I know I'll be called a heretic for this forever, but I've been thinking about how a lot of people run Dogs as a one-shot with strangers, and how it's very popular as an "introduce hardened D&D players to indie games" machine. I was asked to run it in that context recently.
In that kind of situation, I think Dogs could benefit from a quick, easy character creation. Something that:
a) Gets people over the "do I need a character background/history for this game?" question.
b) Helps people come up with their Traits quickly and easily, while
c) getting them into the mood of the game.
I've seen too many people (including myself, the first time I made a Dogs character) struggle too much for an "interesting" character concept and then come up with Traits that never came into play.
So, here's what I've come up with, in two parts: