Dog Breed MBTI

Here’s Which Dog Breed You Are, Based On Your Personality Type

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After studying mental illness and personality disorders for the last few weeks, I was in the mood for something more lighthearted. I’ve made fun of the ‘what type of dog are you?’ tests before, but I still felt the urge to explore this theme.

Part of the reason I felt a desire to explore dogs and personality type is because my husband and I recently adopted an Australian shepherd mix puppy from our humane society. Quickly I noticed some distinctive personality traits that made him unique from other dogs I’d had in the past – for one, he’s a herder. When I take him out for walks with the kids he tries to herd them all into line and gets very upset if one of the kids is lagging behind or is too far ahead. During these daily walks, I started pondering different dog breeds and how they might match up to certain MBTI® types. While this post isn’t meant to be taken too seriously I think it can be a lot of fun to discover which breeds have certain characteristics in common with our personality types. I hope you enjoy this!

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ESTJ – The Briard

One of the best canine guardians you’ll find anywhere is the Briard. While many dogs are bred for herding or guarding; the Briard was bred to do both jobs. They are intelligent, responsible, loyal, and vigilant – much like the ESTJ. Often called “a heart of gold wrapped in fur”, these dogs are known for their incredible memory and trainability. They like to herd animals or people into the correct boundaries, and they like routine and having a definite authority figure in charge. While they may seem to be all about work; these dogs have an unexpected gentle side, and grow very close to their families – often being very upset if left alone for long periods of time.

ENTJ – The Border Collie

Border collies are probably the most intelligent dog breed you’ll find anywhere. Known for their intense stare, unlimited energy, and working drive, these dogs exhibit a lot of ENTJ tendencies. Known as “workaholic dogs” these collies are not cuddly couch potatoes. They have intense mental and physical stamina and like to get jobs done and constantly learn more. These collies have no problem taking the lead and directing and will herd anyone – animal or human – into their designated location. They are known for their intuitive ability to predict their owner’s desire in advance – similar to the ENTJ’s intuition about how to predict future trends or business opportunities. Border collies are intelligent, intensely curious – and my pick for the best fit ENTJ dog breed.

ISTP – The Siberian Husky

A striking appearance. A quick mind. Extreme independence. Could you get more ISTP than a Siberian Husky? These dogs are known for their intelligence and ‘lone wolf’ status – finding a way to escape just about any enclosure to go out and explore the world for themselves. Husky’s tend to be on the quiet side, and aren’t too keen on pleasing people. They hate to be caged in, much like the ISTP, and if cooped up in a small space they will often become destructive and tear things apart. They long to explore the world, be free to roam, and are often some of the most difficult dogs to train – even though they’re so intelligent. In fact, Siberian Husky’s are so intelligent that they will “hack” their way through obedience school – performing for their teachers and then shirking what they’ve learned when they get back home.

INTP – The Schipperke

Often nicknamed “the little black devil” the schipperke is one of the most curious and clever dogs around. These dogs are quiet and thoughtful and are famous for patrolling their homes and eradicating any intruders (vermin, squirrels, etc) that invade their territory. They love their families and can be quite gentle-natured and affectionate, but they are wary of strangers and don’t like lots of people invading their space. The schipperke is very independent and curious, much like the INTP, so even though they are highly intelligent, they can be a lot of work to train because they like to do things their own way. The AKC calls the Schipperke “Alert, curious, intense, but with a dash of mischief and impudence”.

Related: Understanding INTP Thinking

ENFP – The German Shorthaired Pointer

This energetic, enthusiastic dog is famous for its hunting skills as well as its tendency to be a devoted family companion. German shorthaired pointers love people and can get very depressed if left alone for too long. These dogs have tons of energy and need to be exercised a lot. Like the ENFP, German shorthaired pointers are adventurous and love to explore the world with their family. They get bored easily, so they like to be involved in a variety of tasks and have the opportunity to explore new places. If you leave them cooped up for too long they can become excellent escape artists – they need to be kept busy and have plenty of time to roam without restrictions.

Related: Understanding ENFP Intuition

ENTP – The Standard Poodle

Named the second smartest dog in the world, poodles aren’t just foofy beauty queens. These dogs are experts in numerous fields including, but not limited to, herding sheep, hunting waterfowl, or crossing battlefields to bring supplies to wounded soldiers. Poodles are renowned for their dignity, intelligence, and playfulness. Poodles love people and want to stay close to their families – at the same time, they’re intensely curious, always wanting to explore new skills and learn new things. They are very mentally active and outgoing, much like the ENTP.

INFJ – The Tibetan Mastiff

These noble, quiet dogs are known for their sophisticated way of understanding people. They are loving, gentle, and patient – but also hard-working, protective, fearless, and loyal. Along with these positive traits, Tibetan Mastiffs are extremely independent. Like INFJs, they have a mind of their own and tend to stick to their guns on what they believe they should do. says, “Tibetan Mastiffs have a strong instinct concerning people, and if they don’t get over their initial dislike of a particular person, there’s usually a reason.” They are extremely sensitive to human moods and will become distressed if there is anger, yelling or shouting in their home. They thrive in calm surroundings and usually prefer the closeness of their family to socialization with many other people.

Related: Understanding INFJ Intuition

INTJ – The Chinese Shar-Pei

These quick-witted, intelligent dogs are famous for their strong will and independent nature. They were bred as fighting dogs and watchdogs – and they will guard their family devotedly. Shar peis are wary and aloof with new people and don’t prefer a busy, social environment. They are a largely silent breed, barking only when they perceive a real threat. Like INTJs, the Shar pei is insightful and intense – although, as dogs, they use this tendency to try to protect their family or territory from potential dangers. They are incredibly smart dogs, who have a strong will and independence which makes them somewhat difficult to train if not done at an early age. They are calm, reserved but extremely faithful to the ones they love.

Related: Understanding INTJ Intuition

ESFJ – The Labrador Retriever

This warm, intelligent dog breed is known for its loving, people-oriented nature and keen intelligence. Friendly and devoted, labs love to serve their family, and many lab owners refer to their dogs as “angels with fur”. They make excellent therapy dogs; visiting homes for the elderly and hospitals to brighten the day of patients. They are smart, so they are often used as assistance dogs for the handicapped or as search and rescue dogs. Just like the ESFJ is caring and devoted to the needs of their friends and family, the labrador retriever has an undying devotion to their family, and wants to do what they can to cheer everyone up.

ENFJ – The Collie

This incredibly devoted, insightful dog is famous for coming to the rescue of people and animals in distress. Like the ENFJ, collies have an uncanny ability to know when something is wrong, and this ability has made them the subject of many heroic dog stories including Lassie. Good-natured and friendly, collies are usually easy to train – longing to please their family. They are very protective, and while they seem good-natured and playful, if they perceive a threat they will be unyielding in their fight to protect their loved ones. Collies love to spend time with their family; especially children and make wonderful assistance or therapy dogs.

INFP – The English Toy Spaniel

Known for their sweet-natured personality and gentle spirit, the English toy spaniel is quiet and sensitive – often enjoying the company of just one person or one family. While they get along with other dogs, they tend to be on the timid side, especially with strangers. They love children and are often extremely devoted and protective of them. They are very insightful to the moods of their companions and detest conflict of any kind. They don’t like a lot of commotion and excitement and get easily overstimulated from a lot of sensory overload in their environment. Overall, these spaniels are incredible companions and are perfect for a quiet, loving family or individual who needs a devoted four-legged friend.

ISFP – The Saluki

This intense, beautiful dog is the very definition of grace and agility. Known for their speed, strength, and endurance the Saluki embodies the physical mastery so common to Se-dominant or auxiliary types. Personality-wise, the Saluki is reserved but affectionate. While not overly demonstrative, Saluki’s are extremely devoted and gentle – even shy. Saluki’s thrive on quiet companionship and usually form a strong bond with a single person, disliking large groups of people. They are extremely sensitive and will become stressed by tension within their home. Much like Se-users, Saluki’s love special luxuries – although more of the canine type of luxuries. Soft furniture to lay on, special grooming and brushing, and decadent treats are a favorite of the Saluki. They are fastidious about being clean and love to have a well-groomed appearance.

ESFP – The Papillon

This highly active dog is one of the best entertainers around, much like the ESFP. Papillons are bright, busy, and endlessly curious – always flitting around looking for something new to do and discover. The papillon is extremely outgoing and energetic and loves to be “clownish” to entertain his people. They hate to be alone and will become quite distressed if left to themselves for too long. Papillons are listed as the 8th smartest dog breed, and they have an abundance of energy and enthusiasm for learning new skills and tricks.

ESTP – The Dalmatian

Sleek, athletic, and charming – Dalmatians capture the adventurous spirit of the ESTP. Dalmatians are jacks-of-all-trades; making excellent hunters, firehouse dogs, and even circus performers! Dalmatians are high-energy dogs with little patience for sitting around on someone’s lap. They’re smart, with a sly sense of humor that they love to use to make their people laugh. The dalmatian is alert and highly aware of everything going on around them, much like Se-dominant types are. They’re also very independent and have a tendency towards wanderlust. The world has so much to explore that the dalmatian is going to want a lot of opportunities to get out and run around in it.

ISFJ – The Newfoundland

This gentle giant is known for its sweet nature, intelligence, and strength. Newfoundlands are naturally gentle and friendly, often doting on children as is evidenced by “Nana”, the fictional Newfoundland employed as a nanny by the Darling Family in Peter Pan. Newfoundlands have a strong work ethic, learning quickly, and using their skills to help people in distress. There are many stories of Newfoundlands rescuing people from shipwrecks or pulling children from icy deep water just in time. They are responsible, hard-working dogs that capture a lot of traits similar to the ISFJ.

ISTJ – The Rhodesian Ridgeback

The Rhodesian Ridgeback was bred in Africa as a hunter, famous for hunting lions and bears or guarding homes against danger. They are loyal, responsible, smart, and somewhat stubborn. This breed likes mental stimulation, and even their eyes seem to have a quiet, thoughtful look about them. Rhodesian Ridgebacks are soft-spoken dogs unless faced with a threat – then they are fearless at defending their people. They are reserved with strangers, but gentle and affectionate with family. They are strong-willed dogs that thrive under clear boundaries, a structured environment, and strong leadership.

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  1. My brother’s an ENTP and I don’t think he would like a poodle AT ALL. He would want some sort of bird or hunting dog. I’m an INFJ and I think I would rather have a husky. They’re beautiful and would keep my going when I need to.

    1. Poodles were originally created as hunting dogs, and retrieved birds from lakes. The typical poodle cut allowed the dog to not be so bogged down by wet fur when they retrieved birds, while still protecting the joints from damage and stiffness from the cold water.

      Poodles have gotten a reputation as very feminine or sissy dogs, but they are far from it.

      1. Lol. What got me was the word “standard” – I mean, I could live with being called a poodle if it were some weird purple polka dot breed found only in the harshest locations on earth or something. But “standard”? I don’t know how to take that.

    2. The male husky I just got is quite ENTP-ish, like myself. Doesn’t hurt that all the dogs look at him (have walked dozens of dogs and never seen anything similar) like he’s a canine George Clooney.

      He tell you what’s on his mind then will debate you. And if you don’t have your argument together, you will lose.

  2. I’m not sure where you got your info on huskies, but that’s wrong. They’re not independent or lone wolves. They’re pack dogs that love being with other creatures. They’re also FAR from being quiet. They serenade you and also argue non stop. They’re also incredibly social and need to be the center of attention. The destruction part was spot on though.

    1. INFJ here- in response to the suggestion INFJs should be “Cat people”, perhaps. Never thought so until I rescued a feral black 4 wk old black cat from drowning. She ‘owned’ me and was the most dog-like cat I’ve ever seen. Also, to that point, I had 4 Japanese/American Akita dogs over decades and they are the most cat- like dogs with their independence, no fetch attitude, yet extreme loyalty. Wouldn’t trade either one. Have to say T. Mastiff is similar temperament but not superior to Akita.

  3. Oh that’s a fun article…. just the other day I was thinking how weirdly similar my sausage dog and me (INFP) are. We both have small legs, hate waking up early, will do almost anything for food, rarely gets mad and even so is more upset/annoyed than actually mad, very optimistic, literally runs away from conflict, easily entertained, very clever but don’t try to teach me like you teach others cause I’m not conventional, incredibly sweet and easygoing but very stubborn. I love my dog ❤

  4. I pray to God that no one uses this – or any personality test – to determine which dog breed to get. If you’re going to get a purebred dog, read up ON the breed, what it was bred to DO, what is best for it in terms of home, what it most likes to do, grooming and other needs, and only THEN decide if YOU – your schedule, work conditions, family and other obligations – make YOU the RIGHT PERSON TO OWN THAT BREED. (For mixed breeds, their temperament will generally – but not always – match their appearance).
    But make sure to see and INTERACT w/the dog. Go to a breeder (1st check them out online), for mixed breeds go to a shelter. Make sure You like the Dog and the DOG LIKES YOU!
    Next to having or adopting a child, getting a dog is the most demanding – and rewarding – interaction you will take in your life. THINK BEFORE YOU DO!

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