "So he says the Border Collie is the smartest? We'll see about that ..."

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      Dr Mark 4 years ago from The Beach of Brazil

      I like Salukis too, but would be too lazy to brush an Afghan every day.

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      Melissa A Smith 4 years ago from New York

      One of my least favorite dog breeds is the Afghan hound but one of my favorites is the saluki, and they are so similar.

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      Dr Mark 4 years ago from The Beach of Brazil

      I have never owned one, but I have heard that if you just leave them alone they do okay. A lot less work than an Afghan hound.

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      carolynkaye 4 years ago from USA

      Though it looks like a nice breed, but I probably wouldn't get a Komondor. I wouldn't even know where to begin with dealing with that coat.

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      Dr Mark 4 years ago from The Beach of Brazil

      Pretty subjective bunch of comments, isn't it? I like your defense of the Bassets, as I have liked almost all of them I have met; still....

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      Houndy 4 years ago

      I would have to disagree with the Basset Hounds. I have been raising Bassets for the past 11+ years. Some are very smart mine are very quick learner's, all get the basic commands down in the first 20-30 min training session (sit, lay, shake) that's 5 1/2-7 week's old puppies... I would say the dog is only as smart as the owner/trainer... The Basset Hound is smart enough to manipulate the owner/traner who is not smart enough to understand what they are doing.

      As for hunting/tracking dog they have 2 to the best noses next to the bloodhound. I have had one of my puppies used as a tracking dog for mountain lions and bears... I use my for tracking every once in a while... they are amazing kid dog's, very durable...

      As for the beagle, I can not stand them to much energy at times also i would not trust them with children especially as they get older, they may start to nip and bite... As for the border collie all my experiences with this dog have been crazy and on the border of dangerous and needs to me put down to cute little puppy, but i do hear good stories about these dogs.

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      Dr Mark 4 years ago from The Beach of Brazil

      Wow Emily do you mean the Portuguese Water Dog needs more exercise than your Labradoodle? It sounds like one of "those" dogs, "other than that..."!!!

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      Emily Cappo 4 years ago from New York

      You must add Portuguese Water Dog to the list...most high-maintenance breed ever. They need TONS of exercise, bark incessantly, and steal food. Other than that, they are great dogs and smart too.:)

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      Dr Mark 4 years ago from The Beach of Brazil

      Maybe that border collie would be too active-I find myself wanting to take more naps as I get older and I´m not so sure a Border Collie would want to nod off on the same schedule!

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      No aggressive dogs would fit my life, but the border collie sounds pretty good. It might keep me active both mentally and physically when I'm old. :)

      The Chinese crested looks like a malnourished dalmatian-poodle mix--very sad.

      Thanks for a fun look at these doggies!

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      Dr Mark 4 years ago from The Beach of Brazil

      Nice! I have a Pit Bull mix; she is one of those dogs that would say "you may be wrong but I will defend your right to be wrong". I have to agree on the drooling dog, but I guess my house could handle it

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      trish1048 4 years ago

      I've owned many dogs in my lifetime, and all but one, were mixed breed shelter rescues. My grown daughter once talked me into a pit bull. I have to say he was an absolute sweetheart. He became my armchair buddy. Every time I was at my computer, he had to be on a chair next to me. He also was a nut. We were outside one day, and he was doing his runnning around, and here he comes, running at me carrying a garden rake. I guess he was trying to give me a hint or something. Another time he decided he didn't like my rainspouts, and he tried to pull them off the house. But sweet, most definitely.

      As far as a dog I wouldn't own goes, although I do love all dogs/cats, I would have to say I wouldn't want drooling dogs, or dogs that needed constant grooming.

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      Dr Mark 4 years ago from The Beach of Brazil

      Scary story. I do not even think of them as aggressive, just hairy and shedding (and staring) off into the distance, but I can certainly understand your point. I bet your Weimaraner agrees!

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      crissytsu 4 years ago from Texas

      I wouldn't own any "aggressive" breed just because of a bad experience. My best friend's Chow, who was socialized as a pup, mauled my Weimaraner and then later on ate someone's Dachshund...so I guess I wouldn't own a Chow for sure.

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      Dr Mark 4 years ago from The Beach of Brazil

      That would be really sad! Irish Wolfhound: Too Short-Lived. The ones I have met have been great dogs, but I think dogs do not live long enough anyway.

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      Rachel Koski 4 years ago from Minnesota

      I agree with your list, except for the border collie of course! But if I lived in an apartment, or in suburbia, I probably wouldn't want a border collie or a half-breed border collie either. I would never own an irish wolfhound - because they don't live long enough. That's probably unfair of me, but I really like the look of the dog and everything that I've read about them says that they make such wonderful family pets. I know myself well enough to know that I'd be heartbroken in my wolfhound died at 7!

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      Dr Mark 5 years ago from The Beach of Brazil

      Great choice! That little dog already made my "breeds I am going to own" list.

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      Doodlehead 5 years ago from Northern California

      I won't own a dog without hair.

      I won't own a pug cuz I heard the way they are bred contributes to their breathing problems.

      No rottweilers, pitt bulls, or german shepherds for me.

      There's one breed for me.....mini-schnauzers...and mine's name is Winston.

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      Dr Mark 5 years ago from The Beach of Brazil

      I like that "accident" part, especially since I was a due to a missed trip to the pharmacy!!

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      Deborah Neyens 5 years ago from Iowa

      I'm not too keen on little yappy dogs. If I wanted a pet small enough to sit on my lap, I'd get a cat (and I have 3 of those already). I prefer the bigger sporting dogs that enjoy the same sorts of outdoor activities I do: hiking, swimming, running, etc. Both my dogs have been mutts from purebreds that got knocked up by accident. So I had a dog that was half Lab mixed with rottweiler and Chesapeake Bay retriever and now have a half English springer spaniel mixed with coon hound. The Lab mix was the best, smartest dog ever. The springer spaniel mix is a spaz but I still love her.

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      Dr Mark 5 years ago from The Beach of Brazil

      A Bouvier? There aren´t even enough of them around to make jokes about. It is sort of like joking about the Giant Schnauzer; almost no one gets the joke!

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      Vanderleelie 5 years ago from New Brunswick, Canada

      I agree with your choices and assessment of these breeds. I have owned a number of breeds and half-breeds over the years, and the very best dog in my opinion is the Bouvier des Flandres.

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      5 years ago

      Chinese crested are awesome and very cuddly!

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      Helena Ricketts 5 years ago from Indiana

      Ha! Too funny! Strangely, I have to agree with you on all of them.

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      Dr Mark 5 years ago from The Beach of Brazil

      Maybe that should be on the intelligence scoring. All dogs that can understand the concept of death get ten extra points.

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      Lovelovemeloveme 5 years ago from Cindee's Land

      LOl funny read. I'd want a collie though. Have you heard of the border collie that waited for his dead owner at a train station for like 2 or 3 years everyday? So smart! ...well..kind of. aside from the part that it never understood the concept of death.

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      Ann 5 years ago

      I have had 9 afghans over the years - just lost my last one. They are incredibly beautiful dogs and don't believe that they are stupid because they are far from it. The grooming is worth it - if anything the exercise is for more time consuming - one hour? More like 3 hours a day and most of that off lead! Oh and they can be trained to come back - my last one stood like a statue the minute I shouted "stand" .

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      Charlotte 5 years ago

      Dogo Argentino and Cane Corsos. Way too head strong and dominant in nature for my liking.

      English Bulldogs. Too many health issues can come along with the breed, plus they sink like rocks when in water without a doggy life jacket.

      Herding breeds, all of them. Way WAY too high energy for me.

      Sharpei. They are cute, but its the rolls and grooming. You have to get inside every roll and make sure its as dry as humanly possible to avoid skin infections.

      I will admit for a love for two breeds in your list. Chinese Cresteds (Both the hairless and the powder puff varieties) and Basset Hounds.

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      Dr Mark 5 years ago from The Beach of Brazil

      Not Siberian Huskies, certainly. I could go for "cool and aloof" I just can't deal with excessive grooming.

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      Miss Lil' Atlanta 5 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      Haha lol, well I don't find Afghan Hounds to be all that attractive. Plus they don't have the best of personalities either.

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      Dr Mark 5 years ago from The Beach of Brazil

      You don't think the Afghan would make your top ten cutest breeds? Cosmpolitan and Vogue will be so disappointed!!!!

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      Miss Lil' Atlanta 5 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      I personally "love" Border Collies, and I have one myself. It's true though that for most people they should "never" even consider getting a Border Collie; they are way to smart for many people, too high maintenance, and if kept unoccupied for too long, Border Collies will become extremely destructive.

      Also, I wouldn't own an Afghan Hound either.

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      Dr Mark 5 years ago from The Beach of Brazil

      Huge list!

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      DogsRgreat 5 years ago

      I would never own a:

      Newfoundland - Too big, way to much drool

      Saint Bernard - Drool, size

      Siberian Husky - Way to much fur

      Pekingese ,Yorkshire Terriers, Maltese, Papillons, Bichon Frise, Pug, Brussels griffon, Chihuahua, Japanese chin, Pomerenian, Shih Tzu, and Shetland Sheep dog. Mostly because of size, health, or looks.

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      Dr Mark 5 years ago from The Beach of Brazil

      Wow Shaddie, way more than five! There are all kinds of little white cliché dogs available out there.

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      Shaddie 5 years ago from Washington state

      The 5 dog breeds I would never own would be Labrador retrievers, Basset hounds, Beagles, Pekingese, Jack Russel terrier, Siberian husky, and pretty much any little fluffy white dog that would be cliché for an old lady to have. That's more than 5 but I don't care!!!

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      Bob Bamberg 5 years ago

      Hi All,

      The anal sac hub published, they just disabled the ads. Then they slapped me with a Great Commenter Accolade. The Hubpages Gods giveth and the Hubpages Gods taketh away...though not necessarily in that order. If you've been banned, Arlene, that's enough to make me follow you!

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      Arlene V. Poma 5 years ago

      Uh, DrMark, I can get banned on my own, and I have! Oh, well. I am surprised that the Hub was unpublished for mentioning anal glands because I freely use the term, "That's anal." I don't know what happened to my last comment to you. I think Little Elway is editing me.

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      Arlene V. Poma 5 years ago

      Hilarious! But I did read a Hub recently on cleaning a dog's anal glands. But you are right! There was no mention of anal glands. I've had comments where I've said, "That's so anal." What's up with that? I would not mess with Little Elway's anal glands. He would probably obtain an attorney and sue me.

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      Dr Mark 5 years ago from The Beach of Brazil

      Next thing you know though Little Elway is going to be writing on anal glands. Bob Bamberg told me his hub was unpublished for using that word. Better just ask him to do your image selection; my dog is only a Pit (dumb as a bag of rocks) and she can even handle that task. We haven't been banned as of yet!!!!!!!!

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      Arlene V. Poma 5 years ago

      Hey, DrMark1961! Since my HubPages account is doing so poorly right now, I may ask Little Elway to write some Hubs for me. LMAO!!! He will work for cheap treats.

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      Nettlemere 5 years ago from Burnley, Lancashire, UK

      Thank you - I just had a look, someone clearly found their perfect match was a Chinese hairless!

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      Dr Mark 5 years ago from The Beach of Brazil

      Well put, Arlene. Just be careful and don´t let your border collie write your hubs when you are napping.

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      Arlene V. Poma 5 years ago

      Face it. People love their dogs. Make sure you love them, feed them, pick up after them, and everything is all right in the world. I have an Australian shepherd-Border collie mix and an aging Beagle. They are my kids, and I love them. I don't care if they are smarter than me.

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      Dr Mark 5 years ago from The Beach of Brazil

      Thanks for the comment innerspin. Nettlemere, have you seen the new Chinese Crested hub? I just linked it on stumleupon.

      https://hubpages.com/animals/The-Benefits-Of-Ownin...

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      Nettlemere 5 years ago from Burnley, Lancashire, UK

      I honestly didn't expect to like Chinese cresteds myself, but then I met some and they enchanted me with their daintiness and by being surprisingly cuddlesome!

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      innerspin 5 years ago from uk

      We had a collie cross, she was lovely, but wanted to be active all the time. We didn't think ahead on that,it's good that you help people understand how breeds differ,thanks.

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      Dr Mark 5 years ago from The Beach of Brazil

      I think I am safe for the moment. Pugs don't like the heat and humidity around here so they all live down in the southern part of the country where conditions are more temperate, and they can breathe. It would be perfect for the Chinese Crested but I haven´t met anyone down here who wants a dog that ugly. (Oops, that is not politically correct. How about "A dog that does not follow society´s beauty requirements"?)

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      Bob Bamberg 5 years ago from Southeastern Massachusetts

      Terrific hub, and the entertainment continued with the comments! I think the pug people are circling the wagons and planning their next move though. We had a selection of pet-based greeting cards in the store and there were 5 or 6 with pugs on the front. We had to continually reorder those. We saw more pugs come into the store with their people than any other breed and they elicited the most endearing comments, too. I'll be monitoring Fox News and CNN for a pug assault on Brazil's Cocoa Coast.

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      Dr Mark 5 years ago from The Beach of Brazil

      DIFH-I had a pediatric surgeon as a client back in the US;he loved Pugs too. He said virtually every genetic defect he found in his human patients were present in his Pug!

      Shehzter, I really would be happy with these dogs. I like a dog that is happy, which is why I like that goofy smile on the Maltese.

      Nettlemere-The Neapolitan Mastiff is one of the slobbering breeds too, right? I think Bukarella can add it to her list.

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      DoItForHer 5 years ago

      I've never met a Pug I didn't like- seriously. But because they are bred with physical deformities, they would not be able to keep up with my activities.

      Great personalities, though! Fun to be with. /(^•^)\

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      shehzter 5 years ago from Kandy, Sri Lanka

      Hi, your hub was useful as well as funny :) now can we have a hub on the 5 dog breeds that you will own :)

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      Nettlemere 5 years ago from Burnley, Lancashire, UK

      I'd love to have a basenji and border collie one day (loved your comments on the collie though) and very nearly did have a Chinese crested cross. I would tend to avoid having a neopolitan mastiff. I would not like the task of trying to keep the folds of skin clean and disease free and they are a heftier dog then I would go for normally.

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      Gail Louise Stevenson 5 years ago from Mason City

      A hub about the five breeds that shed the most would be a great idea. Hair in the food is not good.

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      Dr Mark 5 years ago from The Beach of Brazil

      Hi Rochelle actually the Basenji, the barkless breed, never were wild when they would come in to the clinic. They are great dogs to work with.

      Bukarella I forgot about that drool factor!!!!

      gail641 I am actually working on a hub like that, the five breeds that shed the most. Too much work and hair in your food, on top of that.

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      Gail Louise Stevenson 5 years ago from Mason City

      It would be hard to take care of all of the long hair on dogs with long hair. It would be expensive, too. Short haired dogs would be easier to take care of.

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      Lyudmyla Hoffman 5 years ago from United States

      never say never (ha!), but Newfoundlands and St. Bernards would be at the very bottom of my list - oh, the drool!

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      Rochelle Frank 5 years ago from California Gold Country

      High grooming needs in a pet, just makes you resent them, I'm for the short hair breeds. My dog is pretty good.. but she does like to bark (but not bite). I have considered a Basenji for that reason-- Is that the one that doesn't bark? I really haven tought that through completely if they are 'wild'.

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      Dr Mark 5 years ago from The Beach of Brazil

      My dog was trying to figure out where the sound of the howling Chinese Crested was coming from too! It was great.

      Hey BlondLogic, I saw a comment of yours the other day about your Fila. Does he come inside to listen to the puppies on the computer speakers? They are great yard dogs, but surely he wouldn't be as entertaining as having a snorty Pug running around your house! Thank you both for the comments.

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      wetnosedogs 5 years ago from Alabama

      aw, bella and roscoe are part chow. Really, they are good dogs, excuse the furry-ness.

      my dogs were looking for the singing puppy. it was hilarious.

      I am partial to the larger dogs, so I would always look for that type before a smaller dog. It's just a "me" thing.

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      Mary Wickison 5 years ago from Brazil

      Well I almost agree with your five but I think Pugs are ugly. I still wouldn't want one all that sound of congestion they make, it would drive me around the bend. They look like they have run into a sliding glass door.

      Beautiful photos.