Dogs are called man’s best friend for a very good reason. It’s hard to feel anything but happy when you’ve got a loving, loyal, and protective companion by your side.
But not all breeds of dogs are the same. In particular, vets and vet nurses often have very strong opinions on dog breeds based on their professional experience.
The veterinary profession has taken to TikTok to provide dog lovers with information, opinions, and advice on dogs and dog breeds. These videos have proven to be very popular and occasionally controversial amongst dog owners.
In a recent post, vet nurse @hannahradel04 shared a list of the dog breeds that she would and wouldn’t own. She based her opinions on her experiences working with them in a professional setting, and some of the breeds on her list may surprise you.
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The ever-loyal, and universally loved Labrador was first on her list of dog breeds that she would own. With their gentle and loving nature, Labradors make great pets for families.
Next on the list were working dogs such as Border Collies and Kelpies. Working dogs tend to be protective and affectionate but often require a lot of exercise in order to burn off some of their boundless energy.
The remainder of the list was composed of Great Danes, Labradoodles, Cocker Spaniels and Wolfhounds. Great Danes are known as gentle giants and are good guard dogs.
Wolfhounds are similar to Great Danes in those aspects as well. Labradoodles have proven to be a popular breed in recent years while Cocker Spaniels have consistently been a very popular breed.
First on her list of dogs not to own were Australian Cattle Dogs, which probably comes as a surprise to many Australians. Hannah explained in the comments that “I don’t hate cattle dogs just don’t like them at the vet… they are all scared/aggressive and majority need muzzling.”
Pugs were also on her list of dog breeds not to own and this is a common opinion amongst the veterinary profession. Due to the shape of their faces, Pugs often have trouble breathing and can develop eye and spine problems as well.
The rest of her list of breeds not to own included Chinese Crested Dogs, Maltese Shi Tzu’s, and Chihuahuas. Lap dogs can be very affectionate to their owners but some do have a reputation for bad behaviour when being handled by vets and groomers.
Picking the right dog is important at any age, but it becomes even more vital when entering retirement, as your changing lifestyle requires a furry companion who can keep up with your new lifestyle.
When embarking on the journey of choosing a dog breed for your retirement years, there are several important factors to consider
From size and energy levels to grooming requirements and temperament, each aspect plays a crucial role in ensuring a harmonious and fulfilling relationship with your furry friend.
Some crucial factors to consider include:
Size: You may prefer dogs that are small or medium-sized to accommodate your living arrangements. Smaller breeds are often easier to handle and require less physical exertion.
Energy Level: While some may be active and enjoy regular exercise, others may prefer dogs with lower energy levels. A breed with moderate exercise requirements may be more suitable, avoiding the need for intense daily workouts.
Temperament: You should look for breeds known for their calm, friendly, and easygoing temperaments. Dogs with a gentle disposition are more likely to adapt well to a retiree’s lifestyle and be comfortable in various social settings.
Trainability: Breeds that are intelligent and responsive to training can make life your life easier. Dogs that are easy to train can quickly adapt to household routines, making them more manageable companions.
In addition to these important factors, Australia’s leading dog groomer and pet educator, Emily Myatt suggests that “costs should be at the top of the consideration list” also.
When it comes to finding the best dog breed for retirement, the search can be both exciting and overwhelming. As you enter this new phase of life, seeking a four-legged companion to share your days with is a decision that requires careful consideration. The ideal dog breed for you is one that fits seamlessly into your lifestyle, bringing joy, companionship, and a perfect balance of energy.
With plenty of expertise in this arena, Myatt is well placed to offer her advice on what dogs are perfect to accompany you in your golden years and although she suggests against an “oodle breed as they require too much maintenance and costs involved in owning one are high” there are a number of breeds which fit perfectly into the retirement lifestyle.
The best breeds that Myatt suggests include:
“These breeds are small but not ‘yappy’ and have easy grooming maintenance – even a retiree with mild arthritis will be able to manage the grooming care required,” Myatt explains.
“These breeds also have low exercise requirements meaning a slow walk around the block is suitable for their needs. These breeds have all been bred as ‘companions’ so that’s their behaviour traits generally so they love company.”