The 6 Main Personality Types of Dogs

Just like humans dogs fall into different personality types. And just like us, they can also exhibit behavior from more than one of the different personality types. Understanding what main personality type your dog has can greatly help you understand why they act certain ways in different situations.  Predicting how your dog, or dogs, will react in new situations is important.  It helps to avoid unnecessary confrontations while on walks, at the dog park, introducing now dogs into the household, and in many other new situations.

Understanding why your dogs acts the way they do can also help build a strong bond between the two of you.  Not all dogs enjoy being around other dogs though, and that’s okay.  It’s not always something that needs “fixed”, it’s just that they prefer to be alone.

How dogs interact with other dogs is mostly guided by pack behavior.  This comes naturally to them.  Thousands of years of evolution and instinct make up this pack behavior. Dogs are far enough removed from wolves that their pack hierarchy is much different.  Trying to train a dog based on wolves can cause your dog to become distrustful of you.

Experts say that most dogs will fit into these six personality types for interactions with other dogs. Although they can exhibit traits from more than one of the personality types.

Main Personality Types of Dogs

  1. Aggressive
  2. Confident
  3. Outgoing
  4. Adaptable
  5. Insecure (Shy/Timid)
  6. Independent

Over the next few days we’ll learn more about the six main personality types of dogs, and you can see if you can identify your dog’s personality. It may not be as easy as you think, watching how your dog reacts to familiar situations may help you to identify who they really are.

Working with many dogs on a daily basis, and having lots of foster dogs through our house, knowing each dog’s personality type is a huge help.  Before we even get a foster dog to the house, we have to know which group of dogs the new foster will fit in with best.

This post is part of the series The 6 Main Personality Types of Dogs

Other posts in this series:

  1. The 6 Main Personality Types of Dogs (Current)
  2. Personality Types: Aggressive Dogs
  3. Personality Types: Confident Dogs

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