Do You Know What Dog Breeds Are Most Associated With These Behaviors?


By: Talin Vartanian

6 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

Dogs are great house pets who have distinct personalities depending on their breed. Some dogs are fun, sweet and playful, while other dogs tend to be aggressive, aloof towards strangers and difficult to train. In this quiz, we'll take a look at various types of dogs and their associated behaviors.

Some dogs have bad separation anxiety, which means that they don't like to be left alone for too long. These dogs include an Australian shepherd, a bichon frise, and a German shorthaired pointer. On the other hand, dogs like an Afghan hound, a chow chow and a Shiba Inu don't mind being left alone and are quite independent in nature.

Other dogs are difficult to train and are not great for first-time dog owners. These include a basenji, a chow chow and an Afghan hound. On the flip side, dogs like a German shepherd, a Cavalier King Charles spaniel, a Labrador retriever and a papillon are obedient, good-natured and love to learn new tricks.

This quiz will look at 35 behavioral traits that are associated with specific breeds of dogs. Think you can score a 35/35 with your dog breed knowledge? Try this quiz now to see how well you do!

Which of these dog breeds is confident and dominant in personality?

Confident and dominant in personality, Rottweilers are also known as "protection dogs," or "butcher's dogs" in German.


This dog breed is very vocal and snappy. Can you name it?

Maltese dogs have a lifespan of 12-15 years and are vocal and snappy in nature. Though they are active dogs, they can be quite gentle towards humans!


Which of these dogs is very aggressive in nature?

Chihuahuas can be aggressive towards people they don't know but settle down in the arms of their owners. These dogs are also very small in size, weighing up to 6 pounds.


This dog has a tendency to be stubborn. Which one is it?

Dachshunds are stubborn in nature but are devoted to their owners. They also love to play and are very intelligent.


Which of these dogs is very independent?

Coonhounds are independent dogs and are also considered to be scent hounds. They are typically very energetic dogs, perfect for an active family.


This type of dog is quiet and shy. Can you name it?

Basenjis actually have the nickname "barkless dog" because they rarely bark. However, their barks are known to sound like yodeling.


You wouldn't describe this dog breed as very calm or easy to groom. Can you guess which one?

Chow chow dogs are dominant in personality and can be aggressive towards humans. Their furs will shed quite frequently and can be red, brown or black in color.


This type of dog likes to bark a lot. What's the name of it?

Miniature pinschers have a lifespan of 15 years and are known to be very vocal and active. They love to play and can also be quite clever.


Which of these dogs is dependent in nature? (It's not an independent dog).

Jack Russell terriers are energetic, little dogs who love to gain the attention of their owners. They are also vocal and love to bark a lot.


You won't see much aggression from a ... ?

Bernese mountain dogs are very friendly and loyal and rarely show aggression. They also make a wonderful watchdog.


Which of these dogs is highly predatory?

Salukis are fast dogs who are highly predatory and are known to chase small wildlife. They can also be quiet and reserved in nature.


A dog typically lazy in nature might be a ... ?

English bulldogs are very sensitive to heat and typically lazy in nature. They actually like being indoors more than going outside!


This type of dog is a calm aristocrat. Can you name it?

Borzoi dogs look aristocratic with their long, slender build. They're known for being calm, yet can bring out their jokester personality when entertained.


The most playful dog in this list is a ... ?

Tibetan terriers love the great outdoors, especially since they love to run, jump, and climb. They are even known to play in the snow!


You might say this type of dog is NOT easy to train. Can you guess which it is?

Although Australian cattle dogs are obedient and protective in nature, they can be quite difficult to train. This is due to their aggressive tendencies and need to exercise often.


Which of these dogs is NOT great for families and children?

These types of dogs are sheep herders by nature, so it can be difficult to raise them with kids. They are also hard to train due to their need to exercise frequently.


Here's one dog with a low drive to hunt prey. Do you know what it's called?

Japanese Chin dogs have a very low prey drive and are considered to be "cat-like" in nature. This means that they love to snuggle and be lazy around the house.


This type of dog makes a great cuddle buddy. What's the name of it?

Golden retrievers are great for cuddling due to their kind and calm nature. This is one reason they're one of the most popular breeds of dogs for families today!


This friendly dog breed is playful, making it a good family dog. Can you guess which dog was originally bred for warfare?

Irish wolfhounds are an affectionate breed that is also known for being a bit clumsy. It was originally bred for war with the task of removing fighters from their horses.


Which of the following is the least destructive dog?

West Highland terriers, or "Westies," are not very destructive in nature, though they can be quite playful. The rest of the dogs in the list have destructive tendencies.


Which of these dogs has a low amount of energy?

Saint Bernards can grow to be quite heavy dogs and are lazy in nature. Their low energy also means they are patient, calm and friendly.


This type of dog has separation anxiety issues. Can you name it?

Known for its small size, the bichon frise dog has separation anxiety issues, which means that they don't like to be left alone. However, their sensitive nature is met with highly playful tendencies.


The most sociable dog in this list is a ... ?

Beagles are hound dogs who are small in size. They are also gentle and lovable creatures who love to be around other dogs and people.


Which of these dogs would NOT make a good guard dog?

Due to their overly friendly nature, Irish setters would not make good guard dogs. Instead, they like to try and befriend everyone they see.


Can you guess which of these dogs is very territorial in nature?

Rhodesian ridgebacks originate from South Africa and have a history of guarding their owners from potential threats. Their fearless nature also makes them very territorial.


This type of dog doesn't drool too much. Can you name it?

Finnish Spitz dogs are very playful dogs who live to be 13-15 years old. They also don't drool too much and have a beautiful golden coat of fur.


The most docile dog in this list is a ... ?

Papillions are a type of spaniel who live to be 15-years-old. They are also quite docile in nature, which makes them obedient and easy to train.


Can you identify which of these dogs is low-maintenance?

Known for greyhound racing, greyhounds are actually calm and low-maintenance dogs to take care of. They enjoy being lazy around the house with minimal exercise.


Which of these dogs are best for cold climates?

Alaskan malamutes have very thick coats to keep them toasty in cold climates. They also love to play in the snow and are loyal to their owners.


Which of these dogs loves to exercise?

Weimaraners are known for their high intelligence and need to exercise often. These dogs are quite energetic in nature and love to walk, run and play outside.


This type of dog doesn't mind being home alone. Can you guess what it is?

Miniature schnauzers are fine being left home alone, while the other dogs in the list have bad separation anxiety. Miniature schnauzers are also very intelligent dogs.


The most sensitive dog in this list is a ... ?

Staffordshire bull terriers are very sensitive dogs who don't respond well to punishments. They also tend to show a lot of affection and are very loyal dogs.


You might call this breed talkative. Can you guess which one?

Pomeranians are very talkative in nature and bark quite a bit. They are also very active and love to play outdoors.


Which of these is not a trait of a German shepherd?

German shepherds are loyal, obedient and very intelligent dogs who are also fearless. They are easy to train and are used often as emergency personnel dogs.


Pugs are known for being ... ?

Pugs are the ultimate lazy type of dog who also hates hot weather environments. They also don't bark often and don't like to be left alone.


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