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What Your Dog Says About You


They may not be able to talk, but dogs have a lot to say about their owners’ personality. Have you ever noticed that your dog’s personality is similar to your own? Check out these amusing stereotypes that were surprisingly backed up using an online survey of 1,000 dog owners, by U.K. psychologist, Lance Workman. The study was presented at the British Psychological Society in London last year.

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Sporting Dogs (Labs & Cocker Spaniels) – Owners are more agreeable and conscientious. Labs are also the most common breed registered in the U.S. according to the American Kennel Club. They are regarded as gentle, obedient and eager to please.

Herding Dogs (German Shepherds & Sheepdogs) – Owners are extroverts. German shepherds are the second most popular breed in the U.S. They’re fearless, but not hostile, eager and alert. They serve as watch dogs, service and herding dogs.

Hound Dogs (Greyhounds & Beagles) – Owners are more emotionally stable. Beagles are happy-go-lucky, family-friendly, and the third most popular breed in the U.S.

Toy Dogs (Chihuahuas & Yorkshire Terriers) – Owners are more agreeable, conscientious and more open to new experiences. Chihuahuas are known for confidence and self importance.

Non-Sporting Dogs (English Bulldogs, Shar-Peis, Chow Chows) – Owners are more extroverted. The English bulldog is known for its kindness, courage, and dignified demeanor. They are also gentle and protective.

Terriers (Staffordshire Bull & Scottie Dog) – No main personality traits stood out, very middling and balanced owners. The Staffordshire bull mixes courage and tenacity with affection for friends and children in particular. Scottie dogs exude ruggedness and power, according to the AKC.

Working Dogs (Dobermans & Schnauzers) – Like terrier owners, no main personality traits stood out, agreeable and well balanced.

Whether you agree with the study or not, one thing is sure, over time you and your best friend (furry or otherwise) start to sync personalities. Energy levels, daily activity, and habits rub off on your dog much like a college roommate, except your Beagle won’t borrow an outfit and forget to return it!


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