We see so much of ourselves in our pets. They may avoid certain situations, make mistakes, or enjoy the same cushion on the couch that we do. A lot of this boils down the personality compatibility that we share with a certain dog breed. Evaluate the most overarching aspects of your personality, and see what dog breed you are, what kind of dog you would most enjoy spending time with, or maybe how to better understand your current dog.
So What Dog Breed am I
Are you a free spirit? Do people have a hard time predicting what your next move may be? Others might describe you as someone who simply goes with the flow, and never sweats the small stuff. If so, you are likely a mixed breed dog. Mixed breeds, or ‘mutts’, are highly desirable due to their unique physical traits and benign attitudes. You and this breed may also share an adventurous streak, occasionally taking risks that lead to hilarity and joy, less than calamity and disaster. Perhaps your past is a bit mysterious, but others don’t pry, most likely because you’ve never judged them. Mixed breed dogs are often as open-minded and comfortable with life experiences as their owners.
Focused and loyal, with a healthy streak of natural intellect? You might most appreciate a hound, such as a beagle or a bloodhound. These breeds are often a discreetly (or more deliberately polite) curious sort who may not have overtly asked, but know. They are fiercely loyal to loved ones, but not totally dependent. They love to seek end results on their own, and all the better if it serves a larger purpose. A hound might even want to surprise you with a task that will curry your favor, because do not underestimate, your loyalty to them is just as important. Dogs of this breed also have an incredible capacity for forgiveness, so if feelings are hurt, they can mend if the offender is contrite. The hounds’ personalities are also highly dependable, and they will often do exactly as they are trained, with great eagerness. However, it’s important not to mistake this loyalty for complete subservience, because hounds, just like some of us, are most loyal to those who reciprocate. Dog breeds and their associated personalities are like many other things in life- not to be taken for granted. Owners of these breeds are as true-blue and fond of purpose as their pets.
What’s on your mind right now? Maybe it’s many things at once, and they all have the potential to simultaneously satisfy your curiosity, entertain your friends, and be a lot of fun. You love your family, particularly the children, and are emotionally and physically durable. Your personality breed is the most desirable for families- you could be a boxer or pit bull. Some of these breeds can look intimidating, but a proper introduction usually clears up any misgivings quickly. While there is still that capacity to take on a more protective role in your household, your suspicions of outsiders can be easily quelled with a tasty treat and some affection. Rambunctious play, including outdoor adventures with tennis balls and frisbees, really satisfy these personality types. Reprimand from your loved ones really hurts- you didn’t mean to, you just could not help yourself. Your family also might think you’re a klutz, but you’re just having fun. You save your grace, power, and agility for things that count.
If you are fond of the finer things in life, enjoy your quiet time, like to keep your cool, and always think ahead of the game, your personality traits align perfectly with the poodle. More than anything, instinct is what separates this breed from the rest. If you are very empathetic and attuned to the moods of others, the poodle is your equivalent. You, like dogs of this breed, probably take instruction very well, and master skills faster and with more ease than your counterparts. As such, you feel you are more deserving of respect and affection- you did earn it, after all, and your reputation as a superior pedigree should always count. You may look fussy and well-manicured most of the time, but you are very capable of expending some energy, and always with grace. The idea of perfection is not so lofty to you; it may have already been attained.
Perhaps you feel at right at home when you are helping others. If so, the breeds that suit your personality include the Golden retriever, the Labrador retriever, and the German shepherd. These dogs are chosen for service work due to their all-around excellence in temperament, intelligence, and keen awareness of their surroundings. If you like to stick to a cause and do your best, you know that this is an ability that comes naturally, even if you have had to work hard to fine-tune it. When fearsome and stressful situations arise, you default to doing what you do best- supporting those who need you. Adept at solving problems, you have become very good at scoping out situations before anyone else around you has a clue. You trust your loved ones to not take your gifts for granted, and look forward to your down time.
Figuring out what dog breed you are, personality-wise, is not always all about matching like with like. Rather, knowing what kind of breed you identify with most can help you find a more compatible companion, even if it’s a different breed. Think of our closest friends- some of them are probably quite different from us, but add necessary balance to our lives. For example, many outgoing people enjoy a small, timid breed of dog that they can wind down and relax with at home, for a calm and centering evening in. A lot of sedate people who tend to procrastinate on activities work well with a large, rambunctious breed that requires exercise, and gets them out of the house. And naturally, many of us still want to bond with a breed that’s just our speed.