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You Are Judged by the Canine Company You Keep – Dave’s Diary

Whether hunting game, fighting fires, herding livestock or protecting the home-front, man’s best friend since the days of the cave is the noble hound.  They come in all shapes, sizes and colors.  And know this: People will judge you by the breed you choose. 

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Researchers at Britain’s Bath Spa University and the Kennel Club’s Discover Dogs surveyed 1,000 dog owners through an online questionnaire designed to test the so-called “Big Five” personality traits: conscientiousness, intelligence and creativity, emotional stability, extroversion and agreeableness.

So here’s what your dog’s breed says about your personality:

Sporting dogs
People who owned sporting dogs, such as Labrador retrievers and cocker spaniels, appeared more agreeable and conscientious in the survey.

Herding dogs
People who owned herding dogs, such as German shepherds or sheepdogs, were more extroverted.

Hound dogs
People who owned hound dogs, such as greyhounds and beagles, were more emotionally stable.

Toy dogs
People who owned toy dogs, such as Chihuahuas or Yorkshire terriers, were more agreeable, more conscientious and more open to new experiences.

Non-sporting dogs
People who owned utility dogs, such as English bulldogs Shar-Peis and Chow Chows, were more conscientious and extroverted.

No personality traits stood out in the survey among people who owned terriers, such as the Staffordshire bull or the Scottie dog.

Working dogs   

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