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7 Dog Personality Types: Which One Is Your Dog?

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By Nicole Cosgrove

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Dogs come in all kinds of different shapes and sizes. Some are natural hunters, while others are bred strictly as companion dogs. Pooches also have different personalities. So, what kinds of personalities might your dog have? We have put together a list of seven definitive dog personality types so you can more easily determine which one your furry family member has. Read on to learn more about the common dog personality types and how they might correspond to your own dog’s personality.Divider 8

The 7 Dog Personality Types

1. The Confident Dog Personality

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Dogs with confidence tend to hold their heads up high and don’t typically have a problem meeting strange people or other dogs while spending time in public settings. Confident dogs act with intention and can handle a little teasing from children. They tend to remain comfortable in their surroundings, whether at home, camping, or taking a road trip to a new location.

These are the dogs that typically earn themselves a spot as the pack leader in a multi-dog household. A  confident dog can become aggressive if they are met with negative repercussions for showing their confidence, either by a handler or another dog.

2. The Shy Dog Personality

Shy dogs can be playful and excitable with their family members, but they aren’t usually interested in meeting strangers, especially in their own homes. They tend to hide away in another room or curl up in a corner when people whom they aren’t familiar with are around. They won’t run and sniff or jump on strangers in public, preferring to keep their distance whenever possible.

Shy dogs don’t appreciate being forced into social situations that they are not comfortable with. If their family members push too much, they can become mistrustful and even aggressive. Owners should be patient with and understanding of their shy dogs to ensure trust and obedience.

3. The Happy-Go-Lucky Dog Personality

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These dogs are sometimes thought of as troublemakers because they live in the moment and can forget about the behaviors that should be displayed in a certain situation. Happy-go-lucky dogs can seem like they are puppies, even in adulthood. They tend to be curious, fun-loving, exuberant, and playful no matter the situation.

This personality type may have a hard time sitting and staying on command, especially if other things are going on around them. They have boundless love and affection to shower their family members with, and they are usually not shy about offering their company at any time during the day.

4. The Independent Dog Personality

An independent dog is happy to stay at home alone while their human parents head to work. They don’t need tons of attention to know their place in the household, and they usually prefer to sleep alone rather than on a lap. They will bond with the family member who acts as the pack leader, but they are not reliant on building relationships with others to maintain a happy life.

They should be socialized with other dogs while still puppies so they don’t become aggressive as they age. Independent dogs typically like a good problem to solve and won’t usually give up until they achieve their objective.

5. The Adaptable Dog Personality

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These dogs seem to be carefree and open-minded. They can adapt to just about any social situation, and they don’t mind meeting new people and other animals. They can live in a quiet home with one owner or thrive in an active home full of kids and other dogs. Adaptable dogs love to spend time with others but don’t usually mind spending some of their time at home alone when necessary.

The adaptable dog has patience and focus, making them easy to train. However, they are susceptible to being stolen because they tend not to be wary of strangers. They should always be supervised in social situations to keep them safe from harm and theft.

6. The Brainy Personality

Smart dogs are super easy to train and are awesome problem solvers. They tend to get bored quickly, so they need interaction and toys to keep their bodies and brains occupied throughout the day. If they aren’t mentally challenged, they can become destructive due to sheer boredom.

Dogs with brainy personalities tend to challenge their pack leaders, so a strong yet loving hand is needed to manage them on a day-to-day basis. Brainy dogs don’t put up with mischievous behavior from other dogs or children. They demand order in the household and will usually act accordingly.

7. The Social Personality

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Social dogs love being around other people, whether family members or strangers. They love playing with kids and will quickly become best friends with other dogs living in the same household. Naturally social dogs don’t enjoy spending time alone and can develop separation anxiety if there isn’t someone around the house to keep them company.

This personality type tends to be attracted to fun and games, so they shouldn’t be expected to sit in a corner and watch while the humans play games together in the house or have fun in the backyard. These dogs enjoy spending time at the dog park and will never turn down a car ride.

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Final Thoughts

Dogs don’t have to fit into just one of these personality categories. They may display more than one personality type as time goes on, so it’s important to manage them based on their behaviors and reactions rather than a label. Still, understanding the personality types that your dog may display can help you better understand them overall. The better you understand them, the better you can meet their physical, mental, and emotional needs. What personality type do you think your pooch is? Let us know what your dog does to display their personality to you and your loved ones!

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