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A weathered shepherd and his rough collie. Source: LIFE Magazine archives.

Dog-related links from around the Web this past week:

Life Without a Dog Is No Life for Me. Kristine reflects on the various sacrifices she’s made, welcoming Shiva into her life, and concludes that they were all more than worth it. An encouraging and insightful post for the currently dog-less, like myself. (Rescued Insanity)

April Is Adopt-a-Greyhound Month. Bunny the greyhound gives a very convincing case as to why adopted greyhounds make wonderful companions. I’m finding myself increasingly convinced! (Maybe greyhoundafterthis first dog?) (Tales and Tails)

UKC Leads the Way in the U.S. with Breed Standard Revisions. The United Kennel Club is revising some of its standards for breeds with more apparent health problems, including the basset hound, the German shepherd, and the pekingese. It’s a start! (Pedigree Dogs Exposed)

The Trouble with Puddles. Veterinarian Shea Cox gives some helpful advice about how to prevent your dog from contracting diarrhea. One easy way? Don’t let them drink out of stagnant pools of water, especially at the dog park. (The Bark blog)

Say Kibble! 10 Tips for the Perfect Pet Portrait. Wonderful pet photographer Kira DeDecker gives some practical tips about how to perfectly capture your pooch on camera. (Pawesome)

Dogs. Just a nice collection of vintage dog photographs and other canine-centric artwork. (Gems)

Warby Barker Turns the Four-Legged into the Four-Eyed. Warby Parker, my favorite source for eyeglasses (I’m wearing their Webb pair right now), released its new line of glasses for dogs, Warby Barker, aka a great April Fool’s joke. (Pawesome)

Hey, Look, a Water Noodle. The caption is just… too much. Goofy Boston terriers frolicking in a summer lawn. (Animals Talking in All Caps)

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Boston terrier and her flower child. Source: Femke Leemans

Dog-related links from around the Web this week…

Woof vs. Meow: What Our Furry Pals Reveal about Us. A fun and well-designed infographic about the differences between cat and dog owners. According to this survey, dog people are more likely to be extroverts, physically active, use an iPhone, enjoy Jonathan Franzen’s novel Freedom, and be conservative. Pretty fascinating. (Laughing Squid)

Wag.com. A new beta pet supplies site, the successor to Pets.com, launched this past week. Check it out: Fast and free shipping available. (Wag.com)

Treating Skin Disease at Home. A helpful overview of home remedies for your dog’s various skin problems. (Dog Lover’s Digest)

Mugs and Plates and Scrummy Little Things. A collection of simplistic and cute domestic goods from BBB Potters. (Under the Blanket)

Berner Puppy. There is almost nothing as purely adorable as a Bernese mountain dog puppy. (Shirley Bittner)

New Arctic Fox Pups Arrive at Aquarium of the Pacific. Just because. Everyone needs an extra dose of adorable in their day. (Zoo Borns)

The Dogs of Ratafia. Fun, modern, and colorful paintings of dogs by Carol Ratafia. (Under the Blanket)

Not so much breed love

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This is Katie, my Denver landlord's anxious dachshund. Source: Me

As I’m thinking about the dogs that I’d love to have one day, I’m also making a mental list of the dogs I know I wouldn’t enjoy living with. As Stanley Coren points out in his book Why We Love the Dogs We Do, not every human personality is suited to every breed personality. There does seem to be a innate, temperamental reason why some people keep buying golden retrievers or Boston terriers or akitas again and again.

I don’t make this list to say that certain breeds are bad or unlovable, but rather that my personality is not especially keen on their personalities–and I just don’t think we’d live well together.

Yorkshire terrier ♥

A Yorkshire terrier. I add them noting an exception, my friend Emily's giant Yorkie, Oscar, who is precious. Source: Flickr, click photo to see user page.

That said, here is a list of the breeds I’m fairly certain I have no interest in ever owning…

  • Dachshunds.
  • All terriers. Yes, all.
  • Almost all toy breeds (Exceptions: papillon, pomeranian, Cavalier King Charles spaniel).
  • All brachycephalic breeds (pugs, bulldogs, pekingese, etc.).
  • All scent hounds.
  • Dalmatians.
  • Chows.
  • Labs. I KNOW. So un-American! I just don’t love labs. There it is.

What about you? Any breeds you’re pretty sure you don’t want?

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A dog and her cellist. Source: Wanderlusted, via the Life magazine archives.

Dog-related links that interested me this week on the Interwebs…

Why You Should NOT Shave Your Dog for the Summer. Finally! Some intelligent input on this widespread practice. I met an Aussie in the park the other day who was very unfortunate-looking: her owners had shaved her for the summer. I didn’t have the heart to tell them that they hadn’t helped their dog and they’d ruined her coat. (It’s the Dogs’ Life)

VirChewly Indestructible Leashes. Joslin Larson designed these chew-proof leashes for her dogs after she lost a sheltie who chewed through a nylon leash and into oncoming traffic. What do you think? They certainly look indestructible, but also a bit short and possibly uncomfortable. (Dog Milk)

Riot the Australian Shepherd. Just because I can never get enough Aussie puppy in my life. (The Daily Puppy)

Skye Report. Yes, even more Aussie puppy. The photo of the puppy sitting next to the grown dog is so precious. (Apropos Aussies)

When Suggesting Lunch Options Downtown… Love it. (Hipster Puppies)

Having a Dog Who Can Make This Face at You. Wise and funny words from a street dog photographer. (Dogblog)

Nine Uses for Small Dogs. Cute cartoon! (Pawesome)