Forget checking Facebook profiles to find out what people are really like – a new study has shown that you need look no further than a person’s choice of dog breed to discover their true personality.
Forget spending hours asking probing questions and checking Facebook profiles to find out what people are really like – a new study has shown that you need look no further than a person’s choice of dog breed to discover their true personality.
The Bath Spa University study, carried out in association with the Kennel Club’s Discover Dogs event (which took place this weekend), found that a person’s choice of dog breed is likely to indicate how they rank in the five common personality traits — conscientiousness, intelligence and creativity, emotional stability, extroversion and agreeableness.
The study split the 210 pedigree dog breeds recognised by the Kennel Club into their seven official groups (utility, toy, pastoral, gundog, hound, working and terrier) and found that when it came to dog ownership:
- Pastoral and Utility breed owners score highest on extroversion,
- Gundogs and Toy owners are highest on agreeableness,
- Utility dog owners top score on conscientiousness,
- Hound dog owners have the highest emotional stability,
- Toy dog owners come out highest on intelligence and creativity.
Lance Workman, head of psychology at Bath Spa University, who supervised the study, said: “It seems that certain personality types are subconsciously drawn to certain breeds.”
However, Dr Workman admitted: “The choice could arguably be down to the lifestyle that people lead and how their chosen dog fits their lifestyle.”
Kennel Club secretary Caroline Kisko said: “Choosing a dog is like choosing a partner – you have to get one that is the perfect fit for you and will suit your lifestyle and personality.
“This study provides a really helpful insight into which dog breeds might suit which owners. We are forever saying that people should base their dog choice on more than what breed a celebrity owns, or which one they have seen on TV, and this study may be very helpful in ensuring that dogs find the right homes.”
- The dog owners included in the study were measured against a control group of non dog owners.