Which Furry Companion Matches Your Personality?

Just like there are a wide variety of human personality traits, every furry companion has distinguishing characteristics too. Concentrating on a dog’s behavior will help you notice his traits. Some dogs are lazy and introverted while others are energetic and confident.

If you are looking for a dog that would match your personality and adjust well with your lifestyle, keep reading to make an informed decision.

1. Extroverted

If you are an active and outgoing person, you are better off with a furry companion that shares similar attributes. A herding dog like a German shepherd or a sheepdog such as a Border collie would best fit your lifestyle.

These dogs are loyal, intelligent, obedient and watchful. German shepherds are especially protective of their families and make excellent guard dogs. Herding dogs and sheepdogs are energetic breeds and make great companions for equally active owners.

2. Introverted

People who are introverted tend to look for quieter dogs that require lesser time outdoors. If that sounds like you, go for breeds such as the English toy spaniel or a Cavalier King Charles spaniel.

These dogs do not bark a lot and require only a moderate amount of exercise, such as a short walk around the block. A Havanese or a Chihuahua would also match your personality, but they may tend to be a little more vocal.

3. Fitness Buff

People who are fitness buffs prefer a healthy and active routine. If you love walking outdoors and exercising vigorously, dog breeds such as Doberman or Rottweiler are perfect furry companions for you.

These canine companions will thoroughly enjoy playing around in the open with you. The Doberman is an intelligent, well-muscled and energetic breed. A Rottweiler thoroughly enjoys all kinds of exercise including running, swimming and playing fetch.

So if you have an elaborate exercise regimen, make a fun addition to it by adopting one of these pups.

4. Workaholic

Perhaps you have a busy life but want a furry companion by your side when you return home. In this case, adopting an independent-minded dog such as an Alaskan malamute is a good idea.

They are free-spirited dogs who can be left alone for a few hours. However, keep in mind that all dogs need a sufficient amount of socialization to prevent them from indulging in destructive behaviors. If you have a hectic routine, it is best to adopt two dogs so that they can keep each other company while you are no available.

5. Family-Oriented

If home and family are the most important aspects of your life, you need a loving and affectionate companion. Gentle Pomeranians or poodles are definitely the best indoor dogs you can adopt.

These pooches love human interaction and are ideal if you have kids in the house. They love to cuddle and spend time with family. They will also serve as watchdogs and alert you if they sense a stranger around.

6. Social Butterfly

A blooming social life is good for your mental health. If you are someone who loves giving and attending parties, consider adopting either a Labrador retriever or an Irish setter.

They would love to explore new places with you. Moreover, they are friendly dogs who do not tend to get aggressive or feel threatened around strangers. Labrador retrievers are likely to greet your guests in an amicable manner and feel comfortable socializing with them.

7. Anxious over-thinker

Do you find yourself getting extremely stressed out over situations? Don’t worry, all you need a comforting friend to ease your worries.

According to a 2012 study, human interaction with animals activates the oxytocin hormone in the system, giving you that warm, fuzzy feeling. Adopt a Golden Retriever to soothe your frazzled nerves. Their calm and compliant presence is sure to make you feel better.

8. Traveler

Maybe you are someone who loves to travel or need to do so due to the nature of your job. What’s better than a portable pup to accompany you on your journeys?

Choose a Yorkshire Terrier or a Maltese puppy to take along. They can easily fit inside a suitable carry-on and are usually quiet dogs. Maltese are especially gentle, affectionate and trusting dogs. They will also prove to be fun companions as these pups love learning new tricks.

9. Beach lover

Don’t you absolutely love a sunny day at the beach? A Portuguese water dog or Golden Retriever can prove to be your best companions.

The Portuguese water dog has a waterproof coat and will enjoy quality time with you or your family. They are high on energy and are naturally outgoing, friendly and curious.

Make sure that your buddy does not get de-hydrated or sunburned while at the beach. Always keep an eye out for your pooch and never leave him alone near the water.

10. Couch Potato

If you love movie marathons at home or simple love spending lazy afternoons on your couch, you need a low-maintenance dog. Bull Mastiffs are laid back pups that are perfectly alright with napping most of the time.

They do not require much outdoor activity and become lazier as they age. Moreover, mastiffs are popularly known as gentle giants as they prove to be affectionate companions.

Each dog has his own personality and learns to communicate with humans in different ways. Adopting a dog that matches your personality would keep both, you and him happy and satisfied.

Once you adopt a puppy, it is important to understand his temperament and preferences. For example, if your dog does not like meeting other animals, then you need to be aware of it. Having a pooch whose personality is more in tune with yours will help you develop a better connection with him.

by Maria A Davidson || You can’t buy love, but you can rescue it™

Facts About Animal Homelessness:

  1. Only 1 out of every 10 dogs born will find a permanent home.
  2. The main reasons animals are in shelters: owners give them up, or animal control finds them on the street.
  3. Each year, approximately 2.7 million dogs and cats are killed every year because shelters are too full and there aren’t enough adoptive homes. Act as a publicist for your local shelter so pets can find homes. Sign up for Shelter Pet PR.
  4. Approximately 7.6 million companion animals enter animal shelters nationwide every year. Of those, approximately 3.9 million are dogs and 3.4 million are cats.
  5. According to the National Council on Pet Population Study and Policy (NCPPSP), less than 2% of cats and only 15 to 20% of dogs are returned to their owners.
  6. 25% of dogs that enter local shelters are purebred.
  7. About twice as many animals enter shelters as strays compared to the number that are relinquished by their owners.
  8. It’s impossible to determine how many stray dogs and cats live in the United States. Estimates for cats alone range up to 70 million.
  9. Only 10% of the animals received by shelters have been spayed or neutered. Overpopulation, due to owners letting their furry companion accidentally or intentionally reproduce, sees millions of these “excess” animals killed annually.
  10. Many strays are lost pets that were not kept properly indoors or provided with identification.
  11. According to The Humane Society, there are about 3,500 brick-and-mortar animal shelters in the US and 10,000 rescue groups and animal sanctuaries in North America.

Here are a some adoptions for consideration:  puccicafe.com/adoptions