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