What Your Dog's Breed Says About You

More on PawNation: Dogs, Lifestyle
Not only does your neighbor George bear a striking resemblance to his bulldog Barry, but chances are, their resemblance is more than skin deep. Turns out that pet owners may also share their dogs' personalities, according to new research.

Researchers from Bath Spa University in England surveyed 1,000 dog owners to determine their personality types. Based on their answers, pet owners were categorized into one or more of these five personality types: extroverted, agreeable, conscientious, emotionally stable, and intelligent and creative. Researchers then drew connections between owners' personality types and what kind of dog they owned.

Here's what your dog's breed may be saying about your personality:

Toy dogs (Chihuahuas, Yorkies, Poodles, and Pugs): Though Chihuahua-toting Hollywood starlets may not be the first group you'd think of as being the sharpest crayons in the box, people who own toy dogs are more likely to be intelligent. They also earn high marks for being creative.

RELATED: Is Your Pet Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?

Gun dogs (Irish Setters, Golden Retrievers, and Spaniels): You and your pooch are happy watching a movie, taking a walk, and really just doing whatever the day dictates-it doesn't get more agreeable than gun dog owners.

Utility dogs (Dalmatians, Bulldogs, and Bishon Frises): The fact that George never fails to scoop up Barry's poop isn't a mere coincidence: People with utility dogs come out on top for being conscientious.

Pastoral pooches (German Shepherds, Collies, and Corgis): If you share your bed with a border Collie, you've likely never met a crowd you weren't comfortable in, you classic extrovert, you.

RELATED: Are You an Introvert or Extrovert?

Terriers (Jack Russells, Carin Terriers, and Miniature Schnauzers): Now don't take this the wrong way, but owners of terriers were shown to be -- how can we put this delicately --rather low on the emotional stability scale. On the plus side, you've got a super-cute companion to help you through any funks.

Working dogs (Boxers, Rottweilers, and Great Danes): Anyone with a Great Dane as a roommate would have to be easygoing and clever to make things work without getting claustrophobic. Not surprisingly, working dog owners are agreeable and intelligent.

Hounds (Beagles, Bassett Hounds, Greyhounds, and Dachshunds): Even if you ain't nothing but a hound dog, good news: Hound dog owners are emotionally stable.

The connection between an owner's personality and the type of pooch she owns may be due to the simple fact that certain personality types are more attracted to certain breeds, says study author Lance Workman, PhD. Regardless, the next time you feel like no one understands you, look no further than your four-legged pal: He totally gets you.

RELATED: How to Find Your Pet a New BFF

Add a Comment

*0 / 3000 Character Maximum


Filter by:
Karen Rabb-Taylor

How come nobody ever includes huskies. They are awesome and their husky moms and dads are warm people who love the outdoors. AND, husky moms and dads put up with more hair than anyone should ever have to. :-)

May 24 2012 at 7:37 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Karen Rabb-Taylor

How come nobody includes huskies. They are AWESOME! Husky lovers are warm, loving folks who put up with more hair than a person should ever have to...

May 24 2012 at 7:36 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Professor meow meows

nothing about husky's either so quit crying pit bull owners

May 24 2012 at 1:32 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Natalie Miller

Pit bulls are terriers, dawn.ambrige. (American Pit Bull Terrier) Though, I do have to say that some of those categories are kind of, well, stupid. Sorry, I don't think people who tote a $2,000, 3lb fancy tea-cup yorkie that they bought at a pet store in a hand bag are very smart.

May 24 2012 at 1:26 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Nothing about Pit Bulls, why not? they have just gotten a bad name. I have a pit and he is wonderful!

May 24 2012 at 12:07 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Who is Cutest?