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Dog Personality Characteristics

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Just what kind of personality does your dog have?  This is a difficult question to answer because just as humans have different types of personalities so do dogs. The way a dog acts and behaves has as much to do with hereditary and breeding as it does with its upbringing and the training it receives.

However, as based on the list first compiled by the American Kennel Club Gazette in March of 1979, there are six general types of dog personalities you can expect to find when you begin working with any dog. 

The six general personality types include:

AGGRESSIVE

The dog with this type of personality is extremely dominant and can easily be provoked into biting. The dominant nature of this dog makes him resist human leadership. This type of dog needs precise guidance and a consistent rigorous training program. These dogs are an excellent choice as guard or police dogs.

CONFIDENT

This pup is dominant and self-assured and can be provoked to bite. However, he readily accepts human leadership that is firm and consistent. This dog responds best to an owner that is determined and decisive and, in the right hands, the confident dog has the potential to be a fine working or show dog. He can easily fit into a household provided his owners know what they are doing.

OUTGOING

A dog with this type of personality is friendly and sociable. He will be well adjusted if he receives regular training and lots of exercise. Outgoing dogs have a flexible temperament that adapts well to different types of environments provided he is handled correctly. They can be excellent family pets in the right type of household.

ADAPTABLE

The adaptable dog is easy to handle and cooperative. His submissive nature will have him continually looking to his master for leadership. This pup is easy to train, reliable with children, and though he lacks self confidence makes a high quality family pet. He is usually less extroverted than an outgoing pup but his demeanor is gentle and affectionate.

INSECURE

The insecure dog is extremely submissive and lacking in self confidence. He bonds very closely with his owner and requires regular companionship and encouragement to bring him out of himself. If handled incorrectly the insecure dog will grow up very shy and fearful. For this reason he will do best in a predictable structured lifestyle with owners who are patient and not overly demanding.

INDEPENDENT

A dog with an independent personality is uninterested in people. He will mature into a dog who is not demonstrably affectionate and who has a low need for human companionship.  To perform as intended these dogs require a singularity of purpose that is not compromised by strong attachments to their owner.

For more information about your dogs personality or to arrange for a FREE CONSULTATION with you and your dog, please contact Florida Dog Training School.

Dog Personality Characteristics was last modified: May 30th, 2017 by Helene Scott