What Dog Breed Are You, Emotionally?

By: Zoe Samuel
Estimated Completion Time
4 min
What Dog Breed Are You, Emotionally?
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About This Quiz

Dogs have been man's best friend for about ten thousand years. There are theories that dogs domesticated themselves, rather than the more common "human domesticates animal" scenario, but after dogs and humans started our journey together, one thing became sure: humans bred dogs for specific purposes. 

The single biggest difference between breeds is the way the dog's natural instincts express themselves. For example, herding dogs' instincts are similar to those of their wild cousins, but they stop short of the last task after herding an animal: ambushing and killing it. Thus, herding dogs can herd sheep, but won't kill them. Similarly, retrievers will locate and take possession of downed birds, but, at least in theory, won't eat them, bringing them back to the dog's master instead. Other classes of dogs, like guard dogs, dogs bred for fighting, or lapdogs, each require a specific emotional template in order to do their jobs well.

You're a human, dog's best friend, so how do you compare with this creature we've spent thousands of years with, side by side? Of the hundreds of breeds of dogs, which one reflects your emotional life? Which breed of dog shares your smile, and cries at the same things? With which dog do you share a deep bond? Take this quiz and find out.

How would you respond to a door-to-door salespeople?
I'd chat their ear off.
I'd chase them off.
I'd invite them in to hang out.
I'd threaten them.

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What kind of gift would you give to a party host?
Something for everyone, like a nice bottle of wine.
Something distinctive, like a small box of fancy chocolates.
Something thoughtful, like a decorative pillow with the image of a beloved pet on it.
Something useful, like a hunting knife.

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How do you act when you want to get attention at work?
I show off.
I go into my office and shut the door, then work my butt off.
I hang out at the water cooler.
I take the boss's space in the parking lot.

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How do you celebrate your birthday?
I invite all my friends out for a night on the town.
I have a stately dinner party.
Nothing special, just me and the family on the couch.
I get myself something cool, like a power suit or a Porsche.

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How do you respond when someone you don't know very well is a real downer?
I try to cheer them up, then leave them alone.
I poke them to see if they're just venting, and if they are, I'll listen. Otherwise, I'm out.
I hug them and try to help out.
I tell them to stop the pity party and turn my back on them.

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Which of these actions do you feel would cross the line in the workplace?
Taking someone else's desk.
Encroaching on someone else's territory at work.
Doing work!
Pranking someone.

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Thinking of the company parking lot, how did you pick your car?
I just look for something capable but practical and fun.
I want something compact but really useful.
I want something really comfy.
I want one faster and more expensive than the one used by my rival.

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What would you like to do to relax after a long day of work?
Play a pickup game at the local court.
Hang out with my kids.
Cuddle up with my significant other.
Work from home.

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In order to get better at your job, how do you prepare?
Train to add new skills.
Improve existing skills.
Prepare? Ha!
Focus on it 24/7, and sabotage the competition if possible.

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Who would you most love to hang out with?
My parents
My kids
My boo
My enemies

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What is the thing you most want people to think of you?
"Who wouldn't love them?"
"More than I expected."
"So much fun"
"Run from them!"

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At a party full of strangers, how might you behave?
I'd charm everyone.
I'd be a wallflower.
I'd hang with the cool kids.
I'd get into a fight with the bouncer.

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What kind of movie is most likely to make you cry?
A romance
A sports movie
A sentimental movie about family
A war movie

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What do you listen to in order to get pumped up?
Classic rock
Country
Pop
Hardcore anything

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In what sort of news are you emotionally invested?
Local
Business
Entertainment
Sports

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How do you feel when you watch someone on YouTube doing something you really want to do?
I want to get up and do it.
I want to learn how to do it better.
I want to watch more of it!
I want to make a video of myself doing a better job.

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How much time do you spend truly alone?
3 hours a day
7 hours a day
1 hour a day
12 hours a day

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Be honest. How often do you check Facebook?
3 times a day
7 times a day
20 times a day
I don't use it.

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How often do you see the close members of your family who you do not live with?
Several times a week
On the holidays
A couple of times a month
Never

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How often do you argue with your significant other?
Once a year at most
Every once in a while
Never
Every week

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How many people would you call "close friends"?
12
5
20
1

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How do you act when you want to get attention among friends in a social situation?
I do my party trick.
I dress to impress.
I run in circles.
I talk about my job.

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How optimistic do you feel about how things are going for you?
They're great!
They're fine.
Couldn't be better.
Honestly, not great.

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How much time do you spend worrying about things you can't control?
A couple hours a week I guess.
About an hour a day.
Zero time at all.
12 hours a day.

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What is your happy place?
The park
The woods
The sofa
The office

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What non-work-related activity do you use to define your sense of identity?
My amateur sports team
My peculiar fitness hobby
How much I can eat
My dead lift totals from the gym

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Compared to the average person, how likely is it that you would turn on a friend?
Very unlikely
Very likely
Impossible
I've already done it a couple times

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Which of these items would you feel naked without?
My glasses
My wallet
My remote
My phone

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What activity really gets under your skin?
Unnecessary negativity about others' joy
Explaining things to someone as though they need it, when they don't
Nagging
Mispronunciation of words

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What reason would you cite for not adopting a dog?
I can't spare the time
I don't have the room
I have an allergy
I don't like dogs

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