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How to Find the Best Dog Breed For Your Lifestyle

How to Find the Best Dog Breed For Your Lifestyle

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If you want to bring a dog into your family, you may be wondering what type of domestic dog breed is best suited for your personality or your family’s lifestyle. After all, owning any animal, especially a dog, is a long term commitment.

You want to be sure that you choose the right breed and specific dog for your lifestyle, family, and personality. Finding the right dog is easier than you might think. Read the personality descriptions in this article to find possibilities for yourself.

Every human being has a truly unique personality. However, most people display certain personality traits more often. Choose a dog based on your most dominant personality traits.

Labrador Retrievers 3 colors

Outgoing, Funny

Do those adjectives describe you? Do you usually look at the bright side of life? Are you generally a happy person who strives to make other people laugh.

Do you have have a happy-go-lucky approach to life? Do you love to spend time with family and friends?

People who are outgoing and fun to be around should opt for playful energetic dogs. Some of the top dog breeds for this personality type are Labrador Retriever, Golden Retriever, Pomeranian, Yorkshire Terrier, American Pit Bull Terrier, Shih Tzu, Poodle, Alaskan Malamute, German Shepherd, and Collie. These aren’t the only possibilities, but they would make good choices.

Creative and Artistic

Do people consider you very talented? Are you a creative person who likes doing crafts – someone who can be social or quiet, depending on the situation?

Have people described you as very caring and/or emotional? Do you treasure close relationships rather than parties?

Creative people do well with all kinds of different breeds because these people are so versatile. Some suggestion of dog breeds the fit this personality type are Pug, German Sheperd, Siberian Husky, Labrador Retriever, Golden Retriever, Saint Bernard, Collie, Shetland Sheepdog, Great Dane, Greyhound, Dalmatian, Chihuahua, and Smooth Fox Terrier.

Liver Dalmatian and German Shepherd

Sensitive, Loving, Emotional

Maybe these are the adjectives that describe you and your family. This kind of person strives to treat everyone fairly and avoid fighting. These individuals have strong marriages because they work hard to keep everyone together. They forgive easily although they can be naïve and too giving at times.

Sensitive people do very well with affectionate playful dogs. Suggestions about which dog breed to choose for this personality are Labrador Retriever, Golden Retriever, Border Collie, Blue Heeler, Petit Basset Griffon Vendee, Pug, English Setter, and Poodle.

Successful, Aggressive, Charming

If these are the adjectives that describe you, you are probably very successful because you are either aggressive or assertive. You put plans into action rather than dreaming or thinking about what you want to do. You may tend to be a charming over-achiever.

This type of person often focuses on appearance and sex appeal. They love having a good time and getting attention from the opposite sex. If this is you, you would probably do very well with athletic and unique dog breeds.

Top domestic dog breeds for this personality type are Bloodhound, Plott Hound, German Shepherd, Alaskan Malamute, Akita, Golden Retriever, Australian Cattle Dog, Beagle, Border Collie, Giant Schnauzer, Great Dane, Rottweiler, Bull Dog, and Brussels Griffon.

Group of nine dogs


You probably noticed a lot of dogs fall into several of the personality categories. Just like humans, some dogs are very versatile. And of course, these suggestions aren’t written in stone. In fact, I didn’t include some of my favorite breeds, like the Viszla, Whippet, or Brittany Spaniel. The suggestions above are to get you thinking about the type of dog that would suit your situation. The suggestions are just the beginning. You might decide to head to the local dog rescue organization and fall in love with one of the residents there. Rescue dogs seem to know that you’ve rescued them and give plenty of love.

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