The next time you walk your dog, know this: People will judge you. Why? The type of dog you choose to own says something about your personality, according to researchers at Britain’s Bath Spa University and the Kennel Club’s Discover Dogs. Led by psychologist Dr. Lance Workman, the team surveyed 1,000 dog owners through an online questionnaire designed to test the so-called “Big Five” personality traits: conscientiousness, intelligence and creativity, emotional stability, extroversion and agreeableness.
What your dog’s breed says about your personality:
People who owned sporting dogs, such as Labrador retrievers and cocker spaniels, appeared more agreeable and conscientious in the survey.
People who owned herding dogs, such as German shepherds or sheepdogs, were more extroverted.
People who owned hound dogs, such as greyhounds and beagles, were more emotionally stable.
People who owned toy dogs, such as Chihuahuas or Yorkshire terriers, were more agreeable, more conscientious and more open to new experiences.
People who owned utility dogs, such as English bulldogs Shar-Peis and Chow Chows, were more conscientious and extroverted.
No personality traits stood out in the survey among people who owned terriers, such as the Staffordshire bull or the Scottie dog.
Just like terrier owners, those who owned working dogs, such as Dobermans or schnauzers, had no standout personality traits.
A study by Bath Spa University last year found that dog owners were nicer or “more agreeable” than the general population and that people were able to correctly match dogs with their owners, based on the way that they looked. But this study shows that the similarities between dogs and their owners may be more than skin deep.