The decision to bring home a dog can be one of the most exciting decisions during your lifetime. However, it still warrants caution and careful consideration. Different breeds have different needs, personalities, etc. Before you make the decision, it may be a good idea to consider the breeds that match with your own lifestyle.

 

Most Popular Breeds Found at Bark ATL

 

In surveying the most popular breeds that have visited Bark ATL, your local cage-free doggie hotel, in 2016, we thought it would be fun to do personality match.  The following explores which human personality traits match up with the 5 most popular breeds playing at our daycare. Let's see if any of the 5 matches your personality!

 

Does Your Personality Match a Retriever?

 

A Labrador Retriever is an ideal family dog. They are kind, good-natured, and need vigorous exercise. It is not the most ideal pet for a busy person who will no be home most hours of the day. They mature slowly, remaining a spirited teenager for several years, so they require plenty of patience and training to manage.

 

This breed is perfect for you if..

  • You are able to provide sufficient amount of exercise, and this doesn't mean just a couple of short walks around the block.
  • You like short, easy-care coat.
  • You are patient and have enough energy to deal with rowdiness and exuberant jumping.
  • You are able to deal with an average amount of shedding.

Does Your Personality Match a German Shepherd?

 

Mental exercise is important for German Shepherd. This can include advanced obedience classes, agility classes, tracking, herding, etc. German Shepherds are extremely smart and think a lot. They can also be on the more aggressive and dominant side. If you are unable to provide plenty of exercise and interesting activities for this breed, they may be destructive when bored or not exercised enough.

 

For German Shepherds, it is extremely important to remember that early and ongoing socialization is crucial if you want to develop a stable, confident temperament.

 

This beed is perfect for you if...

  • You like dogs that are strong, athletic, and energized.
  • You want a dog that thrives on challenging activities and exercise.
  • You are able to provide sufficient amount of exercising and activities.
  • You are able to deal with constant heavy shedding.
  • You are able to deal with legal liabilties such as insurance problems, potential lawsuits, etc.

Does Your Personality Match a French Bulldog?

 

French Bulldogs, or "Frenchies" are comical, entertaining, and adorable. Adult Frenchies tend to be classified as champion couch potatoes, so they do not need as much exercise as the other two breeds mentioned above.

 

They are quite peaceful, and do not bark much. However, they can be challenging to train due to the fact that they can be stubborn. Also, because they are part of the short-faced breeds, they snort and snuffle. They are unable to swim because of his squat build and heavy head. So be careful, swimmers!

 

This breed is perfect for you if...

  • You love dogs that are on the smaller side, but not a delicate lapdog.
  • You want a dog that does not need as much exercise.
  • You like dogs who are quiet and don't bark much
  • You can deal with stubbornness, snorting, wheezing, snoring, and some slobbering.
  • You are able to deal with quite a few potential health problems due to deformed face.

Does Your Personality Match a Yorkshire Terrier?

 

Yorshire Terriers, or "Yorkies," are lively, physically and mentally quick, and are a lover of comfort. They are bright and learn quickly, but can be bossy and scrappy with other dogs.  An important thing to remember with Yorkies are that barking should be attempted to be controlled and maintained from day one.

 

This breed is perfect for you if...

  • You like small, fine-boned, elegant dogs that are easy to carry around.
  • You don't like dogs that shed too much. (Yorkies shed very lightly!)
  • You don't want to deal with fragility of toy breeds
  • You don't mind regularly grooming, brushing, and trimming the coat short.
  • You want a dog that doesn't require too much exercise.

Does Your Personality Match a Siberian Husky?

 

Siberian Huskies are free-spirited, good-natured, playful, athletic, and light on his feet. They love the outdoors, and should be taken out for exercise and activities quite often. They especially love the cool weather and teaching him how to pull carts or sleds will give him purpose in life.

 

Without much exercise, mental activity, and lots of companionship and love, he can be incredibly destructive.  Another side note is that they should not be kept close to rabbits, ferrets, or bids.

 

This breed is perfect for you if...

  • You have enough time to take him out for intense exercise outdoors.
  • You want a dog that is free-spirited and playful.
  • You like medium-sized, furry, and fluffy dogs.
  • You want a dog that is athletic, good-natured with strangers and sociable with other dogs.
  • You have a high fence and large backyard.
  • You can deal with heavy shedding.
  • You are able to handle rowdiness and his strong instincts to chase and grab anything that runs. (Such as cats, rabbits, etc.)

How To Find The Best Dog Breed For You

 

Didn't match to any of the breeds above?   We found a quiz that may help find your perfect match. Dogtime’s range of questions is a useful tool that will reveal the ideal animal choice for you and your family. To take the quiz, click here.