They say that your dog is a reflection of your personality, so it makes sense that your choice of breed speaks volumes about you. The difference in owning a little cutie you can squeeze and dress up, and a big, robust dog that needs exercise rather than attention is massive, and choosing a dog that suits your temperament and lifestyle is so important.
Every dog is unique, but different breeds have different traits. Here is a break down of some of the most popular dog breeds out there to see what your choice of pet says about you — and if you’re in the market for a new dog, what you can expect from the type you have your eye on!
If you own a Rottweiler you understand the amount of respect the breed requires. They're not vicious by temperament, and can be laid back and affectionate to their owners. However, they are quick to react if they're rubbed up the wrong way, and ferocious when defending their loved ones. Courageous, confident dogs, they often inspire the same characteristics in their humans.
Gentle souls, Rotties are mellow by nature but have a lot of strength and stamina. They're big, heavy animals and require a certain forcefulness and a commanding personality to be able to control them correctly. They also require a lot of socialisation, so those who own them are generally dedicated to the cause.
A Rottweiler owner is most likely to…
Live: In city suburbs.
Celebrity fans: Leonardo DiCaprio, Will Smith, Tulisa.
An endlessly popular choice, Yorkies are among the smallest and sweetest of the terrier breeds. They're hypoallergenic so suit those who get the sniffles, and they don't shed - perfect for the house proud. Terriers in general are energetic and playful, which is usually reflected in their owners - but they also love to relax. They're also very companionable and affectionate dogs, who will give lots of kisses and curl up with you on the couch at the end of a long day.
They can be busy brained and vocal, just like their humans, but thrive on attention and fun. Yorkies have fabulous hair that a conscientious owner might want to maintain, and perhaps even tie up with ribbons...
A Yorkie owner is most likely to…
Wear: A handbag big enough to fit a small dog.
Live: Anywhere and everywhere.
Celebrity fans: Simon Cowell, Natalie Portman, Gisele Bundchen.
Those who own German Shepherds are usually looking for protection and loyalty from their pet. German Shepherds are quite low maintenance and independent in terms of being left alone, but they're incredibly trustworthy, and just tough enough so their owner will feel safe. They can be shy around new people, much like their owners.
A classic breed, those who love German Shepherds aren't into trends - they want a dog that's physically impressive but not overly intimidating or super cute. They're also really adaptable to their surroundings, so won't mind if you move around a lot, and they're often used as police dogs because they're so clever and easy to train. Energetic simply due to their size, they enjoy big adventures - so their owner better be ready and willing.
A German Shepherd owner is most likely to…
Wear: Flat shoes for long walks.
Live: Somewhere in need of a guard dog.
Celebrity fans: Ben Affleck, Heidi Klum, Jennifer Aniston.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
The least active Spaniel, the CKC is classed as a toy dog and not a gun dog like others of its breed. They require lots of human interaction, and love it when their owner is around a lot. Their sad little faces tend to appeal to more gentle, trustworthy humans, and they're good with children although might be wary of strangers at first.
Cavaliers are the type of dog that will curl up at your feet and stay there undisturbed for hours, so if you own one you're more than likely a restful person. Not the greatest watchdog in terms of astuteness and barking, they are nonetheless very protective of their master and suit somebody who doesn't mind being completely adored.
A Cavalier owner is most likely to…
Wear: Slacks and a fleece.
Live: Somewhere quiet and rural.
Celebrity fans: Henry Winkler, Courtney Cox, Jennifer Love Hewitt.
The current hipster doggy of choice, Frenchies are a highly-coveted breed that come with a hefty price tag. Alex Petrilli of King of Paws dog trainers calls them: "A status symbol... the Louis Vuitton of dog breeds!" Frenchie owners are usually quite cool (much like their dogs) and completely obsessed with their pooch, which might explain the large numbers of Instagram accounts devoted to the breed. Like pugs before them, they're quite odd looking but also very cute thanks to their bunny-esque ears. A little sour-pussed and similar in gait to other bulldog breeds, Staffordshire Terriers and Pitbulls, they can appear quite tough.
If you're into Frenchies, you're more than likely attracted to their looks first and foremost, and their chill vibe, much like your own.
A French Bulldog owner is most likely to…
Wear: Skinny jeans.
Celebrity fans: Jonah Hill, Lady Gaga, Henry Holland.
Those who own collies are normally pragmatic people who use their dog primarily for work. "The border is a full-on workaholic," says tdog trainer Alex Petrilli. "He is the first in the office and last one to leave! This dog is for seriously active people that understand this dog will need a job to do."
Borders aren't designed to be left alone for long stretches, as they will find something to amuse themselves and you might not necessarily like it, so they suit owners who take them with them when they leave the house. They're tenacious and responsive, and their owners normally like to be in control, and to be obeyed. However collie owners also love affection and loyalty, and their pooches give it to them in spades.
A Border Collie owner is most likely to…
Live: On or near a farm.
Celebrity fans: Sarah Jessica Parker, Viggo Mortensen, Paul McCartney.
Hybrid breeds are becoming more and more popular, as the quest to make even cuter dogs continues. Some hybrids are created simply because of how they look - Maltipoos (Maltese/miniature Poodle) are the new cool toy dog to carry around in the crook of your arm, while Chugs (Chihuahua/Pug) are very unusually cute - but a labrador/poodle cross has serious benefits. Firstly, they're less prone to cause allergic reactions. Secondly, they're lighter than a standard lab. They're often used as guide or assistance dogs due to the fact that they're generally very patient and kind, so would suit somebody who needs a helping hand and make great family pets.
Exuberant and loving, a Labradoodle will shower you with perhaps even more affection than you desire, and will always want to play - even if its been asleep a moment before. Neither as precious as a Poodle nor as lazy as a Lab, this dog suits an owner that will exercise it frequently.
The labradoodle owner is mots likely to…
Wear: Clothes that are wipe clean.
Live: Somewhere with wide open spaces.
Celebrity fans: Graham Norton, Ellen DeGeneres, Elle MacPherson