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What your dog says about you

The breed of dog you own speaks volumes about what kind of human you are, according to Forbes magazine, which in its November issue says people tend to choose a breed whose personalities most resemble their own.

Some examples:

If you’ve got a beagle, you are highly inquisitive and fiercely loyal to friends. On the downside, you’re stubborn.

Cocker spaniel owners are nurturing souls, gentle, affectionate, sweet and playful.

Got a golden retriever? You’re a social butterfly who likes to be in group settings.

Chihuahua owner? You’ve got high energy, and often devote it to mischief-making.

And you’re a detail person — one who enjoys the finer things in life — if you’ve got a poodle.

People who read Forbes Magazine, meanwhile, are all about the buck, overly into appearances, and too self-involved to even notice their poodle has a personality. OK, I’m kidding on that last one, but you get my point, maybe.

I have trouble with breed generalizations. For one things, us mutt owners can’t play. For another, they are kind of like astrology — some people, seeing a little bit of truth in it, go on to accept it wholesale. Scarier yet is when politicians pick up on them and write laws. But most bothersome of all is they tend to negate the dog as an individual.

I’d argue that, though some breeds are prone to certain behaviors, every dog has its own personality. While humans may tend to pick a dog whose personality is a reflection of their own, I also think that — sharing a life — both dog and owner tend to take on a bit of each others aura.

Which may explain why I’ve started shedding.


Comment from Anne-n-Spencer
Time December 9, 2008 at 9:37 am

This sounds a lot like those “ten smartest” and “ten dumbest” breeds blurbs that always make me so mad.

One of the best dogs I ever had was “sold” to us by an observant worker at the shelter where we adopted her. He had taken a liking to her and had observed her, and he was ready with a great commentary on all her good points: Good around children, quiet, affectionate, housebroken, didn’t seem to shed much. He was a motivated “salesman” since it happened to be her last day of life. We adopted her on his recommendation and enjoyed all those great qualities and more for fourteen wonderful years.

I’d have to say you can learn a lot about any dog’s personality from the people who’ve been caring for him or her at a shelter or rescue home–just as we did with Molly.