What your Myers-Brigg personality type says about your perfect dog breed match!
By Justyne Yuen-Lee
It’s Valentine’s Day and I’m single. Super single.
I’m not afraid to admit it! I also don’t have a dog so I’m super alone + it’s winter time and it’s difficult to be outside. Instead, I sit at home and take personality quizzes to see which dog breed suits me.
To my friends and readers (who are also my friends) out there who do have dogs or wish to one day have a dog, I have gathered information for you to firstly, find out your personality type based on the Myers-Brigg Type Indicator – a short quiz that you can take while you’re on a break from actual real life responsibilities – and secondly, find what dog breed the Internet says is a match for you!
Wait, who or what is the Myers-Brigg Type Indicator (MBTI)????
Have you heard of C.G. Jung? Do you have any faint memories of hearing his name or even “Jungian theories” in school? No? Well, that’s okay – he founded analytical psychology way back when and worked with Sigmund Freud. The MBTI personality types are based on Jung’s psychological types.
Isabel Briggs Myers and her mother Katharine Briggs made Jung’s insights accessible to individuals and groups based on each of the four dichotomies in his theories. There are 16 types of personalities! You can read the specifics here and take the short quiz here.
First Group – The Analysts: INTJ, INTP, ENTJ, ENTP
The Architect (INTJ) – Siberian Husky
Architects are, “imaginative and strategic thinkers, with a plan for everything.” (Source: 16personalities.com)
Likewise, Huskies use their wolfish tendencies to outsmart their human counterparts. They are known to be clever escape artists and will figure out a path to freedom and adventure. Unlike other breeds, they don’t care too much to please their humans, and will even howl away into the night. If you always have a backup plan, then you and a Husky would be the best partners!
The Logician (INTP) – Poodle
Logicians are, “innovative inventors with an unquenchable thirst for knowledge.” Poodles exhibit this inventor personality, as they’re known to be one of the smartest and easily trainable breeds. Their curiosity leads them in life and they love patterns. If you love to learn and create, do it with your Poodle!
The Commander (ENTJ) – Tibetan Mastiff
Commanders are, “bold, imaginative and strong-willed leaders, always finding a way – or making one.” The giant and “primitive” breed, Tibetan Mastiff, is a fearless leader. Independent and sometimes disobedient, Tibetan Mastiffs will remain loyal to you, but will find a way to do their own thing. If you don’t take no for an answer and find a way to solve a problem, you and a Tibetan Mastiff would be an unbreakable duo.
The Debater (ENTP) – Labrador Retriever
Debaters are, “smart and curious thinkers who cannot resist an intellectual challenge.” There’s a reason why Labradors come to mind when you think of service animals. They love to socialize and are easy to train. This determination makes a perfect match for you, the human Debater, as both of you will rise to a challenge together.
Second Group – The Diplomats: INFJ, INFP, ENFJ, ENFP
The Advocate (INFJ) – Beagle
Advocates are, “quiet and mystical, yet very inspiring and tireless idealists.” Beagles love everyone and have super powered noses. Their noses control their brains and they will wander off to follow new smells! Beagles are small but brave and will not back down from bigger dogs, just like the way human Advocates will continue to pursue their goals, no matter what.
I took the test and my result was the advocate – advocates make up only 1% of the population!
The Mediator (INFP) – Shiba Inu
Mediators are, “poetic, kind and altruistic, always eager to help a good cause.” People see Mediators as reserved or even shy, but they have a fire inside them that comes out when need be. Shiba-Inus, known to be bold and fiery, are highly loyal. Shibas stay alert and quiet, but will guard what they think is important – including you! If you keep to yourself, but at certain times can become passionate, you’d totally match with a spritely Shiba!
The Protagonist (ENFJ) – Golden Retriever
Protagonists are, “charismatic and inspiring leaders, able to mesmerize their listeners.” There’s a reason why Golden Retrievers are super popular – could you imagine a Golden being anything other than the protagonist in a story? Intelligent, sociable, beautiful and loyal, a Golden would be a match for your ENFJ personality to take friendly control of any project.
The Campaigner (ENFP) – Keeshond
Campaigners are, “enthusiastic, creative and sociable free spirits, who can always find a reason to smile.” Keeshonds, big and fluffy, readily accept anyone and as a result, do not make a very good guard dog (they’d cover an intruder with kisses). If you love people, you’d be a perfect match for a Keeshond!
Third Group – The Sentinels: ISTJ, ISFJ, ESTJ, ESFJ
The Logistician (ISTJ) – Border Collie
Logisticians are, “practical and fact-minded individuals, whose reliability cannot be doubted.” Border Collies, being one of the smartest breeds, learn quickly and love working. Logistician people take the title of “workaholics” and, like Border Collies, put in their all when achieving a goal!
The Defender (ISFJ) – German Shepherds
Defenders are, “very dedicated and warm protectors, always ready to defend their loved ones.” German Shepherds come to mind when thinking about dogs in the workforce or even military. With ample training, these dogs learn to protect what they think is important and excel at it. Likewise, people who are defenders prioritize keeping who or what they think is important safe.
The Executive (ESTJ) – Akita
Executives are, “excellent administrators, unsurpassed at managing things – or people.” Further description of executives claim that they are representations of tradition and order. The Akita is a fierce dog whose loyalty is unwavering and brings family together. If you know how to manage people and bring people together, then the Akita is the dog for you – loyalty and strength reflects on both of your personalities!
The Consul (ESFJ) – Bichon Frise
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Consuls are, “extraordinarily caring, social and popular people, always eager to help.” Experts warn against adopting Bichons since they are particularly needy dogs and have separation anxiety. But, they’re happy, love people, and love to play. If you have the same disposition, the Bichon could be your best friend!
Last, but not least The Explorers: ISTP, ISFP, ESTP, ESFP
The Virtuoso (ISTP) – Black Russian Terriers
Virtuosos are, “bold and practical experimenters, masters of all kinds of tools.” If you love to experiment and become an expert on using any new tool almost immediately, then you’d be a perfect match for the Black Russian Terrier. They’re highly intelligent and courageous. They learn by doing and without proper stimulation, will become destructive. If you can’t sit still without trying something, your best partner would be this adorable dog!
The Adventurer (ISFP) – Australian Shepherd
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Adventurers are, “flexible and charming artists, always ready to explore and experience something new.” If you’re always planning trips, hikes, and other adventures, you’d probably love to bring an Australian Shepherd along. Australian Shepherds have high energy levels and love to be active. There would be no shortage of hikes with this friend!
The Entrepreneur (ESTP) – Vizsla
Entrepreneurs are, “smart, energetic and very perceptive people, who truly enjoy living on the edge.” These Hungarian dogs are bred to be close-ranged pointers and retrievers and stick close to humans. Vizslas, however, are highly intelligent and love adventure and will take that risky jump with you!
The Entertainer (ESFP) – Corgi
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Entertainers are, “spontaneous, energetic and enthusiastic people – life is never boring around them.” If you’ve ever seen a Corgi, then you already know that they’re funny, silly, and the life of the party. If you love to be the center of attention, be the center of attention with your little bread loaf … just like the Queen!
There you have it! If you read through all the descriptions, you’re awesome. But if you just read yours, that’s great too! We hope you loved your pairing! If fate would have it, maybe you already love that breed and are spending some quality time with your pupper during the busy hours of Valentine’s Day!
Before you find your perfect dog match, be sure to read the 7 things pet people want you to know before you get a dog.