Does Your Choice of Dog Breed Reflect Your Personality?

According to the Bath Spa University, and a study they carried out last year, your choice of dog breed reflects your personality.

Forget spending hours asking probing questions and checking Facebook profiles to find out what a potential partner is really like – a new study has shown that you need look no further than a person’s choice of dog breed to reveal their true personality.
The Bath Spa University study, carried out in association with the Kennel Club’s Discover Dogs event taking place on 12-13 November, found that a person’s choice of dog breed is likely to indicate how they rank in the five common personality traits – conscientiousness, intelligence and creativity, emotional stability, extroversion and agreeableness.

The study found that extroverted owners are more likely to opt for pastoral and utility breeds, and the most creative and intelligent are likely to opt for toy breeds, such as the Pug, owned by fashion designer Valentino, or the Pomeranian, owned by Sir Isaac Newton.

The most conscientious people are most likely to be utility dog owners followed by toy and gundog owners.

The study split the 210 pedigree dog breeds recognised by the Kennel Club into their seven official groups (utility, toy, pastoral, gundog, hound, working and terrier) and found that when it came to dog ownership:

• Pastoral and Utility breed owners score highest on ‘Extroversion’
• Gundogs and Toy owners are highest on ‘Agreeableness’
• Utility dog owners top score on ‘Conscientiousness’
• Hound dog owners have the highest ‘Emotional Stability’
• Toy dog owners come out highest on ‘Intelligence’ and ‘Creativity’

Dr Lance Workman, head of psychology at Bath Spa University, who supervised the study, said: “This study indicates that you can tell a lot about somebody’s personality by the breed of dog that they choose to own. It seems that certain personality types are subconsciously drawn to certain breeds.

“The choice could arguably be down to the lifestyle that people lead and how their chosen dog fits their lifestyle. It is easy to imagine a creative type, who is open to new experiences, owning a toy dog, who was bred for companionship and who can easily move around with the owner.”

A study by Bath Spa University last year found that dog owners were nicer or ‘more agreeable’ than the general population and that people were able to correctly match dogs with their owners, based on the way that they looked. But this study shows that the similarities between dogs and their owners may be more than skin deep.

Dr Workman added: “It would be interesting to look at the individual breeds of dog, within each group and to analyse the personalities of their owners. It is possible to surmise that people are being drawn to dogs with similar personalities to their own. For example, hound dog owners are the most emotionally stable and this might be reflected in their dogs being quite stable of character.”

Caroline Kisko, Secretary of the Kennel Club which organises the Discover Dogs event taking place at Earls Court, London this weekend, said: “Our Discover Dogs event introduces dog lovers and the dog owners of the future to almost 200 different breeds of dog. Choosing a dog is like choosing a partner – you have to get one that is the perfect fit for you and will suit your lifestyle and personality.

“This study provides a really helpful insight into which dog breeds might suit which owners. We are forever saying that people should base their dog choice on more than what breed a celebrity owns, or which one they have seen on TV, and this study may be very helpful in ensuring that dogs find the right homes.”

Source Bath Spa University News

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