Every dog has a unique personality, but often, the breed of the dog affects the traits they have. Just like when you interact with humans, knowing what personality type your dog has can help you to better connect with the dog. Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, or MBTI, is a tool used to indicate the personality type and trait for both human and dog personalities. Learning what breeds your dog has in it can help you to determine their personality type, which is where a DNA test steps in to help you figure out the breeds in your dog. Here are a few of the top breeds in the United States and the personality type of each.
German Shepherd are one of the top dogs in the United States. They most closely resemble the ESTJ personality types. These dogs are best known for being police dogs, but they are also amazing dogs for families. These dogs are extremely confident, obedient and watchful. They are fiercely loyal and well aware of their surroundings. They make amazing watch dogs and are great protectors.
When you picture a Collie dog, your mind may immediately think back to Lassie, a famous television show featuring a collie dog. And the traits for this dog were very accurate. This dog has an ENFJ MBTI rating. It is loyal, protective and intelligent. These dogs have a reasonable amount of energy, yet are extremely affectionate and caring.
Pit Bulls may not have the best reputation, but they are often misunderstood. These dogs are extremely loyal. They are strong-willed, energetic and instinctual. If they sense danger, they will go to any length to protect their owner. They need to be taught, and shown, love, exercised often and have interaction with more than their owners to be shown that other people and dogs are not dangerous. These dogs most closely align with the ESTP personality type.
The Great Dane is an ENTJ MBTI personality type. They are dominant and confident, while also being loyal and protective. They are strong, intelligent, independent and natural born leaders, but they also have a softer side for those they love.
The Beagle has an INFJ rating. This dog is best known for its sense of smell and uses it for hunting. But while the dog has a strong sense of smell, it's personality is what makes it a great hunter. The dog is persistent and strong-willed. It doesn't want to give up and wants to continue going until it accomplishes its goal. This dog is brave while also being loving.
There are more mixed breed dogs than pure bred dogs. As such, there is a good chance that your dog has different breeds mixed in that can affect their personality. A DNA test can be done to help you figure out exactly what breeds your dog has. When you need a DNA test, Park Hills Animal Hospital can help. Call us now to schedule a DNA test for your dog or any other of the veterinarian services we provide. Don't see your dog's personality type here? Check out part 1 of our series to learn more about dog breed personalities.
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