It’s been a running joke that I will never own a Corgi simply because my physical stature tends to resemble them (stubby legs, round, fluffy derriere,) and there are assumptions about how people tend to resemble their pets or gravitate towards animals that have similar characteristics. So with that in mind, if I adopt a greyhound… will I become tall and lanky? If only it were that simple!
But there is science to support that the dogs we choose for ourselves do actually hint at personality traits. Here are what behaviorists say about your particular breed, and what it says about you…
People who own herding dogs, like German shepherds, collies, or sheepdogs, tend to be more extroverted. Corgis are also in this group, and I’m definitely not an extrovert, so perhaps there is something more to my aversion to them other than just not wanting to emulate their stature! (No offense to you Corgi lovers out there… I’m sure you and your Corgis are delightful!)
Utility (Non-Sporting) Breeds:
Included in the utility breed category are English bulldogs, Poodles, American Eskimo, Bichon Frise, and Shar-Peis. In addition to these breeds attracting extroverts, utility breed owners also tend to be more conscientious (careful and thoughtful, often preferring routine.)
Owners of Beagles, Dachshunds, Whippets, Rhodesian Ridgebacks and other hounds are often more emotionally stable. Cool as cucumbers, these owners tend to be calm, cool, and collected in the face of stress.
Labrador Retrievers, Cocker Spaniels, Weimaraners, setters, and pointers tend to have owners that are easy to get along with, have empathy skills, and are good at putting people at ease. These folks also tend to be conscientious as well.
People who own toy dogs, like Chihuahuas, Pomeranians, Pugs, Shih Tzus, Pekingese, or Yorkshire terriers often are creative, agreeable, more conscientious, and more open to new experiences. Great for artists. Sir Isaac Newton owned a Pomeranian.
Included in this category are the Cairn Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, Airedale Terrier, and Miniature Schnauzer. Terrier owners score high on being agreeable and for being open to new experiences and are often appreciative of art.
Great Danes, Bernese Mountain Dogs, Boxers, and Mastiffs tend to attract owners with a high degree of agreeableness, and thoughtfulness.
Do these traits feel true to you and your breed of choice? How do multiple or mixed-breed dogs fit into these categories? What were the traits that attracted you to your chosen breed?
Corgi photo courtesy of nicoretro.