Veterinarian Dr Whitney Terrell shares her top five dog breeds she would own – so did your favourite make the list?
A veterinarian has revealed what dog breeds she would most like to own, citing “easy to train” as one of the most desirable qualities.
Dr Whitney Terrell, from the US, listed the five top breeds she would choose when it comes to owning a dog.
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“This is my own personal preference from my experiences,” Dr Terrell said in her TikTok video.
“Also I am impartial to big breeds.”
Dr Terrell is very honest when it comes to the downsides of owning a working dog.
5. Great Pyrenees
But, after having multiple Great Pyrenees, she claims the positives outweigh the negatives.
“Now, they don’t necessarily do great at the vet,” she explained.
“Typically, because they are herding dogs, they are out there with the goat, sheep ahh, you have it, farm animals, if they are actually doing a job.
“So a lot of them aren’t used to being inside or around people so they are not necessarily the best at the vet.
“But I love them. I have had several. They have been the best, best dogs. I love them so much.
“They are also the ones that make you go, ‘They are so fluffy’ when they are puppies.”
4. German Shorthaired Pointer
Her next pick is the German Shorthaired Pointer.
“These are beautiful, super athletic happy dogs. I honestly don’t think I have seen one that was not happy,” she said.
“Definitely high energy though. You do not want to own these if you are sedentary, if you do not like adventure, if you don’t like taking them for walks everyday (or) like playing fetch.
“Love them, great dogs, beautiful dogs.”
3. Golden Retriever
Sneaking a podium place is the family favourite, the Golden Retriever.
“Love this breed, they are so beautiful, so kind, great family dog,” she said.
“This is a good first dog especially just for families. Just good temperament, easy to train – love them.”
2. Mixed breed/stray
Dr Terrell hands her silver medal to a mixed breed/mutt/stray.
“They are fantastic dogs, they usually don’t have as many genetic of hereditary problems like pure breeds do,” she claims.
“They are thankful that they have a home, this is your dog that just wonders up and is with you from then on.
“Those dogs are just great, I highly recommend a mutt … I hate calling them a mutt – a mixed breed.
“They are just the best dogs. Get one off the street, get one from your shelter, go do it now.”
1. Basset Hound
Taking home top dog is the Basset Hound – known for its large, domed head featuring long, velvety ears, mournful eyes and wrinkled brows.
After a short drum roll, Dr Terrell zooms in on her own Bassett Hound, Dobby, sleeping under her desk.
“They are smelly, they have a really deep loud bark. They can have ear, back, weight problems. Thankfully mine is good on that,” she said.
“They can sometimes be a little crotchety at the vet but I love them. I love them, they are so sweet.
“Mine is like the best dog ever he comes to work with me every day.”
Dr Terrell can then be heard waking Dobby cheering, “You’re number one.”
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