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Have you read the book Planet Dog: A Doglopedia yet?
Pat Doyle of the Doggiewoggie Dog Blog summarizes this book very well:
I found something of interest from “Breeds to Match Your Personality Type”. It says that Type A humans (impatient, stressed, driven types) usually do better with Type B dogs, and Type B humans (laid-back, easygoing types) usually do better with Type A dogs.
Of course, this begs the question, what Personality Type are you?
And what Personality Type is your dog?
(And if you don’t have a dog yet… then what Personality Type of dog should you get?)
How To Match Your Personality Type With Your Dog’s Personality Type
Does your dog match your personality? Or complement it?
First, Find Your Personality Type
I like to take several different personality type tests at the same time — to see how similar the results are. In my case, the results from the following personality tests were all spot on.
You do NOT have to “register” or sign up for anything to take these 4 free online personality tests:
- Psychology Dept. Personality Type Test — this one is structured more for college students, but you can easily apply the questions to your own life. (TIP: You don’t have to enter your name in the first box, you can just hit “cancel.”)
- Psychology Today Type A Personality Test — this one is much more thorough. You get an overview that shows on a scale of 1 to 100 how much of a Type A personality type you are.
- Very Well Type A Personality Test — this one is very short and easy to complete.
- Open Psychometrics Personality Test — this one is super short, yet the questions seemed most relevant and easy to answer. (TIP: After you submit your answers, you don’t have to “complete a survey after clicking continue” like it says. Your results immediately appear there at the top of the next page.)
The Doglopedia book helps you determine which Personality Type your dog is!
Type A Dogs (Best For Type B Humans):
- Belgian Sheepdog
- Border Collie
- Cairn Terrier
- Fox Terrier
- Irish Terrier
- Jack Russell Terrier
- Siberian Husky
- Springer Spaniel
- West Highland White Terrier
- Yorkshire Terrier
Type B Dogs (Best For Type A Humans):
- Basset Hound
- Boston Terrier
- Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
- Clumber Spaniel
- French Bulldog
- Great Dane
- Great Pyrenees
- Irish Wolfhound
- Saint Bernard
This is SO interesting to me!
I’m definitely a Type A. And my dogs have always been Type B. According to Planet Dog: A Doglopedia, this is the perfect combination!
How Type A & Type B People Differ
Type A Personality Type Traits:
- Easily Overwhelmed
- High Achiever
Type B Personality Type Traits:
- Overly Casual
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