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If Only Dogs Ran the Canine Country…

Today is the day to voice your opinion and vote for what you believe in, of course, but this whole election thing got me thinking that I personally would much rather be voting for dogs. So I decided to suggest some potential doggie candidates that I think, in the dog world, would do a great job!

From the Sporting Group, I had a hard time deciding between the Springer who is known for its eager-to-please personality, and the Pointer, who I think could certainly not only point us in the right direction, but has qualities like courage and a desire to move ahead at full speed that make for an excellent leader.

The first dog that came to mind from the Hound Group was the Pharaoh Hound. Graceful, powerful and fast, it has a willingness to please too. Now that sounds like the perfect candidate to me…

The Working dog of choice for me is the Komondor. It is well-known for its dignity, strength and courage. Plus, with a hairdo like that, the new dog-world president would be easy to recognize wherever he – or she – went.

The dog from the Terrier Group simply had to be the Airedale. It is after all the “King of Terriers” and not afraid to stand up for itself. Airedales have also been popular with past Presidents, including Woodrow Wilson, Warren Harding and Calvin Coolidge. I wonder which president in the future will have an Airedale at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue?

Who better from the Toy Group than the Pekingese? In the 1800s, Pekingese could only be owned by royalty in China, so it’s safe to say they know a thing or two about leadership and could easily handle those White House dinners with visiting royalty.

From the Non-Sporting Group, the unexpected candidate is the Xoloitzcuintli. Yes, the name might be hard for some, but I believe it could grow on people. The Xolo (there, that’s easier to pronounce) just may be the first dog of the Americas, which for me is reason enough to make it the candidate from this Group.

Last, but not least, my chosen dog from the Herding Group is the Beauceron. It’s probably the happiest of all candidates, plus it’s faithful and gentle. Just look at that face…

Now these are just my thoughts, but if you think your breed would do well as a doggie candidate, voice your opinion below. Oh, and remember to go out and cast your vote in the presidential election today!

Voting, and Dogs, Freakin’ Rule.

Written by

Kayla Bertagnolli is a 23-year-old from Ogden, UT, who's been involved in the dog show world her whole life. A former junior handler who learned about breeding Beagles from her mother Leah, she assisted several professional handlers and is currently working to become a Junior Showmanship judge. Kayla is passionate about photography and writes the twice-weekly blog, DFR. She plans to continue breeding and showing, and expects to stay involved in dogs "for life!"