What Dog Breed Matches Your MBTI Personality?

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Ever wonder what breed you would be as a dog?

The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, otherwise known as MBTI, is a test to determine your psychological type and provide insights of type theory. Each type is consisted of four letters – Extraversion (E) or Introversion (I), Sensing (S) or Intuition (N), Thinking (T) or Feeling (F), and Judging (J) or Perceiving (P). The 16 types are listed below:

INTP |  INTJ | INFP | INFJ | ISTP | ISTJ | ISFP | ISFJ
ENTP | ENTJ | ENFP | ENFJ |ESTP | ESTJ | ESFP | ESFJ

UPDATE : Here’s a nice Infographic in case you wish to skim through the complete post.

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If you do not know your Myers-Briggs type, do your best to make a guess or take a quick test at www.16personalities.com to find out!

Of course each individual dog has a slightly different personality, so this post is just meant to be a fun way to see what characteristics certain breeds may have in common with our personality types!

Ready? Let’s get this paw-ty started!

INTP

poodle gang

Source: Instagram @thepoodlegang

INTP (Logician) – POODLE

One of the biggest misconceptions in the dog world is that Standard Poodles are “prissy” dogs, whereas they are in fact one of the smartest, most trainable breeds. Poodles usually learn very quickly and respond well to positive training methods. Like the Poodle, INTP types are known for their intelligence and brilliant theories as well as unrelenting logic and love of patterns. They are also both relentlessly curious, always wanting to explore new skills and environments.
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ENTP

labrador

Source: Instagram @choclabmilo

ENTP (Debater) – LABRADOR

As one of the most popular breeds as family dogs, it comes as no surprise that the Labrador Retriever is one of the most social and easiest breeds to train. If you can teach it, a Lab can most likely learn it with the proper training. Much like the Labrador, ENTPs rarely pass up a good opportunity to learn something new. Both Labradors and ENTPs are determined and incredibly energetic – whether it be burying a new bone or putting in long days and nights to learn a new skill.
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INTJ

husky experiences parenthood

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INTJ (Architect) – SIBERIAN HUSKY

These dogs are known for their intelligence and independent nature as a “lone wolf”. Sometimes Siberian Huskies are so intelligent that they will “hack” their way through obedience school and then conveniently “forget” everything they learned once at home. Like the Siberian Husky, INTJ types hate to feel caged in as they are highly independent and may get frustrated or push back if they find themselves pushed into tightly defined roles that limit their freedom.
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ENTJ

houdini the basenji

Source: Instagram @houdinithebasenji

ENTJ (Commander) – BASENJI

Basenjis are curious and intelligent dogs who are also nicknamed the “barkless dog”, but are on a whole other level as they are the only breed with the ability to yodel. ENTJs crave growth, opportunity, and leadership, but it often takes time for their skills to be recognized. Much like the ENTJ type, Basenjis are natural-born leaders with a self-directed nature, which sometimes makes them a challenge to train.
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INFP

shiba squad

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INFP (Mediator) – SHIBA INU

Shibas are well known (maybe a little too well known) for the Doge meme, but they are also seen as the most “cat-like” dog for their incredible loyalty to owners and aloofness with strangers. Like the Shiba, INFPs would rather have a small group of really close friends than be everybody’s best friend. Shiba Inus are incredibly smart, but also stubborn with a mischievous sense of humor – when displeased, Shibas may decide to emit a loud scream. Like Shiba Inus, INFPs are incredibly independent and may be perceived as calm and reserved, but they have an inner flame and passion that can truly shine once you get to know them.
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ENFP

french bulldog wearing beanie

Source: Instagram @twopigsandahorse

ENFP (Campaigner) – FRENCH BULLDOG

French Bulldogs are outgoing, lively dogs who paws-itively love attention. Their puppy logic is, “My best friend is you…and you…and you! I LOVE EVERYONE!” They are very social and will inevitably put a smile on your face. Like Frenchies, ENFPs really thrive in social environments and enjoy the personal connections they make with others. ENFPs are also very flexible and are able to switch quickly from being a passionate, driven individual in the workplace to the imaginative “free spirits” who like to take some time to reflect. Their versatility gives them a chance to connect emotionally with others, which they feel the happiest doing.
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INFJ

skeptical dylan the beagle

Source: Instagram @itsdylanthebeagle

INFJ (Advocate) – BEAGLE

Beagles are well known for their incredible sense of smell whether it be used for work in TSA or just for exploring the backyard. They make wonderful family pets and will guard the home with all that they have. Both Beagles and INFJs are very persistent – once a Beagle catches catches onto a scent, it will not give up until the source is discovered and once INFJs believe something is important, they pursue the goal with incredible conviction and energy. INFJs are often soft-spoken, but have strong opinions and will fight tirelessly for an idea they believe in. Similarly, Beagles are quite brave for their size and will not hesitate to bark loudly if they sense danger.
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ENFJ

regal rough collie

Source: Instagram @keyritynranta

ENFJ (Protagonist) – ROUGH COLLIE

Like the well-loved movie dog hero Lassie, Rough Collies are incredibly devoted, reliable dogs who have a knack for finding all those Timmys who fell down the wells. Like the Rough Collie, ENFJs strive to be reliable and hold themselves accountable because the last thing they want to do is let down a person or cause they believe in. With this mindset, it comes as no surprise that both Rough Collies and ENFJs are incredibly loyal and protective of their loved ones. They are also both natural born leaders with some famous ENFJs being Barack Obama and Oprah Winfrey.
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ISTP

black russian terrier

Source: Instagram @black_russian_terrier

ISTP (Virtuoso) – BLACK RUSSIAN TERRIER

Black Russian Terriers were originally bred to be sturdy working dogs and are very protective of their family and territory. They are incredibly calm and patient unless they sense imminent danger to their loved ones. If left alone, they will get bored easily and want to find something to do – which unfortunately often defaults to furniture casualties. Like the Black Russian Terrier, ISTP type personalities love the “learn by doing” experience and tend to get bored easily in a setting where they aren’t doing anything. Like in an academic setting, once something is understood, ISTPs will want to move on to learn something new and more interesting.
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ESTP

rhodesianridgeback

ESTP (Entrepreneur) – RHODESIAN RIDGEBACK

Rhodesian Ridgebacks are described as strong willed, independent, and fearless.They trust their own judgement and do whatever they feel is the right thing to do. Rhodesian Ridgebacks are from Southern Africa where they were originally bred to hunt big lions. Like the Rhodesian Ridgeback, ESTPs enjoy a lifestyle of risky behavior. Much like how a Rhodesian Ridgeback analyzes each and every move of the lion as it hunts, an ESTP is one of the most perceptive types has the unique skill to notice small changes or shifts in behavior, facial expression, clothing style, habits, etc. They are also natural group leaders who live in the moment and like to take the path less traveled, bringing spontaneity and excitement wherever they go.
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ISTJ

mikey the border collie

ISTJ (Logistician) – BORDER COLLIE

Border Collies are recognized as one of the smartest dog breeds out there. Initially bred as a working farm dog, they learn very quickly and enjoy themselves the most while working or just being active in general. Although they may seem very independent, they demand attention and want to be with their loved ones constantly. Like the Border Collie, ISTJ type people enjoy taking responsibility for their actions. When working towards a goal they’ve set their minds to, both ISTJs and Border Collies put in their all, sometimes to the point of picking up the “workaholic” title. Because of their hardworking and meticulous nature, ISTJs and Border Collies take pride in their work…which unfortunately can sometimes be a shredded couch cushion.
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ESTJ

kota the german shepherd

Source: lnstagram @kota_gsd

ESTJ (Executive) – GERMAN SHEPHERD

German Shepherds are commonly used by the police and military because of their highly active personalities combined with the willingness to learn and serve a purpose. Much like the German Shepherd, ESTJ personalities lead by example and are strong believers in the rule of the law as well as the idea that authority and respect must be earned. Especially in their line of work, German Shepherds and ESTJs are more than willing to dive into challenging projects, but they don’t work alone and expect their hard work and drive to be reciprocated.
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ISFP

shiner solo the australian shepherd

Source: Instagram @shiner_solo (the one-eyed dog who lives life to the fullest!)

ISFP (Adventurer) – AUSTRALIAN SHEPHERD

The Australian Shepherd has a similar personality to the Border Collie in terms of its success in work and training. They are intense and dedicated workers, but are very receptive and reactive to their environment. Likewise, ISFP type personalities are very aware of their surroundings and sensitive to others. They can easily relate to others’ emotions, helping them establish harmony and goodwill, and minimize conflict. Like the determination of the Aussie, when ISFJs are caught up in something they find exciting and interesting, other things may get left on the back burner.
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ESFP

flat-coated retriever

Source: Nick Ridley, Animal Photography

ESFP (Entertainer) – FLAT-COATED RETRIEVER

Flat-Coated Retrievers are nicknamed the “Peter Pan” of dogs and rightfully so with their happy and carefree personality. They are an extremely active, social breed – the more attention the better! Like the Flat-Coat, ESFPs are natural born entertainers – always loving the spotlight and wanting to be in the middle of things. ESFPs see the world as their stage and love putting on a show for their friends to make sure everyone’s having a great time. There’s no greater joy for both the Flat-Coat and ESFP than having fun with a group of friends.
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ISFJ

bentley the newfoundland

Source: Instagram @bentleythenewfoundland

ISFJ (Defender) – NEWFOUNDLAND

Newfoundlands are nicknamed “Nature’s Babysitter” or “Mother Teresa of Dogs” for their love of protectiveness of children and humans all the same. They may seem very large and intimidating, but these gentle giants will do everything they can to protect the ones they love. Very much like Newfoundlands, ISFJs have the mindset of “If I can protect you, I will” and take their responsibilities personally – often going above and beyond to exceed expectations and make others happy.
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ESFJ

bichon frise puppy

Source: Tetsu Yamazaki, Animal Photography

ESFJ (Consul) – BICHON FRISE

The Bichon Frise is very affectionate and loving towards people and other furry friends, but don’t be fooled – these sassy fluff clouds have quite a personality! Like the Bichon Frise, ESFJs enjoy supporting friends and loved ones, organizing social gatherings and doing their best to make sure everyone is happy, but they also have a mischievous side that can be hard to see at first. ESFJs are good at connecting with others and have a strong sense of moral responsibility to meet their obligations. Both ESFJ and the Bichon Frise have cheerful attitudes toward life and will spread joy to everyone they meet.
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Loki

Loki, our office dog, who is a mixture of perfection <3

Did these breeds sound like you? Does your dog sound like the personality type they matched with? Just like how dogs have a combination of personalities, humans do too. Comment what dog breed you think represents your personality the best!

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17 thoughts on “What Dog Breed Matches Your MBTI Personality?

  1. Cal Stevens

    This is clever and fun! It not only helps us reflect on the personalities of our pets, but it also teaches the MBTI tool for its usual use on us humans. Way to go, Claire!

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  2. Juliejulse

    Good post! I read your blog often and you always post excellent content. I posted this article on Facebook and my followers like it. Thanks for writing this!

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  3. John Lawrence

    honestly, that question didn’t ever cross my mind. But when I found your article, curiosity strikes me.. hehe

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  4. Antoine Bodnar

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