What Dog Breed Matches Your Personality? #DoppelgangerDog


Borzoi Pup – Dasha

Have you ever thought about what breed of dog you would be if you were a dog? The people over at DogVacay asked this question for Doppelganger (February 2 – 8) Week. Not just what kind of dog do you look like, but what type of dog best matches your personality.


Annmarie O'Brien

The author with her borzoi, Zar and Zola, by Turner Photography

Many years ago while I was walking my lean, athletic white and champagne colored borzoi Dasha through Rittenhouse Square in Philadelphia in a long ¾ pale golden dress with long locks pulled back behind a head band, I passed a couple who commented on how much Dasha resembled me, and then another person made a similar remark, and then another said the same thing to me, pointing at me, and then at Dasha, and then back at me with big eyes and a friendly smile. As elegant as Dasha was, I should have been flattered, but felt a bit insulted because I was sure these comments stemmed from the long noses we had in common: my least favorite feature!

Belgian Tervuren Sheepdog - Chaz

Belgian Tervuren Sheepdog – Chaz

As for personality (check out the details by clicking here), I think I have moments from each of the seven dog groups:

Pastoral pups like Collies, Sheepdogs, Heelers, and Corgis are highly devoted, encouraging, patient, and willing to go the extra mile.

Yellow Labrador Retriever - Emma

Yellow Labrador Retriever – Emma

Sporting/Gun pups like Labradors, Retrievers, Spaniels, and Setters tend to be easy-going and adaptable to different social situations.

Hound pups like Beagles, Bassett Hounds, Greyhounds, and Borzoi are unlikely to be bogged down by stress and anxiety.

Terrier pups like Jack Russells, Bull Terriers, and Staffordshire Bull Terriers are across the board the “Jack of all Trades” and fun-loving.

Utility/non-sporting pups like Bulldogs, Shar-Peis, Chow Chows, and Poodles work hard, are meticulous in their decisions, and are extroverted.

Great Dane - Sheena

Great Dane – Sheena

Toy pups like Chihuahuas, Yorkies, and Pugs are highly confident, aware of their needs, open to fun new experiences and they don’t back down easily.

Working pups like Great Danes, Rottweilers, and Boxers enjoy new experiences and approach them with limitless exuberance.


Spaniel - Emma

Spaniel – Emma

If I had to pick a breed for the reasons described above, I’d be a:

Sheepdog-Retriever-Borzoi-Great Dane-Spaniel-Poodle mixed breed.

(All of the above breeds/dogs have played major roles in shaping my life.) 


Poodle - Maelle

Poodle – Maelle

What about you?

What kind of dog would you be?




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