What does your dog’s breed say about you? According to new research, your choice of dog breed reflects your personality, Live Science reports.
Researcher Lance Workman at Bath Spa University in the United Kingdom was interested in human personality traits and their relationship to dog ownership. Previous studies had found significant personality differences between dog owners (who tend to be more agreeable) versus non-dog owners, so he wanted to delve a little deeper into the different types of dog owners.
Working with the Kennel Club, researchers surveyed 1,000 owners of purebred dogs measuring five personality traits: extroversion, agreeableness, conscientiousness, openness, and neuroticism, a measure of anxiety. Dog breeds were categorized into seven groups: gun dogs (such as retrievers), working breeds (such as the Doberman), utility breeds (like bulldogs), hounds (Beagle, Greyhound, etc.), herding dogs (shepherds and Collies), terriers, and toy breeds.
The study’s results showed correlations between dog groups and personality traits. For example, emotionally stable people tended to own hounds and toy breed owners were the most open and imaginative. Those with utility breeds and herding breeds are the most extroverted of dog owners and people with gun dogs and toy dogs are most agreeable.
The results of the study could be used to potentially help prospective dog owners in choosing a new dog breed, which, Workman hopes, could lead to fewer dogs being sent to shelters.
Do you think your dog’s breed reflects your personality?