Answer These Questions About Your Dog and We'll Guess Which Single Word Best Describes Them

By: Zoe Samuel

Answer These Questions About Your Dog and We'll Guess Which Single Word Best Describes Them
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About This Quiz

If you're fortunate enough to have had more than one dog in your life, then you know that no two dogs are exactly alike. Dogs are not people, but they have personalities, and that means all of them are their very own characters. They certainly tend to have characteristics in common with other members of their own breed, and the way they're raised and the experiences they have will also impact how they turn out, but underneath that, they certainly have a set of individual predispositions just as distinctive as those of any human.

That means knowing your dog inside out is not something you can assume - you have to get to know your dog. Of course, just as you learn about your dog, so your dog learns about you - and that brings us to the ultimate truth about your dog's personality. As the saying goes, dogs take after their owners, and that means however your dog turns out, it's likely a reflection of something deep within you as well as them. They have their own path, but they will also mirror you back to yourself - and we suspect that you're going to like what you see. So, tell us a little about your dog, and we'll figure out what kind of dog they are, and possibly even shine a little light on their loving owner while we're at it!

Does your dog know a lot of commands?
Yes, but that doesn't help.
No, my dog is adorable but dumb as a box of rocks.
Yes, many!
Quite a few

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Does your dog break the rules a lot?
Yes
Never on purpose
Only on purpose
Only when full of pep

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When you say "no", how does your dog react?
Naughtily
Tragically
Craftily
Guiltily

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What is your dog's enemy?
Doors
Nobody
Cats
Roomba

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Does your dog like strangers?
Yes, mostly
My dog loves all living things and some things that aren't living.
Not generally
Only if they seem friendly

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What weird thing does your dog do?
My dog can escape any room no matter how well-locked.
Burrow into my arms in spooning position then turn its head amazingly far to back at me, like an owl
Sing along when I play the piano
My dog is scared of spiders, and only spiders.

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What is your dog's party trick?
Convincing guests to put down their plate for just a moment
Hugging everyone
Jumping very fast in circles until dizzy
Finding the guest with the biggest lap and demanding to sit on it

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Does your dog have any nervous tics such as chewing its own paws?
Yes, sometimes my dog knocks stuff over when anxious.
My dog is fairly zen unless I'm sick.
Yes, my dog chews a lot of things.
My dog gets anxious if it's time for walkies, but there is no walkies.

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Is your dog showing any signs of slowing down since reaching adulthood?
No, my dog is still full of bounce.
Yes, somewhat
My dog was never that fast.
No, quite the opposite

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How would your dog confront a burglar?
My dog would bark and howl until the burglar ran away.
My dog would be too scared.
My dog would come and get me.
My dog would kill the burglar then proudly show me.

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Does your dog let you know what he or she is thinking?
Only when it is something easy to convey
Not specifically as in needing a walk or some such, but emotions, yes!
Yes, all the time
No, I have to figure it out.

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You always go for walkies at 4.30. It's 4.45 and you haven't budged. What is your dog going to do?
Sit looking at the doorhandle, then come back to me, get my attention, and look again, repeating as needed
Sit right next to me and sigh a lot
Bring the leash or car keys to my hand
Nothing, my dog has no idea what time it is.

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What kind of contact does your dog especially crave?
Back scratches
Hugs
Belly rubs
Ear scritches

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When you put on music, what does your dog do?
Look for where it is coming from
Lie nearby and look happy
Howl gently along
Bounce around excitedly

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The full moon is gleaming through the window! How does your dog react?
Bark and yap at it
Flee from the terrifying sky monster
No reaction, my dog knows the moon is just a moon.
Howl at the moon to scare it away - which eventually "works," resulting in a prideful strut.

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You get a delightful new puppy. What's your dog's immediate response?
Knock the puppy on its back a few times to show it who is boss
Cuddle it and reassure it
Ignore it resolutely
Try to play with it

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When your dog was new, did you ever have any arguments in front of it?
Only short and minor ones
Yes, a few
No, we kept that away from the dog.
There were a couple big blow-ups.

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You encounter a new river on a walk. How does your dog react to it?
Run up to it then stop and check with me before jumping in
Drink it.
Carefully investigate it, then swim.
Jump in!

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How does your dog feel about your car?
It is another place full of things to chew!
The car means going to the vet, it is the worst place in the world.
If I leave the car open, my dog will just sit in it to make sure I can't go anywhere solo.
The car! The car! Are we going on a car ride? Hooray!

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Can your dog be alone for a few hours without getting anxious?
Yes, being alone is a chance to cause havoc.
Yes, my dog trusts that I will come back.
Generally, though we had to work on it a little
Yes, but my dog will always try to come after me.

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When you get home, what is the first thing your dog does?
Jump on me and wag furiously
Burrow into my chest making little grunting sounds
Bring me a toy to play with
Bring me a dead thing that it killed

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How does your dog feel about electric fences?
They are to be avoided if possible, but you can slink under them if you have to.
They are terrifying and must be avoided no matter what.
They are scary; they bite!
They are for jumping repeatedly.

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How does your dog react to thunderstorms?
Bouncing around
Hiding and crying
Coming to me for reassurance
Howling

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Does your dog travel well?
Yes, as long as there is water and a toy
No, my dog gets sick in the car.
Yes, my dog trusts me.
Yes! Travel is adventure!

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How did your dog come to be in your life?
I dated/married the owner and now their dog is our dog.
Rescued from a shelter
Purchased from a breeder
Puppy of a friend's dog, given to me as a gift

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Is there any category of people your dog just dislikes for no apparent reason?
My dog is weirdly freaked out by covered faces, for example hood plus sunglasses.
My dog loves everyone.
Anyone who doesn't like dogs - my dog always knows.
My dog is mistrustful of strangers.

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If you're at home working at your desk, how might your dog hang out with you?
Climb on my lap if possible
Lie at my feet
Bring me a toy
Bring a toy and play on their own until I'm done

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How does your dog feel about delivery guys?
Sometimes they have treats!
They are new friends.
They are not to be trusted.
They are invaders!

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What item in your house would your dog secretly like to send into exile?
My cat - my dog doesn't like it at all.
My phone - it takes up too much of my attention.
Hairdryer - it is loud and obviously evil.
My treadmill - it's an alternative to a proper walkies and thus bad.

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What is your dog's favorite surprise treat?
Squeaky toy
Whatever I choose to give is the best treat.
Pig's ear
Big meaty bone for munching

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