Today I caught myself wondering why I’ve fallen in love with certain dog breeds and not others.
For example, I’m not a big fan of really small dogs (anything under 15 pounds). My wife loves small dogs. Apparently, so do a lot of other people. I, on the other hand, don’t. Though I do enjoy teasing my wife about her rats;-)
But for some reason, I personally can’t come to own a really tiny dog. And today, I caught myself wondering why.
Well one interesting bit of information I found out online was that research shows that dogs and their people look alike. Apparently there is a subtle, but unrecognized bias in breed selection whereby people try to find dogs that bare resemblance both physically and mentally to themselves.
But I don’t think that’s it. I don’t think that explains why I love The Standard Schnauzer and the Staffordshire Bull Terriers (medium-small and super muscular) but not the Pekingese or the Toy Poodle.
After thinking about this a long time, it finally dawned on me. As a child, my parents always owned larger or stronger dogs. My earliest impressions were of dogs that were athletic, muscular, sprinters who could chase down rabbits. I recalled feeling a sense of pride as a child whenever my family dog would catch an animal. Not that I endorse this behavior now. I’m just saying that as I child it thrilled me to know that my dog was a skilled athlete.
That’s it. Deeply ingrained in my earliest experiences with dogs is the feeling of pride at canine athleticism. Small dogs tend not to be very good athletes. Thus, I think I have a hard time appreciating them.
Now that I’ve gone through self-therapy, perhaps I can be more intentional about understanding the positive qualities of small dog breeds as well as larger ones.
What about you? Are you infatuated with larger breed dogs? or the smaller breeds?