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
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.
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?