You May Be More Like Your Dog Than You Think, Or Are You?

According to a new study done by Jo Fearon and Dr Lance Workman of Bath Spa University, you may be a lot more like your dog than you think.

The British study, which was conducted with 1,000 pure bred dog owners, revealed some interesting variation between breed groups relating to owners’ personality features.

Purebred dog owners were asked to take a short online survey and answer questions that were designed to test the traits that base our personality: extroversion, agreeableness, emotional stability, conscientiousness and intelligence.

Breeds were divided up into 7 groups and
here is what the results revealed:

Herding dogs/Pastoral dogs: People who owned herding dogs, like German shepherds or sheepdogs, tend to be more extroverted

Hound dogs: These dog owners are more emotionally stable

Sporting dogs/Gun dogs: Like labs, retrievers and cocker-spaniels, these humans are agreeable and conscientious

Toy dogs: People who owned toy dogs, like Chihuahuas or Yorkshire terriers, were more agreeable, more conscientious and more open to new experiences.

Non-Sporting dogs/Utility dogs: People who owned utility dogs, like English bulldogs Shar-Peis and Chow Chows, were more conscientious and extroverted.

Terriers and Working dogs: No personality traits stood out in the survey among people who owned these breeds.

Dr Workman said there was a definite link between a dog’s temperament and their owner’s personality.

He said: “I think when you look for a dog at some level, largely subconsciously, you look for something that is a bit like you. But it also has to fit in with your lifestyle, so if you’re going to get a gun dog or a hound dog or pastoral dog you need to be an outdoors type person.”

Dr Workman also stated that, “This study indicates that we might be able to make predictions about someone’s personality based on the breed of dog that they choose to own. It seems that likely that personality types are subconsciously drawn to certain breeds.”

So I guess since I have mostly owned a breed from the working group, I am just your average run of the mill person. NOT!

How about you? Do you think your breed matches your personality? Or, if you have a mixed breed, do you think the mix matches your personality?

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  1. Suzanne Tragesser says:

    My Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and Poodle mix, Cavapoo will arrive on 30 May Her name is Little Roxy and she presently residrs with her mother and siblings somewhere in Iowa.

    Preparing for her arrival is like waiting for my first child. I actually get stomach butterflies thinking about my new family member. I am 60+ in fair shape, although we do suffer from lower back problems sometimes and am retired. I hope to spend many happy times training and learning to live with my new baby and soon to be a best friend. Therefore, I am reading everything I can to prepare myself.

    Roxy will arrive in a crate, which I plan to train her in. I hope that she will learn that anyplace the crate is will be her safe place. House guests arrive two days after Roxy does for a 1 week stay, so I plan to keep Roxy in her crate on my side of the house and after the guests leave I will move her crate to the kitchen area, which is home central and closest to the door she will exit to go outside.

    I do hope to potty train her to both the puppy pads and outside. This way when we travel together or I can’t get home in time to take her out she will be able to go and not be uncomfortable by having to hold it too long.

    Crate placement, crate training and potty training are my chief focus at the moment followed closely with leash training. All pretty daunting challenges!What do you think, Chet?


    Jennifer Reply:

    I think that getting a new puppy is a great thing. She needs to be socialized at this age to all kinds of situations, so having house guests will be good for her.
    As far as potty training her, it can be difficult sometimes to train them to go outside after they are used to going on puppy pads. An adult dog can go for 8-10 hours and sometimes more, so training her to go outside exclusively may be your better bet.


  2. Jan Burger says:

    I retired about 2 1/2 years ago. My retirement gift to myself was to purchase my “perfect” Mi-Ki. She weighs 6 lbs. so I can pick her up easily and cuddle her whenever I am sitting or in bed. She is wee pad trained, so I don’t have to worry about taking her out. I live in northern IL and the winters are too brutal for ME and probably for her also. Mi-Kis, being a newer breed, have no inherent health issues. They also are not barkers. I wanted a small dog, but not a yippy one! She goes to bed when I do and sleeps until I get up. No early morning potty calls! She loves everyone that comes to my home and would never think about hurting anyone. She fits my personality perfectly and we adore each other!


  3. lu walter says:

    I have a boxer/pit mix and she is exactly like me. she wants to sleep a lot just like me. she is built short to the ground just like me. We are like 2 peas in a pod. She picked me from the local Humane Society. She was the only dog that came up to me without barking and licked my hand. And I knew right then she was perfect.


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