A pet expert has discussed the best dog breeds to consider as a potential first-time owner when purchasing a pooch.
After treating a lot of pooches, Elle, a Maine native, wrote down the breeds she would recommend.
Her TikTok, which was posted in 2022 but has since resurfaced, began with a Havanese: a small teddy bear-like toy dog with a round face and floppy ears, known for its cheerful demeanor.
Animal expert Elle (pictured) revealed her five most popular dog breeds for first-time dog owners
She loves the Havanese breed: a small teddy bear-looking toy dog with a round face and floppy ears who is known for his cheerful demeanor
Dream dogs! The expert’s five best breeds for first-time owners
- Bernese Mountain Dog
- Portuguese water dog
- Springer Spaniel
- Rescue dogs
“They’re cute,” Elle suggests. “They don’t shed, they’re just the best.”
According to Pet MD, Havanese are great dogs for families and bond quickly with people. However, they can be a little needy and get separation anxiety if left alone for too long.
Next is the Bernese Mountain Dog, which Elle describes as “floofy and silly, gentle and lovable.”
Pet MD rates the animals as great family pets, but notes that they are prone to some health problems. Owners may need to monitor for colon, hip and elbow problems, as well as some cancers to which they are susceptible.
Next is a Portuguese Water Dog, which is considered spirited, athletic and intelligent.
“They are very good family dogs,” she explains. “They’re very cute, they’re very smart.”
Elle’s next recommendation is a Springer Spaniel.
Elle says the pooches are “trainable, incredibly loyal, [and] just great dogs – I love them.’
Her next favorites for future dog owners were Springer Spaniels (left) and the Bernese Mountain Dog (right).
Her ultimate recommendation was to go to an animal shelter and adopt a rescue dog that needed a home
Finally, she went to share the rescue dogs to be selected from the group.
“Some of the best dogs on the planet have been given a second chance at life,” she said.
“They love their owners so unconditionally and I highly recommend adopting a rescue dog,” she urged.
TikTok viewers voiced their opinions on race.
“I love my rescue dogs. Thank you for putting them on your list!” One user responded enthusiastically.
“I was skeptical until you reached number one,” gushed another.
“My aunt has two Havanese dogs. “One of them is afraid of everything and they are both VERY barky,” another questionable TikTok user replied.
Elle previously revealed the five dog breeds she would never own.
TikTok users commented on Elle’s recommendations, saying they love their rescue dogs and wouldn’t have it any other way
“If we come in at number five, we have the Husky. They are escape artists. Don’t own a husky unless you’re willing to walk your dog seven miles a day – and that won’t even tire him out.
Number four on the list are the “good old Chihuahuas,” of which 99 percent are “demons,” according to the veterinary expert.
Her third dog she shouldn’t own is “all the brachycephalic pets out there” – meaning any breeds with short noses or flat faces like the Pug, French Bulldog or Boston Terrier.
She said: “They literally can’t breathe, they can’t breathe and they get a lot of skin problems, but they are very sweet dogs.”
Number two on Elle’s countdown is one of the most distinctive breeds, the Great Dane.
She said, “Listen, they’re gentle giants, but they have incredibly sensitive stomachs and this dog is going to have diarrhea on your carpet at 3 a.m. and it’s going to be bigger than a horse walking.”
Finally, Elle revealed that the most common dog to avoid is the Belgian Malinois.