What Dog Matches My Personality

By Josie F. Turner, Journalist specialized in Animal Welfare. Updated: November 12, 2017
What Dog Matches My Personality

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Getting a dog isn't something to rush into, it's not as simple as "what movie should I see next week?", or "should I add more salt?", it's a decision that needs a lot of thought, it is a big commitment with a lot of responsibility.

First, you should understand that dogs 100% rely on their owner, they are like children who never grow up. Second, a dog is in no way a carer of the house, they are a unique part of the household that (if you care for them and value them) over time will become a valued member of the family.

If you are thinking about getting a dog, it would be a good idea to answer these questions in order to make the right decision: why do I want a dog? Am I willing to give up my time and freedom for a puppy? And most importantly, what dog matches my personality? The last question will hopefully make your relationship with your dog stronger and long-lasting. At AnimalWised we love animals, especially dogs, so we are going to help you select the best breed according to your personality.

Shy, reserved, or home-lovers

Do you like being in the comfort of your home, feeling safe in your own space? If the answer is yes, then these are the breeds that best match your personality:

These breeds usually enjoy being at home and enjoy quiet time with their owners. They don't require a lot of exercise, but that doesn't mean they like being locked up all day, they enjoy being taken on daily walks.

Outdoor activities help them to keep their peaceful and obliging nature. They are very intelligent, but if they have puppies, there will be a lot of barking, so be aware of bothering the neighbors.

What Dog Matches My Personality - Shy, reserved, or home-lovers

Extroverted, playful, active and an explorer

If, on the other hand, you like being sociable, meeting new people, exploring the world around you, and you don't like sitting still, then this is the type of dog for you:

  • Cocker Spaniel
  • Dalmatian
  • Beagle
  • Labrador
  • German Shepherd
  • English Pointer
  • Border Collie
  • Boxer
  • French Bulldog
  • Schnauzer

These canine friends love to smell everything. This is their way of discovering and learning new things. They are naturally curious, so lying on the sofa all day would be total boredom for them. They are also very independent but loyal to their owners, especially children, as they know they are just as playful.

What Dog Matches My Personality - Extroverted, playful, active and an explorer

Flirty, likes attention, educated and artistic

Dogs with poise and elegance are usually considered as "toy dogs", but people often forget that they are actually a very intelligent breed. These are breeds that make a great team with the owner as they are intellectually curious and are open to new adventures. They are very restless yet brave, which is a common quality for these breeds. Among them are:

  • Chihuahua
  • Shih Tzu
  • Wire Fox terrier
  • Pomeranian
  • Poodle
  • Papillon
  • Afghan Hound

People who choose these breeds like to take risks, have a lot of charisma and finesse, and you can usually see them strutting down the street as if on a catwalk.

What Dog Matches My Personality - Flirty, likes attention, educated and artistic

Alternative, demanding and intellectual

If you demand a lot from yourself and others, and usually have high expectations of things, pay attention to these breeds that are most suitable for you:

  • Shiba Inu
  • Doberman
  • Czechoslovakian Wolfdog
  • Australian-Shepherd
  • Bull Terrier
  • Siberian Husky
  • Groenendael

Smart, hardworking, determined and exuberant, they are perfect for people who have an energetic, strong character. These dogs are so loyal and devoted to their families, that sometimes they can become distrustful of strangers. For this reason, it is important raise them with positive experiences, lots of socialization and above all, lots of affection.

What Dog Matches My Personality - Alternative, demanding and intellectual

Loving, paternal, and protective

You get along with everyone, you're open, sociable, and reliable. You're full of joy and always have a good frame of mind. Family is important to you, you would do anything for them. If some of these characteristics define you, AnimalWised recommends these dog breeds:

  • Golden Retriever
  • Great Dane
  • Labrador
  • West Highland White terrier
  • Jack Russell terrier
  • Dachshund
  • Cardigan Welsh Corgi

These furry animals lack any aggression when raised properly, and are very affectionate and loyal. Physical contact with their owner is vital for their psychological health. They are the most intelligent and adaptable breeds, they enjoy quiet walks in the park, and runs along the beach.

What Dog Matches My Personality - Loving, paternal, and protective

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