I love pretty dogs.
Yes, I know I should be able to look past the outward appearance and appreciate the inner beauty of any dog. But I’m a sucker for a pretty face. And tail. And coat.
Does that make me a bad person?
What is a Pretty Dog?
Some people bring an objective list of aesthetic criteria that makes a dog pretty: long silky coat or shiny smooth one; soft floppy ears or attentive prick ears; blue eyes or brown.
But I bet I’m not the only person who judges the beauty of all dogs by one special one who shared my life.
My first dog was a mix of German shepherd and collie. His look was unique.
But if you force me to share the name of the most beautiful dog I know (which translates to dog who reminds me most of my first dog, Duchess) it’s Cleo of Grouchy Puppy.
Isn’t she a pretty dog?
What is an Ugly Dog?
So if a pretty dog has a thick coat, prick ears, and a long muzzle what is an ugly dog?
I guess the opposite would be a dog with a smooth, short coat, floppy ears, and a smooshy face.
But here’s the crazy thing. When I look closer, I can’t find any ugly dogs.
I might say a Boston terrier has a face like a goblin. But it’s the cutest darn goblin ever. And who can resist that slurpy little tongue? Even the snoring is cute.
A pit bull coat doesn’t entice me to run my fingers over his fur. But who doesn’t grin back at that floppy mouthed smile? And what’s more beautiful than a dog falling over himself to show he loves you?
And even a Chinese crested hairless dog, the dominant breed represented in ugliest dog contests, has skin that feels like whipped silk. And a dog who likes to cuddle and feels like a hot water bottle on a cold day? That’s my idea of heaven.
I guess every dog is a pretty dog. And I love them all.
Does that make me shallow?
Note: Two years ago, I made a list of Dogs I Don’t Like That Much and scared some of my readers. I guess I’ve always been a sucker where dogs are concerned.
Your Turn: What makes a pretty dog for you? Is your idea of dog beauty influenced by a special dog in your life?
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