What Dog Breed Do You Identify With?
Family Dog Consultant,
We all know that dogs are loyal and full of love, that goes without saying but genetics and breed type play a big piece in their personality. Several characteristics are typical of their breed, the job they were developed to do or their personality type. Some blend from group to group and if you think of other examples by all means chime in on our
First let’s think of some of
the human comparisons to dogs as characterized by AKC groups. You may have
different experiences with a dog breed not listed here, these are
generalizations. This does not exclude the dog whose parentage remains a secret
but many mixed breed dogs share behaviors and traits as would fit these 7 AKC
Hounds are interested in staying on track and have strongly grounded work
ethics with a no-nonsense attitude. They are independent thinkers who do not
look for constant approval and assistance to get a task accomplished. Their
ability to rescue lost people or objects is an amazing feat to watch. Their kind
eyes endear you into their very soul and their voice is quite attention getting.
They let you know proud and loud when they are successful in their mission.
Working Dogs are the guardians of the galaxy, canine soldiers, performing
duties for their human partners without hesitation, often placing themselves in
situations too dangerous for humans but without thought for their own safety.
Working breeds “protect and serve” their handlers or owners wanting only praise
and positive recognition for their deed. They are dedicated beyond question and
not easily distracted by outside interference.
we think of a terrier we think of tenacious intensity, courage and
determination. Terriers are interested in completion of a task but at times
their tenacity can get them in trouble. They are curious beyond human
comprehension and will act independently. Terriers remind me of myself after
having several cups of coffee… Untrained, they can become “terrorists” if left
to their own devices. Terriers love to dig in the earth, eradicate vermin, and
their spirited energy is nothing short of electrifying.
Toy Dogs are
real dogs, the Group name only refers to their size. Their obvious cute factor
and intelligence can lead to manipulation of the unsavvy owner and their
training can suffer. Toy breeds are easy to please and bursting into playtime,
they will do anything for their owners. They know they are adorable… Originally
their size was bred down to become living lap warmers for the aristocracy but
today everyone can enjoy these tiny companions.
are another breed with focused purpose, a lust for the outdoors and satisfaction
with their accomplishment. They are instinctually skilled at bird hunting and
retrieving and are endeared to their owners by their specific hunting skills.
They are providers, trackers, rescue rangers and dedicated servants to their
are quite a diverse group of canines. From the American Dingo, Bulldog and
Bichon Frise to the Chow Chow, they each have unique characteristics including
significant variety in size. The AKC Group classification is factually for dogs
that excel as human companions.
do just that. They relentlessly protect and watch over their flock, both
livestock and humans. They are quite a spectacle to watch in different AKC and
field events as they help their owners with chores. Their energy and vivacious
spirits are not for the meek.
Some of the breeds included in
the above list were once “Rare Breeds” but be careful about that designation
because many are either not “rare” at all or will never develop into a breed
with conformity of size, personality, dependable aptitude, etc. etc.
So, when I think about what
“dog breed” I identify with, I think I am too large in stature so I am not a Toy
breed even though I love toy dogs. I have more straight than curly hair, I wear
it short and have most of my dynamic capabilities earlier in the day. When on a
mission or protecting my family, I’m as tenacious as a terrier but generally I
am as easy going as a Great Dane.
Aware of my space at all
times, I remind myself of a Miniature Pinscher and I also have a jokester streak
and love fun such as they do. I can bark like the German Shepherd when I’m
threatened but can also be as chilled out as a Bassett Hound and as curious as a
Poodle. So generally, I guess as a senior dog, I still am lucky enough to be
alive with a blend of the following; Terrier, Poodle, Dane, Pinscher, and
What breed of dog reminds you most of
Are you a tenacious terrier or
a laid-back hound? Are you as brave as a Bulldog or as dauntless as a Dane? If
you a little obsessive about keeping things in the right place you might be a
Border Collie. If you are an incredible mixture of many great traits you might
be, like most Americans, a fascinating mixture of many great nationalities.
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