Vet Lists 5 Dog Breeds He Would Never Own

Written by Kirstin Harrington
Published: October 13, 2023
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One of the best things about the internet is the endless amount of animal content. Although we love looking at pictures of cute baby animals, you can find helpful information as well. Everything from what cat food to buy to which dog breed is best for you is available on the internet in various forms.

The Ben the Vet TikTok channel is maintained by veterinarian Ben Simpson-Vernon, who is based in Chigwell, England. It’s not surprising that his post from September 22 has received more than 10.9 million views as of the time of this writing.

It delves into a contentious subject affecting popular dog breeds. In his discussion on the dog breeds he would never adopt as a veterinarian, Simpson-Vernon includes some popular breeds.

Ben starts the video off with a statement that the following breeds are simply his opinion. One dog breed might be great and fitting for one person, and awful for the next. When choosing a dog for you, your lifestyle plays a major role! 

Here are the five breeds Ben says to steer clear of.

Chow Chow

Chow-chow dog

This breed lives to be nine to 15 years old.

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Chow Chow’s are undoubtedly adorable. Generally speaking, according to Simpson-Vernon, this breed can be quite mean and entitled. Ben mentions that chow chows get lost in their own worlds and are among the most aggressive breeds at the vet.

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Black and tan Cavalier King Charles Spaniels were alleged to be found in English courts.

Cavalier King Charles spaniels are among the largest of the toy breeds.


On the opposite end of things, Ben mentions that he adores the personality of cavalier King Charles spaniels. The reason he wouldn’t want to own this breed is because they can have a lot of health issues, which can become quite costly. 


Dachshund bitch having a pee on field

This breed was bred to hunt badgers!

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According to Simpson-Vernon, dachshunds are a lovely dog breed. The reason he wouldn’t want to care for them is because they’re extremely likely to experience severe back problems. These commonly necessitate spinal surgery and include everything from discomfort to paralysis.

Shar Pei

shar pei puppy getting a treat isolated on white background

Shar Pei was once one of the rarest breeds in the world.

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Did you know Shar Pei fever is an ailment named after this specific dog breed? Although their wrinkly bodies can be adorable, they actually cause a lot of health problems. To prevent hairs from rubbing against their eyes, a number of them need to have their eyelids “tacked in place,” according to Simpson-Vernon. 

In addition, the young vet notes that they frequently struggle with skin conditions and there have been several occasions where Shar Pei’s attempt to bite veterinarians in the face.

Flat-Faced Breeds

Bulldogs and other flame-faced breeds are not great swimmers. They do look adorable in Halloween costumes, though!

©Firn/ via Getty Images

Pugs, bulldogs, and French bulldogs make the list at the top spot! He mentions spine difficulties, dermatological issues, and vision issues, saying that they are vulnerable to so many illnesses. 

Due to the puppy’s head and shoulders being too big for the mother to deliver naturally, more than half of these pups require Cesarean sections. 

Surprisingly, Simpson-Vernon suggests people adopt mixed breeds or mutts. 

The photo featured at the top of this post is © Anton Zainchkovsky/iStock via Getty Images

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About the Author

Kirstin is a writer at A-Z Animals primarily covering animals, news topics, fun places, and helpful tips. Kirstin has been writing on a variety of topics for over five years. She has her real estate license, along with an associates degree in another field. A resident of Minnesota, Kirstin treats her two cats (Spook and Finlay) like the children they are. She never misses an opportunity to explore a thrift store with a coffee in hand, especially if it’s a cold autumn day!

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