What does your dog's breed say about you?


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Growing up with two golden retrievers has instilled in me a love for dogs. I find the psychology behind how people choose which dog breed they want fascinating. I've always believed that the breed of someone's dog says a lot about that person, but have nothing but my own observations as proof. According to Lance Workman, a psychologist in the United Kingdom, "We go for dogs that are a bit like us, just as we go for a romantic partner who is a bit like us." Workman conducted the study with the Kennel Club, assessing an online questionnaire for 1,000 dog owners measuring the "Big Five" personality traits of openness, conscientiousness, extroversion, agreeableness, and neuroticism. Dog breeds were split into seven categories: gun dogs, hound dogs, pastoral breeds, terriers, toy breeds, utility breeds, and working breeds. The data revealed strong connections between dog breed and the owner's personality. Pastoral breeds were associated with extroversion. Gun dogs, the category in which golden retrievers were placed, are correlated with agreeable and sympathetic owners. Toy dogs, such as Chihuahuas, were found to be owned by open and imaginative people, characteristics that Workman describes as "airheads, basically."

This study admittedly has not yet been subjected to peer review, and much research is still to be done because any conclusions can be made about dog breeds and their owner's personalities. However, I found this study as a good example of the difference between correlation and causation. Livescience.com's article on this study focuses on the correlations in its data, but I believe that the real issue is the impact of certain personality traits on dog breed selection. I hypothesize that the correlation of data in this study is caused by personality traits' inclinations to certain dog breeds.



I really enjoyed this blog considering my love for animals and specifically dogs. In theory it definitely makes sense that we would choose a breed of dog that matches our personality. The old saying is that dogs are man's best friend so certainly the breed of dog we choose is definitely something to weigh heavily. I found this site that has a quiz which helps match your personality with the breed of dog that may suit you best. It can be found here: http://animal.discovery.com/breed-selector/dog-breeds.html

I think this is very interesting. When buying or saving a dog we don't usually think about if it has the same personality as us. A person will usually just know a dog for them when they see it. My girlfriend has a Chihuahua and it fits her description perfectly. I think there is some studying and research done to prove this theory.

This is an interesting blog post. I think that a person's choice in dog breed says a great deal about them. Here is a link to the Wikipedia page about the breed of dog that I own:

I agree and disagree with this post, but only because my mother is a crazy dog lady, rescues dogs and has so many. I absolutely love dogs and consider myself similar to my pit bull mix, but then again every single dog my brother loves he thinks is just like him. I have seen macho-men with tiny little Chihuahuas, and small tiny women with huge Mastiffs. I do believe that the way one treats a dog and raises them can also alter how the dog will be similar to you. If you are an outgoing, crazy, and loud person, you are probably playing with the dog constantly and making them even more playful. However, if you are a shy, quiet, and laid back person who is not that active, you probably don't play with your dog as much making him more relaxed and quiet. One thing that I definitely have noticed is a good amount, (not all), of owners have the appearance similar to their pets, especially dogs. Check out this link on buzz feed of people who look JUST like their dogs! http://www.buzzfeed.com/mjs538/30-owners-who-look-like-their-dogs

Every time I read things about a dog looking like their owners or the post you wrote above I always come up with the same question, "Whose dog is it?" I ask this because you say that you grew up with two goldens but technically you did not buy them or pick them so can they really say anything about you? Don't get me wrong I love my dog but my mom always says that it is way different when you pick one yourself and pay for it and raise it, ext! Can a family dog that no individual picked then say something about the individual?

Interestingly I found something that may work in such cases and it is more the concept about what your dogs behavior (ext.) tells about you/your family.


I've always noticed this. I've always been aware of a certain unidentifiable correlation between a pet and it's master. I've always heard and examined the similarities between a pet and it's owner physically. However, one thing never came to my mind. Dog's are "Man's Best Friend". When we are hanging out with our friends, we tend to take on their habits or repeat they're sayings. So, who is to say that the same wouldn't happen with an animal? This article discusses just that: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1a2InOX_0JEC_fn2Fj36GHxbhic00yKLB2pgg9YqhUv4/edit?usp=sharing

As a dog owner I would have to agree that a persons dog can say quite a bit about there personality and what type of company they like to keep around. I find that you can often look at the size and breed of a person's dog to get an idea about a person.

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