What do you think is the most beautiful dog breed in the world? Thank you to braith an’ lithe for inspiring this post. I was checking out her blog (which is awesome btw) and had serious dog-envy of her greyhound. It got me thinking about the beauty of dogs – it’s all very subjective of course, but in my eyes, the greyhound is the most beautiful dog in the world.
I dare you to disagree with me! OK, I know some people think ‘they’re not cuddly’ or they’re ‘too skinny’, but there is something elegant and magical about them. For me, it’s the combination of their soulful eyes in their small faces which gets me every time.
They are often misunderstood and the mandatory muzzling laws in many states gives people the impression that greyhounds are aggressive. In fact, most are incredibly gentle and loving, and make wonderful pets. They don’t shed hair, require a relatively short walk every day and spent a lot of time sleeping. They are great as apartment dogs for these reasons.
For those of you in Australia, check out your local Greyhound Adoption Program. In Victoria, it is Greyhound Adoption Program. Too busy for a full-time dog? Consider fostering a greyhound. Also, check out Barbara Karant’s incredible photographs of greyhounds: Greyhounds The Book. These were the pictures that first made me fall in love with the breed.
Having said all that, the beauty of a dog often lies in what he means to the owner. A dog that has helped you through a difficult or lonely time will be the most beautiful dog in the world for you. Sometimes the mixed-breed dog (or ‘mutt’) adopted from the pound is so special in its uniqueness. Being a ‘mixed-breed’ person myself 🙂 I have a soft spot for these type of dogs.
What type of dog is most beautiful for you?