Dogs’ Personalities Make Them Unique

They are like us — only four-legged 🙂

Chihuahuas are loud. Beagles are stubborn. Pit bulls are dangerous. Bulldogs are lazy. Rottweilers are hard to control.

These are just some of many stereotypical characteristics assigned to various dog breeds.

Who decided on these? 

Dogs are living beings, there is no black-or-white type of situation when it comes to their personalities. In fact, I would argue, dogs’ personalities are just like ours: different in their many forms.

As I already talked a lot about my Jack Russell terrier in previous posts about how she’s teaching me to live life, I don’t think I need to explain again how weird and peculiar and precious my dog is. She definitely has a personality of a child princess!

But the other day, she was playing with another Jack Russell, who is slightly older and a male, but as I was watching them play together hours on end, a thought struck me:

They are just like children.

According to the simple portraiture of breeds, these two terriers should have been basically the same. Have had the same traits, same characteristics. But they couldn’t have been more different.

My dog is hyperactive, crazy and fearless (she thinks she is invincible). She is loud (especially when playing with other dogs), and just a little ticking time bomb. Something like if a small kid was going through a massive sugar rush. Now, the other dog couldn’t have been more different: calm, respectful, quiet, cautious, head held high. A proper gentleman with a monocle and a top hat. Two perfect cartoon characters for a children’s sitcom.

So why is it that we still assign certain characteristics to dogs belonging to the same breed? 

Sure, they can be true in general, but dogs are so much more. There is more behind them than meets the eye. I have no problem with describing breeds by their characteristics, they come in handy especially when deciding on which dog to bring home. However, it becomes a problem, when these traits are expected of them.

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The fact is, dogs have their own minds, their own consciousness behind their sweet eyes — just let them be who they are. Then the fun can truly begin!


8 responses

  1. I couldn’t agree more. We have four Cavapoos. They are all from different families, but despite all being the same age, the same cross, and having the same upbringing, (we’ve had them all since puppies), they each have a completely individual personalities.
    Of course, they all have the Poodle traits of intelligence and playfulness, plus the loving nature of the Cavalier, but we have Princess Ruby, who could detect a pea under 22 mattresses; shy Kai, who thinks he’s really a human being; Lani the minx, who looks like butter wouldn’t melt in her mouth; and Nosy Rosie, an adventurous surf dog who loves everyone and everything!

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    1. Your dogs sound amazing and very cute! ☺️

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      1. They are definitely cute!

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  2. Yes, you are right. They all have their own personalities, and it does not always match the expected breed standard, which only covers a few characteristics anyway, not the entire personality. Leonbergers tend to be calm, self-assured, unafraid, they go well with smaller dogs and children, they are sensitive to people’s feelings, they love water. However, there are other individual personality characteristics and not all Leonbergers follow the breed standard pattern. Our Labrador loved water, was food crazy, and he loved people like most Labradors, but he also hated mailmen/postal workers, but that was just his thing. Other Labradors don’t have that problem.

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  3. Beautiful post dogs are very sensitive and good friends of us! They understand everything 👌👌well shared.

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    1. Couldn’t agree more ☺️

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      1. You may not but I believe so.👌

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      2. That’s what I meant, I completely agree with you 😄

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