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Not sure what dog you should get? Try the Animal Planet Dog Selector

What dog breed is best for you?

Today is all about having a little bit of fun. Moving away from some of my more recent health-related posts, which let’s face it do have a serious undertone. I came across this nifty little tool to help match you with the dog breeds that most suit you. In fact, I think the Animal Planet Dog Selector is pretty cool.

What dog breed is best for you?

What does it take into account

Well, it’s quite simple really and not too long. It’s a short questionnaire that takes only a couple of minutes (or less, if you are quite decisive!). It takes into account the following

    • your lifestyle and how active you are
    • how much time you are willing to spend exercising your dog
    • how often you want to play with them
    • what sort of characteristics you want your dog to have
    • the level of grooming maintenance you are willing to undertake
    • behavior towards you and other animals
    • and of course, size of dog – which is all important because not everyone has large houses surrounded by acres of land or forest!

One of the greatest things about this tool, is it will give you one best match, but also a list of next best matches too. So if you find the best match does not particularly appeal to you for some reason, there are other good matches there. And, it provides pictures and names of the breeds too, which is great.

Here is my own example of what came out when I took the quiz:

Example of Animal Planet Dog Selector Results

One piece of advice…

Be as honest as possible with your answers, especially if you are actually going to use this as a guide to taking on a particular breed of dog. One area in particular is the amount of time you have to exercise a dog on a daily basis – I think it’s one of the most important questions to answer honestly.

Otherwise, you could end up with a very active dog, that doesn’t quite get it’s exercise quota and that can lead to quite a few behavioral issues that can be upsetting for both you and the dog.



A small section on dog training

Whether you are taking on a young puppy, or an adult dog, if you ever find you need additional help and support for training, there is free online help available to get you started. It may turn out you and your doggie friend require face-to-face help with training, from an expert or as part of a group session, but why not check out the free resources first and see how you get on.


As always, I would welcome your comments, any questions or just some general feedback. You can leave these below.

And if you feel like it, it would be great to get some of your own match results. It would be interesting to see what, if any, are the most common matches from the quiz. It doesn’t have to be the pictures, but just the name of the breed – let’s see what comes out of it all!

Have a great day, all my doggie lovers, Mara 🙂


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2 thoughts on “Not sure what dog you should get? Try the Animal Planet Dog Selector

  1. Well I have gone to your dog selector and found my perfect choice is an English cocker spaniel. Unfortunately these are one of my least favourite dogs as the ones here in Australia seem to be very dumb. Maybe from inbreeding.

    Springer spaniels are fine but that didn’t come up.

    So it looks like a Polish lowland sheepdog or a border collie. Fortunately our BCs are intelligent and much calmer than my friend’s BC in Canada.

    This is a very helpful way to match people to dog types.

    1. Hi Helen,
      This made me laugh – I really wanted to be matches with a German Shepherd, as they are my favorite breed. However, I got a German Short-Haired Pointer, so I then tried to tell myself at least they are both German! It’s good for a bit of fun – but I think if you are are an experienced dog owner, you may have already decided what you like best – just like the two of us! Thanks for taking the quiz and I hope you and your Border Collies are all fine and well.
      All the best, Mara.

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