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Check Out This Dog Breed Selector Based On Your MBTI Type
Bringing a dog into your life is a big decision. It’s easy to get caught up in daydreams of cuddling on the couch and playing fetch in the yard, but being a dog parent also comes with a lot of responsibilities. They’re not going to clean up after themselves, you know.
Choosing the right dog breed for you and your family is going to depend a lot on your personality and lifestyle. What happens when you have a high-energy dog in a tiny apartment? Your furniture gets eaten. What about when you have an active social life and a dog who is more of a loner? Probably you’ll end up with a very stressed out pupper.
So before you run out to the shelter or start looking up dog breeders, take some time to think about what the best dog breeds for you really are. One of the best ways to do that is to match up your Myers-Briggs Type Indicator with a dog breed’s traits. If you’re asking questions like “what dog breed should I get,” or “what dog fits me” then you’ll definitely find this helpful.
We’ve analyzed some of the most popular dog breeds out there and paired them up with each Myers-Briggs personality type. Click through the dog breed selector slideshow to find out which breed would make the perfect pup for you.
P.S. If you’re not sure what your MBTI is, no worries! There are tons of quizzes online that can help you figure it out. The one offered by 16 Personalities is probably the most thorough/accurate if you ask us.
For analysts, logic and rationality reign supreme. Your moves are likely calculated and strategic — when faced with a problem, you’ll hunker down and go with a solutions-oriented approach. Analysts are intelligent people and value intellect above all else, but don’t think that means you and your fellow analysts unfeeling! The right dog breed personality for you is going to be one that is driven and hard working, like you.
Shar-Peis are smart pups, which makes them a great fit for an analyst. They’re strong-willed, independent and kind of intense at times, but then so are you. The Shar-Pei is a quiet dog that likes to keep to itself for the most part. This pup won’t want a busy social calendar, which should be right up your alley as an introvert. The two of you can spend some quiet nights in just hanging out on the couch watching movies and just chilling making the Chow Chow the best dog for your personality.
You and your Doberman will be like two peas in a pod. Dobermans are always in the top of the pack on lists of the smartest dog breeds. Like you, they defend the people they love using their sharp intellect and cool temperament. Also like an INTJ, Dobermans are known for being extraordinarily loyal and alert.
INTP: Chow Chow
This breed is very cat-like in its demeanor — aloof, quiet, pensive. Chow Chows can seem a little indifferent at times, but that shouldn’t be a problem with you. They will like to cuddle up with you, though, so don’t think you’ll be missing out on that. Again, this is a smart breed so you two can bond over your shared intellects.
INTP: Afghan Hound
This breed has exceptional reasoning skills, making Afghan Hounds the perfect companion for Logicians like you. Afghan Hounds can be a little detached at times — you know how it is — but you’ll still get plenty of love from this pup. This is a highly intelligent dog who enjoys its independence. Just another thing you two have in common.
ENTJ: Great Dane
ENTJs are known as the Commander thanks to their dominant, confident nature. That’s exactly what you’ll find in a Great Dane. This breed will naturally take on an authoritative role in your home, but don’t let that deter you from taking one home! You won’t be having power struggles with your pup. You can have two independent personalities in the house without having a problem.
ENTJ: Border Collie
It would be difficult to find a smarter dog breed than the Border Collie. With its intense stare and high energy, you can almost see the gears turning in this pup’s mind. Something you’ll really appreciate about having a Border Collie in your home is that these dogs tend to predict their owner’s needs and desires before you even mention anything. A powerful intuition is something you two have in common and will make living together super easy.
ENTP: Jack Russell Terrier
This smart and energetic breed moves to the beat of its own drum. Their off-beat personalities are incredibly charming, which you should know all about. [Insert winking face here] Jack Russell Terriers can be quite the schemers, too, so the two of you are bound to get into some trouble together. Don’t worry, it’s the fun kind of trouble.
ENTP: Standard Poodle
Don’t let all that fluffy hair fool you. Poodles are much more than prissy beauty queens — they’re highly intelligent and one of the most trainable dogs out there. They learn quickly and are always up for a new challenge, much like ENTPs. Their outgoing personality is a great fit for an extrovert like you, and your sense of adventure will be perfectly matched by the poodle’s curious nature.
These are the warm, caring people of the world. As a Diplomat, you seek out cooperation and harmony wherever you go and are very intuitive. Diplomats skills in perceiving the emotions of others make them incredibly empathetic, which allows them to create deep emotional connections. The perfect pupper for you is one that can achieve that deeper understanding with you.
INFJ: Siberian Husky
You wanna talk about an intuitive dog, the husky is it! Huskies are super sharp and very independent, just like you. They have a cool composure and are fiercely loyal to the people they love, and they have a sense of adventure that will play well to your natural curiosity and desire to get out there!
INFJ: Australian Shepherd
Aussies are known workaholics, expending unlimited energy to accomplish whatever task is set in front of them. Remind you of someone you know? This is a staunchly loyal pup whose main purpose is helping others. You two could do a lot of good together!
INFP: Old English Sheepdog
The sheepdog is the perfect combination of playful and independent, of loving and intelligent. Sheepdogs have a pretty strong will, but they balance that out with their peaceful demeanor, which is very like you. Mediators (aka INFPs) have a lot of passion and energy to contribute, and so does an Old English Sheepdog. You two will make one hell of a team!
INFP: Tibetan Terrier
While the Tibetan Terrier comes off aloof and reserved when it comes to meeting new people, this dog has a lot of love to give. Once they establish a sense of trust with you, the affection will overflow. You might not get a lot of cuddling time with this pup, but he’ll follow you everywhere you go and will always be close by.
Collies are very insightful, which make them great dogs for intuitive people like ENFJs. Like you, they can sense when something is wrong, which is why this breed is famous for coming to the rescue of those in trouble. Remember Lassie?! As an ENFJ, you’re a natural born leader, and so is the Collie. Together, you’ll be unstoppable.
ENFJ: Golden Retriever
A golden could not be more perfect for a Protagonist. ENFJs are known for being charismatic leaders able to easily inspire those around them. This is hands down what lies at the core of a golden retriever. This breed is known for its passion and charisma — goldens live for making social connections with everyone they meet. They’re also quite intuitive and will often know what you need before you do.
ENFP: French Bulldog
Campaigners (ENFPs) are known for being outgoing and adventurous, so the social French bulldog would make the perfect pair for you. Frenchies have big personalities, making them very lively and social pups. The two of you will have lots of fun going out and making new friends together.
As an ENFP, you’re always doing things just a little bit differently than those around you. It’s not that you like to show off, but you certainly don’t mind standing out in a crowd. Well, Dalmatians are just the same. Their unique look makes them a breed all their own, and their spunky, lovable personalities are the perfect dog for your personality.
The Sentinels are a practical bunch. As a Sentinel, you are happiest when there is order around you, when you feel stable and secure. Collaboration and teamwork are the way to get things done for Sentinels — you’re probably a natural when it comes to shepherding others and feel rewarded when helping your friends and family. Sentinels like you seek to build strong relationships based on respect and love, so that’s what you’re looking for in your ideal dog breed personality.
ISTJ: Rhodesian Ridgeback
This breed is known for being intelligent, loyal, responsible and just a teensy bit stubborn. Sound like someone you know? (Hint, it’s you) They can be a little reserved when meeting strangers, but with family they’re gentle and warm. Like you, they enjoy a structured environment, so as long as you set clear boundaries you two will be thick as thieves.
ISTJ: Saint Bernard
There’s no better match for an ISTJ than this gentle giant. The Saint Bernard is very protective and mindful of their families. The breed has become famous for their history of coming to the rescue of those in danger, which is something you likely can relate to. You never hesitate to step up and help out when needed, and neither does the Saint Bernard.
Did you know Newfoundlands have been nicknamed “nature’s babysitter” because of their protective nature, especially when it comes to little ones. Their size may be a little intimidating, but these fluffy pups are anything but. Newfies are gentle, friendly dogs that will do anything to keep their families safe. Your mutual desire to help those in need will make the two of you a wonderful pair.
ISFJ: Labrador Retriever
Defenders are some of the most loyal people out there, and the Labrador Retriever is loyal to a fault. Clearly, these two were made for each other. Labs are gentle, kind and very protective of their loved ones, just like the ISFJ. They can get boosts of energy when it’s time to play, but overall Labradors have an even temperament.
The Briard doesn’t get enough love if you ask us. This breed is one of the best when it comes to finding a loving, loyal guardian. They tend to grow very close to their families and have a sweet, gentle disposition. People often refer to these pups as “a heart of gold wrapped in fur,” and if that’s true then you’ll feel right at home with a Briard.
ESTJ: German Shepherd
It’s tough to find a dog more loyal than the German Shepherd. They are very watchful, especially when it comes to their family, who they can be a bit overprotective of. Shepherds are also very smart and obedient dogs, which make them great teammates, a must for a Sentinel like you.
ESFJ: Bichon Frise
A cute and cuddly Bichon Frise will perfectly complement the social butterfly in you. Attention is their drug of choice and a Bichon will do anything they can to make you happy. The two of you will be the most cheerful hooman and pup on the block.
Another fluff ball with a big personality, Pomeranians are the perfect combination of playful, friendly and intelligent. They have an incredibly social personality, which should be right up your alley. You’re never one to shy away from being the center of attention, and neither will your Pom.
If you fall into the explorer category, you’re most likely an enthusiastic, go with the flow kind of person. Explorers also tend to chase new things — they’re spontaneous! — and enjoy being free from obligations so they can indulge their interests as they please. But that doesn’t mean you aren’t capable of the commitment required to be a dog owner. You just have to find the right pup!
First of all, who could resist those cute little scrunchy faces? Second, Bulldogs get a lot of love for being a low maintenance pup. They’re perfectly content lying around or finding something to keep them entertained, which makes them the perfect pet for you! You can be chill buddies!
ISTP: Black Russian Terrier
The Black Russian Terrier was initially bred as a working dog, so they’re very protective of their family and home. Generally speaking, they have a calm, patient demeanor, but the second they sense danger to their loved ones they spring into action. Like ISTPs, this pup is naturally curious and likes to get out and explore. So if you’ve been itching for a new adventure, a Black Russian Terrier is the perfect companion.
ISFP: Shiba Inu
Shibas can get bursts of playful energy, but they’re a pretty laid back dog. They’re just as happy doing their own thing as they are playing fetch with you. Their peaceful, alert nature makes them great companions for someone like you.
Salukis are more on the reserved side (a plus for introverts) but can show great affection to their owners. This breed probably seems a little shy but really it’s just that they prefer quiet companionship with a single person rather than the life of a social butterfly. Like you, Salukis are sensitive creatures that don’t react well to stress, so avoiding tension within the home is best for both of you.
Thanks to their curious nature, beagles are always on the hunt for a new adventure, just like you! A beagle is playful when you want, and chill when you need it. They can get into a little trouble if you don’t keep them busy (sound familiar?) but that shouldn’t be too much of a problem for you.
ESTP: Irish Terrier
Some would call this pup reckless, but that’s what happens when you have a strong, bold personality. You should know all about that since Entrepreneurs are always being called out for being bold and risk-prone. Irish Terriers are great companions for someone like you because you both like to live on the edge when it comes to work, but have tender hearts when at home.
This personality type is known as “the Entertainer,” and there’s no pup more entertaining than a corgi. They’re the life of the party anywhere they go. Seriously, just go take a stroll with your corgi and watch how people react — they’ll be drawn to his cute, smiley face and your pup will shine in the spotlight.
ESFP: Flat-Coated Retriever
The Flat-coated Retriever has been called the “Peter Pan” of dogs thanks to their happy, carefree personalities. They’re very playful dogs — forever young, just like our friend from Neverland! They love being the center of attention and come alive in the spotlight, just like you. ESFPs love nothing more than having fun with a group of friends, and your Flat-Coated Retriever will be the perfect addition to your group.