10 Overbred Dogs You Should Avoid (and One That Isn’t)

I’m generally in favor of humanity bending mother nature to our will, but when it comes to dog breeding, we’ve gone too far (OK, also when it comes to climate change).

Dog breeding is already a deeply problematic business, especially when there are countless very good dogs in shelters just as worthy of a home as that little puffball of a pomsky. But there are also the dogs that just shouldn’t exist, because all the breeding we’ve done to create them has also caused them countless health and behavioral issues. Some are injury prone. Some are difficult to train. Some are simply an affront to all that is good and holy.

(Seriously, just go to the pound and get an adorable dog. They tend to be healthier, friendlier, and just cooler overall.)

english bulldog

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Bulldogs are a case study in what happens when we love a breed of dog too much. English Bulldogs became popular due to their squishy faces and stocky bodies, so we bred them to be more squat and smushi, resulting in a breed with myriad health issues, including heart and respiratory diseases, allergies, hip dysplasia and “cherry eye”. .” They usually cannot mate or give birth naturally, and their average lifespan is only 8.2 years. It’s especially sad because they are such nice boys. They can’t help but love us when they should probably resent us.

“Line of Conduct Bullies”

If you don’t think bulldogs are screwed up enough, let me introduce you to the “toadline bully”, a bloodline of American bulldogs with a genetic deformity that makes them so broad and stocky they can barely move. They look like toads, they’re expensive, and their mere existence is proof that people were wrong. Yes it is not bad enough for you, there are even micro-toadline bullies.

labrador retriever

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According to PETA, the Labrador Retriever is the highest breed breed in the United States alone. Not by chance, they are also the most popular dog. Labrador Retrievers are prone to hip and elbow dysplasia, retinal degeneration and other eye problems, and bloat, a “life-threatening condition in which the stomach becomes overfilled with food, ‘water and air’. They’re undeniably adorable, though.

pit bull terrier

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Pit bulls have a reputation for being dangerous dogs. Whether the race is Actually more aggressive than others is an open question – there’s really no good way to tell if one breed of dog is more dangerous than another. But pit bulls were bred to bait bulls and later to fight other dogs, so they are more dangerous than smaller/weaker breeds if not trained well. Moreover, people to believe Pit bulls are dangerous, so owning one can make your insurance more expensive or even make you totally uninsurable, and you won’t be allowed to bring Fido to the many countries that completely ban the breed.

Pug

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Like the bulldog, people think pugs are cute because they were bred to have broken faces, small fat bodies and loose skin, but these deformities also give them a variety of health issues, including a fatal neurological disease called Pug Dog Encephalitis. . Pugs’ short snouts cause them all sorts of respiratory problems, which is why they sniff and hiss. They are also difficult to housebreak and prone to flatulence.

Chihuahua

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These little bug-eyed dogs have fewer health issues than many purebreds, but are thought to be overly aggressive. Chihuahuas top the list of the most aggressive common dog breeds, according to reports from dog owners. Their small size means they won’t do as much damage as larger dogs if they panic and start biting, but they yelp, snap and growl, and only scare away smaller burglars.

Akita

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Akitas are lovable dogs, but they might not be the best choice for a pet. They were originally bred in Japan to hunt boar, elk, and Yezo bear, so they are big and strong, but the hunt stays with them. Akitas tend to kill small animals, like your neighbor’s cat. They don’t react well to hitting and shouting from children and are often aggressive towards other dogs.

Dalmatian

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I use Dalmatians to represent “working dogs” like border collies, shepherds and huskies. They are intelligent, loyal and fun-loving dogs, but they were bred to job, so they need more exercise than most people can provide. If they don’t have a job to do, working dogs can become anxious, neurotic, and even aggressive. If you choose a working dog, be prepared to take him on lots of errands and play a lot of Frisbee.

Dachshund

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What we did to the noble dachshund is a crime. They should be warriors, but we made sausages out of them. The breed dates back to 17th century Germany where they were bred to hunt badgers. This required a long, strong and low dog, intelligent, brave and independent enough to fight dangerous carnivores underground. Over time, owners began to appreciate the breed’s long body for show, so their backs became longer and longer, leading to spinal problems. A dachshund’s back problems can be aggravated by strenuous exercise. This underground warrior has therefore become a companion dog prone to obesity, too fragile to fight.

Cocker

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The Cocker Spaniel is a friendly and gentle breed, but they tend to be sickly. They are prone to heart disease, liver disease, epilepsy, glaucoma, gastric torsion and orthopedic problems. On the other hand, they are small dogs, so they tend to live longer than their larger canine friends, despite their health issues.

Xoxoitzcuintli

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I promised a purebred dog that doesn’t have any health or behavioral issues, and that’s the xoxoitzcuintli. These hairless dogs from Mexico look weird, but they come naturally. They are largely the product of natural selection, and are therefore tougher and more hardy than the overly abused breeds of dogs, which we often breed for their looks, to their physical detriment. They are also known to be calm so you can leave them home alone and they are easy to train. The hairless variety is also ideal for dog lovers with allergies. On the negative side, they often have skin problems.

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