Dog breeds that are overrated and underrated

10 Dog Breeds That Are Completely Overrated And Underrated

Getting a dog is a huge decision, don't let popular demand influence your decision.

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Dogs are a huge part of my life and they always will be. I've worked at a dog daycare for nearly two years and I have my own dog (which makes me a little biased). Needless to say, I've gotten to know my fair share of breeds, and the most common ones aren't as great as everyone makes them out to be.

1. Doodles- Overrated

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Labradoodles, Goldendoodles, aussidoodles, etc. These dogs can be real jerks. Yes, they're cute and soft, fluffy, and their curls make them bouncy and cute. HOWEVER, these dogs are incredibly smart and mischievous. They are hard to discipline, and if you let them get away with one thing, they'll completely run you over. These dogs need constant structure, or they'll turn out to be jerks. The ones that I've met are sweet and always want my love, but they know how to piss off the dogs around them. They pretty much have their own agenda.

2. Great Dane- Underrated

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Alright hear me out on this: they are the BIGGEST babies on earth. They just want your love and food and they will be loyal to you forever. They're huge which makes them a little terrifying, and their bark doesn't make them any less scary. Once you get to know a Great Dane, you have a hard time to not loving it.

3. Husky- Overrated

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To be fair, I've only worked with about 4-5 huskies and I have adored every single one of them. However, when people get a husky, they are ignorant to the kind of care huskies need, which makes it a terrible dog. A husky needs an outlet for them to release energy, and if they don't have that, they will tear apart your house. Along with this is discipline. Getting a husky good and tired is great, but you don't have to wear them out every time, you need to set boundaries and discipline for your husky or else they will tear up your house even while they are good and tired. They take a lot of work. Don't get a husky just because they're pretty and the only room you have to offer a husky is a tiny dorm room or apartment.

4. Basset Hound- Underrated

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These dogs are underrated big time. Yes, they have the bark that might make you go deaf, but the pros outweigh the cons. First, their mile-long ears are just as tall as they are so whatever they do, the ears are involved. Especially when drinking water. They are so cute and stout when they run around and play. They have lots of extra skin that is just so cute. They're loyal, loving, and just want all the pets you can give them. They're smart and very well-behaved. Treat your basset hound right, you will have an awesome dog.

5. Pitbull- Overrated

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No, these dogs are not aggressive. I'm not going there. They're sweet little cement blocks that just want to love you. These dogs have been through a lot when it comes to the abuse they endure and how strong they are. However, the whole "fight the power" and buying a Pitbull puppy from a breeder doesn't help anything. Adopting a Pitbull from a shelter who really needs a good home does help. Owning a Pitbull is becoming a fad that overlooks why it became an issue in the first place

6. Labrador Retriever- Underrated

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I have a lab, so yes, I'm very biased, but once you own a lab, you can't go back. These dogs have anxiety which gives people the impression that they're crazy. However, if you look past that, you see a loyal, cuddly, loving, and kid-friendly dog. These dogs are so sweet and gentle with kids and puppies, they will never deny your pets and love. They will always eat their food too. Their temperament is amazing and by far one of the best on the list of dogs I know.

7. Golden Retrievers- Overrated

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You were thinking it, I was thinking it but I'm just saying it. Marley & Me, Air Bud, and Air Buddies can prove how overrated Goldens can be. They're easy dogs to love with the best personality that is just so gosh darn cute. I would love to have one when I have my own family. They are the 'it' dog when you're thinking of ideas on a dog.

8. Dachshund- Underrated

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Dachshunds think they are as tall as the world which makes them so lovable. You won't find any other dog that will protect and own you like a Dachshund. They live forever if you keep them healthy and treat them well. You can scoop them up with one hand and they will never say no to cuddles.

9. German Shepherds- Overrated

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I love German Shepherds, don't get me wrong, but if you don't train, discipline, and socialize these dogs, they are the WORST. I cannot stress enough how important it is to socialize your dog and not keep them pent up in your apartment or room. They are very loyal and loving, and their social anxiety is a normal thing, but if you are getting one as your first dog, socialize, socialize, and socialize. Structure is so important.

10. Rottweilers- Underrated 

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How? Like pit bulls, these dogs get a bad rep, but they aren't as wanted as Pit bulls. Rottweilers will always be there for you like no other. Their big bodies do not stop them from wanting to get cuddles and love. They love to play, but they look scary, so people are reluctant to have one. Rottweilers are extremely protective of the people they love. They're great dogs to have as a puppy and grow up with your kids. However, if they are treated poorly, they won't be as great as I'm saying.

I love all of these breeds and will accept any form of love. Popular dogs do not mean that they will be the best pet. I always want people to think of the dog's best interest when wanting to get a dog. I'm not saying to not get a dog that I deem 'overrated.' I'm saying to look up information on a dog before proceeding to adopt/buy. We also need to appreciate the lesser breeds that aren't so popular. They're the best.

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I Am A College Student, And I Think Free Tuition Is Unfair To Everyone Who's Already Paid For It

Stop expecting others to pay for you.

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I attend Fordham University, a private university in the Bronx.

I commute to school because I can't afford to take out more loans than I already do.

Granted, I've received scholarships because of my grades, but they don't cover my whole tuition. I am nineteen years old and I have already amassed the debt of a 40-year-old. I work part-time and the money I make covers the bills I have to pay. I come from a middle-class family, but my dad can't afford to pay off my college loans.

I'm not complaining because I want my dad to pay my loans off for me; rather I am complaining because while my dad can't pay my loans off (which, believe me, he wants too), he's about to start paying off someone else's.

During the election, Bernie frequently advocated for free college.

Now, if he knew enough about economics he would know it simply isn't feasible. Luckily for him, he is seeing his plan enacted by Cuomo in NY. Cuomo has just announced that in NY, state public college will be free.

Before we go any further, it's important to understand what 'free' means.

Nothing is free; every single government program is paid for by the taxpayers. If you don't make enough to have to pay taxes, then something like this doesn't bother you. If you live off welfare and don't pay taxes, then something like this doesn't bother you. When someone offers someone something free, it's easy to take it, like it, and advocate for it, simply because you are not the one paying for it.

Cuomo's free college plan will cost $163,000,000 in the first year (Did that take your breath away too?). Now, in order to pay for this, NY state will increase their spending on higher education to cover these costs. Putting two and two together, if the state decides to raise their budget, they need money. If they need money they look to the taxpayers. The taxpayers are now forced to foot the bill for this program.

I think education is extremely important and useful.

However, my feelings on the importance of education does not mean that I think it should be free. Is college expensive? Yes -- but more so for private universities. Public universities like SUNY Cortland cost around $6,470 per year for in-state residents. That is still significantly less than one of my loans for one semester.

I've been told that maybe I shouldn't have picked a private university, but like I said, I believe education is important. I want to take advantage of the education this country offers, and so I am going to choose the best university I could, which is how I ended up at Fordham. I am not knocking public universities, they are fine institutions, they are just not for me.

My problems with this new legislation lie in the following: Nowhere are there any provisions that force the student receiving aid to have a part-time job.

I work part-time, my sister works part-time, and plenty of my friends work part-time. Working and going to school is stressful, but I do it because I need money. I need money to pay my loans off and buy my textbooks, among other things. The reason I need money is because my parents can't afford to pay off my loans and textbooks as well as both of my sisters'. There is absolutely no reason why every student who will be receiving aid is not forced to have a part-time job, whether it be working in the school library or waitressing.

We are setting up these young adults up for failure, allowing them to think someone else will always be there to foot their bills. It's ridiculous. What bothers me the most, though, is that my dad has to pay for this. Not only my dad, but plenty of senior citizens who don't even have kids, among everyone else.

The cost of living is only going up, yet paychecks rarely do the same. Further taxation is not a solution. The point of free college is to help young adults join the workforce and better our economy; however, people my parents' age are also needed to help better our economy. How are they supposed to do so when they can't spend their money because they are too busy paying taxes?

Free college is not free, the same way free healthcare isn't free.

There is only so much more the taxpayers can take. So to all the students about to get free college: get a part-time job, take personal responsibility, and take out a loan — just like the rest of us do. The world isn't going to coddle you much longer, so start acting like an adult.

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Writing Saved My Sanity

Write it all down when you can't talk to anyone.

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I love writing.

I have since elementary school, and I've dreamed of becoming a published author. I started off writing stupid plays in elementary school, then it grew it almost writing a full-blown novel in middle school. I have no idea where that thing went to. It was all notebook paper and bad writing. In high school, my writing was kinda pushed to the side so I could focus on school. When I entered college, I started writing small poems about my now ex-boyfriend.

I was scared to express myself to him sometimes, the intensity of my feelings for him scared me. So instead of telling him, I wrote them down. When I tried to share them with him, he hated it. He thought writing down feelings was weird and creepy. So I didn't share anything else with him. When we finally broke up for good, everything just poured out of me. What I couldn't express verbally, I wrote or typed out.

I always have ideas flowing through my head. They never cease and I wouldn't want them to. Writing gives me an escape, from stress, work, school, or fights. It gives me a place to vent and to be open with everything. This is a reason I love writing for Odyssey, not only has this place brought me amazing friends but revived my love for writing. I'm never without my notebook anymore, I'd get distracted in class by an idea and have to write I think then and there.

I love sharing my more personal writing with close friends, especially my poems as of late. I found that I have a voice for young women who find themselves in a toxic relationship much like mine was. I want to speak out and show them that you can grow from the bullshit. It may take some time, but you will be better.

Writing saved my sanity. It allows me to express myself without having to use my actual voice. Anyone who knows me, knows I hate public speaking. I tend to psych myself out leading up to it. My current projects include writing for Odyssey every week, I'm in the process of trying to continue my short stories, and I'm excited to announce that I'm currently working on my very first poetry book!

Writing has given me so much, and I'm so looking forward to making a career out of something I love so much.

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