I’ve been thinking about launching a website as my own educational playground and have finally landed on a topic – reviewing tough dog toys – and purchased a domain name. So I’ve been tooling around the web looking at review sites looking for design ideas. Couldn’t find any dog toy sites that really stuck my fancy so I decided to check out baby toy sites and ended up on a general review site called Viewpoints. Baby pages featured a classic review/ecommerce site design, then I noticed they had a pet section, so I clicked to look at that (exact same layout, naturally.) But here I found something interesting – dog owner reviews of their dog breeds. The sidebar promised there were 232 reviews, but clicking on it revealed these were spread across just 38 breeds. What I found interesting was that on a 5 point scale, the lowest score was a 4.0 – for the “Shitz Tsu” (people who correctly spelled the breed name, Shih Tzu scored it at 4.64) and most were around 4.8. I guess no one wants to spread a cautionary tale – or kept a dog they’d rate lower than a 4.0. Actually I noted some of the lower ratings were by people who didn’t own the breed, but knew someone who had one they didn’t like. The most reviewed dog was the American “Pitt” Bull Terrier with 37 reviews, for the most part glowing reviews with quite a few pit rescuers represented.
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