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5 Dog Breeds You Should Not Own (No, Not Another Dangerous Dogs List)

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Dr. Mark is a veterinarian. 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?

Dogs You Should Never Own (In My Opinion)

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.

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.

1. Afghan Hound

Reason: 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? (This argument has nothing to do with intelligence, really.)

Saving grace: Looks like a supermodel.

An Afghan may be okay if you look like a supermodel—I don't.

Too dumb? Not my Basset!!!

Too dumb? Not my Basset!!!

2. Basset Hound

Reason: 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.

Saving grace: Will usually fall asleep if left alone all day.

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

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

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

3. Border Collie

Reason: 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 1,000 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.

Saving grace: Can do your homework for you.

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

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

4. Chinese Crested

Reason: 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.

Saving grace: Will save you a lot of money since you will never need to buy a lint roller to remove dog hair from your sweaters.

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

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

5. Pug

Reason: 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 that 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?

Saving grace: No information available at this time. Please try again later.

More Breeds

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, and I hate getting hair in my cereal), but five seemed like a good number.

Do you have a favorite dog breed that you would never own? Leave a comment below.

Questions & Answers

Question: Which dog breed is the sweetest?

Answer: I know that there is a lot of disagreement on this subject, but one of the sweetest and affectionate dog breeds I have come across is the Cavalier. If you are looking for a little larger, a Brittany is also a great dog. Here is a list of five really sweet dogs that will want to spend time in your lap:

Question: Are wolfdogs smarter than Border collies?

Answer: A lot of the intelligence tests that are currently used in dogs are based on the dogs willingness to take commands. That is one reason the Border Collie does so well--he is a dog that has been bred to listen to commands.

Wolves are shy animals and are extremely unlikely to listen to a command. A wolfdog varies some because of the dog breed, but if bred to a Malamute or a Siberian Husky, breeds that do not take command well, it is not likely going to listen to a command.

Are they smarter? it depends on who you want to listen to. Are they smarter according to the current tests? No.

© 2012 Dr Mark


Tracey Sayers on July 22, 2020:

I have three Chinese Cresteds and they all have hair, they most certainly are not ugly. The reason some Hairless Chinese Crested dogs have been entered into ugly dog competitions is because they have been sadly overbred or neglected, or people think because they are hairless they aren't worthy somehow. It's a fabulous breed especially for those who need emotional support.

Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on May 18, 2020:

Missus G, Roscoe, etc--smile a little. Are you all just depressed because of the lockdown?

Missus G on May 18, 2020:

Well written, informed, and up on breed information until the Bassett, seriously incorrect on the Chineese Crested. The winning of ugliest breed is due to lack of proper breeding and has noting to do with purebred dogs. I hope that people will get more fact than opinion when looking at these incorrect articles. Chinese Crested dogs are known for their calm loving and devoted personalities, the crested variety is great for people needing extra warmth, they also make amazing ESD pets..

It would be nice to see truth written about the breed for a change.

Rosco on April 08, 2020:

No idea how I got here but what an absolutely useless list about perfectly amazing and unique dogs. Bottom line, variety is the spice of life and there is a dog for everyone regardless of what anyone else thinks. Chinese Cresteds are awesome dogs! Extremely athletic and fun. They also come in a coated variety called Powder puffs and in reality a properly bred Crested is nothing like the ones you see in world’s ugliest dog competitions! I think the guy that wrote this probably owns a Pittbull and is defensive about it (Definitely has a ‘Don’t bully my breed’ sticker on his vehicle) Personally I don’t like Pitts... Is it their temperament? Certainly not. I just find them extremely boring like Labs. 10 a penny! Still I don’t judge and I’m glad other people like them and choose to rescue them. At the end of the day a dog is a dog and we love our breeds of choice no matter what. One thing they all have in common is their ability to fill our lives with unconditional love and much joy! They certainly don’t care what we look like and I think we could all learn a lot from that to be honest.

Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on February 22, 2020:

Bertie, I assume you are trying to make a negative comment against me. Is this how you normally handle things that disagree with your very narrow view of the world? There are psychologists that deal with problems like yours.

Bertie on February 22, 2020:

Chinese crested have beautiful elegant faces have been used for centuries as a body warmer and is the best small breed I have ever had the pleasure to own. You are a gobshite

Chas on February 20, 2020:

Jack Russel! That hair drives you insane and the bad breath is horrendous, not to mention being whiny and clingy

jade on May 04, 2019:

I wouldn't get a coydog (coyote cross dog) because they are quite aggressive but they are quite smart

erick on January 11, 2019:

i wouldnt go out of my way (or i should say pay money) for a small dog (anything under 30lbs is considered small for me). im a huge fan of border colliea because they are so smart. my collie pup is learning tricks so fast.

DesiDy on October 30, 2016:

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!