It's widely accepted that identifying yourself as a cat or dog person says something about your personality.
However, if you're a dog person, it seems even the breed you choose can reveal something new.
A recent survey of 2,000 British dog owners by Frontline Spot On found that a dog's breed can provide insight into the owner's personality, education and even income.
The survey's findings include the following:
- People with Yorkshire terriers classify themselves as "happiest," claiming to laugh an average of 10 times a day.
- Golden retriever owners are billed as the most educated, with nearly a quarter of those surveyed holding a master's degree or PhD.
- Those with pet Chihuahuas report spending the most time with their canine companions, averaging 16 hours a day with their tiny dogs at their sides.
- Dalmatian owners tend to spoil their dogs the most, spending about $27 on dog treats and toys a week. Dalmatian owners were also more likely to have a sports car than other dog owners.
- People with French bulldogs identify themselves as the "biggest rockers" and were most likely to report that their dogs know what they're thinking.
- Labrador owners are more likely to be single, while those with pet bulldogs most frequently (one in 12) indicated they’re "in a relationship but looking to get out of it."
- People with pugs most often said they're happily married, and pug owners also reported the highest average salary ($137,000, in U.S. dollars).
- Great Dane owners tended to be the lowest paid, with an average salary of $56,000.
In 2012, Lance Workman, a psychologist at Bath Spa University, worked with the British Kennel Club to survey 1,000 owners of purebred dogs. Their questionnaire measured five personality traits: openness, conscientiousness, extroversion, agreeableness and neuroticism.
Survey results revealed the following:
- People who owned toy dogs like Chihuahuas scored high on openness, a measure of how open to new experiences a person is.
- Owners of notably friendly dogs like Labradors had the most agreeable personalities.
- People with German shepherds, collies and bulldogs were the most extroverted.
- The most emotionally stable people tended to own hounds like beagles and Afghans.