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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What Does My Dog’s Breed Say About Me? originally appeared on petMD.com

by Dr. Justine Lee, PetMD


Jeanne Rogers
Jeanne Rogers4 days ago

I disagree with the comment about Rotties. There is no dog, animal or human that wants to be "screwed with". I've had (and known) many Rottweilers and they were all big babies. Over the many years that they've shared my journey with me, they were loving, curious, tolerant, big lugs. The ONLY times (which were rare) that I saw any assertiveness was when an a**hole was screwing with them, me or another pack member (we were a pack of 8 while living in VT). Babies and kids, however, could "screw with" them all the time and they loved it. Please don't just refer to them as "bad asses". It's labels such this that give them, Pits, Shepherds, etc. a bad rep! Thank you.

Wendi M.
Wendi M.6 days ago


Glennis Whitney
Glennis Whitneyabout a year ago

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

Donna Davis
Donna Davisabout a year ago


Pamela A.
Pamela A.about a year ago

Lmfao @ the accuracy

Christine Jones
Christine J.about a year ago

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. :)

Sheyna P.
Past Member about a year ago

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

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