Posted on Monday, April 30th, 2012

What Your Dog’s Breed Says About Your Personality

A new study looks at people who state that their dog’s personality is very similar to their own and looks at whether canine stereotypes are true. Using an online survey, Lance Workman, a psychologist at Bath Spa University in the UK looked into the personalities of 1,000 dog owners finding some surprises along the way.

Sporting Dogs
Labrador retrievers are the most common breed registered in the U.S., according to the AKC they are known as gentle, obedient and eager to please. The same goes for the people who own them and other sporting dogs as they appeared more agreeable and conscientious according to the survey. The Sporting Dog breed group includes Retrievers, Setters, Spaniels, Pointers, Bird Dogs and Gun Dogs.

Herding Dogs
Do you own a German shepherd or a sheep dog? If so, you may be viewed as more extroverted. German shepherds are the second more popular breed in the U.S. They are viewed as fearless and not hostile, while being eager and alert according to the ACK. Herding dog breeds include Sheepdogs, Cattle dogs, Livestock dogs, and Dravers.

Hound Dogs
Emotionally stable dog owners most likely owned a hound dog such as greyhounds and beagles. Being calm and consistent, with a happy-go-lucky, family-friendly demeanor make Beagles the third most popular breed in America with Greyhounds being the fastest growing. Hound dog breeds include Scenthounds and Sighthound dog breeds.

Toy Dogs
Do you own a toy dog like a Chihuahua or Yorkshire terrier? If so, you are most likely seen as open to new experiences and being agreeable.  Chihuahuas are known for being confident and having a sense of self importance.  The Small Companion Dog Breed groups consist of dogs with varied looks but have their common small or ‘lap’ size in common. Any utilitarian use in the past has waned as they were bred only to be companions to humans.

Non-Sporting Dogs
Owning a utility dog, like the English bulldog, Chow Chow, and Shar-Peis are seen as extroverted and conscientious. The English bulldog is in the top 10 breeds on the AKC list and is viewed as gentle and protective. Non-Sporting dogs include the Shiba Inu, Dalmatian, French bulldog, and Poodle.

Owning a Terrier didn’t mean any specific personality traits stood out. Workman noted that Terrier owners were kind of in the middle and weren’t high or low on anything in particular. Scottie dogs and Staffordshire bull mixes are among the terrier group. The AKC says that Scottie dogs exude ruggedness and power while the Staffordshire bull is a cross of courageous and tenacious with affection for children. Terriers include the Border terrier, Bull terrier and Irish terrier.

Working Dogs
Owning a working dog does not give you any stand out personality traits either. Dobermans and schnauzers as well as their owners are viewed as agreeable. Other notable working dogs include Siberian husky, Great Dane and Mastiff.

What breed group is does your dog fit into and is your dog’s personality similar to yours?