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What Does My Dog’s Breed Say About Me?

What Does My Dog’s Breed Say About Me?

In my book It’s a Dog’s Life … but It’s Your Carpet, I admit, I make some pretty huge generalizations about breeds and pet owners. Granted, they’re my own opinions, but if you really wanted to know what your veterinarian thinks of you when you walk in the door with your breed of dog, read on!

Labrador Retriever

Dedicated, outdoorsy, loyal, and generally a good person to be around. Shops at REI. Drives a Subaru.

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May bite. The dog too.


Kind, mild mannered. Has neurotic tendencies. Gentle. Laid back. Drinks bottled water. Often looks like the dog.

Miniature Poodle

Usually owned by a sweet, old, white-haired person.


Potential to be a loyal, family-oriented person. Can be snarky and have an east-coast attitude.

Golden Retriever

Family oriented and generally a good person to be around. Has two or three human babies.

Miniature Schnauzer

Family oriented. Owned by older adults. Shops at LL Bean and Lands’ End. Drives a Volvo.

Yorkshire Terrier

Likes to carry a YSL or Gucci purse, often with their pet in it. Enjoys the high life. Drinks wine, not beer.


Bad ass. Loyal. Protective. Doesn’t want to be screwed with.


Either wants to have a child or have grandchildren. Loves to nurture and carry loved ones in arms. Very well dressed. Likes pink bows.


Family oriented. High tolerance level for baying.

Bernese Mountain

Financially secure. Educated. Shops at REI, Best Buy, and Nordstroms.


What? Don’t believe me? What do you think? Does your breed represent you?

And yes, I purposely skipped stereotyping us American pit bull terrier dog owners. But as a veterinary student once said to me: “Dr. Lee … you look just like your dog.”

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8:54PM PDT on Jun 10, 2015

Great article, great dogs, great pictures, just made my day greater.

12:45PM PDT on Jun 8, 2015


9:42AM PDT on Jun 7, 2015

Lmfao @ the accuracy

7:49PM PST on Feb 9, 2015

After seeing animal cruelty issues every day, it's lovely to read a light-hearted piece like this; really gives the soul a little lift. Personally I fully admit to being a greyhound stereotype, but will defend myself to say that although I do drink bottled water, I use and reuse my own bottle so as not to harm for the environment. :)

8:30AM PST on Jan 25, 2015

Hey, where's the Border Collie?? Oh, right! We're intelligent, independent, and don't hang with the crowd.

11:48PM PST on Nov 7, 2014

Thank you!

10:11PM PDT on Oct 9, 2014

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4:24PM PDT on Sep 8, 2014

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9:09AM PST on Feb 19, 2014

I think is true, or most of it! Love big dogs

3:30AM PST on Feb 10, 2014

Ha ha! I only have a handful of gray hairs, but love my miniature poodles. Also, our beagle never barked or bayed that much at all until we brought home our basset.

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