Today's topic was inspired by an old post in a dog Facebook group, and I thought it'd make a really good blog discussion. The basic question was should looks come into play when choosing a dog, and if so, to what extent. Let's debate!
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Dogs come in all shapes, sizes, colors, coat types, eye colors, ear types...I could keep going. Purebreds alone have an insane variety, not to mention how no two mixed breeds or mutts are alike. There is - quite literally - something for everyone, and each is beautiful in their own way.
However, there's no denying that certain types will always have a stronger draw for you. Perhaps you love the musculature of bully types, fawn over the delicateness of toy breeds, adore the sleek athleticism of herders, or the rugged good looks of the working group. Maybe you're more drawn to the pure elegance of sighthounds, the adorable scruff of terriers, or the droopy faces of scent hounds. Often it's the dog's looks that initially draw you to her (in a rescue situation) or her breed, and you refine off that initial impression.
Personally, I'm a complete and utter sucker for herding dogs and sighthounds. They are stunning, and make my fingers itch with the urge to photograph them. That doesn't mean I should get an Afghan Hound simply because they're one of the most gorgeous breeds around when they don't fit my life. Temperament, energy level and lifestyle compatibly are the most important things to consider when it comes to getting a dog, not their looks.
However... I don't think it's wrong to let appearances factor in, to an extent. If a certain dog or breed catches your eye, explore it and see where it leads. You're going to have this dog for 10-15+ years, and I personally want to have a dog I like looking at. Ack, that sounds so vain, but it's true!
You have to find a nice middle ground when it comes to this, in my opinion.
A Vizsla would be a good fit for me, but I will never own one. One of the things I'm absolutely not willing to compromise on is a liver colored nose, and that's all a Vizsla comes in. On the other hand, a Saluki is to die for in its beauty, but I will never have one. The temperament isn't for me. Like I said, find the middle ground!
I also really like "ugly" breeds. Hairless, dwarf, brachycephalic, scruffy...they make me so happy to look at. Nola's long little body brightens my day, and my parents have a French Bulldog that I really, really want to steal. Her face...! Look at this. There's too much adorable in one picture.
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What about you? Did looks come into play when you selected your dog? Do you think they will play a role in future dogs?
- Dachshund Mommy