23 March, 2017

Dog Breeds That Can Assist People with Mental Illness

By: Amber Kingsley

Introduction

Most families have dogs. They are considered part of the family. However, the best fit will greatly depend on your personality. As you will see, different dogs exhibit different personalities. So, picking the right breed will be important.

Each Breed Is Different

Just like humans, dogs have different personalities. Some may be energetic, and some may want to relax most of the time. Before you adopt a dog, it’s up to you to assess what kind of traits you, and your family, have Once that becomes clear, you’ll be able to fine-tune your selection of the perfect dog that everyone will love. 

Determining Your Type

One of the best ways to determine what traits are prevalent is to look at certain categories. While we wouldn’t suggest your taking a test, such as the one from Myers-Briggs, just to figure out what dog suits you, it is worth thinking about what traits you possess. Are you introverted or extroverted? Do you use your senses or intuition? Are you more of a thinker or feeler? Lastly, do you normally rely on judgements or perceptions?

Dogs Have Similar Types

 While you may not realize it, dogs fit into these categories, as well. For example, a border collie is an extroverted thinker who uses judgement, and a siberian husky is an introverted thinker that uses perception. Of course, as with humans, there are exceptions. But, once you know what categories certain dogs fall into, the better chance of making a successful decision on compatibility.

Base Your Decision By Category

However, if you prefer to base your choice on other characteristics, you can easily do that as well. For example, if you prefer a dog that is affectionate with a family, you can choose from akitas and beagles to bichon frises and bulldogs. If you want a dog that is kid-friendly, you can choose a basset hound, boxer, collie or even a dalmatian. Of course, many of these breeds have different traits that make them compatible with a wide array of people. So, check with your local shelter, and ask specific questions based on your own personal preferences.

Small Dogs Are Great Too

 In general, small dogs are great for all types of personalities. Everyone in the family will consider them cute, and compact. They can play with little kids, and still cuddle with mom, and dad, after a long day. They are also great for people with small apartments or small houses. They are easy to handle, and make great companions. So, a small dog is a great option, as well.

Conclusion

Deciding on what type of dog to adopt may be a difficult decision, at first. But, it doesn’t have to be. Once you consider your traits, and the traits of your family, making a compatible match will be easy. Of course, it is always a good idea to talk with staff from a local shelter to get the details you will need to make an informed decision. However, adopting a compatible dog will give you another family member, and friend, for years to come.

 

Amber Kingsley: Travel junkie, Amber Kingsley, is a freelance writer living in Santa Monica, CA. Her art history background helps her hone in on topics that are of interest to readers. She is a dog enthusiast and loves spending time with her Pomeranian, Agatha.