Text: Torsti Mäkinen, photo: Torsti Mäkinen & Maud Matsson
Although I have always, all the way from early childhood, had an eye for female beauty, or rather a combination of beauty and charm, I never reflected over why some girls seems to be so much more charming and beautiful than others. At least not before some 20 years ago when I got involved in dogs. I noticed that some dogs attract me a lot while others of quite similar conformation can be repulsive. When I during the coming years with dogs learned about their mentality, I also slowly started to understand how closely tied beauty and charm is not only to a dogs, but also to a girl's mental state.
Security and confidence seems to be the key words. Security and confidence in life are obviously, the way I have observed them, dependent of two circumstances that interact with each other, namely inheritance and environment. A good-hearted nature can be inherited but later destroyed in an consuming environment. On the other hand the environment can be edifying and rewarding but still the object will not become secure and confident since the inherited susceptibility for a positive environment is not there. So when I today find a positive, charming and beautiful dog, or girl/woman, I like to think that two factors have acted together here, environment and inheritance.
Now, if we can agree on this, then we can go to the dog's actual physical conformation. Some folks like this type of dogs, other folks like some other type. Here I can to a certain extent agree to the old saying's: "A good dog is never of the wrong colour" or "the beauty is in the eye of the observer". To me an English pointer might be charming but I would not like to admit that it is beautiful. It is not to me. I think, for ex., that of the shorthaired gundogs the Swedish hare hound, the Stovare, is more proportional, powerful and smooth in the body but that is only my opinion.
I have noticed, during the years with dogs, that the handler/owner can generally improve the dogs appearance a lot. If we have a mentally somewhat "normal" puppy and give it a good fostering with gentle leadership all the way to it's last breath at the height of it's age, make it secure and train it to become confident, then we also can enjoy a life with a beautiful dog. True beauty simply cannot be there unless it comes from the dog's hearth. The physical conformation, no matter how excellent, means nothing unless the dog also beams out an inner beauty, security and confidence. Heritage gives the dog it's physical and mental conformation but we, who are alone responsible for the environment the dog grows up and has to live in, must into the dogs hearth plant the final touch, that turns that excellent conformation into real beauty. The dog has no actual control over its own life. We are the one's who decide what it will beam out; a beauty or a beast!