Now I am definitely NOT going to get myself a dog. I have no experience of having had pets like dogs or cats in my life (only budgies and goldfish). It’s too much commitment. It would be cruel in the inner city – I’ve always thought I would never consider it unless I had some sort of huge country farmhouse with outbuildings. And no way am I doing the poo collecting thing – seriously not me.
However, I don’t see what’s wrong with speculating about what breed of dog one might have IF one was going to have a dog. I love dogs – aesthetically. I like some better than others. Hence my decision to go to Crufts; in order to visit the area where you can see and ‘meet’ different breeds of dog (200 according to the website).
I really enjoyed it. I saw it as an opportunity to maximise hands-on dog experience. I amused myself by considering what my top three favourite breeds are. In fact there are two different top threes – one for the dream/fantasy scenario (said huge farmhouse), where size isn’t an issue. And another more realistic shortlist. One that I just might conceivably, if I moved out of London and was living somewhere by the seaside where I could take a dog out for walks, consider as a possibility.
Fantasy top three breeds: Pyrenean Mountain Dog, Australian Shepherd, Golden Retriever.
Realistic top three breeds: Lancashire Heeler, Swedish Valhund, Pomeranian.
Last time I went to Crufts (on my own, some years ago), I fell in love with something called an Irish Water Spaniel, because of the way it FELT rather than looked, such lovely soft cuddly fur.
This year, of all the dogs I saw, I would make my personal overall winner a (I think it was) German Shepherd with a beautiful all over deep grey coat, which was doing amazing tricks and generally being charming. He won me over completely.