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frostedviolets Tue 16-Jun-20 15:52:08

Tend to subconsciously choose dog breeds whose expected traits/temperament mirror our own?

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BiteyShark Tue 16-Jun-20 15:57:57

Spaniels are known for being friendly and I am positively grumpy most of the time grin.

They are considered to be good with children. I am child free by choice.

They are eager to please. Definitely not me.

Ummm maybe I choose the wrong dog confusedgrin.

OwlInAnOakTree Tue 16-Jun-20 16:03:53

I think I partly chose a border collie because their temperaments match my son's.

Although I'm hoping to do a better job of training said border collie than I have of my son.

frostedviolets Tue 16-Jun-20 16:20:21

I think I partly chose a border collie because their temperaments match my son's

I also have a border collie!
It’s frightening how close the two personalities are!

Dog is high strung/a worrier and I have terrible anxiety

Dog is not comfortable with other dogs and I am not comfortable with other people

Dog is exceedingly lazy and I am exceedingly lazy

Dog likes peace and quiet and I like peace and quiet

Dog is very ‘boring’ and sensible eg, never digs holes, chews things she shouldn’t, has accidents, barks excessively etc and I also am extremely boring and sensible.

Interestingly, my DH is quite ‘alpha male’; extremely confident, very assertive, calm and unscareable and always loved Anatolians.
Big, calm, assertive and unscareable.
Like him!

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BiteyShark Tue 16-Jun-20 16:36:44

Forgot, dog is quite cautious and timid and I am confident.

I would like to say we share similarities with looks as he is gorgeous but unfortunately I don't think I can even blag that one grin

welshdaisy Tue 16-Jun-20 16:47:03

We got our little fella Buddy on a whim. Wouldn't change him for the world and he's brought so much joy to our lives. He's a chihuahua/poodle mix and he's my shadow. He is always eager to please me more than the rest of the family and he's very relaxed, like me. When we first got him he was a nutter (8weeks old) but his personality has definitely calmed down to match mine as I'm the human he spends the majority of time with smile

Windyatthebeach Tue 16-Jun-20 16:55:09

We have Lurchers.. Personally I have never wanted to run fast and catch a rabbit!!
Did have a rottweiler that was grumpy and loved chocolate..

Maybe you have a point op...

OwlInAnOakTree Tue 16-Jun-20 17:01:18

Oh that's interesting frostedviolets. I was going to say, after reading your post and welshdaisy's, that maybe dogs' temperaments match those of the human they spend most time with? But I imagine BiteyShark would disagree with that. grin

My puppy is completely different around me to when he's around my over-active, loud DS7. Quite calm (mostly) with me and entertains himself well. As hyperactive as my son when he's with him. This is no bad thing, I guess, as we both want different things from a dog!

I'm interested to know why you chose a border collie frostedviolets, or was it the particular dog you chose?

frostedviolets Tue 16-Jun-20 17:10:37

I'm interested to know why you chose a border collie
Always liked the herding breeds, DH was keen on a GSD but I thought a GSD might be a bit too intense, plus both of our parents happen to be petrified of that particular breed!

Wanted something medium - large sized, long haired, eager to please/easy to train, playful.

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BiteyShark Tue 16-Jun-20 18:00:14

* maybe dogs' temperaments match those of the human they spend most time with?*

Mine spends equal time with lots of different people so maybe that's why he isn't like me grin

Ylvamoon Tue 16-Jun-20 18:29:50

I chose the Tibetan Terrier, because someone said that they are mischievous and have a sense of humor!

mine definitely have the odd laugh at my expense

Stellaris22 Tue 16-Jun-20 18:46:07

We have a basset hound and she definitely suits us and our family. She likes her morning lie ins and lounging on the sofa, bit like us! But we aren't as stubborn as her.

We call her our spirit animal we're so similar.

pigsDOfly Tue 16-Jun-20 18:48:56

My dog is pretty independent and has a mind of her own, which I assume is because there's just the two of us here and I'm also like that.

Also, at the moment our hair is becoming very similar; she's long haired and fluffy, and I need to visit a hairdresser urgently.

Wolfiefan Tue 16-Jun-20 18:53:22

Mine like to sleep.
They are big and heavy.
Yep. Maybe my dogs are like their owner. grin

GrumpyMiddleAgedWoman Tue 16-Jun-20 19:18:12

Jeez, no.
My younger dog is a terrible flirt and incredibly extroverted. If she were human, I would find her intensely annoying.
Given the choice, I would live behind a padlocked gate at the end of a lane and see about three people a week aside from DH and the DC, with perhaps one social outing alternate Wednesdays.

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