According to Cesar, the type of dog breed you own may tell an awful lot about you. Because our four-legged friends come in a variety of breeds and types, there are of course a number of personality traits that go with them.

And there are studies that suggest that the type of dog breed you have may reveal some personality traits of your own. In other words: you may have more in common with your dog than you thought possible.

Poodles, Toy Breeds, Chihuahuas

According to studies, owners of these sorts of breeds are fun-loving, loyal and even sincere. And because of the size of these dogs (for the most part), these owners tend to love to be on the move and like to check out other parts of the world.

It’s also rather obvious that owners of dogs like poodles are meticulous when it comes to appearance, taking considerable time to get things just right. 🙂


Because boxers are active, energetic dogs, owners of boxers are life-loving folks with a playful side. Boxer owners tend to like to keep busy and are prone to have a lot of things going on, but they thrive on this type of eventful lifestyle and enjoy having a dog that can keep them on their proverbial toes.


These dogs are known for being persistent and determined, so it stands to reason that these qualities are associated with their owners as well. Bulldog owners also have a good sense of humor and love to laugh, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t capable of buckling down and getting some serious work done. Bulldog owners are also known for their gentleness and sentimentality.

Golden Retrievers and Labradors

These dogs make great family pets, so makes sense that owners of these dogs would hold family as a top priority. These owners are also generally good-natured and friendly, putting their families first and enjoying social activities more than most. If you go to a park and see a golden retriever hanging out with his or her family, you know you’re seeing someone having some serious fun.

Doberman Pinschers & Rottweilers

These dogs often get a bad rap for being vicious, but that’s not the case, at all!  In fact, much like the Pit Bull, these breeds end up in the hands of all the WRONG people.

Doberman’s are what I consider to be the most noble of all breeds.  They are proud, beautiful and fearless, yet warm and gentle with their family and others as well.  They were bred to be guard dogs and “yes” they sleep with one eye open when a stranger is in the house (not really; that’s an old tale).

They are very loyal to their family.  My own vet used to recommend Doberman’s as a family pet if someone would ask her which breed she would recommend.  As you may be aware, I’ve been the proud owner of many Dobermans over the years and I’ve talked a great deal about “Jenna” here on my blog.

Rottweilers are courageous dogs and they tend to not only carry but command a lot of respect.   Owners of both of these breeds tend to be confident and loyal. They can be devoted almost to a fault and will be there in a pinch to defend their loved ones from harm.

Great Danes

A final type of dog breed to check out is the Great Dane. Owners of these wonderful dogs tend to be giving and responsible people. They are hard-working as well, for the most part, and enjoy prioritizing work to get the job done. That doesn’t mean that Great Dane owners are workaholics, but they do value a job well done.

So, what do you think?  Does breed indicate personality traits in humans?  Share your thoughts below! Click here if you would like to check out some fun doggy facts.

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  • Melissa Venn

    No one seems to ever acknowledge the wonderful Norwegian Elkhound!!!! We ended up with one, and he is a wonderful, great guy! My husband commented that he is ‘scary smart, and boy, he was right on!

    • janie knetzer

      Hi Melissa:

      I don’t know much about the Norwegian Elkhound, but “thanks” for bringing it to everybody’s attention. Very pretty and they seem so attentive!


  • Sandra

    What about us collie owners? Have had a collie as my Best Friend (quite a few now) since I was 12 and am 59 now!

    • Bev

      Never owned a Collie but I love them!
      They are soooooooo beautiful! Always loved Lassie as a child!

    • janie knetzer

      Hi Sandra:
      Uhhh, so they say collies are loyal, affectionate, elegant and graceful. Does this fit your own profile? I adopted an older collie mix several years ago and even though a mix, she definitely fit this description. Of course, she loved to nip at our ankles and herd us! lol!


  • Dillonsmom

    Doberman Pinschers

    These dogs are very serious, intense, and determined. Owners are leaders versus followers and love to plan and organize a situation. People who live with dobermans are said to be very” organized and go about achieving their goals in a polite yet firm fashion”

    Ha ha one more thing I don’t agree with ceaser milan on.

    • janie knetzer

      Hi Dillons Mom:
      Another dobie owner. Yep, you hit the nail on the head. They are extremely serious, intense and unbelievably determined dogs. You must be a leader when you own a dobe in order to really gain their respect. I too don’t agree with Cesar on many issues, but this article was fun to do!


  • Bev

    What about Irish Setters?
    My last dog was a beautiful Irish.

    • janie knetzer

      Hi Bev:
      Ok, so Irish Setters they say are very energetic, vivacious and easy going. They love being with their family. So, is this you Bev? ~Janie

      • Bev

        lol!! Quincy was more energetic than me:) I really miss him.


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