Dogs truly are man’s best friend, so it makes sense for pet owners to become defensive if told that their furry friend is one of the worst breeds of dog to have as a pet.
A woman on TikTok has sparked a debate after listing the five dog breeds she would never own after working in the pet industry. The video, which has more than seven million views on the platform, prompted many dog owners to defend their specific dog breed in the comments, while others agreed with their controversial views.
The TikToker, whose username is @chilicheesechelsea, captioned her video with a warning: “I love these breeds but I don’t want to have my own. Don’t come at me doodle moms… JUST MY OPINION! (And kidding, I have a chihuahua lol)”.
He started his list of the five worst dog breeds with a Husky. According to the American Kennel Club, Siberian Huskies are a coarse-haired, northern breed developed to work in packs, which means they get along well with other dogs. Huskies have an undercoat of hair and protective hair, which means they need to be brushed weekly to help keep the double coat in good condition. However, this former pet industry worker had a different reason for not wanting this wolf-shaped dog.
“Completely unhinged and always yelling,” she said. And she wasn’t the only person who agreed that huskies tend to be noisy animals.
One woman explained that she didn’t understand the “hate for huskies” until she took care of the house of a friend who had that breed of dog. “That damn dog was making a lot of noise at 5 am every day,” she commented.
Next on the list of the top five worst dog breeds was the German Shepherd, which this TikToker cited as “always the most anxious and WHY”.
German Shepherds are natural watchdogs, but it is this trait that tends to make them anxious as well. A blog for German Shepherd owners suggests that anxiety is an adaptive and evolutionary trait in German Shepherds, stemming from their need to be alert and wary of their surroundings.
“I can confirm that my German Shepherd is anxious even after a lot of professional training,” one TikTok user commented.
The third dog breed on his list of difficult pets to have was a Samoyed due to their “barking non-stop” and being the “fun police”. Samoyeds are known for their completely white fur and contagious energy. They are playful dogs, so it makes sense that they tend to bark quite frequently. However, that was not the case for some TikTokers who claimed that their Samoyed “never barks”, but does “howl sometimes”.
He then added “literally ANY doodle mix” to his list of least favorite dog breeds because pet owners “don’t know how to manage their energy” which turns them into “demons out of control.” Plus, the doodle-cross dog breeds she’s worked with in the past “always had MATTED hair,” she said.
Doodle dogs are mixes between a poodle and any other breed of dog. This year, poodles were ranked in the top five most popular dog breeds in the US for the first time since 1997. Labradoodles and goldendoodles are some of the most popular doodle mixes due to their little to no shedding. But because Doodles are a mixed breed, it’s impossible to predict what their coat will be like, which can result in a matted coat if not groomed properly.
Many doodle owners have been offended by their pet being classified as one of their least favorite breeds.
“Doodles are literally the sweetest and best dogs out there,” one user said.
“My doodle is the best dog I’ve ever had,” another person said.
“Our doodle is one of the best dogs I have ever owned,” wrote a third user. “If you really take care of them, they are seriously the sweetest dogs out there.”
It also seemed like his take on doodles might not have been so controversial after all.
“I love doodle slurs,” one person commented, while another user wrote, “I’m past the doodle phase.”
“I totally agree with you about the DOODLES,” one TikToker commented. “Are the worst! As a dog walker, they were the WORST to take for walks. I’m glad someone said that.”
The last dog breed that was number five on their list of the worst dog breeds was not necessarily a dog breed, but any kind of “little white dog with rheumy eyes” for being “little ankle biters.” This type of dog, particularly a Maltese or Shih Tzu, has been the subject of a number of viral memes over the years.