Picking up the best dog for you can be difficult. Do you want one that matches your personality, or do you want to challenge yourself? Whatever you pick, it's important to remember that dogs are a lifelong commitment. They can live over a decade long, and they can easily become part of the family. If you want to find a dog that matches your personality type, check out the handful breeds below.
Intelligent and social, these retrievers embody the term extrovert. Perfect for families or homes with lots of people; these dogs have no problem making friends with anyone and everyone on the street.
If you are a high energy person, and like to be active, this is the dog for you. Malinois are incredibly intelligent but they are machines. These breeds are known to work with military and law enforcement as they can learn many commands to work as a tool/asset. Malinois typically create a bond with their owner, but they require hours of exercise and attention to day. Don't be fooled by how intelligent they are, they are known to have a fun side. If you're social, like to be out training, then these are a great companion for you.
These are also an intelligent and social dog. They are known to much rather greet strangers at the door than chase them away! So if you are okay with your dog wanting to meet strangers or have people come up to them, this is the breed for you. They are also known to be show dogs, so keep in mind that if you want to keep them looking like the traditionally kept and groomed poodles.
Maybe you don't necessarily fit between an extrovert or an introvert. You may feel that you're a mix of both, it just depends on the day or your mood. There's a few options for you if you want your dog to reflect your personality.
These little balls of fur tend to bond closely with their owner, perfect for any homebody. While they stick close to their human, they do love to socialize with other dogs when out. If you’re looking to find a dog that can help you make the olive branch for meeting people, consider these affectionate bundles of joy.
This breed tends to get a bad rap- usually just due to looks. While pits can look scary, it’s all about how they are raised (this goes for any breed). Pitbulls are loyal, adorable, strong and love people. Whether you are an introvert or extrovert, you get the best of both worlds. If you enjoy engaging with others but aren’t sure how to begin, visits to the local dog park or general walks will spike conversations thanks to your pup! Want to avoid those people? Solo walks with your dog and staying home are perfectly fine with this breed.
Smart and independent, these pups will keep themselves entertained when left alone. Sometimes called the cat breed of dogs; watch out for their stubbornness.
This breed comes with qualities that introverts dream about for their ‘perfect dog’: quiet, steady, good-natured and able to rest quietly. These dogs do so well with introverts that they are also used at times as therapy dogs or emotional support dogs. Don’t be fooled though- these calm dogs are massive when fully grown.
The miniature version of schnauzers are great lap dogs. If you like short walks and are more of a homebody, this is the perfect companion for you. While they will have energy to get out throughout the day, they won't need hours of walk or play time. While they get along with some dogs, they prefer a quiet household.
Now this is not breed specific, but it takes into consideration the dog as a whole. Rescue dogs tend to need quiet home environments where they can be the only pet. Unlike puppies who are adopted, rescues can come with an unknown background/history. When rehoming a rescue, being patient, quiet and calm will benefit both you and your new pup.
Whether you decide to find a dog that matches your personality or not, we hope you find a new companion with your pup. It's important to remember to research your breed before you get it, to understand the scope of their health and the breed specific needs. These bundles of joy can be great protectors and companions.
Author: Emily Schwerdtfeger