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.
While these findings might seem arbitrary, this isn't the first time researchers have found a correlation between pet owners' personalities and dog breeds.

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.

Laura Moss writes about a variety of topics with a focus on animals, science, language and culture. But she mostly writes about cats.

What does your dog's breed say about you?
According to recent surveys, Labrador owners are agreeable and most likely to be single while pug owners are most likely to report being happily married.