Which Dog, Which Breed?

Great! You’re ready to bring a dog into your home! But which dog will you choose? What breed will work best with your personality? I took a test located at Dogtime’s website. I was skeptical that they could pair me with the breeds that I personally like but gave it a whirl anyways. Some questions were REALLY great and some left me thinking “What the heck does that have to do with owning a dog?” Like this question: How do you tend to react when a good friend starts telling you a story you’ve already heard? UMM….? Anyways take the test, it’s fun anyways to see what breed they would pick for you. My results were the:

German Pinscher

Clumber Spaniel

Cocker Spaniel

English Cocker Spaniel




Visually I LOVE the cocker spaniel and the clumber spaniel. BUT, what are their temperments? According to Burke’s Backyard the Clumber Spaniel traits are as follows:
“Temperament: eager, loyal and calm
Lifespan: 10-15 years
Maintenance: medium
Recommended for: 
energetic owners, families with older children 
Grooming: brush twice weekly
Child compatibility: playful with children
Temperament: may bond strongly with one member of the family
Activity level: medium to high. Bursts of energy with lapses of laziness
Trainability: intelligent and thrives on obedience training
Aggression: low. Not know to be aggressive
Health & lifespan: prone to hip dysplasia, spinal and eye problems. 10-15 years
Noise: a quiet breed
Indoors potential: best outdoors. White fur will show on furniture”

My gut reaction: THIS BREED IS NOT FOR ME….Needs lots of exercise, grooming, lots of space…next!

Okay Mr. Burke what do you have to say about the Cocker Spaniel:


The term ‘spaniel-like’ describes a doe-eyed individual which slavishly follows its owner. Cocker Spaniels crave attention and love nothing better than to be with their family. With a reputation for being a little ‘scatty’, regular, consistent routine and training is highly recommended.


Long ears can hide ticks and burrs as well as providing a warm, damp environment for infections. Night-blindness is known in the breed so deal only with responsible breeders and ask about a pup’s family health history. A serious behavioural problem known as ‘Rage Syndrome’ most-often affecting golden cockers, has become less common in the past 5 years. Again, check that the parents are free of this problem. Cocker Spaniels can become gluttons if permitted and will put on weight very quickly. It’s easier to monitor their diet and prevent a problem.

Housepet potential

Cocker Spaniels are adaptable dogs which can be kept inside or outside. They are excellent companions inside the house but do drop hair. Although not noted for being ‘diggers’, some may become accomplished escape artists while individual dogs are known to climb fences!

Space and exercise

Cocker Spaniels need regular exercise – a daily walk or an energetic game – although a large backyard is unnecessary. They are good swimmers.

Ideal owner

Cocker Spaniels are excellent with families and older people. They are adaptable and robust enough to cope with treatment dished out by school-aged children but may not tolerate toddlers or preschoolers.


Cocker Spaniels are a long-coated breed and so need about 20 minutes’ grooming every second day. The ears should be checked for burrs, grass seeds or bad smells daily. To keep their coat looking neat they need to be trimmed three times a year, costing about $30 each visit. Some owners learn to trim their dogs themselves.”

My gut reaction is this breed seems not half bad minus again, the grooming! Seems a pretty good fit for me; however, Oliver still has the spot on the bed for now:P

What does it boil down to, do your research people. A dog may look super cute, somber, easy to care for but genes are unable to be written over so make sure the dog you take home is going to be staying forever not until the bad habits come out or until you expand your family.



2 thoughts on “Which Dog, Which Breed?

  1. You should always research the breed you are getting….and then be prepared that they might totally turn out different. Dogs are also hugely influenced by their environment and their owners. The extra important thing is to have an idea of what you are getting into (like doing your suggested research) but really commit to working with whatever kind of dog personality you end up with. Discovery is the amazing part.

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