They say dogs look like their owners, or wait, is that other way around? Whichever one, there is damning evidence all over the place to support this theory. But prick up those ears, because there’s new evidence on the block that highlights how your choice in canine could factor in more than aesthetics.
Certain experts believe that your chosen breed of dog could give a glimpse into your personality, wealth, education level and even your love life. Step aside Jeremy Kyle.
Surely they can’t all be barking mad?
The study, conducted by the flea and tick prevention service, Frontline, believe that happily married households tend to favour the ever-popular Pug*, whilst singletons can most likely be seen lounging around with their Labrador. A great dog to meet new people with, perhaps?
And those who are looking to get out of an unhappy coupling? Well, this can be reflected in their partner in crime, the bulldog. Who needs a human counterpart when you’ve got one of these guys, eh?
*furiously googling places to get cheap pug for future marital bliss
Seems a little strange that your sausage dog might know more about the state of your current financial affairs that you, but the same study highlights that your choice of dog can indicate your wealth situation.
Not so great news for owners of the Great Dane, as these tend to be the lowest-paid on average of the lot. And on top of being in a state of marital bliss, the lovable pug comes once again comes up trumps, with their owners earning an average salary of around £85,000.
But before you all go running out to find the nearest Pug, these findings of can of course also highlight the already present financial (and marital) status of said owner, and not indicative of how things will play out.
That being said, most Dalmatian owners are also in possession of a sports car, so it’s worth a look-round.
Golden retriever lovers, rejoice! You’re the most well-educated, according to researchers.
Nearly a quarter of those surveyed were studying for a masters degree or PhD. Perhaps these pooches are more understanding of what it takes to get that all important qualification? Perhaps they’re just more self-sufficient. Whatever the reason, those figures don’t lie and could be the canine golden ticket to success.
It’s probably a safe assumption that people do select a breed of dog because it is the most ‘like’ them and so certain personalities will be drawn to certain pooches.
Yorkshire Terrier lovers are shown as the happiest (and no, it has nothing to do with the lifestyle up North). Toy dogs, such as chihuahuas and pomeranians are usually expectant of a glitzy owner, all dressed up in bling, with a dedicated handbag transporter. And this does tend to ring true, as these pups are seen as a beloved family staple; ‘the favoured child’.
Those who show an interest in learning new things and taking on new challenges can usually be seen with the sprightly and inquisitive Jack Russell.
And whilst it’s a shame that some Bull Mastiffs and Staffordshire Bull Terriers now have the reputation of ‘thug’ or ‘brute’, due to deliberate and cruel battle training, the opposite couldn’t be truer for the lovable staffy back in the day. They were once known as the family comforter; the ‘nanny breed’.
So, whilst it’s true that certain dogs will be sought after due to their cute factor and current ranking on the popularity chart, it can also be that our innate selves are seeking our soulmate and canine partner in crime for a whole host of personal reasons.