Here’s the second part of my article on how to choose a dog to suit your style. If you missed the first part, you can read it here.
Flat coated retriever
A flat coated retriever is not as finely built, but their shiny, silky, black coats give them a different quality. These dogs are very much people orientated and should only be chosen if you plan on spending a lot of time with your dog and not only using it as an accessory. If practicality and functionality are as important to you as fashion and grace, the Flat Coat is perfect for you, as these dogs do require exercise, but if groomed well, they also look graceful and will be an asset to any outfit.
Border Collies are both intelligent and beautiful, but they do require large amounts of both mental and physical stimulation. If you crave style, but don’t mind dressing down to tend to your dog’s needs every now and then, then a Border Collie will suit you well. Classically black and white, they go with monochrome outfits as more colourful ones, but these dogs also come in a variety of other coats and markings. Although Border Collies are my personal choice, they aren’t for everyone and choosing one should be done carefully and not only based on looks, but more importantly on character.
A Puli is a dog with a very particular coat and this should be taken into consideration when choosing the breed best suited to your needs. This coat is naturally matted, but nevertheless requires hours of grooming and much dedication. This dog is stylistically suited to someone who’s a fan of dreadlocks and enjoys drawing attention, however, the amount of grooming should also be kept in mind. Pulis do not require a lot of exercise, but just like any other dog, does enjoy a nice walk every now and again.
Also known as Lassie dogs, Rough Collies are very loyal friends, although they will require much attention, both in terms of exercise and grooming. If you like wearing cosy angora sweaters, pairing them with skirts and skinny jeans for chic yet simple look, a rough collie would suit your style very well.
Made popular by Disney, everyone knows how eternally fashionable this breed is. However, it’s also important to know how energetic these dogs can be. A bored Dalmatian will often climb on tables and destroy sofas, so although they make a great fashion statement with their genetically built in polka dots, they do require a lot of attention off the fashion scene. Some say they require as much as three walks a day. They could fit in perfectly with any type of style, but you will have to get your hands dirty every now and then to make sure they get the physical stimulation they need.
Although a dog makes a great accessory, it’s important to remember that choosing a dog is not like choosing a dress or a pair of shoes. You have to be sure the breed you choose fits your style, but more importantly, your way of life. You should be aware that you don’t just put your dog in your closet at the end of the day, but you should love and cherish your pup. I know it’s a cliché, but you should always bear in mind that a dog’s for life, not just for Christmas!
Part 3 of this article is up to you! What’s your favorite breed and why does it suit your style?