18 Most Overrated Dog Breeds You Can Own

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Chows, coming in at No. 7 on our list, are one of the most overrated dog breeds in the United States. | Timothy A. Clary/Getty Images

When you think about bringing a dog home, you probably consider which dog breeds are the most popular. After all, dogs such as Labs and golden retrievers have to be popular for a reason, right? That’s true to a certain extent. But it’s also true that some popular dog breeds — even well-loved pups, such as German shepherds and boxers — might actually be among the most overrated dog breeds in the United States.

For the lowdown, we looked to an Information Is Beautiful report that crunched all the data. Is the English bulldog too dumb to deserve his good reputation? Do German shepherds develop too many genetic ailments? Are French bulldogs too expensive to care for? Here are the arguments for why 18 popular dog breeds are actually overrated. Will you let them influence your choice of dog? That’s for you to decide.

18. Rottweiler

Rottweiler puppy

A Rottweiler puppy | iStock.com/Carmelka

Rottweilers are consistently popular dogs. But according to Information Is Beautiful, they make the list of the most overrated dog breeds. They’re very intelligent, with a rating of 91 out of 100. But Rottweilers are prone to three different genetic ailments. You’ll likely deal with heart, elbow, and hip problems, which might have you at the vet pretty often during your dog’s lifespan. Plus, Rottweilers need about $710 worth of food each year. And they only show “medium suitability” for households with children. That seems to run counter to their image as a large but friendly-family dog.

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