New leash of life: this is why we all need to own an ugly dog

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New leash of life: this is why we all need to own an ugly dog

Social-media unfriendly mutts are overlooked in shelters, but hideous hounds can make the best companions

Kate Spicer

Reading comments by the presenter of the UK’s Animal Rescue Live TV show, I felt a squirm of shame. “In this Instagram age ... there is an obsession with aesthetically perfect pets,” Kate Quilton said, as she scolded owners for leaving the ugly dogs behind in animal rescue centres, in favour of buying cute pedigree puppies.

Eek.

I remembered the way I’d scrolled through rescue site Dogsblog.com looking for my dream lurcher. In my favour, yes, I’d nobly rescued him. But I admit, I had also wanted him to look a certain way. Ideally my dog would be broken-coated and lean; my eyes barely registered the odd-looking mongrels and beaming fat Staffies...

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