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


Dr. Mark is a veterinarian. He has been working with dogs for more than 40 years.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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:/dogs/affectionate-dog-breed...

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.

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!

Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on September 21, 2016:

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

Andrea on September 20, 2016:

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

dismissed.zebra on October 16, 2013:

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).

Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on April 17, 2013:

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:

It was entertaining!! Thanks

idigwebsites from United States on April 17, 2013:

" 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.

Ingrid on March 10, 2013:

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...

Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on February 25, 2013:

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?

Pamdora on February 25, 2013:

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. :)

Elizabeth Hanks from Queen Creek on February 23, 2013:

Totally understand! Malteses are beautiful dogs, especially with their hair kept long! If you haven't written any articles on how to potty train a small dog like a maltese, we just got a maltipoo a few months ago (after my sheepdog passed) and have the HARDEST time getting her to refrain from going in the house, even when the door to the backyard is wide open for her! Sorry if you already have, I just found your hubpage, so I haven't gotten to look around too much!

Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on February 23, 2013:

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.

Elizabeth Hanks from Queen Creek on February 23, 2013:

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!

Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on February 23, 2013:

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.

Elizabeth Hanks from Queen Creek on February 23, 2013:

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.

Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on February 17, 2013:

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!

Michelle Dee from Charlotte, NC on February 17, 2013:

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.

Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on February 04, 2013:

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!

Marcy J. Miller from Arizona on February 04, 2013:

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 ..."

Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on January 27, 2013:

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

Melissa A Smith from New York on January 27, 2013:

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

Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on December 30, 2012:

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.

carolynkaye from USA on December 29, 2012:

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.

Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on December 23, 2012:

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....

Houndy on December 21, 2012:

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.

Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on October 21, 2012:

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..."!!!

Emily Cappo from New York on October 21, 2012:

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.:)

Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on October 04, 2012:

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!

RTalloni on October 04, 2012:

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!

Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on September 29, 2012:

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

trish1048 on September 29, 2012:

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.

Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on September 26, 2012:

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!

crissytsu from Texas on September 26, 2012:

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.

Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on September 26, 2012:

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.

Rachel Koski Nielsen from Pennsylvania, now farming in Minnesota on September 26, 2012:

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!

Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on August 06, 2012:

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

Doodlehead from Northern California on August 06, 2012:

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.

Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on August 05, 2012:

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

Deborah Neyens from Iowa on August 05, 2012:

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.

Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on August 04, 2012:

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!

Vanderleelie on August 04, 2012:

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.

j on August 02, 2012:

Chinese crested are awesome and very cuddly!

Helena Ricketts from Indiana on August 01, 2012:

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

Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on August 01, 2012:

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

Lovelovemeloveme from Cindee's Land on August 01, 2012:

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.

Ann on July 30, 2012:

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" .

Charlotte on July 28, 2012:

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.

Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on July 27, 2012:

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

Miss Lil' Atlanta from Atlanta, GA on July 27, 2012:

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

Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on July 26, 2012:

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

Miss Lil' Atlanta from Atlanta, GA on July 26, 2012:

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.

Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on July 24, 2012:

Huge list!

DogsRgreat on July 24, 2012:

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.

Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on July 24, 2012:

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

Shaddie from Washington state on July 24, 2012:

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!!!

Bob Bamberg on July 23, 2012:

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!

Arlene V. Poma on July 22, 2012:

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.

Arlene V. Poma on July 22, 2012:

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.

Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on July 22, 2012:

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!!!!!!!!

Arlene V. Poma on July 22, 2012:

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.

Nettlemere from Burnley, Lancashire, UK on July 22, 2012:

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

Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on July 22, 2012:

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

Arlene V. Poma on July 22, 2012:

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.

Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on July 22, 2012:

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

Nettlemere from Burnley, Lancashire, UK on July 22, 2012:

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!

Kim Kennedy from uk on July 22, 2012:

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.

Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on July 22, 2012:

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"?)

Bob Bamberg on July 22, 2012:

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.

Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on July 22, 2012:

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.

DoItForHer on July 22, 2012:

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. /(^•^)

shehzter from Kandy, Sri Lanka on July 22, 2012:

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

Nettlemere from Burnley, Lancashire, UK on July 21, 2012:

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.

Gail Louise Stevenson from Mason City on July 21, 2012:

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

Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on July 21, 2012:

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.

Gail Louise Stevenson from Mason City on July 21, 2012:

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.

Lyudmyla Hoffman from United States on July 21, 2012:

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

Rochelle Frank from California Gold Country on July 21, 2012:

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'.

Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on July 21, 2012:

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.

wetnosedogs from Alabama on July 21, 2012:

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.

Mary Wickison from Brazil on July 21, 2012:

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.


Human Dog-Bite Related Fatalities (DBFR)

This Centers for Disease Control (CDC) report has the breakdown of dog breeds involved in fatal human attacks over a period of nearly 20 years (from 1979 to 1996). During that time, there were more than 300 human DBRFs.

They named Rottweilers and Pit Bull type dogs specifically for being “involved in more than half” of the dog-bite related fatalities in 1997 and 1998.

The study also notes that “at least 25 dog breeds have been involved in 238 human DBRFs during the past 20 years.” Specifically, referring to the decades of the 1980s and 1990s.

More recent data about human DBRFs from 2005 to 2017 show that “canines killed at least 433 Americans.” As you may have guessed, Pit Bulls and Rottweilers sit atop the list of breeds that caused the most fatalities.

On the other hand, Huskies are at number six in terms of fatalities, responsible for 13 fatalities. This accounts for just 3% of the total fatalities.

By properly training your Husky from a young age and avoiding abuse, you’re likely to end up with an affectionate and friendly Husky.


11 Riskiest Dog Breeds for Homeowners and Renters

Insurance companies may deny homeowners and renters insurance coverage to people who own certain . [+] breeds of dogs. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Your next-door neighbor's yippy Bijon Frise -- who clearly has a serious Napoleon complex and a seemingly endless desire to draw blood from people's ankles -- may be far more likely to bite someone than your cuddly Pit Bull, but that doesn't mean your insurance company cares. If you own one of the 11 "riskiest" dog breeds -- which include Rottweilers, Pit Bulls and Doberman Pinschers -- you may face some big homeowner's or renter's insurance headaches, even if the only things your pup has ever taken a bite of are his Alpo and bone.

These days, companies offering homeowners and renters insurance are pickier than ever about which types of dogs they’ll insure and which they won’t, says Jeff McCarthy, an agent with Harrington Insurance Agency in Woburn, Mass. The reason: The insurance companies don’t want to deal with a potential lawsuit if someone gets bitten or hurt by your dog while they’re in your home, he says.

For homeowners and renters, this can mean headaches. “The insurance company may just deny you homeowners’ or renters’ coverage because of your dog,” says Dori Einhorn, the owner of the Einhorn Insurance Agency, which provides dog liability insurance nationwide, in San Diego . This means you’ll have to go find a carrier that will cover your dog -- and that could cost more. Furthermore, since multi-policy discounts for homeowners and auto insurance depend on having both policies with the same company, this could mean you now need to change auto insurers as well, McCarthy says. Other insurance companies may still extend coverage to you but will charge you a higher premium for it, McCarthy adds. And while some people try to skirt this issue by not telling their insurance company about a new dog, this is risky. “If something does happen with your dog in your home and you didn’t disclose this information, the insurance company may deny your claim,” Einhorn says. “That could cost you thousands and it’s better to be safe than sorry.”

Of course, the rules on which dogs an insurance company will cover and which they won’t vary from company to company -- and some companies will cover almost any dog. But as a general rule, insurance companies tend to resist covering these 11 types of dogs -- or any mix of these breeds -- most often, says Einhorn.

  1. Pit Bulls & Staffordshire Terriers
  2. Doberman Pinschers
  3. Rottweilers
  4. German Shepherds
  5. Chows
  6. Great Danes
  7. Presa Canarios
  8. Akitas
  9. Alaskan Malamutes
  10. Siberian Huskies
  11. Wolf-hybrids

(Note: Insurance companies tend to deny coverage for the first four breeds on this list most often, experts say.)

To avoid insurance problems, ask your insurance agent about the breed you’re considering before you buy him or her. Furthermore, “if it’s a rescue dog, find out if it has a biting history or was abused,” McCarthy says -- once a dog injures someone in your home, you risk getting your coverage dropped.

Bottom line: This isn’t to say that you shouldn’t get a pit bull -- those little guys can be pretty darn lovable! -- or another kind of “risky” dog, but you should call your insurance agent to find out whether they cover the breed, and if not, what it will cost to get a homeowners or renters with a company that does.

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The Dog Breeds with the Greatest Risk of Harming Children

Most of the 83 million dogs owned in the United States are peaceful, friendly animals that are viewed as loving, non-threatening family members. However, just like many common household implements, such as knives and scissors, which are usually safely used, but sometimes cause injuries, dogs can cause harm under certain circumstances.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 4.7 million people in the U.S. are bitten by dogs every year. While 80 percent of these bites are relatively minor and do not require medical attention, the remaining 20 percent vary in their severity, with some causing permanent scarring or even death. Children make up more than half of the victims of dog bites (59 percent), and according to the CDC, the individuals who require treatment after dog bites are predominantly children aged 5 to 9 years.

Over the years, a number of studies have suggested that some dog breeds are more prone to harming people than others, although there is still much controversy about these conclusions. However, given the fact that we are often dealing with the safety of young children in a household, it is important that as much data as possible should be gathered.

So with that in mind, I was pleased to see a new piece of research published by a research team headed by Dr. Garth Essig, an otolaryngologist (also known as an ear, nose, and throat doctor, or ENT) at Ohio State University's Wexner Medical Center. He notes, “We wanted to provide families with data to help them determine the risk to their children and inform them on which types of dogs do well in households with kids.” The research was done at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, and the University of Virginia Health System in Charlottesville, Virginia.

The investigators recognized that the risks posed by any type of dog have two components. The first is the frequency or probability that the dog will bite, while the second is the amount of damage that is caused by the dog's biting. The specific focus of the study was to target bites to the head and neck of children, because these can have the greatest consequences (for example, loss of an eye or permanent disfigurement).

Therefore, there were two parts to the research. Bite risk by breed was assessed using a meta-analysis based upon a literature search for studies reporting dog bites broken down by breeds from 1970 to the present. The researchers required a minimum of 40 reported bites in each published report. Forty-three studies met the criteria, and from these, the relative bite percentage was tabulated and averaged for each recorded breed.

Secondly, to assess bite severity, the researchers reviewed 15 years of dog-related facial trauma cases in the two hospitals involved. Specifically, they assessed the wound size, the amount of tissue tearing, bone fractures, and other injuries severe enough to warrant consultation by facial trauma and reconstructive surgeons. This was important, because as the investigators point out, "the bite statistics describe a broad range of injuries and these statistics may be misleading because minor bites are recorded the same way as a mauling." Therefore, they created a bite severity scale based on the degree of injury and treatment required.

Combining the severity and frequency of biting data indicated that pit bulls (usually defined as the "pit bull-type" dogs, including American Pit Bull Terriers, Staffordshire Terriers, and American Staffordshire Terriers) and mixed breed dogs had the highest relative bite damage risk. These were followed by German shepherds, Jack Russell Terriers, and Rottweilers.

Dr. Essig recognized that there was a major problem with these data, "because mixed breed dogs account for a significant portion of dog bites, and we often didn’t know what type of dog was involved in these incidents, we looked at additional factors that may help predict bite tendency when breed is unknown like weight and head shape."

The head shape measures looked at the ratio of the maximum skull width compared to the maximum skull length and were used to characterize dogs of known and unknown breeds in order to organize them into three groups: brachycephalic, mesocephalic, and dolichocephalic. Specifically, dolichocephalic dogs have longer heads, such as the Afghan hound and the Greyhound, where the length of the skull is greater than the width. Brachycephalic dogs have shorter heads and flatter faces, such as the pug, bulldog, and some pit bulls, where the width of the skull is greater than the length. Mesocephalic dogs have heads that are more balanced since the measurement of skull width and length is relatively equal. These include dogs such as Golden Retrievers, Labrador Retrievers, Siberian Huskies, and so forth.

When the researchers looked at bite severity and frequency and compared it to the measures of the dog's size and head shape, they found that the highest risk was presented by larger, brachycephalic dogs with wide and short heads who weighed between 66 and 100 pounds.

These results are instructive, but since there are two variables involved (namely the bite frequency and bite severity), the conclusions are not straightforward. As the authors note, "Although caution should be taken with breeds found to have an increased risk of biting and high average tissue damage, it is also important to note breeds like the Great Dane, who although have the lowest relative risk of biting, are seen to have the highest average bite damage."

They conclude with a cautious comment: "There is no perfect way to mitigate the risk of a dog bite and unfortunately all dogs have the potential for harm, but it's important to recognize the increased potential for damage with various types of dogs and that most are preventable injuries."

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Garth F. Essig, Cameron Sheehan, Shefali Rikhi, Charles A. Elmaraghy, J. Jared Christophel (2019). Dog bite injuries to the face: Is there risk with breed ownership? A systematic review with meta-analysis. International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology,117, 182-188, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijporl.2018.11.028

It doesn't sound like

It doesn't sound like training/owner treatment was accounted for. "Big headed" breeds are often believed to need a "heavier hand" in training, which consistently predicts aggression. The other breeds following this one on the list have the same disadvantage. I would be interested in the numbers once this was accounted for.

Kids + dogs = chaos

Of course kids make up half the injuries. Kids consistently pull on dogs' tails, climb on them, throw things at them, take things in or around their mouths. How many injuries were a result of a dog getting fed up with a brat who wasn't respecting the dog's space to begin with? I'll bite too if you piss me off enough. I'd like to see the cited causes that go along with all the recorded data.

Excuses, excuses.

You'd say anything to excuse the behavior of dangerous dogs that match your favorite breed. Would everyone just quit excusing biting behavior, already. A normal domesticated dog does not cause severe injury by biting a child who pulled its tail. They either leave the scene or bite and leave the scene. When a dog mauls hard enough and long enough to break arms, deflesh a leg, or rip off a child's face, it does so because it wants to KILL, not because it's annoyed or scared. Wake up apologists!

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My many years in animal sheltering management has, as you might imagine shown me a bit of everything with all breeds of dogs. As I stated in my original post, ( 100% accurate ) before the advent of crack during the 1970's, the dogs that were mostly feared and reported attacks on people would be Chows, GSD, Doberman's, Husky type breeds and mixed breeds, not necessarily in this order. If, as it is true that the American Pit Bull Terrier was America's Dog for over 100 years, then I would think that the crack epidemic and the scum drug dealers are responsible for how Pittie breeds have changed. blame the deed, not the breed. I've seen many Golden Retrievers who were mistreated become aggressive and fact is, before the 1970's most people including "dog people" had never heard the term Pit Bull. We should do a history check as we venture into barking up a particular tree.

A normal domesticated dog

A normal domesticated dog doesnt do that. Did you say that about the 6 labs that killed a woman this year? The 6 GSD's? Or the aussie shepherd who kept an attack going for over 45 minutes causing the owner to be a double amputee? But you want to talk about NORMAL dogs and cant even comprehend what normal in DOG means. Sit down.

Oh yeah?

The 6 Labradors and GSDs? Nope. There were two fatalities this year with "6 dogs", Peterson and Garner.

Peterson: the dogs were incorrectly reported as German Shepherds then later clarified by officials as "mixed breed, neither GSD nor pit bull" (pickettcountypress dot com seems like they're having website issues tonight).

Garner was killed by 6 pit bull mixes (lubbockonline dot com news 20190308 man-charged-in-deadly-dog-attack-of-88-year-old-woman-in-east-lubbock).

There was no Australian Shepherd fatality and no photo was provided of the alleged Aus Shep in the Mann case.

I once met a very large Aus Shep before that was scary as f***. Definitely was NOT A PET dog, and when I talk about normal I mean PET dog, not something you have to take extraordinary measures to ensure no one gets hurt by it.

Fact check yourself

Did I say anything about my "favorite breed" in my comment? No. Did I say anything about a dog mauling a child? No. I referenced the fact that the article stated that children made up more than half of the injuries. Don't try to put words in my mouth. There are an infinite number of factors to consider when examining this data, which was my point the research lacks thoroughness. It's only examining a small portion of causes without taking many other factors into consideration. Some dogs are wired differently, just like people. When I was younger, I saw someone mauled by a dog, one whose yard I often passed (quickly, at that). He got out of the yard one day and attacked some poor passer-by. I'm not "excusing [its] biting behavior," that particular dog was just an asshole. It happens.

Dog danger

My dog "yogi" was a mixed breed of lab and Australian shepard. My ex had a son who would not listen. Despite being warned numerous times, the boy continued to pick and pull at random on yogi's hair. One evening yogi went off on the boy growling and appearing to be biting all around the boys neck (briefly). I ran over to them, shouting yogi's name. He stopped accordingly and stepped aside while I ignored him for the moment to tend to the boy. He was screaming his head off so I consoled him then looked at his neck where it appeared yogi attacked him. The was not one mark! I looked over at yogi where he sat relaxed as if he was waiting for something. It sank in what happened. I was one proud dog father, realizing that yogi "took care of it." As the boy was calm at that point, I asked him, "are you ever gonna pull his hair or pick at yogi again." He replied quickly "no." While I believed him, I said "good idea because next time it might not be a warning" (knowing yogi wouldnt having any more trouble out of the boy). Of course even though there was not one scratch on the kid, his mom initially thought i should shoot yogi. I was done with her enabling behaviors at that point. I told her shooting the dog would not only be a senseless murder, but we'd be shooting the very one who got the boy to stop when we couldnt. She left it alone but was irritated a few days then things went back to normal. I wish they all could be like "yogi." RIP my loyal friend "the ultimate good boy."

My Condolences, but.

A dog being killed is NEVER murder.

Dog Aggression

With the advent of the crack epidemic during the 1970's, the scum drug dealers realized that many Pitties are quite tenacious and will more than likely do as their people ask. What developed was a popularity of Pitties as a cultural inner-city phenomenon and dogs that were abused and misunderstood as their breed instincts were becoming secondary while these scum dealers altered (or tried to) the breed characteristics to have Pitties become more aggressive towards people. historically not a Pittie breed characteristic. While dog bites may not have been recorded as much in the past, the American Pit Bull Terrier was America's Dog for now over 100 years. Their popularity among all groups of people is well documented. What happened? My above comments is what happened. Dogs that are positively trained with respect will typically not be a dog that will bite unless the animal is provoked and especially if parents do not teach their children to respect the dog. Supervision is a must. no matter the breed.

More denials

Been saying this for 20 years. It gets people riled up but facts are facts and stats don't lie. He clearly states "Pit-bull types", yet people still get cranked up about that phrase. As a decades long dog trainer, this is consistent with what I saw in shelters and training classes over and over. Some pits are great, others, no matter how much you dress them up with ribbons and bows, are not good with other dogs (this accounts for about 50% of "pit-bull types" (again, consistent with my shelter experience) and some, being people aggressive. Interesting the Jack Russells though, of course, we don't see many of them in shelters. Still, as far as bite ratio and damage goes, give me a Jack anyday over a "pitty-type" dog. I've seen that damage repeatedly, both to arms and other dogs. Thank you for the article and maybe someday, people will learn to allow the truth to stand. I have a "pitty-type" dog BTW, he's a good and sweet boy, as many of them are, but we do the breed zero good when we don't tell the truth or heed the stats which are quite clear.

Uhhhh.

Okay- so lets take data, from places that havent been verified historically or currently, to include breed "data" information, shove it into a "scientific" article and call it fact. 66-100 lbs targets over 100 different breeds and the propensity for head and neck injuries, especially in children more so than anything is due to height difference in comparison with the animal attacking.
No one verified the breeds being mentioned for the study, or from the studies being done, so how can anyone create a scientific article based off prior science when it's also been proven SCIENTIFICALLY, animal professionals have a 25% chance of breed labeling by eyeball correctly on even a 2 breed mixed dog?

I mean, I get it- caution and common sense, but this is telling people neither and instead of educating common sense dog ownership, it literally places a target on dogs- especially those of specific phenotypes (whether they carry the DNA or not).

Also in respect of the information provided- we all know GSD's can cause damage just as "pit bull's" can cause damage and then there is the Jack Russell Terrier. a dog that doesnt and or shouldnt get over 35 lbs, that has a reputation under it's belt for mauling and fatalities but at the same time, this article specifically lists dogs of 66-100 lbs. o_O doooo wut?! It literally contradicts itself.

The point is that no level 1 trauma centers in the US keep track of dog attacks by breed only severity so the study, which was 240 attacks over a 15 year period doesnt paint an epidemic issue considering 25-40 people die annually by DBRF, which does doesnt much fluctuate annually. I dont see labrador's being specific in this article or theirs. Why not? They have and do cause DBRF's- so the question is: why are other breeds being ignored on their basis of doing harm and not being put under the microscope as badly as the breed's being mentioned?

You want to discuss issues of bites then lets be honest where the real issue lies: In society. The anthropomorphizing of animals today has completely white washed what "DOG" is. There is no common sense in the animal world today because of this. People do not train and they do not educate the necessity of "going back to the basics" with dogs or the importance of training their dogs. 4.5 or even 4.7 million bites dont just happen on a whim and is unacceptable in itself, but the animals are always to blame because society believes animals can rationalize behavior etc and equate them to our own behaviors/understanding.

We see in the comments alone the term "pittie".. What is that. What is a pittie? Already comments humanize dogs to the point of nicknames, forgetting that dog was created by man for man to serve man's purpose and when the purpose is done, the dog breeds are altered or extinguished, just as seen with the GSD which was originally a herding dog, now classified by technicality as a guard dog. We have literally tailored dogs for over 40,000 years to our specific needs but only in the 20th and 21st century have we forgotten the purpose. That's why hunting with dogs is now being banned. If hunting is banned with dogs, what purpose do the dogs serve? none. They have to be retailored and bred differently to fit into the "companion" title.

Either way- the study is debunked and needs to be left at: We know large breeds cause more damage but dog is dog and needs to be treated as dog so use common sense with your children, loved ones and public.

Gish Gallop much, Hillary?

So many argument in so few words with so much accusation, and so few neurons involved. Always championing the pit bull while poo-pooing everyone and every utterance agin 'em.


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