Don’t judge the dog by it’s cover…
Some of you may already know that last weekend Mum was in Wellington (windy) to collect my Canine Heroes Pet of the Year 2015 award at the NZKC National Dog Show in Porirua. My family is just a bit proud of me and I must admit I am chuffed with myself for winning, although I won’t let it go to my head. Incidentally they had a lovely weekend in Wellington and would thoroughly recommend it.
They spent a whole day attending the dog show – with some of the best examples (or in some cases only examples) of a breed on display. However there is a caveat to that statement which is this … just because a dog conforms to the looks requirements for a breed doesn’t make it a great pet choice. There are many many dogs out there that perhaps look a bit funny but are great fun, are an unknown but intriguing mix up of styles and have family pet written into their soul or have a winning solid gold personality but won’t win a beauty prize… When considering your next canine companion of course you will think about and assess looks, hair colour, eyes, style, body shape and all of those other superficial details on the outside but make sure you also give full consideration to breed type, breed intention, breed job, temperament of as many family members as possible, history so far (if a pup) or known history so far (if a rescue). Humans are attracted to pretty colourful things and don’t use their other senses to fully critique a new pet. The pet industry has taken advantage of this weakness (!) by providing colourful dog food (really, I don’t need orange or green bits in my food), colourful toys (we lose some colours because they disappear against a similar background), colourful breeds and colourful anything else you can think of. How well an individual dog will fit into your family life is unfortunately not written on it’s beautiful prize winning coat that meets all of the written down made up points required. Just because a new dog comes from a breeder doesn’t mean it is a great dog or is going to be a great pet for your family. Take the time to visit the litter several times, get to know your potential new pup, meet the family members that are directly influencing your chosen bundle of fun’s future and ask the owner questions about socialisation, behaviour, temperament, breed related drives (or instincts, or those things that will rear their head at puberty that are part of the breed but that you may not have considered).
So, my message today is this … don’t judge a dog by it’s cover alone… we have much more hidden underneath our outer layers. As Shrek said, like an onion, we have layers and it is important to consider all layers when choosing us as a friend for life. Don’t be a magpie and go for the prettiest, shiniest, cutest one. There are plenty of princes/princess masquerading as frogs out there too…
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