The woman has worked in a pet shelter, and there are certain breeds she would never buy (stock image) (Image: Getty Images/fStop)
A woman who has previous experience working as a pet handler, and now owns her own business, has shared four dog breeds she personally would never own – and one is a notoriously ‘aggressive’ breed
If you’re looking to get a dog, it can be overwhelming, with the UK Kennel Club currently recognising a whopping 222 breeds to date. They all have different characteristics that suit different homes.
However, a woman who has previously worked as a dog handler in a pet shelter has shared four of these breeds she would never personally own.
Rachel, who owns a natural dog treat business called The Dogfather, has experience owning, training and taking care of dogs, and previously worked for two years at Newcastle Dog & Cat Shelter.
Taking to TikTok, Rachel pointed out that the list was based on her “personal preference,” so should be taken with a pinch of salt.
She revealed: “I would never own a Belgian Malinois. Don’t get me wrong, they are incredible dogs and what you see of them when they have been raised correctly is amazing.
“But they require so much physical and mental stimulation.”
Rachel explained that if you want the sort of dog where you can lie on the sofa watching TV and they will relax next to you, they are not the pooch for you. She added: “Personally, I don’t think I could give a Belgian Malinois what it requires.”
She has never met a Shar Pei that ‘wasn’t aggressive’ (stock image) ( Image: Getty Images)
Next, the dog owner mentioned the French Bulldog, or Frenchie, which is a breed that is notoriously plagued with health problems.
She explained her reasonings: “I would never own one of them purely because of the amount of health issues that come up with Frenchies, especially with the way they’ve been bred over the past few years. A lot of them unfortunately pass away at a young age mainly due to breeding.
“They are prone to health issues to do with the nose and breathing. And obviously nobody wants to have a dog for a few years and unfortunately pass away. I couldn’t deal with that.”
She loves Dogue de Bordeaux but couldn’t own one herself (stock image) ( Image: Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Next on the list is a Dogue de Bordeaux, because of its “very low life span”. Despite “absolutely loving” the breed, Rachel said: “I just could not begin to imagine losing a dog, like time goes by so fast and I just could not do that”
Finally, the last dog breed she would never own is a Shar Pei. She added: “With rolls of skin, they are prone to skin issues
“Personally, this is just personal preference working in the cat and dog shelter, and over the experiences I’ve had with Shar Peis, I haven’t met one that wasn’t aggressive.
“Now I know that not every Shar Pei will be, but that’s from what I’ve seen. I wouldn’t personally wanna have one.”