They can’t talk, but dogs say a lot about their owners’ personalities, a new study has found.
People who owned hound dogs, like greyhounds and beagles, were more emotionally stable, according to Workman’s survey.
“That means calm and consistent,” said Workman, who pointed out that President Lyndon Johnson had a beagle.
Beagles, known for their happy-go-lucky, family-friendly demeanor, are the third most popular breed in America. Greyhounds are the fastest breed, according to the AKC.
People who owned toy dogs, like Chihuahuas or Yorkshire terriers, were more agreeable, more conscientious and more open to new experiences.
“Openness to new experiences is sometimes lumped in with intelligence,” said Workman. “There’s this view that people who own toy dogs are air heads, so this was quite nice to see.”
Celebrity toy dog owners include Paris Hilton, who has a Chihuahua named Tinkerbell. The breed is known for its confidence and sense of self importance, according to the AKC.
People who owned utility dogs, like English bulldogs Shar-Peis and Chow Chows, were more conscientious and extroverted.
The English bulldog, which muscled its way into the AKC’s top 10 breeds in 2008, is known for its kindness, courage and “dignified” demeanor. They’re also gentle and protective.
No personality traits stood out in the survey among people who owned terriers, like the Staffordshire bull or the Scottie dog.
“Terrier owners were kind of middling,” said Workman. “They weren’t high or low on anything in particular.”
The Staffordshire bull mixes courage and tenacity with affection for friends, children in particular. Scottie dogs, on the other hand, “exude ruggedness and power,” according to the AKC.
When asked whether dog owners were more agreeable than cat owners, Workman paused.