Dog breed choice may reflect personality

Friday, 20th April 2012

The breed of dog people pick may reflect their own personalities, a study has found.

Research by the University of Bath presented at the British Psychological Society Annual Conference, found that breed groups relate to owners' personality features, such as extroversion, agreeableness and emotional stability.

A thousand owners completed an online questionnaire about their personalities as well as details of their dog breed.

They found that owners of pastoral and utility breeds were more extroverted, gundog and toy breed owners were more agreeable, and owners of utility toy and gundogs were more conscientious.

It also found that hound dog owners were more emotionally stable and toy dog owners are more open to new experiences.

Dr Lance Workman of Bath Spa University said: "This study indicates that we might be able to make predictions about someone’s personality based on the breed of dog that they choose to own. It seems that likely that personality types are subconsciously drawn to certain breeds."